The San Fernando Valley Orchid Society is pleased to announce it’s first annual Orchid Sale. This is our major fundraising event of the year and we hope to raise enough funds to pay for our expenses, educational programs and fabulous speakers for the remainder of the year.
This sale is open to the public. We have managed to procure some really beautiful orchid plants, most of which are in bud or in bloom. We were able to get many of them from Hawaii, and the rest are from great California growers. Our members will be on hand to answer any questions you may have at the show. We will have a plant hotel to hold your selections until you are ready to check out and take your prized plants home. We will also be serving light refreshments. This is a great opportunity to find our more about our society and our friendly and knowledgeable members.
SFVOS Members only: All members are urged to proudly wear their badge and help out at the sale for as many hours as possible. You can be a host, greeting prospective buyers and assisting them in selecting plants. If you find questions you cannot answer, there will be other members who can help. For those of you volunteering to work at the sale we will get our set up started at 9:00 AM. We need volunteers to help register the buyers and help carry plants to the plant hotel. We also need a few of you to stay after 2:00 PM to help us clean-up. This is a wonderful opportunity to tell guests about the benefits of membership in our Society: the educational speakers, the plant opportunity table, and the interchange of ideas and experiences with fellow orchid lovers. If you have some blooming plants you wish to contribute to the sale please bring them to Ned Daniger’s home: 17351 Nordhoff Street in Northridge on April 7th between 12:00 noon and 5:00 PM,or you can bring them on the day of the sale, April 9th, at 9:00 AM to the Sepulveda Garden Center. This is YOUR opportunity to support our Society. We look forward to seeing you at the sale!
Our guest speaker for January will be James Rose, owner of Cal Orchids. Jim will open his presentation by teaching us the best way to re-pot our orchids. This is an important skill, and is a subject many have requested.
His main topic will be the “Orchids of Madagascar”. Madagascar is best known for its remarkable fauna, including the famous lemurs. It is also home to over 900 orchid species in 57 genera, many of which are as endangered as the lemurs. These orchids are so beautiful and unique.
You may be familiar with the story of “Darwin’s” orchid. Angraecum sesquipedale, which is also known as the Christmas orchid, Star of Bethlehem orchid, and King of the Angraecums, is an epiphytic orchid in the genus Angraecum endemic to Madagascar. It is noteworthy for its long spur and its association with the naturalist Charles Darwin, who surmised that the flower was pollinated by a then undiscovered moth with a proboscis whose length was unprecedented at the time. His prediction had gone unverified until 21 years after his death, when the moth was discovered and his conjecture vindicated.
These orchids are highly prized and hunted by collectors and the orchid trade. Additionally, much of Madagascar is rainforest, and much of that rainforest is disappearing. When the rainforest the threatened, the orchids that live there are also in peril. Some of the threatened species are Angraecum longicalcar, Angraecum magdalenae, Bulbophyllum hamelinii, Grammangis spectabilis
and Eulophiella roempleriana. Be sure to mark your calendar. You won’t want to miss this highly informative talk and the culture session on “repotting”.
(Right: Darwins Orchid: Angraecum sesquipedale and its pollinator, a long-tongued moth)
Attention SFVOS Members:
The San Fernando Valley Orchid Society
Cordially invites you to our
ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY
December 2, 2015
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Sepulveda Garden Center
16633 Magnolia Blvd.
Encino, CA 91436
Admission: One Salad, side dish or dessert (8+ Servings) and the Chicken and Beef Entrées will be provided by SFVOS. Please bring serving utensils
Our special program will include: Refreshments, Bingo Games, Orchid Plant Exchange *(Optional), Special POT Raffle!
Please R.S.V.P. by November 30 to
Millie Peskay at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (805) 532-0080 or if you haven’t signed up yet
call Marcia Melcombe at (818) 349-8677
*Bring an orchid plant in a 4”-6” pot to exchange with the other members, and take home a beauty for yourself.
This is a great way to expand your own orchid collection and your knowledge.
In Tim’s own words:
Although I teach middle school kids for a living, one of my passions has always been plants. I began growing orchids as an offshoot from working at Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia just after college. From the very beginning it was all about Paphs, particularly awarded and select clones of historic importance, of which my collection numbers nearly 1000.
While I love finding old, rare stepping stones in paph breeding, I also do a little hybridizing of my own, and growing up my own babies is a blast. I enjoy making my culture the best it can be, and I have had numerous experiences with professional growers in California and on the East Coast, which has helped tremendously.
I am the youngest accredited judge with the American Orchid Society, and have served in various capacities with local orchid societies. I love meeting other people who like orchids too, and doing so often finds me traveling to shows, vendors, and peoples’ greenhouses to see the latest and greatest in new hybrids and to get the best orchid gossip. I like to be involved in plants as much as possible: in addition to Longwood, I’ve worked at the Smithsonian Institution tending to their orchids, and for years for the United States National Arboretum, collecting rare plants and documenting cultivated species and hybrids for their herbarium.
For your meeting, I’ll be sharing a presentation on recent advances in Lycaste breeding, culture, and growing. These plants are easy to grow and flower, are vigorous, and have low demands on culture, and as such are wonderful plants! Tremendous advancements in breeding Lycastes have been made recently, and I will share some of these with you, as well as help identify some of the important species in the backgrounds of historically important and modern Lycastes.
By the end of this presentation, you will have a new appreciation of what goes into breeding trends for these types of plants, as well as an appreciation of their beautiful flowers and ease-of-growth. I will be providing a plant table of the newest, modern, cutting-edge Lycaste breeding, with both blooming and un-bloomed plants.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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
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.
We are pleased to announce that the San Fernando Valley Orchid Society will be holding it’s annual Orchid Auction on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014. We were very lucky to get orchid expert, Doug Overstreet, to be our auctioneer again this year. It will be held at our normal meeting place, the Sepulveda Garden Center.
Plan to arrive early as the doors will open at 6:45 pm so the bidders can take some time before the auction to preview the plants and mark down the numbers of their favorites. This is your chance to bid on good plants and raise money for the SFVOS. These funds pay for next years guest speakers and their amazing programs.
Remember the date:
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
Sepulveda Garden Center
16633 Magnolia Blvd.
Encino, CA 91316
Door open at 6:45 pm and the auction will begin at 7:00pm.
Refreshments will be served.
Mark Your Calendars for this Special Event.
Expert Speaker Presentations
Slipper Orchid Displays • Orchid Sales
*New Location* Montecito Country Club *New Location*
902 Summit Road • Santa Barbara, CA
Saturday & Sunday, January 18-19, 2014
Bill Goldner (Woodstream Orchids – Huntingtown, MD)
David Sorokowsky (Paph Paradise – Modesto, CA)
Dr. Harold Koopowitz (Editor Emeritus, Orchid Digest)
Chris Purver (Curator, Eric Young Orchid Foundation – Jersey, Channel Islands)
Plus a Presentation of the Latest
Paphiopedilum and Phragmipedium Awards by the American Orchid Society
Continental Breakfasts • Lunch • Dinner • Auction
Show & Sales setup at 7:30am Saturday
Lectures starting at 9:00am
Gift Certificates for Best Species and Best Hybrid
Full Event Registration: $95
(Guests of full registrants may accompany registrants to the BBQ & Auction(only) for $35 each)
Registration Closes January 12, 2014
This event is sponsored by Orchid Digest