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.
Just a quick reminder that we always take August off for summer break. We hope you are enjoying your summer weather. In the meantime, p[ease refer to the July-August checklist in a previous post to learn how to care for your orchids during hot weather, and we look forward to seeing you all at our next regular meeting on September 2nd!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
Pam 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.
It’s almost time for our most anticipated event! We will be holding our annual orchid auction on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 at 7:00 pm. We are meeting in our regular location at the Sepulveda Garden Center in Encino. The address is 16633 Magnolia Blvd, Encino CA 91436.
This year, our sponsors really stepped up to the plate and donated some great plants for our auction. Some are rare, and some are displaying spectacular blooms!
“Moth Orchid” Phalaenopsis
This event is our major fundraiser for the year, and we look forward to seeing you all there. Tell all your friends, family members and neighbors. We hope to have a great turnout.
This year, to add to the excitement, there will also be a silent auction at the back of the room.
Please mark your calendars, and we hope to see you all there. If you have any questions, please send us an email and we will be happy to assist you. Send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I know you are all looking forward to our next SFVOS auction. Have a great week!
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 Center16633 Magnolia BoulevardEncino, CA 91436 Viewing 6:45pm Auction Starts at 7:00 pm Download: 2015 Auction Flyer
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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.
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.