Sonoma County Orchid Society

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

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. Some meetings are virtual only. Be sure to check information below.


monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 7th


DATE – Tuesday, May 7th
VENUE – In-Person with Speaker via Zoom Meeting
1351 Maple Ave, Santa
Rosa Veterans Bldg, Santa Rosa, CA

Ken Jacobsen will be joining us via Zoom. You are welcome to come to our usual meeting location to watch or you can watch from home. If you come to our meeting, then you’ll have the opportunity to see our show and tell plants and participate in the opportunity table drawing, a chance to get new plants.

Ken’s talk will be on Laelia anceps, their habitat, the various forms, hybrids with anceps, and some on their culture.

Ken was first introduced to orchids by his uncle in the 1960’s and has been growing orchids for well over 50 years. His collection includes Cymbidiums, Oncidiums, Odontoglossums, Lycastes, Cattleyas, Laelias, Masdevallias and several other genera.

Ken and his wife, Amy, enjoy travelling to all areas of the world where orchids are grown, visiting the local growers, and seeing various species in the wild. Together, Amy and Ken have over 5000 orchids. Ken is a judge in the AOS judging program, was a judge in the CSA judging program, and is a past AOS trustee.

SCOS Members – Don’t forget to bring your gorgeous blooming orchids for Show and Tell! Feel free to bring snacks to share with attendees. Everyone who brings a snack gets a free ticket for the opportunity table plant drawing.

Zoom link – If you are not a member, please contact in advance to indicate you want to attend so you will be recognized and given permission to enter meeting.

Meeting ID: 326 597 3017
Passcode: orchid 

Virtual monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 8th

Jean Allen-lkeson speaking on Oncidium fuscatum and its hybrid

Come and hear a Zoom talk on cymbidiums by Jean Allen-Ikeson speaking on Oncidium fuscatum and its hybrids.

Jean Allen-Ikeson speaking on Oncidium fuscatum and its hybrids How did an ugly species with such a weird name go on to become the ancestor of so many spectacular Oncidiinae hybrids, especially reds? This cinderella story leads you into such popular hybrids as Wild Cat and Catatante.

Osp.Brazilian Sun courtesy McCully Orchid Culture

Jean Allen-Ikeson grows orchids in a greenhouse and under lights outside of Dundas, Ontario, Canada. Besides being the author of numerous articles on orchids, she is an Accredited AOS judge, National AOS Education Coordinator for Judging, and Chair of the Editorial Board of the AOS.

Zoom Instructions: If you are using a laptop or desktop computer, open your browser and go to and click download under “Zoom Client for Meetings.” If you are using a cell phone or tablet,you will need to download the application from your app store.The app we want is called “Zoom Cloud Meetings.”It is a sky blue square with a white video camera inside.  Note,if you don’t want to be seen during the meeting,when you sign on click “join without video”. 

Join us for dinner at 5pm with Carol Klonowski at Sea Thai Bistro, located in Montgomery Village, 350 Midway Dr, Santa Rosa at 5pm. RSVP to Susan Anderson @

Feel free to bring snacks to share with attendees. Everyone who brings a snack gets a free ticket for the opportunity table plant drawing.

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