Peter T. Lin
SCOS Members Updates
Potting Party Flyer
Bus Trip Flyer
Sonoma County Orchid Society
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Charming Miniature Orchids
by Peter T. Lin
Tuesday, May 8th - Doors Open at 6:30pm
Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa
6:45 - skill session on re-potting cattleyas with Susan Anderson
Peter started growing orchids over 35 years ago, but then stopped due to school and starting a career. It wasn't until about 14 years ago that the orchid "bug" came back, and he is now heavily involved once again! He is an accredited judge with the American Orchid Society, and a hybridizer of mini-catts. He enjoys meeting with other orchid enthusiasts, and can often be found at various orchid shows and societies around the country.
Due to limited growing space, Peter likes to specialize in miniature orchids, both species and hybrids, and has received numerous AOS awards. His interests in orchids include Dendrobiums, Angraecoids, and Neofinetias. He is also known as "Mr Sophronitis" as he has a passion for growing and collecting them. He maintains a collection of a thousand or more orchids at his home in Southern California in 3 small greenhouses, outdoors, as well as an offsite greenhouse.
Peter will give us a fast-paced Powerpoint presentation on these charming Cattleya orchids. The journey will begin with a review of the miniature species, early hybrids, and then to some of the relevant hybrids of today. We will also review how to grow these wonderful plants. Peter will also be supplying the opportunity table.
Speaker's Dinner - Tuesday, May 8th @ 5pm: Join us for dinner with Peter at Sea Thai Bistro 2350 Midway Drive, Santa Rosa. Please RSVP by 5pm Monday, May 7th.
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Greetings Fellow Orchid Enthusiasts!!
First order of business is to extend a HUGE thank you to all who helped make our spring show “Rainbow of Orchids” such a wonderful and happy event for all!! There was great participation from our membership and their friends. As usual, there were those who went above and beyond. These people are truly the backbone of our society and we all owe them our gratitude for their hard work and dedication. I would like to name these people, but I fear I would leave someone out. As you think about the show, think about those people you saw there all the time.
We also want to thank those who presented the skill sessions and docent tours which were well attended by our guests.
We introduced 14 new members at the general meeting, and we had 8 renewals during the show. The new members attending April’s meeting each received a beautiful plant provided by Susan Anderson and Lynne Murrell. Thank you ladies!
Now on to the next event which is the annual Re-potting Party on May 5th from 11 am – 4 pm and all are invited. Bring snacks, plants that need re-potting, pots, gloves and and any interested friends. See flyer on page 8 for details about what else to bring. This is a great time for learning, sharing plants and getting to know each other. There will be knowledgeable members to assist and answer questions. I strongly encourage you to attend, even if you have nothing that needs re-potting. You will have the opportunity to bring home free divisions from re-potted plants.
We have a nominating committee working on the slate for your next Board of Directors. Please don't just say NO when you are contacted! Please give it consideration. It is important to the society to have a complete and active board. It is not difficult and does not require a huge amount of time. Those who are stepping down are available to help their replacements should that be needed or desired. We are all volunteers with the goal of having a society that is vibrant, viable and enjoyable for all.
In closing - I wish you all good health, and always remember that KINDNESS MATTERS - so reach out and touch someone today!! You will both be blessed!
SCOS 2018 show UPDATE
Our annual 2018 Spring Show was a big hit! It was a team effort to get the Show to come together!
The Show got off to a great start when the Board voted to use the colorful theme "Rainbow of Orchids". The SCOS display had gorgeous orchids grown by our members that filled up the space beautifully! Our display was honored by being awarded the American Orchid Society trophy! Thank you to everyone who pitched in
to help assemble the display and to those who brought their blooming beauties! We had great vendors who brought wonderful orchids for us to choose from.
We had minor setbacks such as our big banner that was missing for several weeks. (The Vet's building staff finally found it.) Also, thanks to dedicated SCOS members who put in extra work when one key member was injured and couldn't help over the Show weekend. (Keep healing Ann Conger!) But for the most part, it was a lot of fun and a great event for our Society! Net income was $1221. Attendance was down, probably due to
it being Easter weekend but that was only date we could get.
