The Annual Auction is Back

April 5, 2023 will be our first auction since Covid-19 caused a lot of schedule changes.

The auction will be held at our in person meeting location, The Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd, Encino, CA 91436 at 7:00 pm.  We will have a preview of the plants at 6:45 pm. This will be a great opportunity to get some great orchids to start or add to your collection.

It is very true of our society, we come for the Orchids but we stay because we become Friends.

Happy Orchid growing,

Arthur Pinkers,

President, San Fernando Valley Orchid Society.

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An Overview Of The Genus Paphiopedilum by Douglas Overstreet – Presented via Zoom only due to use of the building by the L.A. County Election Board

An Overview Of The Genus Paphiopedilum presents one of the most popular and sought after genus of orchids. It includes the history of the genus in cultivation, an introduction to the sections of the group and the most important species in each section. Examples of hybrids are shown and discussed. Cultural notes are provided for each section.  The presentation provides a solid introduction to the new hobbyist and some important reminders for more experienced growers.

DOUGLAS OVERSTREET has grown orchids continually since he was 10 years old.  He comes by his interest in plants and animals naturally.  His family have been American farmers since 1684.  The first orchid he purchased in 1972 was Cattleya Trimos, a primary hybrid between C. trianaei and C. mossiae.  The first orchid he flowered was a phalaenopsis hybrid.

Doug moved to California in 1975 and continued his love affair with orchids.  In 1984, his collection began to grow by leaps and bounds with his first professional job.  He also became a very active participant in the local orchid community.  He began to work with orchids professionally in 2000 as a private consultant.  Gradually, this became his full-time occupation. He has managed private collections for leading hobbyists in Southern California for the last 15 years. He is an Accredited American Orchid Society Judge in the Pacific South Region.  An accomplished writer and educator, Doug has written articles for many different publications including Orchid Digest and has served on the Editorial Committee of that publication as Assistant Editor.  He has spoken for orchid societies and other groups nationwide.  Prior to joining the Huntington full time as a horticulturist, he was a frequent guest lecturer for the Huntington.  Currently, he is the orchid specialist in charge of the Thornton Conservatory and the Ernest Hetherington Memorial Cattleya Collection.

Please email Arthur Pinkers at to get the Zoom Link for the presentation.

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San Fernando Valley Orchid Society Meeting October 5, 2022 – 7:00 pm Growing Stanhopea’s Outside Presented by Brandon Tam

We hope you will join us for a look into a wonderful genus of very unique flowers.  Brandon will help us learn to grow this great genus.  What he shares will help us grow these great plants to their best.

Brandon Tam is passionate about his career as the Orchid Collection Specialist at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California.

Brandon’s grandmother first introduced him to orchids when he was seven by giving him a white cymbidium. He volunteered at the Huntington during high school, and when he graduated at age 16, Dr. James Folsom, Director of the Botanical Gardens, offered Brandon a full-time position as the Orchid Collection Specialist. Brandon has managed the collection for over ten years.  While working with Dr. Folsom to reinvigorate the Huntington’s orchid collection, Brandon attended California State University Polytechnic, Pomona, and earned his Bachelor of Science in Plant Science degree in 2015.

Brandon now oversees one of the largest orchid collections in the United States, which has grown from 2000 to over 10,000 plants in the past ten years. The Huntington has quickly built one of the five most diverse orchid species collections in the world. The collection is housed in over 26,000 square feet of growing area, which includes the Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory and three collection greenhouses, dedicated specifically for tropical plants.   He also oversees the Huntington’s 50 Amorphophallus titanums (better known as the “Corpse flower”), and has successfully bloomed six since 2014.

Under Brandon’s direction, The Huntington has won over 100 awards from the American Orchid Society within the last three years, which includes five First Class Certificates and three Certificates of Cultural Excellence. At the American Orchid Society Fall 2016 Members Meeting, The Huntington received The Merritt W. Huntington Award, which gives international recognition for the “Most Outstanding Orchid” in the year of 2015 for Paphiopedilum micranthum ‘Huntington’s Perfection’ FCC/AOS. In 2016, The Huntington received not just one, but two American Orchid Society Special Annual Awards! Lycaste consobrina ‘Huntington’s Finest’ AM-CCE/AOS received the Butterworth Award which goes to the grower of the plant exhibiting the finest orchid culture. It also received the Benjamin C. Berliner award which is given to most outstanding example of the genus Lycaste or its closely allied genera. At the time of judging, it had a total of 287 flowers and 7 buds.

