October 7th, 2015 Presentation: Orchids: Sex, Lies and Deceptions

The Flying Duck Orchid

The Flying Duck Orchid  

Our guest speaker for our next San Fernando Valley Orchid Society General meeting on October 7th is our very own SFVOS member Pamela Aitchison, who will give us a presentation about the amazing world of orchid pollination. 

Orchid flowers are different than the flowers of most other plant species, and their reproductive methods are even more unique.   Many orchid flowers resort to clever illusions and trickery to lure their pollinators.  

Pam has been growing orchids for more than 30 years, and her collection includes Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, Epidendrums, Miltonias & Miltoniopsis, Oncidiums, Masdevallias, as well as Phalaenopsis, Cymbidiums, Vandas, Vanilla Orchids and Zygopetalums.

Pam is a UCCE Master Gardener, and has been teaching organic gardening for many years. She has spoken at many locations throughout Southern California including California State University Northridge (CSUN), the LA County Fair, and many schools and non-profit organizations in our region. 

The Many Benefits of SFVOS Membership

 

  1. Learn about collecting, growing, re-potting, and pest control from our monthly meetings’ guest speakers, many of whom are local, national and internationally recognized orchid experts. For just the cost of your annual dues, you can see their fabulous photographs, techniques, and presentations. You have the opportunity to listen and ask questions of these experts up close and personal.   How great is that!
  2. Rub elbows with your fellow orchid enthusiasts. Many of our members have become good friends. Several of our members are expert growers in their own right.  Ask questions, swap ideas and learn from each other, while you share a tasty snack from our well stocked refreshment table every month.
  3. Share your beautiful blooming orchids and see what the other members are growing at our monthly “Show and Tell”. Exhibitors have the opportunity to share information about their special plants and members can ask questions.  You can also bring your camera a test your photographic skills.
  1. As a member, you will receive our Monthly SFVOS Newsletter via email (or by snail mail). Each issue is packed with the information you need to keep up with what’s happening in the orchid world.  Every month you receive a preview of our upcoming meeting, plus a Calendar of upcoming events, educational articles, and much, much more.
  1. You’ll have unlimited access to our own com website that has hundreds of tips on how to care for your orchids. Discover what happening in the orchid world, look up a solution to a problem or download culture sheets. There is also a library of past issues of our Newsletter, links to instructional videos, and Monthly Orchid Care Checklists just to name a few of the features found on our website.
  1. Take home fabulous orchids every month from our Plant Opportunity Table (POT). For just the cost of a few “opportunity” tickets you could be a big winner.
  2. You are invited to attend our annual Holiday Party in December to share a meal and fun times.

The San Fernando Valley Orchid Society is a non-profit organization. Your membership dues pay for our Guest Speakers every month, provide the plants for the POT each month and pay our ongoing expenses such as our rent, website fees, and required insurance costs.  Our Monthly meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of the month at the Sepulveda Garden Center, located at 16633 Magnolia Blvd, Encino, CA 91436.  Meeting starts at 7:00 pm.

President’s Message July 1, 2015

A Message from our President: Millie Peskay

We closed our fiscal year with a Pot Luck dinner at the June meeting.  Members contributed  generously and innovatively for the Pot Luck tables.   Dinner was followed by member­speakers  Art Mendoza and Millie Peskay who told of their experiences with cymbidium and

Vanda orchids.  Thanks Art and Millie.

Millie donated a lovely plant purchased at the Conejo Orchid Society’s annual sale.  It was sold  at auction with proceeds to our Society.

Treasurer Bob Peskay gave a short summary of our finances for the Fiscal Year 2014-­2015.   Expenses exceeded income by $557 for the year and would have been more except for  contributions of $625 from our members.  Bob pointed out the great help of the contributions to  support the ongoing programs and was greeted with generous contributions from Frank and  Florence Shimizu and new member Jessie Broussard.   Members may contribute at meetings or  by mail directly to the treasurer.  A more detailed financial report is elsewhere in this newsletter. We all had fun with three Bingo games with P.O.T. drawings between each game.  Prizes were  orchids purchased from Cal Orchids in Santa Barbara.

Finally, thanks to all the members for making a great year.  As Usual, there will be no meeting in  August so I look forward to seeing everybody on September 5th .