A huge thank you to all of our SCOS members, families, and friends who pitched in to volunteer. Each and every one of you are truly appreciated! The Show committee chairs worked hard for months to make sure that every detail was ready. Thank you all for your hard work! Date for 2019 show is March 29, 30 & 31.
2018 Show Awards
Congratulations to all who were awarded trophies and ribbons! Many thanks to society member trophy sponsors for your generosity and continued support!
Josie Lee, Member-Trophy Chair
Exhibitors/Awarded Plants Awards/Trophies Sponsors
Judy Carney – Ascocentrum christensonianum Best Entry by SCOS Member SCOS
Judy Carney – Ascocentrum christensonianum Best of Show SCOS
Linda Eggleston – C. William Farrell ‘Amigo’ Best Intermediate SCOS
Karen Wofford – Cym. Shifting Sand ‘Yellow Bird’ Best Novice SCOS
Linda Eggleston – C. William Farrell ‘Amigo’ Best Cattleya Alliance Kathy & Earl Rathbun
Orchids Fiori D’Amore – Cym. Key Largo Select Best Cymbidium Alliance Ann Conger
Lynne Murrell – Den. speciosum x gracilicaule Best Dendrobium Alliance Patty Connick
Lynne Murrell – Onc. ghiesbrechtiana Best Oncidium Alliance Austin Creek Orchids
Kathy & Earl Rathbun – Phal. Kathy’s Stripes Best Phalaenopsis Alliance Lynne Murrell
Asuka Orchids – Masd. Ignua x Pixie Leopard Best Pleurothallid Alliance Bill Poe & Sue Hayes
Cynthia Battershall – Paph. Wossner China Moon
‘Mem Ellen Margron’ Best Slipper Orchid Alliance Tom Pickford
Judy Carney – Ascocentrum christensonianum Best Vanda Alliance Bob Richardson
Judy Carney – Maxillaria cacaoensis Best Other Genera Alison Bies
Susan Anderson – Aerangis fastuosa Best Miniature Orchid Helen Orgill
Judy Carney – Ascocentrum christensonianum Best Species Kris & Jim Foster
Judy Carney – Ascocentrum christensonianum Best Specimen Kathie Hile
Patty Connick Best Basket of Orchids Krystal Goulart
Asuka Orchids Best Table Display Linda & Daryl Eggleston
SCOS AOS Award for Best Display SCOS
American Orchid Society Awards
Paph Paradise – Paph. lowii album AM/JC
Asuka Orchids – Den. kingianum AOS/CCM 89 pts
AOS Awards Notations
First Class Certificate (FCC) Certificate of Cultural Excellence (CCE)
Award of Merit (AM) Certificate of Cultural Merit (CCM)
Highly Commended Certificate (HCC) Certificate of Horticultural Merit (CHM)
Judges’ Commendation (JC) Certificate of Botanical Recognition (CBR)
Award of Distinction (AD)
Award of Quality (AQ)
Cymbidium Society of America
Paph Paradise – Paph. Leonards Pride ‘Petrus’ CSA Silver 87.4 pts
Paph Paradise – Paph. Ruby Fred ‘Petit Verdet’ CSA Silver 83.5 pts
CSA Awards Notations
Gold (89.51 – 100 pts)
Silver (79.51 – 89.5 pts)
Bronze (74.51 – 79.5 pts)
Best of Show - Judy Carney – Ascocentrum christensonianum
Link to see photos from the show - https://photos.app.goo.gl/USiTof93us523gyo1
SCOS 2018 show UPDATE
Want to WIN a free raffle ticket? Bring a refreshment to share!
Let the folks at the opportunity table know when you bring a refreshment to receive a raffle ticket for a special drawing. Winner gets first choice from the opportunity table as a Thank You for helping out!
