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:

March 13th:
Dave Sorokowsky – Maudiae Paphs: Past, Present and Future

maudiae paphAhhh… the slipper orchids. They bring the “WOW” factor up in any collection. Ultra-exotic, totally captivating, they can easily haunt your orchid fantasies. Lucky for those of us who grow indoors, Maudiae Paphiopedilums are considered easy growers and do well in the home environment. For the more serious hobbyists, they add a beautiful spice and flare to our collections. Dave Sorokowsky’s presentation will look at the history of the ‘mottled leaf ‘ hybrids, current breeding trends and what the future holds.

Dave SorokowskyDave and his wife Stacey are owners of Paph Paradise, a slipper orchid retailer in central CA. After receiving his degree in biochemistry from the University of Toronto, Dave opted to step outside his chosen field and operated a tropical fish import business for eight years. Upon returning to school, Dave received degrees in enology and viticulture from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. While attending Brock, Dave began acquiring orchids, one 2” pot at a time. Before he graduated, Dave had over 100

Winemaking and a passion for orchids prompted Dave to seek a warmer climate in California about one year later. Dave has been growing Paphiopedilums for about 12 years and seriously hybridizing for the past 8 years. His Paphs have received over 75 awards to date from the American Orchid Society, with many of those awarded plants playing important roles in his breeding program.

March Skill Session: Introduction to Paphiopedilum varieties and their culture

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.

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!