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Board of Directors
Sonoma County Orchid Society
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Tuesday, October 8th - Doors open at 6:30 pm, meeting begins at 7:00 pm.
Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa
Dave Sorokowsky presents "Novelty Paphiopedilums"
Novelty Paphiopedilums: This is a very broad term for hybrids made with distantly related species. Some of the novelties are the most striking of the Paphiopedilum hybrids. Unfortunately very few are used to make new hybrids. We will explore the novelties and which ones have been good parents for the next generation of hybrids.
After receiving his degree in biochemistry from the University of Toronto, Dave opted to step outside his chosen field and operated a tropical fish import business for eight years. Upon returning to school, Dave received a degree in enology and viticulture from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. While attending Brock, Dave began acquiring orchids, one 2” pot at a time, and before he graduated, Dave had over 100 orchids. Wine making and a passion for orchids prompted Dave to seek a warmer climate in California about one year later. Dave has been growing Paphiopedilums for about 15 years and seriously hybridizing for the past 10 years. He is an accredited AOS judge and his Paphiopedilums have received over 75 awards to date from the AOS and CSA. Many of those awarded plants play important roles in his breeding program. Dave and his wife Stacey started Paph Paradise in 2014 after a few years of selling plants on eBay. You can see what they have to offer at www.paphparadise.com
Speaker's Dinner: Join us for dinner with Dave at Monti's Rotisserie, 714 Village Court, Santa Rosa on Tuesday the 8th at 5 pm. Please RSVP by 5pm on 10/6.
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This month is the beginning of fall, and soon will come the holidays, the new year...and then our Orchid Show on March 28-29 ,2020. Yup, here it comes! In preparation, we are looking for people to join in. The next show meeting will be held on 10/24. Put on your thinking cap and come join us. Thank you to Ann Shippey for hosting! Show Hint: Explore the globe for orchids and learn about conservation. Got ideas? Come to the next show meeting!
A big thank you goes to everyone who participated in our SCOS BBQ and Auction! Thank you Becky and Dave Jackson for hosting our big group and letting us invade your home for our event! Dave is the BBQ king turning out yummy chicken and tri-tip! Thanks to Ann Possinger for chairing the event! She had everything so organized that when she was ill on the day of the event, everything went off without a problem! Thank you to Earl and Kathy Rathbun for handling the live and silent auctions! They are pros, and along with helpers Lynne Paulus and Linda Eggleston all was handled perfectly! Thank you to Alan Koch from Gold Country Orchids for driving back and forth all the way from Lincoln to bring us a terrific plant table for us to fight over! Alan is extremely entertaining! His knowledge and jovial attitude is so much fun!
Thank you to everyone who brought plants for the silent auction! Thank you to all of the people who brought tables, chairs, and canopies and helped set up the night before! Thank you to everyone who brought a delicious array of food to eat. AND thank you to everyone who brought $$$ to spend!!! It was another fun event!!! How can we get better attendance at our events? If you have an answer or idea, please send me an email to President@SonomaOrchids.com. Member participation is important to the success of SCOS.
Please note that the Napa Valley Orchid Society, our sister society, is having their annual show and sale on October 5-6, "Explosion of Orchids" at the Las Flores Community Center, 4300 Linda Vista Avenue, Napa, CA.
Unfortunately, due to low participation, cost, and the tremendous amount of work involved in setting up the bus trip, the Board has decided to cancel the bus trip for 2020. We hope to reinstate it in 2021 if there is enough interest. So many thanks go out Susan and Lynne. The Society is financially strong, but we need more member participation. For too long orchid societies have been saddled with an image of old ladies and dandies admiring orchids over tea and biscuits. Things have changed. They will keep changing and we need to evolve with the times or be left behind. But gardening is still popular, and there is no reason we cannot promote the growing, love, appreciation and conservation of orchids. They have become easier to grow, have more and larger blooms, and have become so available. Please help us spread this love for orchids to your friends and neighbors.