Refreshments are based on the first letter of your last name so check the calendar below for the monthly meeting that corresponds with your last name.
Please consider bringing a snack even when "it is not your turn". The more goodies, the better! PLUS you still receive a free raffle ticket and who doesn't want that!
Winner of the attendance drawing at our April meeting was Ginger Stewart. Winner of people who brought snacks was Cathy Thompson. Winner of 3 month plant drawing was Nixy Rickles.
WE NEED yOUR HELP!
Like many non-profit organizations, we rely solely on volunteers to accomplish the day-to-day business of running the society in addition to organizing and staffing special events. The SCOS needs your help! It would be greatly appreciated if you can spare just a few hours monthly or help out from time to time during special events.
The following positions on the Board of Directors need to be filled for the fiscal year starting 7/1/18: President, Vice President, Secretary, Membership. The nominating committee is looking for candidates. If you are interested, contact Alison Bies at firstname.lastname@example.org; Billie MacCarthy at email@example.com, or Larry Mead at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEMBERSHIP - 133 paid members!
Welcome to 12 new members who joined at the show: Pamela Aune, Nikki Bassolino, Ann Carlson, Lillian Cohn, Sarah Garcia, Marsha Greenfield, Daniel Heller, Haili Marshall, Priscilla Nelson, David Parkinson, Ken Welke, Albert Yu. Welcome to Brian Mitchell and Josue Mendoza who joined at the 4/10 meeting.
Welcome back to these 8 returning members who renewed at the show: Paolo and Nina DiCandia, Solveig Erlingsson, Kim Gordon, Susan Hamilton, Richard Kahn, Maria Leonovicz, Mitch and Gail McAlpin, Steve Tierra.
2018 Refreshment Calendar
Have an announcement? Personal story regarding your trials and tribulations growing orchids? Send it to us before the 23rd of the month and we will add it to the newsletter as space allows. Newsletter@SonomaOrchids.com
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SCOS Member's page
AOS MAY WebinarS
16th ORCHID DIGEST - SPEAKERS DAY
‘ORCHIDS IN THE WILD’
Saturday, June 9, 2018
San Marino, CA
Vendors: Andy’s Orchids, Cal Orchid, Gold Country Orchids, Norman’s Orchids, and Sunset Valley Orchids
Event includes afternoon seminar, live auction, wine and cheese happy hour, dinner, and distinguished lecture
Tickets: $65.00 ends June 1, 2018 / $75.00 after June 1, 2018
Click Here for More Info
Green with Envy - Tuesday, May 8th @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Members Only – Registration Page
Join noted speaker and orchid breeder, Ron Midgett as he discusses the history and breeding trends with those gorgeous green cattleyas.
By Krystal Goulart
Ernest Hetherington Distinguished Lecture:
Norman Fang - “New Color Forms of Phalaenopsis Species”
Brandon Tam - “Wild Orchids of Ecuador”
Mary Gerritsen - “Orchids of Sulawesi”
Phyllis Prestia - “Wild Orchids of France”
Steve Hampson – “Wild Orchids in China”
Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Wednesday, May 16th @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Everyone Welcome! – Registration Page
Join Ron McHatton for a Q&A session on orchid culture. Everyone is invited. If you have a question, please submit your questions by May 13 to email@example.com
Highlights of the 4/17/18 Board Meeting
Attending: President, Jeanne Van Blarcom; Secretary, Cindy Bertino; Treasurer, Karen Wofford; Meeting Coordinator, Billie MacCarthy; Director of Media & Communications, Susan Anderson; Vice President, Krystal Goulart; Membership, Lynne Murrell; Ways & Means, Ann Conger
Absent: Immediate Past President, Angelique Fry;
Treasurer's Report: Savings $29,004.37, Checking: $3,028.98
Speaker line up for 2018:
June – Mounting Party
July – Bingo & Ice Cream Social
Aug – Ken Jacobsen – cymbidiums
Sept – BBQ & Auction
Oct – Bob Hamilton?
