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 welcome.

June 14th General Meeting

Bulbophyllum lindleyanum
Photo Credit: ©Greg Allikas,

Bulbophyllum lindleyanum

Join us for Jeffrey Tyler’s presentation: Bulbophyllum Orchids, Beautiful Bizarre Creatures, And How I Grow Them

If you ask anybody ‘in the know’  whom they consider to be one of the finest growers of Bulbophyllum’s around, the answer will undoubtably be Jeff Tyler!

In Jeff’s talk, he will introduce you to as many Bulbophyllums as time will allot and and tips on how he grows them. He suspects that you may be shocked by what you will learn!

Jeff’s love affair with the Bulbophyllum orchid started at his first orchid show. He purchased what is probably the queen of all Bulbophyllums, B. Echinolabium. Since that time, this native of Corpus Christi, Texas has become completely infatuated with them.

He joined the Sacramento Orchid Society shortly there after and soon met Howard Gunn who became a mentor, friend and fellow Bulbophyllum enthusiast. Today Jeff maintains the Gunn’s extensive orchid collection for Howard’s widow Joan.

His current collection consists of about 500 Bulbos., which he grows in three greenhouses dedicated almost exclusively to this one genus.

Bulbophyllum sumatranum
Photo Credit: ©Greg Allikas,

Bulbophyllum sumatranum

What are Bulbo’s?

Bulbophyllums are the largest genus in the orchid family, with 1805 species. This genus was first described by Louis-Marie Aubert du Petit-Thouars in 1822

The scientific name has been derived from the Latin word bulbus (bulb-like) and the Greek word phyllon (leaf), referring to the pseudobulbs on top of which the leaf is growing. ( pronounced: bulb-oh-fill-um).

Bulbophyllum makoyanum
Photo Credit: ©Greg Allikas,

Bulbophyllum makoyanum

Bulbophyllum graveolens
Photo  Credit: ©Greg Allikas,

Bulbophyllum graveolens

June’s Opportunity Table will be provided by Jeff Tyler’s InSitu Orchids! Tip: Buy a few tickets. This is a wonderful way to grow your collection at a very reasonable price.

Upcoming Meetings you don’t want to miss:

July 12th: Ice Cream Social & Bingo Night. Play for orchids and eat ice cream. It doesn’t get any better than that!

August 9th: Dean Hung from Paphiness Orchids on: “The Orchid Hunters’.

September 24th: Annual BBQ & Auction (no general meeting)

October 11th: Carol Klonowski on: “Dendrobiums for Maximum Flowering”.

November 8th: Dan Newman from Hanging Gardens on: “Restrepias – The easy Pleurothallids”.

January 10, 2017: Fred Clarke on Australian Dendrobiums


Our annual Bus Trip, The A to Z Tour, will be held on Saturday, June 11th. We have a fun and fabulous line-up planned for you! A full day of orchids from aerangis to zygopetalums ! Click Here for more details.

July 16th: Members Potting Party at Earl and Kathy Rathbun’s beautiful Santa Rosa home.






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