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!

Monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month. Please join us at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave. Santa Rosa. Doors open at 6:30pm, meeting begins at 7:00pm. Face Masks are Required.

Virtual Meeting – Tuesday August 9th @7pm

Kelly McCracken, owner of High Desert Orchids, ( started as an avid hobbyist, and like many of us, couldn’t stop buying plants. Quickly one greenhouse became two, and now she grows plants in a unique 3,000 sq ft high-bay industrial warehouse space all under artificial lights. Kelly specializes in miniature plants, with a particular affection for miniature Cattleyas, Angraecoids, Jewel Orchids, and Dendrobiums.

Kelly will be talking about growing orchids with artificial lighting. Many growers have discovered the opportunities that the recent drop in price and increase in availability of LED lights has provided. But there is relatively little information about how much artificial light orchids need and what kinds of lights are best. This talk will go over the unique HDO grow space, which is entirely under LED lights, how we set it up, the lights we use, and some tips we have discovered while growing a commercial sized grow space all under artificial light. The talk will answer questions such as

  • How much light?
  • What kind of light?
  • What spectrum of light?

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Please consider making a donation to the Sonoma County Orchid Society.  Any amount would be greatly appreciated. Simply click the DONATE button below to be directed to our PayPal Donation Page.

A California Non Profit 501(c)(3) Corporation