February Speaker -
SCOS Members Updates
Board of Directors
Board Meeting Highlights
Sonoma County Orchid Society
in this issue
Tuesday, March 12th - Doors open at 6:30pm
Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa
Bill Bloy presents "Orchid Travelogue to Rio Negro with the Orchid Conservancy Alliance". He also will be sharing information about the OCA.
6:40 pm Skill Session with Lynne Murrell - "How to Get Your Plants Ready for Judging". Bring a flowering plant to be used by Lynne as an example of how to best prepare it for competition.
Bill was brought to San Diego in 1955 by his parents without any consultation. After graduating from La Jolla High School he spent three years in the U.S. Army, which strongly motivated him to go to college. He met Maggie, his wife of 40 years, when he got out of the Army – he stole her from a friend! He graduated from UCSD in 1980 with a double major in biology (biochemistry) and American Literature thanks to the GI Bill. He spent the next 24 years working with synthetic membranes (reverse osmosis and related materials) in industrial applications.
He got off the corporate treadmill in 2004 and went to work at Andy’s Orchids. He had been a minor league hobbyist for a number of years and won a couple of blue ribbons at San Diego County Orchid Society shows. But working at Andy’s pushed him into a whole new world. He traveled to orchid shows all over the U.S. for Andy’s, and was completely addicted. Now he has a 20’ x 35’ greenhouse and a substantial outdoor grow area, with a total of about 1000 orchids. He grows mostly species and mostly mounted. He and Maggie retired three years ago, and have been traveling extensively – including two OCA trips: one to Brazil and one to Chiapas, Mexico. They enjoyed the Brazil trip so much that they are doing it again this May!
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Here we go! It’s time for our spring show!
I hope everyone has signed up by now to work at the show…if not, there’s still time! No matter what position you are doing for the show, we need everyone to distribute postcards…stick them up on your community bulletin boards, ask local shops to put a stack near the check out, or tape them up in a window. OK, how many of you have stuck a postcard on the rear window of your car? WELL GET UP AND DO IT RIGHT NOW! Yeah, I know it seems kinda tacky, but it’s free advertising and we need it! Does everyone at your work know when the Orchid Show is? Please try to reach out to other groups you are involved with, your family and friends, neighbors, business relations…I know this takes a bit of extra effort, and you may feel like none of your engineering buddies like orchids…but maybe their spouses will. Hand out some post cards! Let’s get the word out and make this show a huge success.
I encourage all of you to help the society reach out into the community and let them know what we have to offer. This society could not survive without the publicity and new members drawn from the show. It is a chance to have your orchids judged and receive awards. It’s a chance to show off that dendrobium you’ve had for 20 years and just got to bloom…no, it doesn’t have to be judged, just let people see how pretty it is, even without a name label. This year we are also looking for some nice healthy house plants and ferns to fill in around the orchids. So, it you have some nice plants that aren’t orchids, please let me know so I can fill out our display.
I want to thank everyone who is working on the show or intends to volunteer. We cannot do this without our experienced members who have done this year after year and know what to do. Nor can we do this without the input of our new members and the resources and knowledge they bring to the party.
Last but not least, a big thank you to Dennis Olivas for his talk on Miltoniopsis. It was nice to welcome the guests and new members who attended the lecture. And an extra thanks to Earl Rathbun for saving the night by going home to get his laptop.
See you all at the show!
show page Educational orchid Expo & Sale
Our Sonoma County Orchid Society's Educational Orchid Exposition & Sale is just around the corner on March 30-31! It's always fun and rewarding to pitch in and help with getting it set up and "come to life" ! It is a group effort, and it takes every member of our Society to make it work. Working together develops camaraderie and it is FUN to work with someone toward a common goal. All of the unfilled jobs have mentors who will work with you for smooth sailing.
Volunteers are needed to fill these show leader positions. Please email Alison at email@example.com if you can perform one (or more) of these duties.
