April Speaker -
SCOS Members Updates
Board of Directors
Sonoma County Orchid Society
in this issue
Tuesday, April 9th - Doors open at 6:30pm
Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa
Dan Newman's talk is titled "Dendrobiums, Jewels of the East"
Dan Newman started growing orchids in 1982. His first successful subject was a Dendrobium hybrid bought as a tiny seedling at a lei stand in the Honolulu Airport. When that plant finally grew up and bloomed a few years later, he was hooked! By 1996 he had 350 orchids in a one-bedroom apartment. That year he moved his plants into a rented commercial greenhouse in San Francisco. He took over the large species collection of his friend and orchid mentor, Walter Teague, and his hobby evolved into his nursery, Hanging Gardens. Dan started growing orchids full-time in 2000, and moved to a larger greenhouse in Pacifica a few years later. Most of his plants are cool to intermediate growers (really warm growers are challenging in Pacifica, but it's hard to resist trying a few). Species orchids make up his core collection and most of his sale stock. He also grows a variety of "companion plants", which share the natural habitats of orchids.
Dan joined the San Francisco Orchid Society in 1987 and served as its president in 1996/97. In recent years, he has spoken on a variety of topics to orchid societies in California and elsewhere.
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By the time you read this, this year’s show will be a thing of the past. There are so many people to thank especially the show leaders listed below.
Admissions & Tickets Ann Conger
Advertising Karen Wofford & Ann Possinger
Banner (Change Date) Jeanne VanBlarcom
Docent Tours Judy Carney
Electronic Payments, Facility Coordinator Karen Wofford
Fire Permit Linda Eggelston
Judges Lunch Josie Lee
Judging and Clerking Coordinator Judy Carney & Becky Jackson
Membership Table Gerry & Jerry Smith
Pasta Party Jeanne Van Blarcom
Plant Doc, postcard print/mail Susan Anderson
Plant Entry for Judging Kris Foster
Plant Hotel Sue Hayes
Postcard/flyer production Alison Bies
Security Anne Shippey
Setup & Takedown Becky & Dave Jackson
Show Supplement Ann Possinger
Skill Sessions Alison Bies
Silent Auction Amber Powner
SCOS Boutique Billie McCarthy
Social Media Campaign Amber Powner
Society Display Artstart , Alison & Gary
Society Plant Sales Earl & Kathy Rathbun
Trophies Josie Lee
Volunteer Coordinator Ann Possinger
Vendor Hospitality Susan Fletcher & Fern Wilson
Volunteer Center Ann Possinger & Gary Cockriell
Cattleya v. coerulea x v. amethystina
Chysis aurea (?) - Helen Orgill
This show was a collaborative effort. So many members have done double or triple duty…showing up for show meetings, board meetings, general meetings…spending time on the phone and emailing, coordinating, solving problems, suggesting solutions and being part of it all. Every member who participated in the show deserves recognition and thanks.
To me it is amazing that we manage to “pull this off” every year and with much success. No one person can do it, a dozen people couldn’t do it. Heck, it takes a lot of effort from a lot of people! It makes me realize what a great group of people we have in the Society, filling in where others can’t or didn’t, doing more than asked, contributing their time, energy, knowledge and friendship. It is important that we put our best foot forward when stepping into our community. We are proud to have done that with this show.
Many thanks to the Orchid Conservation Alliance and Bill Bloy for the wonderful travelogue exploring the Rio Negro. I hope some of our members will consider traveling with the OCA on their upcoming trips to Paupa New Guinea or the Rio Negro. But I’m not quite sure I believe the part about no mosquitos when out on the water on the black river…I’m pretty sure mosquitoes can find me anywhere!
I’d also like to encourage you to sign up for our annual Bus Trip being arranged by our own wonder women, Susan Anderson and Lynne Murrell. Friends and family invited. I highly recommend it and guarantee you’ll have a good time!
