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.


Dennis Olivas on Cool Tolerant Monopodials

Monopodial orchids such as Vandas and Phalaenopsis are commonly thought to require hot, humid climates difficult to provide in the SF Bay Area. This talk will introduce some cool tolerant monopodials that can be successfully grown in conditions that are suitable for our climate, even some that can be grown outdoors.

 V. Gordon Dillon Lea

V. Gordon Dillon Lea
Neofinetia falcata kibana fuuran
Sarcochilus cecile

Dennis Olivas was born on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. As a lad, his helped his mom grow her orchids and got hooked. He joined the Future Farmers of America and his project was raising and selling these beautiful and exotic plants. In 1980 he moved to the mainland and swore off the orchid family; not for long as he was introduced to the Rod McLeallan’s Acres of Orchids’. From there his whole life became one downward spiral. First he fills his home with upwards of 6,000 plants. Later he leased a greenhouse space for his ever burgeoning orchid collection. Glutton for punishment, his collection grew overflowing the 3,000 sq. ft. greenhouse in Half Moon Bay.

With the help of his close friends, from the Bay Area, Napa and Fresno, they moved his obsession to a greenhouse in Daly City in November of 2013. A whole new ball game of learning how to raise orchids, still without heat but in an area that gets more sun and higher temperatures, good water year round.

Dennis Olivas of D&D Orchids
Dennis Olivas of D&D Orchids

He was President for the Peninsula Orchid Society, San Francisco Orchid Society, Diablo View Orchid Society and the Santa Cruz Orchid Society. He is an accredited judge of the American Orchid Society. Dennis belongs to over 14 orchid societies and tries to assist them when ever possible.

The presentation will include live demonstrations, questions & answers, and a PowerPoint presentation. Dennis will also be providing our opportunity table.

Skill Session for August 2015

Marni Turkel 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.


California Sierra Nevada Judging Center’s Speakers Day

Save the date!  One of SCOS’s favorite events, the CSNJC Speakers Day is coming, August 1st, 9-5pm, Sacramento, CA. This year the theme is on orchid conservation.  The event is a full day of  internationally known speakers,  AOS judging outreach,  an auction of special orchids,  Q&A with accomplished growers, plant sales, and lots of fun.  Click here for more information.