Promotional Material Distribution
Signage (interior and exterior)
The following positions have been filled:
Admissions & Tickets Ann Conger
Facility Coordinator/Floor Plan Karen Wofford
Fire Permit Linda Eggleston
Judges Lunch Josie Lee
Judging & Clerking Coordinator Judy Carney and Becky Jackson
Membership Gerry & Jerry Smtih
Pasta Party Jeanne VanBlarcom
Plant Doctor & Postcard Printing/Mailing Susan Anderson
Plant Entry for Judging Kris Foster
Plant Hotel Sue Hayes
Promotional Material Production Alison Bies
Security Ann Shippey
Setup & Takedown Becky & David Jackson
Silent Auction Amber Powner
SCOS Boutique Billie MacCarthy
Social Media Campaign Amber Powner
Society Display Artstart and Francesca Perez
Society Plant Sales Earl and Kathy Rathbun
Trophies Josie Lee
Vendor Coordinator Gary Cockriell
Volunteer Center Ann Possinger and Gary Cockriell
Volunteer Coordinator Ann Possinger
We still have these openings to work at the show. Contact Ann Possinger at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer or sign up at our March meeting or call 538-4101.
Position descriptions are below FYI.
Admissions - Saturday 9:45 - 12:00 and 2:30 - 5:00
Sunday 9:45 - 12:00 , 12 - 2:30, and 2:30 - 5:00
Volunteer Center - Saturday 8:00 - 11:00, 11:00 - 2:00, 2:00 - 5:00
Take Down - Sunday 4:00 - 7:00
Society Plant Sales - all shifts Saturday and Sunday
Plant Hotel - Saturday 12:00 - 2:30, 2:30 - 5:00
Sunday 9:45 - 12:00, 12:00 - 2:30
Greeter/Security - Saturday 9:45 - 12:00
Sunday 9:45 - 12:00
Greeter/Security – no knowledge of orchids is required.
Front Door: Greet and welcome visitors. Make sure their hands are stamped. No one can exit through this door with plants – they must use side doors. Side Doors: Thank visitors for coming. Handout business cards. Make sure each plant has a dot on it which indicates it has been purchased. Don’t let people in thru these doors except for people coming back from a skill sessions or vendors with badges. Division between sales area and SCOS display: No plants are allowed to go forward from sales area into display area – no exceptions.
Plant Hotel – no knowledge of orchids is required.
This is both a standing and seated position. Must be able to lift a 15 pound cymbidium from floor to table. You will be accepting plants from visitors, making sure a ticket with visitor’s info is attached to plant, claim ticket given to visitor, plant stored in a box. When visitor returns, pull plants and box. You must check tickets to be sure people get their own plants and not those of others.
Society Boutique - You will be selling plants and/or plant related items. You will fill out sales receipt, figure up amount due including tax, accept payment , package items. Keep boutique neat throughout the shift. Sitting and standing. Items for Society Boutique: Bring non-orchids and garden related items for sale at the Society Boutique on Friday. All items need to be priced and listed on inventory sheet. Forms are available from the website.
Admissions – no knowledge of orchids is required. Take money/credit card payments, stamp hands, hand out raffle tickets. This is a highly people-oriented position. Be polite, pleasant and welcome visitors. This is a seated position. You should be able to act quickly during a rush. At least one person/shift needs to have a smart phone to take PayPal payments (you will be trained).
Volunteer Center - no knowledge of orchids is required. Welcome volunteers. Some volunteers may not be Society members and unsure about where to go. Make sure volunteers sign in, get their name badge, and give apron if wanted. Make coffee, put out food for volunteers. Keep the volunteer center neat and clean. Mostly sitting.
Society Plant Sales - Knowledge of orchids is required. Help visitors with purchasing member plants for sale. Write up sales tag but you don’t have to accept payments.
Preparing your Orchids for the Show Display
by Lynne Murrell
Think of it as getting ready to go out on a special date…you want to look your best, right? So do your orchids that are going to the Show for the SCOS display.
1. First the grooming:
· Remove all spent bloom spikes and dead/yellow leaves using a sterile cutting tool.
· If the pseudobulbs or canes have dried brown sheaths, remove them by gently peeling them down (it is easiest to do this after watering, when they are damp). It is good to routinely remove them, because they provide hiding spots for insects like scale and mealybugs.
