Sonoma County Orchid Society

Our purpose is to foster the growth and preservation of native and hybrid orchids in Sonoma County and around the world.

The Society is open to hobbyists and professionals, novice to expert, all are welcome. We are here to learn, share and have fun!

We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa.

Doors open at 6:30pm with plant sales and skill sessions (if any) starting at 6:45. The meeting ends between 9:00 and 9:30pm.

Members may attend all meetings and guests are always welcome.

November 8th General Meeting


restrepia sanguinea

Restrepias – The Easy Pleurothallids

Restrepia is a genus of about 50 species distributed in the Andes Mountains of South America, with a few species extending northward through the mountains of Central America into southern Mexico. Unlike their flashier and more dramatic cousins, the Masdevallias and Draculas, many of which are notorious for their exacting cultural requirements, most Restrepias will adapt to a broad range of growing conditions. Many species will thrive in average home environments or outdoors, bearing their charming and colorful flowers in several flushes through the year. Despite these positive attributes, Restrepias are infrequently offered by commercial orchid growers, though they are fairly well represented in private collections in the San Francisco Bay Area and a few other “pleurothallid pockets” around the U.S.


restrepia species

This presentation will seek to illustrate the range of variation within the genus and to discuss some of the questions about its taxonomy at the species level. It will also provide hints for growing and propagating these little treasures of nature, and identify possible sources of plants.


Dan and Miltonia moreliana

About Dan

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.

 November’s  Opportunity Table
Hanging Garden’s will be providing the opportunity table.  There will be many fabulous plants. Please consider buying a few tickets. There are always hidden gems and delights to be had for just a few dollars!
Dinner with our Speaker
Everyone is invited to join Dan for dinner at Tomatina on Tuesday November 8th. Dinner starts at 5pm. Please RSVP by 12pm, 11/8, so that we can reserve a seat for you.
Tomatina is a new Italian Restaurant located in the Montgomery Shopping center, 2323 Sonoma Ave. Santa Rosa.


Upcoming Meetings and Events you don’t want to miss:

December 13th: SCOS Annual Christmas Dinner, Foxtail Country Club, Rohnert Park. Click HERE for complete details

January 10, 2017: Fred Clarke on Australian Dendrobiums

March 14th: Ron Parsons

April 10th: Alan Koch