Nov - Dale Martin, native orchids of Australia
Dec – Holiday Party
Ways & Means: We'll have a booth at the Healdsburg Garden Club, April 28th, re-potting plants for a $5/pot fee. Setup is at 8am, event runs from 9am-1pm.
The decision was made to purchase fraud insurance to protect the society from theft beginning 7/1/18 for a cost of $170/year.
Lynne Murrell reported we have 133 current paid members.
The mounting party for June meeting was discussed. We need 80 kits and plants. Fee to attend is $10 per person.
Issue regarding length of term for officers was tabled.
BBQ & Auction date was set for September 8th. Alan Koch, the Rathbuns and Ann Possinger are available that day. Need a location. Ann is checking into local parks. Fosters are considering it. Parking no longer available at Jackson's.
Date for 2019 show is reserved for March 29, 30 & 31st.
Bus trip is set for June 2nd. Lynne Murrell and Susan Anderson are co-chairs.
There are many more orchid shows in May and June. Please see the AOS event calendar at www.aos.org for the complete listing.
Annual re-potting party, Saturday, May 5th 11-4pm
The SCOS Annual Potting and Re-Potting Party is a fun and free event for all members who want to learn orchid cultivation, potting & mounting techniques; share their knowledge and get to know other orchid growers. Jeanne VanBlarcom will be hosting this event at her home, 897 Matsuda Lane, Sebastopol. For directions or other information, please contact Jeanne at (707) 829-0549, or President@SonomaOrchids.com. See flyer on page 9 for details.
San Francisco Botanical Garden’s Annual Plant Sale, May 4 - 5,
SF County Fair Building Auditorium, 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA www.sfbotanicalgarden.org/plant-sales/annual-plant-sale.html
Gold Country Orchid's Spring Open House, May 4 - 6
390 Big Ben Road, Lincoln, CA, www.goldcountryorchids.com
11:30 Saturday: Getting the Most Out of your Paphiopedilums by Paph Paradise
12:30 Sunday: How to Get Better Blooms
Orchid Society of California "Mothers' Day Weekend Orchid Show & Sale 2018", May 12 - 13, Lakeside Park Garden Center Nursery,
666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, CA
Redland International ORCHID FESTIVAL 2018, May 18 - 20
This is a great opportunity for you to order Andean and Amazon Orchids from Peruflora, for plants to be picked up at the Show, or being sent by postal service to you. The cost of shipping will be added to the total amount of your order. A percentage of 10% will be added to cover all paperwork, transportation and broker fees, from Peru all the way to the US. Last day for preorders is May 8th. firstname.lastname@example.org
SCOS Bus Trip, June 2nd - see page 13 for details.
SFOS Orchids in the Park Show & Sale July 21-22
San Francisco County Fair Building (Hall of Flowers),
9th Avenue & Lincoln Way, San Francisco, CA, details to follow soon
SCOS BBQ & Auction, September 8th - We are looking for a location to hold the BBQ & Auction, so if you have a large yard that can accommodate about 8 tables for silent auction, 2 tables for live auction, and 10 tables for eating, please contact Ann Possinger at newsletter@SonomaOrchids.com.