· Do the leaves have white calcium deposits? These can be removed by wiping them with Neem oil diluted on a damp paper towel, or you can wipe the leaves with lemon juice or milk to break up the deposits.
2. Now it’s time to get dressed:
a. Carefully stake-up each flower spike so the flowers are shown to their best advantage. Use small clips or ties, which will not distract the viewer’s eye from the flowers.
b. Place the plant in a black or other neutral color pot (nothing too showy per our display captains), to be placed in the display.
c. A little Spanish moss around the base of the plant in the pot provides a nice finishing touch.
3. Please be sure your name is on the bottom of each plant and the bottom of each display pot (printed address labels work well), so they easily find their way back home at the close of the show.
Setup - Put fabric skirting and plastic backing on vendor tables and others as instructed. Help with display seutp if needed.
Takedown – Remove skirting from tables and store in box. Remove plastic sheeting and throw away. Remove back pieces from vendor booths. Disassemble display and remove plants. Pick up area. Help vendors, if needed, load their trucks. Sweep any debris left on floor. We don’t need to move chairs and tables.
Clerking for Judges - This includes ribbon judging alongside AOS judges. This involves some work Friday night 6:30-7:30 pm and then Saturday morning during judging.
Volunteers need food to keep them energized, so feel free to bring snacks into the volunteer center to be enjoyed by all volunteers.
Help new members learn your name (or us folks who just have a hard time remembering!) Please wear your name badge or stop by the membership table to make a paper name tag.
Welcome to new member Jason King.
The $25 Membership Dues are Renewed Each July
We accept cash, check or credit card at the general meeting. Just stop by the membership table and Billie MacCarthy will be glad to assist. Forgot cash or your checkbook? No worries... simply renew online using a credit card or PayPal. Visit the ONLINE MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL page on our website. It's quick, easy and secure!
We have the following open position. Contact any board member if you are interested.
Director of Ways and Means -
- Oversees the running of the Opportunity Table and any sales at meetings.
- Oversees all money-making activities of the Society & may appoint committees to run such activities (i.e., BBQ & Auction, participation in orchid shows & festivals).
- Presents to the Board ideas for participation in money-making events.
- Makes efforts to procure donations/sponsorship for the benefit of the Society.
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
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.
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!
Thanks to Jeanne VanBlarcom, Billie MacCarthy, Cathy Rathbun, Cathy Thompson, Susan Anderson and Ann Conger for snacks at the February meeting.
2019 Refreshment Calendar
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AOS Corner, March 2019
It is Spring SHOW Time! Here are several upcoming Bay Area orchid shows, with opportunities for AOS judging, and of course for buying more beauties to enhance your collection:
- March 1 -2 - Central California Orchid Society Spring Show, Fresno Fairgrounds, in conjunction with the Fresno Home & Garden Show. AOS Judging March 2. centralcaliforniaorchidsociety.com
- March 15 -17 - Santa Barbara International Orchid Show, Earl Warren Showgrounds. AOS Judging
Thursday 3/14. sborchidshow.com
- March 29 -31 – San Joaquin Orchid Society “Orchid Fest”, Sherwood Mall, Stockton. AOS Judging 3/29. sanjoaquinorchidsociety.org
- March 30 - 31 - Sonoma County Orchid Society "Educational Orchid Exposition & Sale"
Be sure to check the show websites for more info, including the cutoff date and time for submitting orchids for judging.
Also, the AOS Spring 2019 Members' Meeting is just around the corner, March 20–24, in conjunction with the San Diego County Orchid Society Spring Show in beautiful San Diego including AOS and CSA judging. With its great weather, miles of sandy beaches, and major attractions, you won’t regret adding a few days onto your trip to enjoy this laid back oceanside destination. The San Diego area is also home to several of our great commercial orchidists, some of whom welcome visitors. The Schedule of Events isn’t listed on the AOS website just yet, but the link for hotel reservations is. Regular room rate is $177 but the AOS rate of $139 is available March 16-28; to get the $139 event rate you’ll need to book by February 18th. Meeting activities will be held at the Hilton Mission Valley and the Show will be at the Scottish Rites Center. Book your room now: http://www.aos.org/news-and-events/members-meetings/accommodations.aspx.
