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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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
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.
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