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.


Upcoming Meetings & Events:

May 9th General Meeting:

COME HANG WITH US… and create a masterpiece of your own!

Please join us for our second annual orchid mounting party! Last year’s party was an amazing success, so we are going to repeat it and take it up a notch or two. This is a work at your own pace workshop for all ages and skill levels to enjoy.  Come and experience  a fun way to learn about orchids, their natural epiphytic growing habits, and how to care for them from experienced growers.

Tom Pickford

Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn from two skilled orchidists, Tom Pickford and Judy Carney, who will walk you through the basics of mounting and share the tried and true tips and techniques that they have acquired over the years. Both Tom and Judy will present different mounting styles.  It is then up to you to choose the mounting style that interests you the most. We will have experienced growers positioned at each table to help and guide you through whatever process you chose. Our goal is for you to have a beautifully mounted orchid that will give you many years of pleasure and enjoyment.

Judy Carney

We will supply all of the necessary supplies and tools for you to create your own living masterpiece (or two). We are flying in a wonderful selection of species and hybrids from Exotic Orchids of Maui and have also sourced many other wonderful orchids for you to use as well. Plants will be available for purchase for $10.00 per plant.

Orchids can flourish on many types of mounting materials like this Cattleya on a shake roofing tile.
Tom’s creative use of a tennis racket for an orchid mount

Upcoming Presentations you don’t want to miss

June 13th: Bill Thoms- Orchid Hunting in the Philippines

July 11th: Terry Kowalczuk

August 8th: SCOS 60th Birthday & Bingo Bonanza – Cake, Ice Cream & Play Bingo for Orchids!