March Speaker - Michelle Halbur
Board of Directors
Show & Tell Pix
Sonoma County Orchid Society
in this issue
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Tuesday, March 10th. Doors open at 6:30pm, meeting begins at 7:00pm. Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa
Susan Anderson will present a skill session at 6:45pm - "Blooming Orchids on a Windowsill".
"Emerging from the ashes: How fire-shaped communities are responding to the Tubbs and Kincade Fires" by Michelle Halbur, MS, Preserve Ecologist
Pepperwood Preserve serves as an integrated climate-ecosystem field station for California's Coast Ranges and facilitates productive exchanges between scientists and land managers. Pepperwood's 3,200-acre preserve has burned twice during the 2017 Tubbs and 2019 Kincade Fires. Prior to these fires, Pepperwood had been collecting weather, hydrology, and biological data via a Sentinel Site monitoring framework for nearly a decade. As climate change pushes us towards a more fire-prone future, the time is now to take a multi-disciplinary approach to collect the data our community needs in order to understand the local drivers of fire, to monitor landscape recovery, and to support resilient forest management strategies. This presentation will provide a high-level overview of pre- and post-fire ecosystem indicators, highlight botanical observations including 12 new fire-following plant species to the preserve, showcase the beautifully recovering landscape, and describe how these findings are informing resilience strategies.
Michelle Halbur is the Preserve Ecologist at Pepperwood Preserve. She received her B.S. from UC Davis in Plant Biology and a Master's from Purdue University where she studied the conservation genetics of a rare California vernal pool plant Sebastopol meadowfoam (Limnanthes vinculans). At Pepperwood she manages a multitude of projects that monitor the impacts of adaptive land management on the preserve and its inhabitants including Pepperwood's conservation grazing, prescribed fire, invasive weed management, and forest management programs. She also manages the Stephen J. Barnhart Herbarium and supervises the Wildlife Picture Index project, Breeding Bird Survey project, and Pepperwood's community science and visiting scholar programs.
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I hope everyone is enjoying our lovely weather and getting outside to do some gardening. Get ready for our annual show and sale on March 28th and 29th. We need more volunteers to help on those days, so if you haven’t signed up already, please contact Ann Possinger at firstname.lastname@example.org. We even have jobs for your friends who don’t know anything about orchids. We also need donations for the silent auction.
I encourage you to invite your friends, family and other people you meet as you go about your daily activities. Give them a postcard and tell them to look for the newspaper ad for $1 off admission. There will be some new vendors along with our regular favorites. This show and its success are main stays of the Society; so a big thank you to everyone who is participating!
Personally, I love the show. I enjoy watching the Veteran"s Bldg. be transformed from a big empty space into a bustling and exciting display of orchids and vendors. Vendors come from across California, and we have a reputation for treating our vendors with kindness, providing lunch and the pasta party. Please stay after the show closes on Saturday night and join them and your fellow members at the pasta party. Bring a dish to share and a bottle of wine if you wish. You might enjoy the docent tour led by one of our expert members, or attend one of our skill sessions in the North Room – schedule is listed on the show postcards. FYI, we’ll have WiFi available to us and our guests (the kids can stay connected!). You’ll be able to look up that orchid you’re interested in buying to get cultural information. We also have a very special presentation on Saturday at 3 PM by Steve Beckendorf of the Orchid Conservation Alliance. The Society is not only for our education and fun, but it’s also concerned with the conservation of native orchids in North America and across the world.
Have questions or ideas about the show? Attend the final show meeting on 3/12 at Ann Shippey’s home – see the Show Page on Page 3 for details & info. The future of the Society depends on you, and board meetings are open to all members. Have friends you think might be interested in joining the Society? Let them know about the benefits of membership. We want to share our knowledge as well as the fun we have at our meetings and events.
I want to remind you that we have a library of orchid books, and sadly it is underutilized. If you want this to remain a benefit, please use it! You can’t always trust what you see on-line, but these books have accepted and tested information. Books often contain more in-depth material and information than is available from short articles on the internet.
Our Annual Show & Sale - Exploring Orchids - March 27-29
The theme is Exploring Orchids. Planning meetings have been held for the past 5 months.
Volunteer - Contact Ann Possinger at email@example.com to volunteer or use our online program SignUp Genius -https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e4da8a72ba1fe3-scos
Plant Hotel: Sue Hayes needs strong boxes for the plant hotel.
SCOS Boutique: Start collecting garden related items for sale in the boutique which is always a popular spot. Take some cuttings of your non-orchid plants and pot them up for sale.
Silent Auction: Thanks to all who have gotten donated items and we can use more. Contact June Maiden at VicePresident@SonomaOrchids.com. Please solicit restaurants, wineries, nurseries, artists, misc service providers for gift certificates or actual items which will be auctioned off on the silent auction table. Get creative - put together a gift basket. New items only - re-gifting OK!
Display– Billie, Gary & Alison are going to do it since no one else volunteered. They will order a 40” inflatable globe of the world. Have some poster boards with facts about orchids on the tables; plants by each continent & color coded by continent. We need shelving (wine boxes, glass bricks, etc) to create different levels. Members should bring in plants for the display even if not in bloom.
