SFVOS Guest Speaker February 3rd, 2016: Doug Overstreet on the Care and Feeding of Orchids

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Orchid educator Doug Overstreet, considered by some to be a “man of all orchids,” will present the program when the San Fernando Valley Orchid Society meets at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 at the Sepulveda Garden Center.   The program is free and open to our members and to the public.  Doug will be speaking about the care and feeding of orchids. He will be demonstrating re-potting techniques, and giving us all his tips and tricks to help our plants be healthy and beautiful.

Many of you already know Doug as our interesting and knowledgeable auctioneer at our annual orchid auctions. His encyclopedic knowledge of orchids and lively banter always make for a great orchid auction experience.

Doug Overstreet was born and raised in New Mexico. He is a descendant on both sides from a long line of farmers and is the son a floral designer, so he comes by his interest in orchids naturally.  Overstreet began growing orchids at the age of 10 and said he has been avidly involved in the hobby ever since. He continued his love affair with orchids after moving to California in 1975.

In 1984, his collection began to grow by leaps and bounds, and he now maintains a mixed collection of approximately 1,000 plants.  Overstreet also became an active participant in the local orchid community. Over the years, he has served on the board of the Orchid Society of Southern California, and he is a past president and board member of the Southland Orchid Show Committee. He is a former ribbon-judging chairman for the Orchid Society of Southern California and is an accredited American Orchid Society judge in the Pacific South Region.

A frequent lecturer on orchids and related topics, he has spoken for numerous orchid societies, botanical gardens and orchid nurseries. He is noted for his ability to present complex information on orchids clearly, concisely and in a manner suitable for the advanced enthusiast but also easily understandable by the beginner.

Overstreet has written articles for Orchid Digest and has served on the editorial committee of that publication as assistant editor.  He lives in the Glendale area and owns and operates Nature’s Bounty Orchids, a small nursery serving the Southern California hobbyist and gift plant community through local certified farmers’ markets.

January 6th, 2016 Guest Speaker James Rose of Cal Orchids

James and Lauris Rose.large thumbnailOur 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 orchidStar 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 AngraeDarwin's orchid and moth.cum 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)

 

 

SFVOS Annual Holiday Party 12/2/15

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: peskay@att.net
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.

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November 4th – Tim Culberton to speak on Lycastes at the SFVOS

 

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 GardeTimCulbertson.headshotns 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.

 

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.

Only 1 week left to the SFVOS 2015 Orchid Auction

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!

Purple Phals

“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 pam@aitchison.org.

I know you are all looking forward to our next SFVOS auction.  Have a great week!

 

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