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CSNJC Speakers Day

2017-07 CSNJC Speakers Day

Featuring:

  • George Hatfield will talk about the latest lines in Cymbidium breeding. There are spots, stripes, splashes, pelorics (both petal and sepal) big ones, little ones, as well as spikes that go up or hang down.
  • James Rose of Cal-Orchid. While many of us know him for his Epidendrums, Grammatophylums, Lycastes, Cattleyas, Odonts and Cymbidiums he also is very knowledgeable about the orchids of Madagascar. Come hear how he grows them.
  • Roy Tokunaga will talk about Latouria Dendrobiums. He has been working with this section for over 30 years and has cracked the code on successful ways to create new hybrids. He has written extensively for both the AOS and ODC, and now is your chance to meet and talk with him.

Speakers will also have orchids for sale.
Auction with proceeds going to support the AOS
Come see AOS judging on the big screen in the main hall

AOS News – May 2017

ORCHIDS Vol 86 No. 6 April

Top Dressing Your Orchids pg 264

AOS 2017-05 Top Dressing
Cypress mulch used as top dressing will provide a little bit of acidity to counter the effects of high alkalinity water as well as allow you to top-dress coarse potting mixes with timed-release fertilizer without having it wash through the pot.

RETAIN MOISTURE by placing a layer of sphagnum moss at the top of your pot. Newly emerging roots will jump for joy! Environment humidity will also increase.
PREVENT WASHOUT of your fine bark, soil-less or terrestrial mixes by adding a top dressing.
BUFFERS ROOT ZONE pH. Alkaline water? Consider adding acid-generating top dressings to keep your potting mix in the slightly acidic range which is optimal for nutrient availability.
ADD TIMED-RELEASE FERTILIZERS so that nutrients release and wash over your roots every time your water.
Ca & Mg SUPPLEMENTS such as: granular dolomitic lime, crushed oyster shell and steamed bone and fish meal provide essential nutrients. Be aware that they do increase root zone pH.
ORGANIC additives such as Alfalfa Meal increase the organic matter in your potting medium and stimulate microbial life around your orchid roots. It also contains trace minerals and trianconatol, a natural fatty acid growth stimulant. Fish meal is a slow release fertilizer. Kelp is rich in trace minerals, plant growth regulators, vitamins, hormones, amino acids, enzymes and chelated nutrients. (i.e. Purely Organic fertilizer contains alfalfa meal and kelp)


For new members, the American Orchid Society’s ORCHIDS magazine is a monthly must! When you subscribe to a digital or mailed copy, you are invited to view live streaming webinars. You can also view the archives. Visit http://www.aos.org/orchids/webinars.aspx

AOS Webinar 2017-05

AOS WEBINAR – Orchid Aquarium / Terrarium Culture
Thursday May 11, 2017 @5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Members Only – Webinar Details PageRegistration Page

Join Daniel Geiger, Ph.D. Curator of Malacology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, California as he presents a fascinating talk on raising orchids in confined spaces, terrariums and aquariums.

– Krystal Goulart (VP & AOS Rep)

Sonoma County Orchid Society “Orchids in Wonderland” Annual Spring Show & Sale

The Sonoma County Orchid Society Proudly Presents Our 60th Anniversary Annual Show & Sale

A Fundraising Event to Benefit The Sonoma County Orchid Society & Canine Companions for Independence®.

A weekend full of fun, education and beautiful blooming orchids to admire, photograph and purchase! A great event for the whole family!

FEATURING:

  • Skill Sessions – Learn orchid care from the experts!
  • Docent Tours – Learn about the rare & beautiful orchids in our displays. Shoot & post great pictures to Instagram, Twitter & Facebook
  • On-Site Orchid Doctor – Trouble re-blooming your orchids? Have spots or wrinkled leaves? Bring your orchid in for a check-up! Please bring your “patient” in a separate brown bag to prevent spread of disease
  • Premium Vendors from all over California – Featuring a wide range of orchids suitable for all skill levels; from the easy, yet uncommon orchids ideal for beginners to the rare & exotic for more advanced growers! Find the perfect plants for growing in your home, greenhouse or outdoors
  • Member Plant Sales – Orchids grown by our members ready for you to take home
  • Hourly Drawings for FREE Orchids and related items donated by our vendors
  • Silent Auction – Dinners, wine, tours, gift certificates, pet related supplies and other great items donated from Sonoma County merchants
  • Boutiques – Orchid, plant & garden related books, potting supplies, bark & other related decorative items. NEW THIS YEAR, a Boutique devoted only to house and garden plants!
  • Visit with Canine Companions for Independence® Assistance Dogs – Learn how these wonderful dogs enhance the lives of people with disabilities and meet the volunteers who provide this invaluable service to our community

EVENT SCHEDULE:

  • Repotting Cymbidiums: 11:00 AM
    Hardy, Outdoor Orchids for Beginners
  • How to Grow and Re-Bloom Your First Orchid: 1:00 PM
    Tips & Tricks for Easy Orchid Growing
  • Meet Canine Companions Assistance Dogs: 3:00 PM (Saturday Only)
  • Docent Tours: 12:00 PM & 2:00 PM

Please Join Us!

