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:

Orchid Travelogue to Rio Negro with Orchid Conservatory Alliance – Bill Bloy

Tuesday, March 12th – Doors Open at 6:30PM & Meeting Begins at 7:00PM

6:40 pm Skill Session with Lynne Murrell – “How to Get Your Plants Ready for Judging”. Bring a flowering plant to be used by Lynne as an example of how to best prepare it for competition.

Bill BloyBill was brought to San Diego in 1955 by his parents without any consultation. After graduating from La Jolla High School he spent three years in the U.S. Army, which strongly motivated him to go to college. He met Maggie, his wife of 40 years, when he got out of the Army – he stole her from a friend! He graduated from UCSD in 1980 with a double major in biology (biochemistry) and American Literature thanks to the GI Bill. He spent the next 24 years working with synthetic membranes (reverse osmosis and related materials) in industrial applications.

He got off the corporate treadmill in 2004 and went to work at Andy’s Orchids. He had been a minor league hobbyist for a number of years and won a couple of blue ribbons at San Diego County Orchid Society shows. But working at Andy’s pushed him into a whole new world. He traveled to orchid shows all over the U.S. for Andy’s, and was completely addicted. Now he has a 20’x 35′ greenhouse and a substantial outdoor grow area, with a total of about 1000 orchids. He grows mostly species and mostly mounted. He and Maggie retired three years ago, and have been traveling extensively – including two OCA trips: one to Brazil and one to Chiapas, Mexico. They enjoyed the Brazil trip so much that they are doing it again this May!

Speaker ‘s Dinner March 12th at 5 pm at Monti’s in Montgomery Village, 714 Village Court, Santa Rosa . RSVP to June at by Sunday, March 10th.

2019 SCOS Show “Educational Orchid Exposition & Sale”

Saturday March 30, 10-5 & Sunday March 31, 10-4
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2019 SCOS Show Educational Orchid Expo & Sale

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