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 May 10th

Jim Heilig – Ins & Outs of Orchid Names

Jim has been growing orchids for over 20 years. Over that time his interests have revolved around Phalaenopsis and other Vandaceous species along with Habenaria. He has been breeding orchids for over 10 years with a particular interest in exploring the genetics of various Phalaenopsis species in simple hybrids (primary and near primary) with a goal of bringing fragrance back into standard hybrids. Until recently he has grown most of his plants under lights. Aside from those that can grow outdoors in his coastal California environment, his plants reside in an intermediate temperature greenhouse.

Jim began his judging career at the Great Lakes Judging Center in Ann Arbor, MI and is currently a judge at the Pacific Central Judging Center. He is currently serving as the Treasurer of the American Orchid Society.

Jim will discuss the ins-and-outs of orchid names? how orchids are given names and why those names seem to always be changing! He will also discuss tips on pronouncing Latin names and what they mean. Understanding basic patterns of names can give you hints about the origin of a given plant, what it looks like, or who discovered it. Many people are intimidated by orchid names, but they aren’t that scary! Join us for a fun interactive chat.


Annual Orchid Re-Potting Party

Saturday May 14th

The Annual Re-Potting Party is a fun and free event for all members! Learn orchid cultivation, potting & mounting techniques. Get to know fellow orchid growers. See the newsletter for the flyer with more details.


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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.

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