To see photos from March meeting show & tell, click here https://photos.app.goo.gl/XYtK9huQoNfqFPMo9
Dendrobium pendulum - Lynne Murrell
Bulb. Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry'
Link for all photos from our March 2019 show
Cat. Walkeriana v alba 'Tanya'
Chysis limminghei 'Bonheur'
Congratulations to all who were awarded trophies and ribbons! Many thanks to members for your generosity and support in sponsorship of trophies! Jose Lee, Member Sponsored Trophy Chair
Exhibitors/Awarded Plants Awards/Trophies Sponsors
Lynne Murrell – Chysis limminghei ‘Bonheur’ Best Entry by SCOS Member SCOS
Lynne Murrell – Chysis limminghei ‘Bonheur’ Best of Show SCOS
Larry Mead – Bulb. Elizabeth Ann ‘Buckleberry’ Best Intermediate SCOS
Helen Orgill – C. walkeriana v. alba ‘Tanya’ Best Novice SCOS
Susan Anderson – C. Circle of Life ‘Spring Joy’ Best Cattleya Alliance Earl & Kathy Rathbun
Orchids Fiori D’Amore – Cym Lady Sarah ‘Bridal Veil’ Best Cymbidium Alliance Ann Conger
Orchids Fiori D’Amore – Den. kingianum Best Dendrobium Alliance Patty Connick
Lynne Murrell – Macroclinium dalstroemii Best Oncidium Alliance Austin Creek Orchids
Lynne Murrell – Phal. parishii Best Phalaenopsis Alliance Lynne Murrell
Asuka Orchids – Masd. Sunset Jaguar Best Pleurothallid Alliance Bill Poe & Sue Hayes
Judy Carney – Phrag. pearcei Best Slipper Orchid Alliance Tom Pickford
Becky Jackson – Renanetia Sunrise Best Vanda Alliance Linda & Daryl Eggleston
Lynne Murrell – Chysis limminghei ‘Bonheur’ Best Other Genera Alison Bies
Judy Carney – Coelogyne sparsa Best Miniature Orchid Helen Orgill
Lynne Murrell – Chysis limminghei ‘Bonheur’ Best Species Kris & Jim Foster
Judy Carney – Phrag. pearcei Best Specimen Kathie Hile
No Entry Best Basket of Orchids Anonymous
Asuka Orchids Best Table Display Anonymous
SCOS AOS Award for Best Display SCOS
American Orchid Society Awards
Paph Paradise – Paph. haynaldianum ‘Tavel’ AM/AOS 81 pts
Lynne Murrell – Chysis limminghei ‘Bonheur’ AM/AOS 80 pts
Susan Anderson – Den. platygastrium ‘Bailey’s Best’ HCC/AOS 78 pts
Cynthia Battershall – Sacrochilus Kulnura Lemon mem. Ellen Margron HCC/AOS 76 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
CSA Awards Notations
Gold (89.51 – 100 pts)
Silver (79.51 – 89.5 pts)
Bronze (74.51 – 79.5 pts)
2019 SHOW awards
by Josie Lee, 2019
SCOS held it’s first show in the 1980’s at Souverain Winery with subsequent shows held at Coddingtown Mall. During its early days, the group met at West America Bank on Guerneville Road. As membership increased, the meetings were moved to the Luther Burbank Center and subsequently to our present location, the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building in the late 1980’s early 1990’s. It is likely that the first orchids awarded were at a show held here in the Veterans Building in the early 1990’s.
SCOS Sponsored Trophies
The first awards were Best Advanced, Best Intermediate, Best Novice and Best Commercial. When it became evident that SCOS best hobby growers were competing successfully with commercial growers, the advanced and commercial classes were merged to the Open/Commercial class. At the same time, the Best Advanced and Best Commercial award categories were eliminated in favor of a Best of Show award that honored the very best of all entries.
Today, we still have the Best of Show, Best Intermediate and Best Novice. Traditionally, the awards are orchid pots, created by SCOS member Marni Turkel. All other judged categories were and continue to be acknowledged with a rosette ribbon.
Best of Show Perpetual Award in honor of Kathy and Earl Rathbun was introduced in 2001. This award was created to recognize the best plant entered by a SCOS member. Yes, there are two Best of Shows. The original Best of Show is for the best plant entered, and the Best of Show Perpetual is for best plant entered by a SCOS member.
Member Sponsored Trophies
For years, SCOS members Jim Hamilton and Ron Ehlers of Petite Plaisance sponsored the Best Species award. Circa 1999, SCOS member-sponsored awards for the other judged categories were introduced.
The categories awarded presently are:
Best Cattleya Alliance Best Vanda Alliance
Best Cymbidium Alliance Best Other Genera
Best Dendrobium Alliance Best Basket of Orchids
Best Oncidium Alliance Best Miniature Orchid
Best Phalaenopsis Alliance Best Species
Best Pleurothallid Alliance Best Specimen
Best Slipper Orchid Alliance Best Table Display
At the onset of these awards, there were three Best Cymbidium categories -- Best Standard Cymbidium, Best Miniature Cymbidium and Best Novelty Cymbidium. In 2007, these three categories were combined into one Best Cymbidium Alliance. In 2013 the Best Commercial Display was renamed Best Table Display as not all displays were created by commercial vendors.
Awards by member-sponsored trophies were originally etched crystal blocks. The diamonds shaped paperweights were used in a couple of shows. Now orchid etched suncatchers are awarded to the various categories. Individual members can choose and have chosen to honor a particular category/person with an appropriate award of their choice. In 2014, the Best Cymbidium Ted Pruden Memorial sponsored by Patty Connick and the Best Slipper Orchid Bob Breckwoldt Memorial sponsored by Lynne Murrell were presented.
scos awards - an historical sketch
American Orchid Society Fall Show 2005
In addition to our annual Spring Show, SCOS hosted the American Orchid Society Fall "Orchids in Wine Country Show" in 2005. Appropriately, etched bottles of wines were the awards.