Your support of the American Orchid Society is important and appreciated. Don’t forget to renew annually, to keep enjoying your Orchids magazine and other benefits of AOS membership.
Wishing everyone peace, joy and orchids in the New Year!
Open greenhouses are a great way for members to see how other members grow their orchids and to get to know fellow members. If you are willing to have an open greenhouse at your home, please contact June Maiden at email@example.com. She is hoping to find members to host for the months of June, July and November.
By Lynne Murrell
Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Tuesday, March 26th @ 5:30-6:30 pm PST
Please join Dr. Ron McHatton, AOS Chief Science Officer, as he answers your questions about all things orchid. He will discuss a variety of topics on orchid culture based on questions submitted by attendees. Please send your questions & pictures to Sandra Svoboda at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, March 24th. Remember to include pictures.
Everyone Welcome - Register Now
Choosing the Best Plants
Tuesday, March 12th @ 5:30–6:30 pm PST
How do you buy the best plant for your collection? Join Lois Cinert, AOS Judge, to learn how to recognize a good orchid.
WHAT ARE WEBINARS? Webinars are an internet conference where you can hear the speaker and view his presentation, ask questions, and hear interactions from other members of the audience. You can join either on your computer or by phone. You can join from anywhere, via your Mac, PC or even your mobile device. Audio is included, so attendees can phone in or use VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). You will need a microphone for your computer to use VoIP.
It’s easy to find the scheduled webinars and to register on the AOS website www.aos.org. You’ll find the link under the All About Orchids tab.
WANT TO LEARN, BUT CAN’T MAKE THE DATE? The live webinars will be recorded and posted on the AOS website, where you will find a link allowing you to view the webinars at your convenience.
Please see the AOS event calendar at www.aos.org for the complete listing of events.
March 1-3 - Central California Orchid Society Spring Show, Fresno Home & Garden Show, Fresno Fair Grounds, 1121 S. Chance Ave., Fresno
March 2-3 - Santa Cruz Orchid Society Show, Cabrillo College Hoticulture Center, 8600 Soquell Drive, Aptos, CA
March 15-17 - Santa Barbara International Orchid Show,*
Earl Warren Showgrounds, Santa Barbara https://sborchidshow.com/
March 22-24 - San Diego County Orchid Society Spring Show "Orchid Treasures" at the Scottish Rite Center, 1895 Camino del Rio South,
San Diego, CA
March 29-31 - San Joaquin Orchid Society Annual Show, Sherwood Mall, 5308 Pacific Ave., Stockton, CA
March 30-31 - Sonoma County Orchid Society's Educational Orchid Exposition & Sale, 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA
April 6 - California Orchids Spring Sale, 9am-4pm
Large variety of species & hybirds; seedling to specimen sizes; Growing/Repotting supplies . Many specials! 515 Aspen Rd. Bolinas (415) 868-0203, www.californiaorchids.com
April 6-7 - Malihini Orchid Society Orchid Sale & Culture Demos, 19479 Stevens Creek Blvd. Ste 110, Cupertino, CA
April 13-14 - Sacramento Orchid Society Show "Dreaming of Orchids", Scottish Rite Temple, 6151 H St., Sacramento, CA
April 13-14 - Gold Coast Cymbidium Growers Show & Sale
1400 Roosevelt Avenue, Redwood City, CA
* A bus trip to the Santa Barbara Int'l Orchid Show from Sacramento is being arranged by Mylane Hastings. Contact Mylane to answer questions at 916-835-5955 or e-mail at Scdworldtravel@aol.com.
