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:

October 10th: Cindy Hill

Cindy HillJoin us for a fun and light-hearted discussion from one of our local favorites, Cindy Hill. She will give us a personal tour of the orchids that she has found most rewarding to grow over the decades, including species from the genus Coelogyne, Laelia, Dendrobium, Cochlioda, Cleisocentron, Neofinetia and Schoenorchis. If you missed this talk at the Orchid Digest Speaker’s Day at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in June, you will not want to miss it this October 10th!

About Cindy Hill

So much can be said about Cindy who dedicated her professional life to biotech research, worked for a time at Ocean Park, the marine mammal park in Hong Kong, and made part of the women’s dragonboat team who won the 1994 championship in Victoria Harbor.

She has been growing orchids for pleasure for over 40 years, beginning on a kitchen windowsill in St. Louis with a mail-order plant of Slc. Jewel Box ‘Scheherazade’. When she moved to Southern California in 1978, she started growing plants outdoors on a small patio, and then in a 7’x7’ lean-to greenhouse. Now living in the Bay Area since 2005, she grows around 500 species of orchids in an intermediate greenhouse.

Cindy served as Acting Editor of Orchid Digest magazine for five years, and has been a long-time member of the Publication Committee of both ORCHIDS Magazine and Orchid Digest. Her articles have appeared in both magazines, as well as in Die Orchideen. She has a special interest in propagating some of the rare and unusual species in her collection. Plants she has cultivated have received the highest cultural and flower quality awards from the American Orchid Society, as well as the Benjamin Kodama and Carlyle A. Luer Annual Awards from the AOS.

Come meet Cindy this Oct 10th and leave with her trade growing tricks and hopefully some orchids from her personal collection of desired and rare species.


November 14th: Ken & Amy Jacobsen

December 12th: SAVE THE DATE – Annual Holiday Party


Marie Waskow Award

Each year, members of our Society vote to honor a member who has given outstanding service to the Sonoma County Orchid Society. This award is for an individual or couple who exemplify the ideals of generosity and service to the organization in spreading the joy of growing orchids as practiced by Marie Waskow, a founding member of our Society. The Award will be presented at the Holiday Party.

Please the history of the award HERE and check your October & November Newsletters for ballot and voting instructions.