Millie Peskay

May 6, 2015 – The SFVOS will present “Orchid Care Basics”

Mastering the Art of Growing Orchids at Home

 Our next monthly meeting we will be showing an educational video entitled Orchid Care Basics: Mastering the Art of Growing Orchids at Home.  The host of our program is Mr. Mark S. Lee, a well-known Orchid Grower and expert.  Mr. Lee discusses many aspects of growing including light requirements, watering and feeding techniques, repotting, selecting the proper potting mix, managing pests and disease and much, much more.  It is a well done program and whether you are just getting started growing or have been growing orchids for years, everyone will learn something.

waterOrchidCarePam Aitchison will also be giving us a virtual tour through our very own website:  sfvos.com.   Pam will demonstrate all the features of the website including orchid care, culture sheets, links, as well as show you how to find instructional videos on YouTube.   Please join us for our next SFVOS monthly meeting.   It should be very interesting and informative.

SFVOS Annual Orchid Auction to be held April 1st

On Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 please join us for the San Fernando Valley Orchid Society Annual Orchid Auction This year, the San Fernando Valley Orchid Society (SFVOS) is proud to offer a great selection of beautiful, rare and blooming orchids.  Orchid expert, Doug Overstreet, will be our auctioneer again this year.

Zygo

Zygo

The San Fernando Valley Orchid Society is a non-profit organization that was established more than 55 years ago.  We are dedicated to promoting the culture and appreciation of orchids.   Each month we invite experts in the field of orchids to visit our society.  Their presentations are interesting and informative. This auction is our major fundraiser for the year.  Proceeds from this auction help to fund our speakers and programs throughout the year. For additional information, please visit our website at http://sfvos.com, or email Millie Peskay at peskay@att.net.  Please tell all your friends, and we hope to see you there!   The Sepulveda Garden Center 16633 Magnolia Boulevard Encino, CA 91436 Viewing 6:45pm Auction Starts at 7:00 pm       Download: 2015 Auction Flyer

Peter Lin “12 Months of Orchids” talk at the SFVOS

12 Months of Orchids – Building a collection with blooms every month of the year.

At our next regular meeting at the San Fernando Valley Orchid Society, on January 7th at 7:00 pm,  Peter Lin will be presenting his newest talk on “12 Months of Orchids”.  This fast paced PowerPoint presentation will show you how to build an orchid collection to have blooming plants for each month of the year.

Peter started growing orchids over 30 years ago, but then stopped due to school and starting a career.  It wasn’t until about 11 years ago that the orchid “bug” came back and he is now heavily involved once again.  He is an accredited judge with the American Orchid Society and a hybridizer of mini-catts.  He enjoys meeting with other orchid enthusiasts, and can often be found at various orchid shows and societies around the country.  He also has hundreds of photos of his orchids that he maintains on Flickr.  You can view them by typing this address into the internet: http://www.flickr.com/photos/minicatt/collections/

Due to limited growing space, Peter likes to specialize in miniature orchids, both species and hybrids, and has received numerous AOS awards.  His other interests in orchids include Dendrobiums, Angraecoids, and Neofinetias.  He maintains a collection of a thousand or more orchids at his home in Southern California in 3 small greenhouses, as well as an offsite greenhouse.

Don’t forget to bring a notepad and a pen.  You just might want to take notes.

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

 

 

 

James Rose on “The Laelias of Mexico” – November 5, 2014

We are very fortunate to have James Rose of Cal-Orchid, Santa Barbara. Mr. Rose will give us a talk on the ‘Laelias of Mexico’. . James lecture will deal mostly with the variability of the many flowers and the habitats and conditions from which they grow. Hopefully, we can all share some knowledge in the wonderful world of Orchids. Cal-Orchid also will provide plants for our Plant Opportunity Table (POT)

James attended University of California, Santa Barbara as an anthropology major.  In 1971 he began working at Santa Barbara Orchid Estate. After 16 years there, and becoming manager, he left to establish his own nursery with his wife, Lauris.  In 1987 they purchased Orchids By Rowe, a 2 acre cymbidium nursery 2 blocks from the Pacific Ocean in 1987, and totally redesigned the former cymbidium cut flower range to what is now a world re-known orchid nursery providing one of the largest varieties of orchid species and hybrids in the U.S.

Cal-Orchid maintains an active breeding program and stud collection built upon decades of international travel.  James is very well known for having a distinctively selective ‘eye’ for the new unusual plant, and Cal-Orchid’s new and long-time customers enjoy reaping the benefits. The nursery’s inventory features the Cattleya, Cymbidium, Odontoglossum, Masdevallia,  Lycaste, Paphiopedilum alliances as well as a good assortment of African species. James and Lauris have become recognized for their superior ‘Pacific’ line of reedstem Epidendrums, which have evolved over 12 years of selective breeding and have garnered awards around the world.