In Brandon’s spare time, he loves to travel, and of course…EAT!  He joined Harold Koopowitz and others on a trek in Ecuador led by Pepe Portilla, where the group saw many wild orchids and focused on the study of Selenipedium aequinoctiale. Additionally, Brandon was elected as Trustee of the American Orchid Society, for a three-year term, which started March 2018.

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Growing Orchids in the Middle of a Drought presented September 7, 2022 7:00 pm by Donna Ballard

Donna is a native Californian, is studying to become an American Orchid Society judge, and hopes to earn her accreditation soon. After over 30 years of loving, caring for and studying plants, she went on to work as a professional interior house plant maintenance technician until 4 years ago. She has since retired and works as a part time volunteer at the Huntington Botanical Gardens Thornton Estate Orchid Conservatory in San Marino.
She currently has approximately 420 sq feet of greenhouse, shade house and interior growing areas where she has over 1300 Cattleyas, Paphiopedilums, Cymbidiums, Dendrobiums, Sarcochilus, miniature Vanda and novelty Phalaenopsis orchids as well as several other genera. She grows award winning orchids as we show here. The information she shares with us may also help you grow award winning plants.

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Jensoa Cymbidiums Presented by Ken Jacobsen

Presented by Ken Jacobsen

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 w here orchids are grown, visiting the local growers, and seeing various species in the wild.  Together, Amy and Ken have over 7000 orchids. 

Ken is a judge in the AOS judging program, was a judge in the CSA judging program, and is a past AOS trustee

The Jensoa group of Cymbidiums is a delightful group that have small foot prints and wonderful displays of small flowers that can be very striking.

Please Join us for our in person meeting at the Sepulveda Garden Center

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San Fernando Valley Orchid Society Will Resume Face to Face Meetings May 4, 2022

The San Fernando Valley Orchid Society will resume Face to Face meetings May 4, 2022 at 7:00 pm at the Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91436. Our featured speaker will be Carol Beule presenting a talk on the genus Sarcochilus, a very delightful genus from australia that provides a lot of flower on a very small foot print in a very wide range of colors and patterns. We hope to see you there.

Face to Face San Fernando Valley Orchid Society Meetings Not Permitted Yet.

The current health directives are not permitting the Sepulveda Garden Center to allow face to face meetings at this time.  The San Fernando Valley Orchid Society is meeting via Zoom the first Wednesday of the Month.  If you would like to attend, please email Arthur Pinkers at  We would like to have you join us for the meeting.

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April 1, 2020 Meeting/ Action Cancelled Due to Building Closure

Due to the Coronavirus, mandates from the CDC, State and County Health organization and the City of LA, we have been advised that the Sepulveda Garden Center has been closed.  We hope to meet in May but the health and safety of our members are paramount so we will follow the directives.  If you have further questions, you can send an email to for more up to date information.  The San Fernando Valley Orchid Society Board of Directors meet to determine when our auction will be held.  We thank you for your patience and hope you all will stay in good health and enjoy the beauty of your orchid plants.

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Meeting on March 4, 2020 Brassia, The species, it’s hybrids and uses in Hybridization Presented by Robert Moffitt

Brassia’s are known as the spider orchid.  They present large stately presentations of large flowers from the Oncidium family.  They are relatively easy growers in our region and add size and nice presentations to their hybrids.  

Robert  was born and raised in Eagle Rock, CA.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Occidental College and then a Master of Science in Zoology from the University of Hawaii.  He is a retired Fisheries Biologist from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA) in Honolulu where he specialized in deep water benthic fish, crustaceans, and mollusks.

He received his first orchid from his then future father-in-law in the early 1970s.  He joined the Honolulu Orchid Society since the mid 1970s where he is a life member.  He is also a life member of the American Orchid Society.  He is an accredited judge of both American Orchid Society and Honolulu Orchid Society

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