March 1-3 - Central CA Orchid Society Spring Show
March 2-3 - Santa Cruz Orchid Socieity Show
March 15-17 -Santa Barbara Int'l Orchid Show
March 22-24 - San Diego Orchid Society Spring Show
Mar 29-31 - San Joaquin Orchid Society Annual Show
Mar 30-31 - Our SCOS Educational Orchid Exposition & Sale
Apr 6 - California Orchids Spring Sale, Bolinas
Apr 6-7 - Malihini Orchid Society Sale & Culture Demo, Cupertino
Apr 13-14 - Sacramento Orchid Society Show
April 13-14 - Gold Coast Cymbidium Growers Show & Sale, Redwood City
Cattleya trianae 'Mary Fennel' HCC/AOS is a good example of this winter-blooming species.
monthly checklist Mar & Apr
Although March is, in many parts of the country, still a cold and blustery month, the lengthening days and warmer temperatures allowed by increased light are long-awaited harbingers of the coming change of season. Some of the best standard cattleyas of the year will be in bloom or will be blooming soon. The last of the winter-flowering hybrids will join the earliest of the spring hybrids in a wonderful display. Be on the alert for senescing sheaths that need removal. If these yellowing sheaths are not removed, the moisture they trap can lead to bud rot. Careful removal of the sheath will allow the buds to develop, although they will need additional support. Changing light conditions can also be a problem in March and April. An exceptionally bright day, especially immediately following a rain, can lead to sunburn of the foliage if shading is not attended to properly. There can still be periods of dull days where spikes can weakened owing to the lower light. Lengthening days will mean increased metabolic rates necessitating increased water and fertilizer. The plants will indicate needs by drying more rapidly, which means more frequent watering and fertilizing.
With the passing of the season for winter bloomers, and the beginning of the season for spring bloom, it is also the time to be on the lookout for plants that will need potting after they bloom. Immediately after blooming has proven to be the best time to repot winter- and spring-flowering cattleyas. In most cases, they will be ready to grow roots, so if potted at this time, they will root right into fresh mix with little or no setback.
Plants should be putting on a spectacular show this time of year. Adjust all staking and twist-ties and be on the lookout for aphids, slugs and snails. Give adequate water because flowering strains the plants. As new growths appear later, increase the nitrogen level in the fertilizer. Should a plant look healthy but not be blooming, try increasing the light during the next growing season. The number one reason for no flowers is lack of light.
Cymbidium Magic Mountain photographed at Longwood
Gardens in early April. © G. Allikas
These hard-cane dendrobiums will be at their flowering peak now. It is not unusual to see a specimen of this type in an orchid show boasting 1,000 flowers. The secret with this group -- bred primarily from Dendrobium kingianum and Dendrobium speciosum -- is to provide ample water, fertilizer and light during the growing season.
This genus of superb orchids will be coming to the end of its flowering season. Soon you will see the beginning of new root growth, which is an excellent time to repot into fresh media. As new growth emerges, provide ample fertilizer and water. A sign of good culture is an increase in the size of psuedobulbs with each successive year.
This marks the beginning of the flowering season. Amazing displays of color will dazzle the grower over the next few months. Prepare your plants for optimum display by staking spikes (if needed) and cleaning off the older yellow foliage. Do not miss the wonderful fragrance as the flowers unfold..
March is the beginning of the season of heaviest potting for lady's-slipper orchids. However, it is a month where the volume of plants needing attention is still small. It is an excellent month to take the time to work with your paphiopedilums before the pressure of other potting prevents your doing the thorough job you should. Look at each plant: Is it clean of dead and dying foliage? Is it weed free? Does it need potting? Is it in spike? Does it have an insect problem? Cleaning and restaging your paphs is one of the most satisfying tasks of the orchid year. Cleaned and potted paphiopedilums look happy.
The summer-blooming types will be showing the first of their buds in March and April. Be on the lookout for the buds, as well as any insect pests that may have found their way into the crowns of your plants. It is especially difficult to clean mealybugs, in particular, once they have become established in the plant. Better to get to them before they get a good toehold.
Increasing light levels should give emerging spikes the strength they need to grow straight and strong. Do not be too anxious to stake the spikes, because if they are staked too soon, the flowers may develop a "nodding" stance, where the dorsal will not stand upright. If the spikes seem to develop at an angle, let them, and stake after the flower has hardened for best carriage, especially on the hybrids with fairieanum background.
monthly checklist Mar & Apr
In most of the country, March is the peak blooming month for phalaenopsis. Staking needs to be carefully attended to, so that the flowers will be displayed at their best for orchid shows and judging -- even those intended for your home will look best if properly staked. One of the most decorative aspects of phalaenopsis spikes is the way they gracefully arch. If not staked properly, the spike will lack this grace and will not be as pleasing. Most growers like to have the final support just below the first flower, allowing maximum support, without sacrificing the beauty of the arching spike.