We bid a fond farewell to Kathie Hile.
Kathie has moved to Oceanside, CA to be near family. Kathie is a long time member of our Sonoma County Orchid Society. She grew cymbidiums and many other genera at her home in Santa Rosa. She also grew beautiful iris along with Joe's lovely bonsai.
Kathie served on the SCOS Board as President, Vice President, newsletter editor, and Director of Ways and Means. She worked tirelessly on our Spring Show. Kathie, along with her husband, Joe, who passed away in 2016, did skill sessions on repotting cymbidiums at the shows. Kathie also started the SCOS boutique. Kathie spearheaded SCOS participation in many events such as Petaluma’s Art and Garden Festival and the National Heirloom Exposition. She did orchid talks at Home Depot and Raley’s Supermarkets.
Kathie is one of the nicest and most giving people. We will miss her very much!
Membership Dues were due July 1st
The $25 membership dues are renewed each July. If you have not paid for 2019-2020 year by 11/1/19, your membership will lapse. We accept cash, check or credit card at the general meeting. See Billie MacCarthy at the membership table. 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!
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!
2019 Refreshment Calendar
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SCOS Member's page
The American Orchid Society is about to roll out brand NEW orchid software: OrchidPro will be launched October 1. I have viewed 3 short preview videos, and it will have a robust search engine with many different ways to access and create customized views of the information. And the good news is that it will be MAC and I-Phone friendly.
OrchidPro will be bundled into AOS membership for new members and renewals until Dec 31: non-members will have to wait until January to have access to it for $99.
With OrchidPro, you can...
* Access over 95,000 photos of award-winning orchids
* Search by numerous criteria (even color, patterns, etc.)
* Browse orchids by Genus
* Get pronunciation guidance for orchid genera
* Discover exclusive data not available anywhere else
* Dig into orchid genealogy (parents, progeny, family trees, species makeup, etc.)
* And so much more...
Phase II and Phase II are already being planned, with programming to begin after the initial rollout. Here is a sneak peek at a screen shot.
By Lynne Murrell
Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Thursday, October 3rd @ 5:30-6:30 pm PST
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 email@example.com by Sun. October 1st. Remember to include pictures.
Everyone Welcome - Register Now
Conservation & Ecology of Western North American Cypripediums
Monday, October 7th - 5:30–6:30 pm PST
Members Only - Registration Page
Join Tara Luna for a survey of the status of cypripediums in Western North America and what can be done to preserve habitat.
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.
Despite the shortening days and lowering angle of the sun, September can still be one of the hottest months. Water and fertilizer need to be in balance with heat and light. The alert grower will notice, however, that his or her plants are beginning to slow down a bit. Growths are maturing, and the sheaths are giving the promise of the next six-months' bloom.
Check plants for potting needs for the last time this season. Any in dire need should be potted, even some that may be on the cusp, as there is just enough of the growing season left to allow the plants to establish before the days start to get really short and cold.
This is the month for purples derived from Cattleya labiata breeding to flower. If you are short on flowers, look into this group. There is nothing that can quite match this type for beauty and fragrance. They are easy to grow, too.
Plants summered outdoors should begin to be prepared to be brought back into the winter growing area. Clean the plants up and be on the lookout for any pests they may have picked up during the summer. Treat as necessary.
This little-known and under-appreciated genus, which can have male or female flowers, is at its best in the autumn. Two of the spectacular varieties are Cycnoches loddigesii, with its large brown flowers resembling a prehistoric bird, and Cycnoches chlorochilon, the swan orchid. This last one has large, fragrant green flowers. The biggest problem, culturally, will be red spider mite infestations that require immediate attention. Plants are quite seasonal, requiring heavy watering in the growing season and then a drier dormant winter season.