James has published in the AOS, Orchid Digest, and CSA magazines, and is well respected for his vast knowledge as well as his distinctive sense of humor. He lectures all over the world at orchid shows and World Orchid Conferences. He is a Cymbidium Society of America Judge, former member of the AOS Conservation Committee, and active member of the Japan Grand Prix Organizing committee where he has judged every year at the world famous Tokyo Dome. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about Laelias and hear this excellent speaker.

Dr. Daniel L. Geiger, Ph.D. to speak at the SFVOS on October 1st

Oberonia under the microscope

Please join us Wednesday, October 1st at the Sepulveda Garden center to hear Dr. Geiger’s talk and watch his PowerPoint presentation on this interesting subject.
Oberonia is a literally and figuratively overlooked genus of orchids with minute flowers. Daniel has become interested in this genus with some 150-300 species. An overview of the genus is provided, including many never seen before images taken with light and scanning electron microscopes. Most specimens available in the trade are misidentified; the process of checking the identification of a plant is detailed. Approaches to experimental culture of oddball orchids rounds out the presentation. This may be particularly interesting to growers who want to expand into under-appreciated orchids, or may be tempted with small research projects.

Dr. Daniel L. Geiger is Curator of Malacology (mollusks) at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, where he also oversees the electron microscopy facility. As a hobby orchid grower, he specializes in Oberonia and Hippeophyllum, which are grown in two terraria and a small greenhouse. Due to his botanical interest, he also holds an appointment as a Visiting Research Scholar at the Huntington Botanical Garden. He has written a number or articles for AOS Orchids and the Orchid Digest, and received an AOS exhibit award for a display on Oberonia. For further information please see www.vetigastropoda.com

Orchids of the Shan Plateau will be presented by Winn Winmaw 7/2/14

This month’s speaker is none other than Newport Orchid Society member Winn Winmaw.  Winn and his wife, Chitsaya, are on the Board of Directors for the NHOS.  Winn was born in Shan State, Eastern Burma, where Cymbidiums, Vandas, Dendrobiums and Paphiopedilums are found abundantly in the wild.  Winn began collecting orchids at the age of 7 and has been fascinated with them ever since.

As an undergraduate of physics at the University of Rangoon, Winn was a member of the Department of Botany’s Orchid Society.  Winn also lived in Japan for four years for further study and training.  He moved to the United States in 1998 and settled in Orange County.

Winn recently made several trips back to Burma to study orchids in their native habitat.  He made an expedition to the Shan Plateau, which will be the subject of his talk on Wednesday night.   Winn will talk about his adventurous and treacherous journey and bring us photographs of the orchids he encountered along the way.   Don’t miss this exciting presentation at the San Fernando Valley Orchid Society’s next regular meeting on July 2nd, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

June 4th SFVOS Meeting Topic “Preventing Orchid Pests and Disease”

Our next meeting for the San Fernando Valley Orchid Society will be on Wednesday,  June 4th, 2014 at 7:00 pm.   Our very own Pamela Aitchison will be our speaker for our June meeting.  Pam is a Certified Master Gardener from the University of California and has been for many years.  She is regular guest lecturer at California State University at Northridge (CSUN), and is also a mentor and trainer for the new class of Master Gardener interns each year.   She regularly teaches gardening classes at Garden Clubs, Community Centers and Schools and answers gardening questions in the Gardening Information booth at the LA County Fair every year.

Pam has served on our SFVOS Board of Directors for the last two years, is our (http://www.sfvos.com) webmaster and Co-Editor for our newsletter.  Pam lives in Northridge and has loved orchids most of her life. She has been growing orchid plants for many years and grows many types of orchids in her small greenhouse and outdoors.  Her favorites include Arpophyllum, Cattleyas,  Dendrobiums, Epidendrums, Oncidiums,  Miltonias, Vandas, Vanilla Orchids and Zygopedalums.

At our June meeting Pam will be sharing information about growing conditions that can lead to problems, pests such as insects, snails and spider-mites and she will discuss both fungal and bacterial diseases that can infect your beautiful plants and decimate your collection.   Pam will bring a PowerPoint presentation with many colorful photographs that demonstrate what to look for and how to deal with problems when they occur.   Please join us at our June meeting to learn about how to keep your orchids healthy and free of pests and disease