Rapid-growing spikes and open flowers place extra demands on the plant. Careful monitoring of watering and feeding will give the plants the energy they require to give their best floral display. Remember, too, that the lengthening days will also increase the frequency at which plants need water.
Beware of the invasion of sucking pests that accompany the flowering season. Flowers and spikes are favorite targets of mealybugs and scales. Be on the look out for their presence, often indicated by the appearance of sooty mold resulting from the exudate of the bugs, and treat before flowers or buds are too advanced. If flowers and buds are too far along, the chemical treatment may damage or abort them.
Members in this large and increasingly popular group will be looking their best now. If plants are not in flower, the next few months provide an excellent time to divide if needed or repot into fresh mix. Taking care of these tasks now will allow enough time for your plants to become established before the hot weather arrives.
The AOS thanks Ned Nash and James Rose for this essay.
Masdevallia Highland Monarch 'Free Spirit'
AM/AOS photographed at Parkside Orchids.
Ottsville, Pennsylvania © G. Allikas
2018-2019 SCOS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Alison Bies - email@example.com
Vice President June Maiden - firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Ann Conger - email@example.com
Treasurer Karen Wofford - firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Billie MacCarthy - email@example.com
Ways & Means vacant - If you are interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Communications Susan Anderson - email@example.com
Director of Meetings Ann Shippey & Haili Marshall -
AOS Representative Lynne Murrell - AOSrep@sonomaorchids.com
Newsletter Editor Ann Possinger - firstname.lastname@example.org
Past President Jeanne VanBlarcom - email@example.com
Photos from February Meeting Show & Tell
Blc Satomi 'Yosooi' Helen Orgill
Coelogyne cristata - Judy Carney
SCOS 2/19/19 Board Meeting Highlights
In Attendance: Alison Bies-President, June Maiden-Vice President, Ann Conger-Secretary,
Karen Wofford-Treasurer, Billie MacCarthy-Membership, Ann Shippey-Meetings, Susan
Anderson-Communications, Jeanne VanBlarcom-Past President
Secretary: Minutes from previous meeting approved. Ann met with Cindy Bertino to transfer the secretary books and the society locker and storage keys.
President: Alison is pleased with the progress of the show preparations. Artstart is
aware of the budget for the show display. Alison has had a challenge requesting an AOS
video to use at the show.
Vice President: June said that Marni Turkel is willing to be a back up speaker in case we have a last-minute cancellation.
March - Bill Bloy will speak about his trip to Rio Negro.
April - Dan Newman
May - Mounting party during meeting night
June - Angelic Nguyen will speak about "The Amazing Orchids of Vietnam".
July will be our ice cream social and bingo.
August - Alan Koch will speak about Cattleya Sincoranas.
September - we will have the BBQ and auction. Location TBD.
Open green houses:
April - Mary Nesbit, Susan Anderson, Tom Pickford and Sergio Garcia.
May - Judy Carney
August - Dale Martin
September - Linda and Daryl Eggleston
October - Kathy and Earl Rathbun
Treasurer: Karen reported savings account balance $19,015.49 and checking
balance $2,993.58 as of 2/19/19. It appears that the Press Democrat show advertising
will be under budget.
Membership: Billie reported no new members this month.
Communications Director: Susan reported that Robyn has added "Service dogs" to the
show page on the website.
The next board meeting will be March 19th, at 7:00 pm, at Jeanne Van Blarcom’s House,
897 Matsuda Lane, Sebastopol CA . This will also be a last show meeting before the show.
Respectfully submitted, Ann Conger
Corks - Some members are using corks in bottoms of pots or even as planting medium. Feel free to save your corks and bring them to meetings for anyone who wants them.
Bennett Valley Gardens, 2780 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA does repotting including orchids for $15/pot.
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