Summer can be the most rewarding season for cymbidiums. Growths should be coming strong now. The leaves of the new growths are best when they are broad and fairly stiff. The color should be a light green to nearly yellow. Early flowering varieties should be showing flower spikes, so move the plants into a cooler area with lower light. For mid-season varieties, lower the dosage of nitrogen to assist in spike initiation.
September & October
the green swan orchid
This is a good season for hybrids of the Dendrobium phalaenopsis and Dendrobium canaliculatum types. Both are capable of putting on tremendous shows of long-lasting flowers. Fertilize with a low-nitrogen formula to promote the best flowers. Dendrobium phalaenopsis can get tall and top heavy, suggesting an attractive and heavy container would be appropriate for this type.
Both Rhynchostele bictoniensis and its hybrids bloom in this season. Rhynchostele bictoniensis, formerly known as Lemboglossum, Odontoglossum) is a showy species from Mexico that has three different color forms: sulphureum (green with white lip), album (brown with white lip) and roseum (brown with a pink lip). It is a vigorous grower with tall inflorescences of many flowers, and imparts to its progeny (as seen in Odcdm. Bittersweet and Odm. bicross) ease of culture, warmth tolerance and eye-catching patterns. They make a prime candidate for odontoglossum beginners and advanced alike.
Standard, green-leaved paphiopedilums begin to show their bloom sheaths this month. Late-season heat waves can blast these early sheaths, so be observant about proper cooling and air circulation. As with the rest of your plants that may have been summered outdoors, it is time to prepare for their move inside. Clean each plant and implement pest-control practices. Repotting, if necessary, is appropriate.
The bulk of this season's growth is being ripened this month, with growers in cooler climates seeing the first emerging inflorescences. Some night heating may be necessary in the cooler areas. Begin to watch watering more carefully, and reduce feeding proportionately with reduced watering needs. An extra dose of phosphorus and potassium, such as a bloom-booster or high-acid-type fertilizer, is beneficial.
Rossioglossum grande shows off its large,
Once known as Odontoglossum grande, this is a spectacular orchid with six to eight flowers up to 8 inches across. Often known as the tiger orchid, it has bright golden yellow flowers heavily marked with chestnut brown barring. The plants are beautiful with a grey-green cast to the foliage, which is borne on succulent pseudobulbs. It prefers hot and wet summers with cooler, even down to 40 F, dry winters. Grow under filtered light. Watch for snails and slugs that eat the flowers, pseudobulbs and leaves.
The AOS thanks Ned Nash and James Rose for this essay.
Please see the AOS event calendar at www.aos.org for the complete listing of events.
Oct 5-6 - Napa Valley Orchid Society 26th Annual Show and Sale "Explosion of Orchids" is being held at the Las Flores Community Center, 4300 Linda Vista Avenue, Napa, CA
Oct 18-19 - Graton Fall Flower Show & Plant Sale, 9am - 4pm
8996 Graton Road, Graton, CA. Come join us in discovering the
"Backroads of Sonoma County". Creative & beautiful floral displays will take you into the fields, forests, ocean & rivers that we all love in Sonoma County. A great plant sale will feature many succulents, natives & other habitat-friendly plants, and garden art. Antique collectibles & hand-crafted novelties by many of the members will be for sale, & a raffle will feature local businesses. A fabulous lunch will be available from 11-2 for only $10. Desserts & beverages are available all day. Live music featuring local musicians will be enjoyed both days. The proceeds from this event benefit the Club’s SRJC scholarship program and the building fund for restoration of our historical building.
Oct 18-20 - The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens International Orchid Show is being held at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens,
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA
Nov 8-9 - Carmel Orchid Society Fall Orchid Festival, 9am-4pm
4590 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel
Mar 27-29, 2020 - SCOS spring show - mark your calendars!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The following is scheduled:
October 13th - the Rathbuns in Santa Rosa
Oct 5-6 - Napa Valley Orchid Show & Sale
Oct 18-19 - Graton Flower Show & Plant Sale
Oct 18-20 - Huntington Library Int'l Orchid Show
Nov 8-9 - Carmel Orchid Society Fall Orchid Festival
Mar 13-15 - Santa Barbara Orchid Show
Mar 27-29 - SCOS Spring Show
Mark your calendars for March 27-29. We need all of you to participate to make this show a success.