Vendors: Gary has gotten 11 vendors plus the Orchid Conservation Alliance will have a table providing information about orchid conservation and some items for sale. Vendors are Alejandro’s Flora, Botanico, CA Carnivores, D&D Flowers, Gold Country, Orchids & Gardens, Orchids Fiori D’Amore, Paph Paradise, Stargate, In Situ, and Austin Creek Orchids.
Publicity: We need everyone to spread the show cards around to places you visit and to people you see; tape them to inside of your car so passersby can see; post at your gym, at libraries, and anywhere else where we can get exposure. Marni Turkel will be on KRSO radio station AM1350 from 10-11 on 3/21. Susan Anderson has postcards stamped & ready to send out.
Setup & Take Down– Dave said we need 2-3 trucks to bring things from storage locker on Friday, 3/27 at 9am, and again on 3/29 at 4pm during take down.
Pasta Party - Judy Carney & Susan Anderson will do pasta party with assistance from Sarah Cipcich. Jeanne has tablecloths, glasses, etc which have to be gotten before 3/14.
Security: Security is fully staffed for the show. Alison noted we need security (3 people) to watch the doors at end of show from 4-5 pm to keep stray people from entering while we are taking down. Ann S to contact people & see who will do it. We also need some Sat 8-10 am to guard the front door while judging going in – Ann S. will do this.
The next planning meeting will be Thursday, 3/12/20 at 7pm at the home of Ann Shippey,
2643 Spring Oaks Drive, Santa Rosa. Thank you Ann for hosting these meetings.
SCOS Spring Show Page
SCOS show chairs
Congratulations to the following members who won awards at the recent POE in San Francisco.
Lynne Murrell - Best Miscellaneous Genera, Clowesia Rebecca Northen ‘Grapefruit Pink’
Tom Pickford - Best Pleurothallid in Show, Masdevallia schroederiana ‘Goodstuff’
Susan Anderson -
Best Cypripedium in Show, Paphiopedilum Genevieve Booth.
Best Phalaenopsis in Show, Phalaenopsis I-Hsin Adzuki Bean
Plus an AOS award for her Cattleya Sacramento Rose ‘Kodiak’. Award of Merit (AM) 80 points.
The $25 membership dues are renewed each July. 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!
Thanks to Billie MacCarthy, June Maiden, Ann Shippey, Jeanne VanBlarcom, Cathy Thompson & Susan Anderson who brought snacks to the February meeting.
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. If you want a permanent badge, email Billie at Membership@SonomaOrchids.com
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!
2020 Refreshment Calendar
T - Z
A - B
C - De
Di - Fo
Fr - H
J - Le
Li - M
N - R
SCOS Member's page
Orchids Go Postal!
The American Orchid Society headquarters at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida, has been chosen by The United States Postal Service as the host site for the release of new stamps in 2020 - Wild Orchids! The postal service holds a First Day of Issue Ceremony for each new stamp release the day the stamps go on sale across the USA. The new stamps will be available to purchase during this event. The AOS will host the First Day of Issue Ceremony for these stamps on February 21st at 11:00 am. The celebration will take place at the AOS Library located inside Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens https://www.fairchildgarden.org/Horticulture/American-Orchid-Society-at-Fairchild
Each stamp features a photograph of one of nine species that grows wild in the United States. Identified left to right in row one: 1 Triphora trianthophoros, 2 Cypripedium californicum , 3 Hexalectris spicata,
4 Cypripedium reginae, 5 Spiranthes odorata
Identified left to right in row two: 6 Platanthera leucophaea, 7 Triphora trianthophoros,
8 Platanthera grandiflora, 9 Cyrtopodium polyphyllum, 10 Calopogon tuberosus
AOS SPRING MEETING, WITH SPEAKERS, VENDORS, DISPLAYS AND MORE!
Don’t forget to mark your 2020 calendar for the AOS Spring Members’ Meeting, which will be held at the Embassy Suites in downtown Sacramento (at the Riverfront in Old Town Sacramento), hosted by the California Sierra Nevada Judging Center, April 15-19. Details and registration information will be posted on the AOS website shortly.
By Lynne Murrell
Visit the AOS website for a Monthly Checklist on Orchid Care. http://www.aos.org/orchids/seasonal-orchid-care/january-february-checklist.aspx
AOS/DIGEST CORNER by Lynne Murrell
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.
March & April
CymbidiumMagic Mountain photographed at Longwood
Gardens in early April. © G. Allikas
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 weaken 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.
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.
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.
monthly checklist checklist
Please see the AOS event calendar at www.aos.org for the complete listing of events.
