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!

General Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month with the exception of September (Annual BBQ & Auction) & December (Holiday Dinner). The location for all General Meetings is the Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa (across the street from the Sonoma County Fairgrounds). There is abundant & free parking.

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

Members may attend all meetings and guests are always welcome.

Upcoming Meetings & Events:

“Terrestrial Orchids of Western Australia – Dragons, Fairies, Spiders, and Other Elusive Creatures” – Dale Martin

Tuesday, October 9th, 7:00PM – Doors Open at 6:30PM

Skill Session:
How to Get Your Orchids to Bloom!
Presented by Susan Anderson at 6:40PM

Caladenia flava
Caladenia flava

This presentation is based on a trip that my wife (Lynne) and I took to Australia in September 2015. Western Australia has more than 400 orchid species and dozens of subspecies and natural hybrids. 100% of those are terrestrial and therefore tend to be much different than the orchids that we commonly associate with Australia (or grow in Northern California), such as Dendrobium, Sarcochilus and Phaius. Generally, the orchids of Western Australia have symbiotic associations with Mycorrhizal fungi to benefit their plant growth and development, often required throughput the entire plant life cycle, not just for seed germination and early growth phases. As a result, these plants are rarely seen in cultivation, even in Western Australia.

Dale MartinDale got the orchid bug in his early teens in Phoenix, but after moving to the Bay Area in 1976 he became acquainted with Rod McClellan’s orchids, and soon his kitchen window was brimming with orchids. A move to Santa Rosa in 1989 afforded an opportunity to house his rapidly growing orchid collection in a backyard greenhouse. In 1999, he and his wife completed construction of a new greenhouse and home in Petaluma. Austin Creek Orchids was established in 2001. In the past few years, he has focused largely on Paphiopedilums, although he grows many other genera including Angraecum, Bulbophyllum, Cattleya, Dendrobium, and various Vandaceous species and hybrids.

Speaker ‘s Dinner October 9th at 5pm at Kirin Restaurant, 2700 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa. RSVP to June at by Sunday, October 7th.

Annual Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 11th – Click HERE for details