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.

February 9th General Meeting

“Understanding the Brazilian Cattleya Alliance”


Alan Koche from Gold Country Orchids

One of our favorite guests, Alan Koch of Gold Country Orchids, returns for a long overdue presentation .

Cattleya’s are the undisputed queens of the orchid kingdom, but some of its species may be difficult for the home grower. In this talk you will learn  about the amazing diversity of  the genus, where they are found in the wild and how to grow them well here.

Many of you know Alan as our dynamic auctioneer for many years at our September BBQ. You may not realize that he owns and operates Gold Country Orchids where he specializes in miniature and compact Cattleya’s. Alan started growing orchids in 1969 with 3 Cymbidiums given to him by an aunt. While in college he became interested in other orchids and discovered many would grow outdoors in Southern California. He has moved five times as his orchid obsession has led to the need for more growing space. With the last move, he purchased 10 acres of land in Lincoln, California for his 250,000 orchids. He is recognized as an expert in the Brazilian Cattleya alliance and a trend setter in miniature Cattleya breeding. Alan has been published in the Orchid Digest, the American Orchid Society magazine, as well as many International Publications. He has also been published in several proceedings of the World Orchid Conference. He is an internationally known speaker. He is a past member of the AOS Judging Committee, and the Research Committee, as well as an Accredited Judge and is Training Coordinator for the California Sierra Nevada Judging Center. Alan also served two terms on the Orchid Digest Executive Committee and 3 terms on the Board of Directors, as well as two terms as a Trustee for the AOS.  In May of 2014, Alan was awarded the AOS Silver Medal of Achievement.

Cattleya Orpetii 'Hidden Treasure'
Cattleya Orpetii ‘Hidden Treasure’

The opportunity table will be provided by Gold Country Orchids

Dinner with our guest Speaker Alan Koch

You are welcome to join Alan for dinner at  Sea Thai Bistro,  2350 Midway Dr. ( at Montgomery Village), Santa Rosa. Dinner starts at 5pm. Please click this link to RSVP by noon February 9th if you plan to attend.

Gold Country Orchids Pre-Order

Take advantage of Alan’s speaking engagement and pre-order plants from Gold Country Orchids! Not only will members receive a 20% discount but Alan will deliver your order to the General Meeting on Tuesday, February 9th. This is a great opportunity to expand your collection!

Click HERE for detailed information and order instructions (PDF)

 Upcoming Meetings

March 8th: 

Audrey Young-Tarter ( Presentation will focus on Peloric Cymbidium Orchids. Plant table to be supplied by Cymserely Yours.

April 12th:

Mary Gerritsen- “Masdevallias: Selected Species and How to Grow Them”.  The plant table will be supplied by Mary.

Pre-Order Offer:  

  • 2 volume set “A Compendium of Miniature Orchids”.  Published by Red Fern Natural History Productions. $140 for two books, sold as sets only (in box).
  • Masdevallias, Gems of the Orchid World. Timber Press. $35 each

Both of these gorgeous books are a must read and will be an indispensable addition to your library. They will be signed by the authors (Mary Gerritsen and Ron Parsons). To take advantage of the discounted pricing and free delivery please contact Mary directly before April 11th. click here to contact her.


Our Annual Spring Show & Sale is almost here! April 2 & 3, 2016

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