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AOS News – December 2015

AOS Reno Show & Sale

November 11 -15 was a grand time in Reno for the four of us who represented the Sonoma County Orchid Society at the 2015 Fall American Orchid Society meeting and sale! Susan Anderson, Angelique Fry, Lynne Murrell and me (Karen Wofford) attended the entire event, then stayed an extra day because it SNOWED! It was blue skies all around for the event until the last day when the clouds came in, the sun got dark, and white whirly flakes buried us under their quiet blanket.

This is the second show this year that was essentially in our own backyard. The spring show was in Portland, OR. The Spring Meeting in 2016 will be held far to the east of us. Classes we attended were wonderful and included topics on ‘Paphiopedilums’ by Theresa Hill and Dave Sorokowsky, ‘conservation’ by Peter Tobias, ‘viruses’ by Janet Lamborn of Agdia, ‘growing orchids his own way’ by Dennis Olivas, Fukiran by Terry Kowalczuk, ‘pendulous cymbidiums’ by George Hatfield, ‘Phalaenopsis’ by Carlos Fighetti, ‘Laelia purpurata’ by Sergio Garcia, breeding trends by Dr. John Chant and orchids in Columbia by Gary Meyer.
Between classes we dodged cigarette smoke and slot machines and sampled the casino restaurants. Occasionally a glass of wine slipped in. Halfway through the show I decided to take the big jump and start my memoir. It will be titled, Confessions of an Orchid Addict.

Just checking to see if you are still reading.

Angelique and I took Amtrak from Martinez to Reno. I’ve never done this before. It was a supremely enjoyable experience. I arrived at my destination completely relaxed both directions. The only difficult part was smuggling our “agricultural items” aka orchids, on board and hiding them from the conductor who did not have a sense of humor about how many orchids we brought onto the train. Surprisingly, the orchids survived the trip home pretty well. All four boxes of them!

See you next month!

AOS News – October 2015


What to do when you have a few minutes of downtime while waiting in the dentist office for your cleaning? It’s a conundrum. Here’s an idea! The American Orchid Society has a video library. It contains many useful, how-to video clips on all aspects of orchids and orchid culture. These videos are self-contained and do not require any player or other software (Mac owners rejoice!).

Send suggestions for exciting new topics to You don’t have to login or be a member to see these videos either. Just go to or go to the AOS website at, and select “All About Orchids” from the menu, then “AOS Video Library” from the dropdown menu.

The videos are short, between 2 and 8 minutes. Titles include: Anthocyanin; Boisduval Scale; Divide or Repot?; Keikis & Air Root; Leaftip Dieback; Potting a Keiki; Recognizing Mite Damage; Recognizing Virus Symptoms, Part 1; Removing a Damaged Leaf; Removing a Keiki; Repotting a Cattleya; Repotting a Healthy Orchid; Repotting an Unhealthy Orchid; Root Loss; Selecting an Orchid; Watering Orchids; When to Repot?; and Where to Cut a Phalaenopsis Spike. Even if you can’t see the video, the audio is pretty helpful.

So, the next time you have a few minutes wait somewhere, throw up one of these videos on your cell phone and get educated! Just don’t do it at the next red light however, you’ll get so engrossed you’ll get honked at.
Don’t forget to check out the AOS awards on the Judging Center website, which have been updated with its region’s awards, as well as the San Joaquin, Modesto and Sacramento shows. Go to

Here are the latest 30 orchid awards including the exhibitor and photographer (where available). Free on the AOS website:

–  Karen Wofford (AOS Rep)