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.

Featured Speaker for May 2015

We are pleased to have Janet Lamborn of Agdia, Inc./Adgia Testing Services as our featured speaker at our next general meeting on Tuesday May 12th. Janet’s presentation, “Don’t Put on the Virus Blinders, Your Collection is Depending on YOU!” will cover orchid viruses and how to test for them.

With Janet’s guidance, we are going to look closely at each viral pathogen, what it looks like and how it’s transmitted. Janet will also talk about sanitation practices, testing options and what to do with those results.

Janet Lamborn has been involved in the plant diagnostic industry for over fourteen years at Agdia, Inc.. Starting in Agdia’s Testing Services Laboratory, she gained considerable knowledge of the crops received in the lab, including orchids. After several years in Testing Services, Janet moved into the Sales and Marketing department. She works closely with Agdia’s customers, including specialty crop groups such as orchid societies, making sure members and hobbyists understand what they should be testing for and the options that are available.

Members are encouraged to bring in plants with suspected symptoms to be tested. PLEASE BRING PLANTS IN A SEALED PLASTIC BAG!

Skill Session for May 2015

Marni will do a skill session on “How to read a plant tag”. Orchid labels are extremely important. The labels give you a wealth of information in an abbreviated form. Understanding this information will guide you in purchasing orchids because you will know from the label what type of orchid you are purchasing. Understanding the type of orchid will guide you in knowing its proper care, its potential color, its parentage, etc.

Skill Session will begin around 6:45 PM.

Annual Bus Trip – Saturday May 30th

Our Annual Bus Tour Trip is always great fun!  An all-day excursion featuring stops at some of the Gold Country’s finest orchid growers plus a private tasting at Michael-David Winery! For details, click HERE