$8.00 Admission (Look for $1.00 Off Coupon in the Press Democrat) Children 12 and under Free – Free & Ample Parking
Sonoma County Orchid Society "Orchids in Wonderland" Spring Show & Sale

 

Sonoma County Orchid Society “Orchids in Wonderland” Annual Spring Show & Sale

The Sonoma County Orchid Society Proudly Presents Our 60th Anniversary Annual Show & Sale

A Fundraising Event to Benefit The Sonoma County Orchid Society & Canine Companions for Independence®.

A weekend full of fun, education and beautiful blooming orchids to admire, photograph and purchase! A great event for the whole family!

FEATURING:

  • Skill Sessions – Learn orchid care from the experts!
  • Docent Tours – Learn about the rare & beautiful orchids in our displays. Shoot & post great pictures to Instagram, Twitter & Facebook
  • On-Site Orchid Doctor – Trouble re-blooming your orchids? Have spots or wrinkled leaves? Bring your orchid in for a check-up! Please bring your “patient” in a separate brown bag to prevent spread of disease
  • Premium Vendors from all over California – Featuring a wide range of orchids suitable for all skill levels; from the easy, yet uncommon orchids ideal for beginners to the rare & exotic for more advanced growers! Find the perfect plants for growing in your home, greenhouse or outdoors
  • Member Plant Sales – Orchids grown by our members ready for you to take home
  • Hourly Drawings for FREE Orchids and related items donated by our vendors
  • Silent Auction – Dinners, wine, tours, gift certificates, pet related supplies and other great items donated from Sonoma County merchants
  • Boutiques – Orchid, plant & garden related books, potting supplies, bark & other related decorative items. NEW THIS YEAR, a Boutique devoted only to house and garden plants!
  • Visit with Canine Companions for Independence® Assistance Dogs – Learn how these wonderful dogs enhance the lives of people with disabilities and meet the volunteers who provide this invaluable service to our community

EVENT SCHEDULE:

  • Repotting Cymbidiums: 11:00 AM
    Hardy, Outdoor Orchids for Beginners
  • How to Grow and Re-Bloom Your First Orchid: 1:00 PM
    Tips & Tricks for Easy Orchid Growing
  • Meet Canine Companions Assistance Dogs: 3:00 PM (Saturday Only)
  • Docent Tours: 12:00 PM & 2:00 PM

Please Join Us!

$8.00 Admission (Look for $1.00 Off Coupon in the Press Democrat) Children 12 and under Free – Free & Ample Parking
Sonoma County Orchid Society "Orchids in Wonderland" Spring Show & Sale

 

AOS News – April 2017

AOS SPRING MEMBERS MEETING: May 17 – 21, 2017

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens in Homestead, Florida in conjunction with the Redland International Orchid Festival

AOS 2017-04 members meetingHotel rooms are going fast! The current hotel block is almost sold out. Make your reservations soon to take advantage of the special event pricing. https://aosmembersmeeting.com/hotel-registration/

With your full registration, you can look forward to:

– Fabulous preview event. Enjoy unprecedented vendor access and pre-sales at the Redland International Orchid Festival and a catered dinner on site.

– “Orchids through the Artists’ Eyes.” This one-of-a-kind, beautifully curated collection of orchid art will impress and delight. Do not miss it.

– Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Considered one of the best gardens in the world, it has been the home of the AOS since 2012.

– The AOS Library Collection. One of the premier orchid libraries anywhere.

Do you want to know what is happening in the AOS? Please join us at the Town Hall meeting on Saturday, May 20, at 10:00 AM during “Fairchild Day.” National award winners will be recognized, judging elevations will be announced


AOS WEBINAR #1Virus Testing and Identification
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 @5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Members Only – Webinar Details PageRegistration Page

Join Janet Lamborn of Agdia as she discusses the various types of viruses that can affect your orchids and how to test for them.

AOS WEBINAR #2Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Members & Non-Members Invited
Webinar Details PageRegistration Page

Please join Ron McHatton, American Orchid Society Director of Education, for a Q&A session orchid culture. Please submit your questions by Sunday, April 16th to stillisch@cox.net

– Krystal Goulart (VP & AOS Rep)

AOS News – March 2017

ORCHIDS Vol. 86 No. 2 – February Issue

The February issue of Orchids magazine is so stellar that I am highlighting a couple of major articles. Don’t loose this issue under coffee table stacks. If you don’t have it, order it!

Extreme Bulbophylums pg 92
A list of Thomas Mirenda’s top 10 vying for the most bizarre, unearthly and beautiful but putrid smelling. Photos from the Smithsonian’s 40+ year collection with cultural info will WOW you!

AOS 2017-03 bulbophylum
Photo: B.purpureorachis ‘Haley Suzanne’ is an unearthly African beauty.