American Orchid Society & Cymbidium Society of America Awards
AOS bestows a trophy for an outstanding display. AOS and CSA also judge and bestow certificates for exceptional orchids.
American Orchid Society
First Class Certificate (FCC) (90 – 100 pts)
Award of Merit (AM) Certificate of Cultural Merit (CCM) (80 – 89 pts)
Highly Commended Certificate (HCC) (70 – 79 pts)
Judges’ Commendation (JC)
Award of Distinction (AD)
Award of Quality (AQ)
Certificate of Cultural Excellence (CCE)
Certificate of Horticultural Merit (CHM)
Certificate of Botanical Recognition (CBR)
Cymbidium Society of America
CSA Awards Notations
Gold (89.51 – 100 pts)
Silver (79.51 – 89.5 pts)
Bronze (74.51 – 79.5 pts)
scos awards - an historical sketch
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 new members Beverly Mauck, Kay Johnson, Inge Simms, Randon States, Debbie Lehman & Jack Levitan, Kerry Bailey, Patricia Smith, North C. Williams & Karly Reyes, Teresa Lozoya, Nancy Keller, Roberta Garrity,
The $25 Membership Dues are Renewed Each July
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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 Cathy Thompson, Ann Conger,
Jeanne VanBlarcom, Judy Carney, Gerry Smith and Chen-Hao Hsu for snacks at the March meeting.
2019 Refreshment Calendar
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AOS Corner, April 2019
The AOS 2019 Spring Members' Meeting just wrapped up in San Diego, along with the gorgeous San Diego County Orchid Society Spring Show. Following are the highlights of the AOS Town Hall meeting, which provided members with an update on things at AOS, including the various committees who continue to work behind the scenes.
AOS’ fiscal health is good, with total assets currently at $5,935,000. 2018 showed an increase in revenue from membership and publications.
Membership is holding steady at 10,000; another membership drive will kick off in 2019.
AOS Judging: 2302 AOS awards were given in 2018, with 54 FCCs (First Class Certificates, the highest award category), which will be published in the April issue of Orchids magazine, with beautiful color photos of each awarded orchid.
SITF: The Species Identification Task Force completed research to confirm 186 first-time awards for new species. (Certificates of Botanical Recognition, or CBRs). They report that the ongoing DNA testing by the scientific community, is nearly finished with the large nomenclature changes, though smaller changes will continue.
This year’s Fall Supplement will be on the Oncidinae. to be released in October, with 90 pages of photos, articles, and culture info.
NEW BOOK! The AOS Guide to Orchids and Their Culture, written by Mary Gerritsen, and with stunning photos by Ron Parsons, is at the publisher now and will be available very soon.
The AOS website has been modernized. And AOS continues to enhance their FACEBOOK pages (one is an “official” page, and the other is for group interaction), and the INSTAGRAM site has hit a benchmark 10,000 followers. Check them out!
The Fall 2019 AOS Members Meeting will be at RF Orchids in Homestead, FL.
Spring 2020 will be in Sacramento, dates to be announced.
Spring 2021 will celebrate AOS’ Centennial, with a huge celebration at the new Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, FL. Mark your calendars for April 8 & 9, 2021. Work is progressing on a centennial book, a historical record of AOS’ first 100 years. A new seedling cross will be introduced to commemorate the centennial.
While in San Diego, Susan Anderson, Tom Pickford and I visited Andy’s Orchids in Encinitas, and Sunset Valley Orchids (Fred Clarke) in Vista. Both were exceptional experiences, and of course we came home with some hard-to-find orchids for our collections. What fun… we hope you will take the opportunity to participate in a future AOS meeting and the orchid growers in the vicinity.
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.
Let’s Grow Together!
By Lynne Murrell
Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Tuesday, April 9th @ 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 email@example.com by Sunday, April 7th. Remember to include pictures.
Everyone Welcome - Register Now
How to Grow Habenarias
with Jim Heillig - Members Only
Thursday, April 18th @ 5:30–6:30 pm PST
Jim Heillig will discuss how to culture these
exotic deciduous terrestrials.
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.
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. For information contact Bill Weaver, show chair 408-245-7179. http://www.goldcoast.com
May 11-12 - Orchid Society of California "Mother's Day Orchid Show & Sale", Lakeside Park Garden Center Nursery, 666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, CA
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. She is hoping to find members to host for the months of June, July and November.
Apr 6 - California Orchids Spring Sale, Bolinas, CA
Apr 6-7 - Malihini Orchid Society Sale & Culture Demo, Cupertino, CA
Apr 13-14 - Sacramento Orchid Society Show
April 13-14 - Gold Coast Cymbidium Growers Show & Sale, Redwood City, CA
May 11-12 - Orchid Society of CA Mother's Day Orchid Show & Sale, Oakland, CA
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
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