Mar 13-15 - Santa Barbara Int'l Orchid Show,
3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA
Mar 14-15 - Shepard Garden & Art Center Spring Sale,
3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento
Mar 27-29 - SCOS Show & Sale "Exploring Orchids",
1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA
Mar 27-29 - San Diego County Orchid Society Spring Show "Orchid Magic", Scottish Rite Center, 1895 Camino del Rio South,
San Diego, CA
Apri 4 - California Orchids Spring Sale 9-4 pm
515 Aspen Rd. Bolinas, CA
Apr 4-5 - Santa Cruz Orchid Society Show & Sale
Cabrillo College Hoticulture Center, 6500 Soquell Drive, Aptos, CA
Apr 15-19 - AOS Spring Members Meeting at the Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront, 100 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA in conjunction with the "20/20 Vision of Orchids" Show & Sale being held April 16-18
Apr 18-19 - Gold Coast Cymbidium Growers Show & Sale,
10-4, Redwood City Community Activities Bldg, 1400 Roosevelt Ave, Redwood City, CA www.goldCoastCymbidiumGrowers.com
May 30-31 - Sacramento Orchid Society Orchid & Exotic Plant Sale,
6151 H Street, Sacramento, 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
Mar 13-15 - Santa Barbara Orchid Show
Mar 14-15 - Shepard Garden & Art Center Spring Sale, Sacramento
Mar 27-29 - SCOS Spring Show
Mar 27-29 - San Diego Spring Show "Orchid Magic", San Diego
Apr 4 - California Orchids Spring Sale, Bolinas, CA
Apr 4-5 - Santa Cruz Orchid Society Show & Sale
Apr 15-19 - AOS Members Meeting, Sacramento
April 18-19 - Gold Coast Cymbidium Growers Show & Sale, Redwood City
May 30-31 - Sacramento Orchid Society Spring Show
California Orchids Spring Sale!
Saturday, April 4th
Great selection and many bargains on Orchids, Tillandsias, and Ferns!In flower, out of flower, specimens, seedlings, cut flowers, mounting & potting supplies…and sound advice!
515 Aspen Rd. Bolinas, Ca. 94924
email@example.com directions and info.
(415) 868-0203 www.californiaorchids.com
SCOS board of directors
New board members are needed as several members are resigning. We meet the third Thursday of each month. It’s fun volunteering! Contact a board member if you are interested! Current board members will be glad to train you.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Alison Bies - President@SonomaOrchids.com
Vice President June Maiden - VicePresident@SonomaOrchids.com
Secretary Ann Conger - Secretary@SonomaOrchids.com
Treasurer Karen Wofford - Treasurer@SonomaOrchids.com
Membership Billie MacCarthy - Membership@SonomaOrchids.com
Ways & Means Haili Marshall
Dir. of Communications Susan Anderson -
Dir. of Meetings Ann Shippey
AOS Rep (unofficial position) Lynne Murrell
Highlights of SCOS Board Meeting on 2/18/20
Attendance: Alison Bies-President, June Maiden-Vice President, Karen Wofford-Treasurer, Billie MacCarthy-Membership, Ann Shippey-Meetings Director, Susan Anderson-Communications Director,
Vice President: June reported that Michelle Halbur from Pepperwood Preserve is our March speaker. We will donate $100 to the Preserve in lieu of a speaker honorarium. Dale Martin, Austin Creek Orchids, will provide the opportunity table for $150. Susan Anderson will give a skill session on “Blooming orchids on your windowsill.” April speaker will be Carol Klonowski on Cattleyas. May will be a panel of seasoned growers with Alison as moderator. Questions may be submitted ahead of the meeting. June speaker will be Ron Parsons topic TBD. July is Ice Cream Social and Bingo. Further discussion on expanding Bingo is tabled until next month so Haili and Ann C. can join in the discussion. Billie will host an open house/greenhouse on windowsill growing - date TBD.
Treasurer: Karen reported a combined balance of $15,027. Fiscal year to date net revenue is $10,800. This reflects that we have a great number of expenditures for our upcoming show, and we have paid for meeting rental of the Vets Building for the year, etc. and none of the show revenue has been received.
Membership: 90 members. 2 new members this month - Cynthia Anderson, Sam and Susie Huang.
Communications: Robyn Chosy moved our website hosting from Sonic to GoDaddy to solve problems with backing up our site. It cost $40 for the domain name transfer and 12 months of hosting. The move to GoDaddy will cost approximately the same as Sonic. Web updates are more current including spring show details.
New business: Storage locker- Becky did a great job on inventory of items. Our current locker size is 10’ x 10’. It is costing SCOS too much money. We will research a smaller locker immediately after the Spring Show. Repotting Party is tentatively scheduled for May 16th at Jeanne Van Blarcom’s home. We need to confirm with Jeanne. Bus Trip - Cynthia Anderson is working on setting up a bus trip.
The next Board meeting will be held March 17th. All are welcome. Location TBD.
Kingianum - Dale Martin
February show & tell Photos
The link to see all photos on Google - https://photos.app.goo.gl/go3U2fAs7rRJAPTQ9
Bulbophyllum makoyanum - Sam Wong
Cattleya Sacramento Rose - Susan Anderson
Laelia lundii - Susan Anderson
Dedrobium pentapterum - Judy Carney
Trichopilia suavis - Sam Wong
February Show & Tell Photos
Catasetum (Clowesia) Rebecca Northen
Mediocalcar decoratum - Judy Carney
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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