Choosing Fertilizer Based on Water Quality pg 108
Wild orchids obtain their moisture through rainfall, dew and mist. This pure water collects dissolved minerals as it percolates down tree organic matter, through soil and rock strata and via waterways. Most orchids enjoy slightly acidic conditions. Too acidic renders most nutrients highly soluble which can lead to nutrient/fertilizer toxicity. Too alkaline can render nutrients insoluble. Balance is the key. Really digest these 9 pages of words of wisdom by legendary Roy Tokunaga to understand how to maintain your root zone pH. Happy roots makes happy plants.

AOS 2017-03 fertilizer
Photo: Saturation Test for Root Zone pH byRoy Tokunaga

Native Orchids of California pg 118
You now have 40 more reasons to adventure and hunt with abandon in our beautiful state. California boasts 35 species and 5 subspecies throughout all counties but Solano. Use this article as a guide and get hunting after this stormy season ends!

AOS 2017-03 native orchids
Serious Eye Candy: C.montanum

Cattleya Constance Wigan pg 126

A fascinating history on why Cattleya Ophir was preferred over Cattleya Constance Wigan as an important early parent of yellow cattleya hybrids. C. Constance Wigan offers quite the breeding mystery.

AOS 2017-03 cattleya
Photo: C. ophir

–  Krystal Goulart (VP & AOS Rep)

Pacific Orchid & Garden Exposition (POE)

The Pacific Orchid Exposition, the largest orchid show in the United States, is thrilled to announce its expansion to include more gardening delights in a brand new venue. Reflecting this expansion, the annual fundraiser is now aptly titled the Pacific Orchid and Garden Exposition.

This year’s show theme is “Big Ideas for Small Gardens” and will have a special a focus on learning about pollination and helping plants thrive in apartments, on windowsills and in city environments.

The new show features exhibits, AOS & ribbon judging, demonstrations, docent tours, “Plant Doctors”, silent auction, live music, great food, commercial vendors, thousands of beautiful orchids and flowers from all over the world and so much more!

Gather tips on how to maintain the perfect garden while spending the day with your family and friends. You’ll find that the exposition is an ideal outing: this is one show you won’t want to miss!

Pacific Orchid & Garden Exposition (POE)

The Pacific Orchid Exposition, the largest orchid show in the United States, is thrilled to announce its expansion to include more gardening delights in a brand new venue. Reflecting this expansion, the annual fundraiser is now aptly titled the Pacific Orchid and Garden Exposition.

This year’s show theme is “Big Ideas for Small Gardens” and will have a special a focus on learning about pollination and helping plants thrive in apartments, on windowsills and in city environments.

The new show features exhibits, AOS & ribbon judging, demonstrations, docent tours, “Plant Doctors”, silent auction, live music, great food, commercial vendors, thousands of beautiful orchids and flowers from all over the world and so much more!

Gather tips on how to maintain the perfect garden while spending the day with your family and friends. You’ll find that the exposition is an ideal outing: this is one show you won’t want to miss!

AOS News – February 2017

ORCHID DIGEST Vol. 81-1 Jan, Feb, March 2017

The Role of Color in Orchids pg 30
by Carol Siegel, President of the Greater Las Vegas Orchid Society

An easy-to-read scientific article about color through the eye of the insects pollinating our favorite flower. It forces you to consider an orchid’s appeal through a different lens. Become one with a wasp, moth or fly and understand how color triggers them to eat, mate and lay eggs. Twilight Zone material!
Insects often see light spectrums that are invisible to the human eye, such as UV and Infrared light. Enhanced by their compound (faceted) eye structures, they interpret light differently from us, and it begs the question? how does orchid color make an insect tick?
This article abounds with examples of how color influences insect behaviors. Such as: white or cream colored orchids reflect light at dusk and in the evening thus attracting moths. It also discusses how the one third of nectar-lacking orchids deceive insects into the daily rituals that pollinize them. In brief, studies have found that orchids lacking nectar may be the keystone to “greater evolutionary fitness”. The insect is drawn in to eat; once realizing its follies and disappointed, it leaves immediately, flying further away. It is then attracted to other orchids, thereby increasing the natural genetic diversity of the area.
Read this article (order or check out the library copy) to better understand the electromagnetic spectrum, how insects interpret color and to learn what Batesian, generalized and guild mimicry means. Super fascinating and makes for great dinner conversation!


AOS WEBINAR #1 – The Dunes and t he Mist : Sanct uary and Ledges: Orchids of Sout hern Brazil
Thursday, February 9, 2017 @5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Members Only – Webinar Details PageRegistration Page

Join Nile Dusdieker as he chronicles a tour through Southern Brazil
looking for orchids, with Francisco Miranda and 8 of his closest
orchid friends.

AOS WEBINAR #2 – Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Members & Non-Members Invited – Webinar Details PageRegistration Page

Please join Ron McHatton, American Orchid Society Director of Education, for a Q&A session on how to grow and care for your orchids. If you have a question, please submit your questions by Sunday, January 8th to stillisch@cox.net


–  Krystal Goulart (VP & AOS Rep)