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:

March 14th General Meeting:

“An Orchid Adventure in Colombia” With Ron Parsons
Anguloa cliftonii – D Piedrahita

In the late summer of 2014 Ron was fortunate enough to travel to the beautiful valley city of Medellin, Colombia to attend the most beautiful orchid show he has ever been to. He found the variety of orchids and other flowers to be incredible. He also visited the famous orchid nursery “Colomborquideas” run by the Posada family as well as “Orquifollajes” owned by Francisco Villegas, seeing many new species of orchids for the first time. His journey also included a reserve owned by the Medellin Botanical Gardens, and the last days of his trip was spent at Tatama National Park, a seven hour drive south of Medelin. Both of these areas proved to be fantastic places to see wild orchids! Ron found Colombia such a beautiful place that he plans to return many times and we are delighted that he will be sharing his adventures with us.

Lepanthes carunculigera
Ron Parsons co-author of the two volume set ‘A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species’

About Ron

Ron Parsons has been growing orchids for more than 40 years, and has been interested in species orchids for most of that time. Ron loves to photograph orchids and most other flowers whenever he can, whether it be on trips to see them in nature or in collections. He loves to travel to see orchids in the wild, and does so as often as possible. Ron has close to 60,000 digital images, most of which are of orchids, and still retains a slide library that exceeds 100,000 botanical images. He has at least 3000 published photos that have appeared in magazines, periodicals, journals and books. Ron has co-authored three botanical books, all with Mary E. Gerritsen. The first two, published by Timber Press, are Masdevallias, Gems of the Orchid World and Calochortus, Mariposa Lilies and their Relatives. Most recently, the third book, a large, luxurious, two-volume set, A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species was published by Redfern Natural History Productions in January of 2014. The latter has nearly 1200 pages, 1800 photographs, and features more than 500 species.

March’s Opportunity Table

The plant table will be provided from the personal collection of Mary Gerritsen. For just a few dollars you have chance to acquire some special plants.

March 14th Speaker’s Dinner

Join Ron Parsons and your fellow orchid lovers at one of our favorite restaurants,  Sea Thai Bistro, Montgomery Village Shopping Center, 2350 Midway Dr., Santa Rosa. Dinner starts at 5PM. Please RSVP Krystal before Monday, March 13th by 5pm.

March’s Skill Session ‘Bug Basics

Controlling pests on your orchids can be very difficult and will also devastate your collection if left untreated. Starting at 6:45PM Lynne Murrell will talk to us about all of those nasty little critters, that we all dread to see on our plants, and what you can do about them.

Upcoming Presentations you don’t want to miss:

April 10th: Alan Koch

May 9th: Hang it up! A hands on Orchid mounting workshop.

June 13th: Bill Thoms