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:

February 13th:
Dennis Olivas – Vandas: Species, Hybrids & Current Revisions PLUS Skill Session with Judy Carney – Guidelines to Successfully Grow Orchids Outdoors!

Dennis Olivas VandaVandas are those gorgeous, intensely colorful orchids, often fragrant, some of which have long aerial roots dangling multiple feet into the air. Have you ever wondered… if we were micro-sized, could we swing on their roots like Tarzan?

Vandas require consistent conditions in their day-to-day and abundant moisture. Though more successfully grown in the greenhouse for these reasons, Dennis Olivas will inspire us all to find reasons and ways in which to grow them. Dennis will include live demonstrations, questions & answers, and a PowerPoint presentation.

About Dennis Olivas

Dennis Olivas 2018 Dennis Olivas was born on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. As a lad, he helped his mom grow her orchids and got hooked. He joined the Future Farmers of America, and his project was raising and selling these beautiful and exotic plants.

In 1980 he moved to the mainland and swore off the orchid family; not for long as he was introduced to the Rod McLellan’s “Acres of Orchids”. From there his whole life became one downward spiral. First, he fills his home with upwards of 6,000 plants. Later he leased a greenhouse space for his ever-burgeoning orchid collection. Glutton for punishment, his collection grew overflowing the 3,000 sq. ft. greenhouse in Half Moon Bay. With the help of his close friends from the Bay Area, Napa and Fresno, they moved his obsession to a greenhouse in Daly City in November of 2013. A whole new ball game of learning how to raise orchids, still without heat but in an area that gets more sun and higher temperatures and good water year round.

He has been President of the Peninsula Orchid Society, San Francisco Orchid Society, Diablo View Orchid Society and the Santa Cruz Orchid Society. He is an accredited judge of the American Orchid Society. Dennis belongs to over 14 orchid societies and tries to assist them whenever possible

Spring Show “Rainbow of Orchids” March 31st & April 1st!

Our Spring Show a “Rainbow of Orchids” is just around the corner! It is our biggest event of the year! We need help from everyone to make our Show a success! We have most of the leadership volunteer positions filled, but we can use a few more eager people.

If you want to attend the next Show Planning Meeting on Thursday, February 15th @ 6:30 PM, please email Jeanne VanBlarcom  to RSVP.

Purchase Tickets ONLINE for “Rainbow of Orchids”

Save $1.00 off the door price – Purchase advance tickets for $7.00 each on our EventBrite page HERE!