The first show planning meeting was held 9/26. We brainstormed about show title and theme. Alison found out that a garden club is offering a $1000 grant for educational shows, so with that in mind, we think the title will be something along the lines of Orchid Exploration. We can explore such aspects as how to grow orchids; where orchids grow in the world; conservation, etc.
Many chair positions are going to filled by those who did the jobs last year, but we need members to step up to fill these key positions:
The next planning meeting will be 10/24 at 7pm at the home of Ann Shippey.
What will this year's theme be? We'd like your ideas and help to put on this very important event.
SCOS Spring Show Page
Highlights of 8/20/19 SCOS Board Meeting
In Attendance: Alison Bies-President, June Maiden-Vice President, Ann Conger-Secretary, Karen Wofford-Treasurer, Billie MacCarthy-Membership, Susan Anderson-Communications, Ann Shippey-Meetings, and Haili Marshall-Ways and Means.
Vice President's Report: June brought up the cost of the opportunity table plants and the speaker honorarium. After discussion, Susan made a motion that the guideline for the opportunity table be increased to $200 for approximately 20 plants. In November, Jonathon Robins' topic will be "Asking the Right Questions".
Treasurer's Report: Karen paid our property insurance for our items at the Veterans Building and the storage unit. After discussion, we decided we need to continue carrying this insurance. She also paid the property tax for our use of the Veterans Building and the deposit to Foxtail for the holiday party.
Membership Report: Billie reported that the society has 113 members, but only 60 have paid their dues.
- Dues: After discussion, Alison made a motion that the society dues be raised to $30 per household in the 2020-2021 fiscal year. It passed. The change will be communicated at a meeting and in the newsletter.
- Holiday Party: Billie has been working with Foxtail to amend the draft contract. The cost will be $38 per person.
Spring Show: The first show planning meeting will be held 9/26, at 7 pm, at Ann Shippey's home.
The next board meeting will be September 17th at 7:00 pm at the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate office, at 50 E Street, in Santa Rosa.
Highlights of 9/17/19 SCOS Board Meeting
In Attendance: Alison Bies-President, June Maiden-Vice President, Ann Conger-Secretary,
Karen Wofford-Treasurer, Susan Anderson-Communications
President's Report: Alison reported having talked with Robyn about moving to a new company to host the Society website. They decided to use Go Daddy. Robyn would like to work on some redesign. It was suggested that an easy way for people to contact the Society be added.
Treasurer's Report: Karen reported $2,270.45 in the checking account, and $20,524.38 in savings.
board meeting highlights
SCOS board of directors
We could really use new board members. Start out by simply joining our fun group! We meet the third Thursday of each month. It’s fun volunteering! Or contact a board member if you are interested! Current board members will be glad to train you.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Alison Bies
Vice President June Maiden
Secretary Ann Conger
Treasurer Karen Wofford
Membership Billie MacCarthy
Ways & Means Haili Marshall
Dir. of Communications Susan Anderson
Dir. of Meetings Ann Shippey
AOS Rep (unofficial position) Lynne Murrell
New AOS book titled The American Orchid Society Guide to Culture by Mary Gerritsen. We have a limited supply of books for $22 including sales tax. The retail price is $24.95 plus shipping and handling so it's a good deal. Books will be available at the monthly meeetings.
Dale Martin has a few bags of all 3 sizes of Orchiata for sale for $30/bag including tax. To reserve bags, please contact Date Martin at email@example.com or call 707-762-0526.
Sizes are Classic (fine) #9
Power (medium) #5
Power+ (medium) #5a
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