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:

May 8th:
Peter Lin – Charming Miniature Cattleyas

Peter started growing orchids over 35 years ago, but then stopped due to school and starting a career. It wasn’t until about 14 years ago that the orchid “bug” came back, and he is now heavily involved once again! He is an accredited judge with the American Orchid Society, and a hybridizer of mini-catts. He enjoys meeting with other orchid enthusiasts and can often be found at various orchid shows and societies around the country.

Peter LinDue to limited growing space, Peter likes to specialize in miniature orchids, both species and hybrids, and has received numerous AOS awards. His interests in orchids include Dendrobiums, Angraecoids, and Neofinetias. He is also known as “Mr Sophronitis” as he has a passion for growing and collecting them. He maintains a collection of a thousand or more orchids at his home in Southern California in 3 small greenhouses, outdoors, as well as an offsite greenhouse.

Peter will give us a fast-paced PowerPoint presentation on these charming Cattleya orchids. The journey will begin with a review of the miniature species, early hybrids, and then to some of the relevant hybrids of today. We will also review how to grow these wonderful plants. Peter will also be supplying the opportunity table.

May Skill Session: Susan Anderson will present the topic, “How to Re-Pot your Cattleyas”. If you are a new member, this is the Skill Session for YOU!

May Speakers Dinner: Join us for dinner with Peter at SEA Thai Bistro, 2350 Midway Drive, Santa Rosa on Tuesday, May 8th at 5:00pm. Please RSVP by 5:00pm, Monday, May 7th.

Saturday, May 5th:
SCOS Annual Re-Potting Party

Always a fun and free event for members who want to learn orchid cultivation, potting & mounting techniques. Great for new members!
Click HERE for details.

Saturday, June 2nd:
SCOS Annual Bus Trip

Visit the Bay Area’s premier vendor greenhouse’s and add to your orchid collection! A full day of “orchid hunting”! Reserve your seat NOW as space is limited.
Click HERE for details.