May 4-5 - SF Botanical Garden's Plant Sale
May 4-6 - Gold Country Orchid's Spring Open House
May 5 - SCOS potting party
May 12-13, Orchid Society of California Mothers' Day Weekend Show & Sale
June 2 - SCOS bus trip
July 21-22 - SFOS Orchids in the Park Show & Sale
Sept 8 - BBQ & Auction, details to follow but put it on your calendar
Saturday, May 5th, 11-4 pm
Home of Jeanne VanBlarcom,
897 Matsuda Lane, Sebastopol, CA. (707) 829-0549
The last of the spring-flowering types -- those that flower from a ripened hard pseudobulb -- will be finishing, while the first summer-blooming types will be showing buds on their rapidly growing, soft pseudobulbs. Both may need potting, as signaled by deteriorating mix, this month. The spring bloomers present no problems, as you will be dealing with fully ripe, well-hardened pseudobulbs. They will be ready to root on the mature front pseudobulb and will establish quickly. The summer bloomers, will be brittle and may be in bud. Nonetheless, experienced growers know that unless potted now, they may not root later, as this type tends to be seasonal in its rooting behavior. Stake the lead growth to avoid breakage. May can still present some changing light conditions that can lead to burning of the foliage if the plants have not been properly acclimatized. Allow them to build up their tolerance to higher light gradually. Changing light and temperatures can also be the source of some frustration when trying to determine when plants need watering. While cattleyas will be entering into a period of rapid growth starting this month, they have still not built up sufficient momentum to be significantly slowed by your missing a day or two of watering owing to dark weather. As always, it is safer to err on the dry side than on the wet. It is important, though, especially to the summer bloomers. Too much shade will cause rapidly developing inflorescences to droop unattractively.
Cattleya purpurata © G. Allikas
The Paphiopedilum Maudiae types will be well into their season now, so a careful eye should be used toward staking. Do not be too anxious to stake, however. Many of this type, if staked too soon, will develop nodding flowers that do not face the observer. It is better to allow the flowers to ripen naturally, then support the spike right below the ovary for best display. This is especially common in Paphiopedilum fairrieanum-derived hybrids. If you have to do something when you first see the emerging spikes, just put the stake in the pot next to the spiking growth. Not only will this help you, but you will be able to see where the spikes are, so you can continue to pay attention to their development. The multifloral types will be entering their most active growth phase, so lots of light, water and fertilizer are called for to mature their large growths. Many will be spiking in the next couple of months, so be on the lookout for the emerging inflorescences. These may benefit from earlier staking than most, as the inflorescences grow so quickly in some cases that they can be quite soft. Again, best support is right below the ovary of the first flower. This will allow the most natural presentation of the blooms.
Except for the latest-spiking plants, all phalaenopsis should be ready for potting or already potted. Because phalaenopsis are tropical plants, they tend to be seasonal in their rooting behavior. The critical point for potting is when new roots emerge from the base of the plant. This is absolutely the best time to repot a phalaenopsis. The summer-flowering types, based on Doritis background, have ideally already been potted and are becoming freshly established, ready to support their soon-to-emerge spikes for the summer season. Phalaenopsis potted at the right point in their growth cycle will reestablish almost immediately, with fresh roots growing into the new medium nearly uninterrupted. As soon as the flush of new root growth is seen, begin regular watering and fertilizing to make maximum use of the major growing season. Do not get over-exuberant with your watering, though, allowing water to splash between plants. This can be a source of infection for both water-borne pathogens and viral contamination. Phalaenopsis are much more susceptible to virus than was previously thought. Take extra care to keep your collection free of bacterial and viral problems, which you can accomplish by maintaining a clean growing area.
The AOS thanks Ned Nash and James Rose for this essay.
Click link to see all show & tell photos from our April meeting:
Chysis bractescens - Helen Orgill Cymbidium Green Zenith 4N x Traceyanim 4N - Martha Brankline
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The Society purchased Orchiata and deliveries were made at the 4/10 meeting. Cost is $25 per bag which includes tax. Orders can be placed with Susan Anderson at email@example.com. Bags will be delivered to the 5/8 general meeting, or arrangements can be made to pick them up in Petaluma. There is a limited quantity of each size available, so orders are on a first come first served basis.
They are 40 liter (1.4 cubic foot) bags. The available sizes are:
"CLASSIC - Small" (#9) 3/8"
"POWER - Medium" (#5) 1/2"
"POWER+ - Medium Plus" (#5A) 3/4"
"SUPER - Large" 1"
GARDEN ART SUNCATCHERS:
Dazzling, colorful glass and porcelain flowers make a great addition to any garden, if not for yourself, as a one-of-a-kind gift, (made from re-purposed plates). To see pictures of individual pieces, contact Billie MacCarthy at any SCOS meeting, Email or call 707.303.6867