Meeting - March 27th
March Speaker - Carol Klonowski - South African Orchids
Carol has been growing orchids since the 1980s when a friend in Berkeley California gave her a Cattleya and it bloomed out with three big dark-lavender flowers that had an intoxicating fragrance. She built an entire greenhouse to accommodate the precious plant, which only led her to buy more orchids. Then another friend gave her a gift membership in the Orchid Society of California (OSC) in Oakland, and it has been a serious passion ever since. She can recall going to monthly meetings at OSC and DVOS (Diablo View Orchid Society) when orchid legends such as the late Frank Fordyce and and the late Dick Emory would be available to answer the many questions an eager hobbyist would have. Carol has served as Director, Vice President, and President of OSC for most of the past two decades. She is also an Accredited Judge with the American Orchid Society California Sierra Nevada Judging Center. She often helps out at the AOS Pacific Central Judging Center (including serving several years as their webmaster) and has been seen at many Peninsula Orchid Society Meetings. This talk covers the recent 21st World Orchid Conference (WOC) in Johannesburg, South Africa, and gives an overview of this most-unique country's orchids. From the well-known Disas to rarer but no less interesting Bartholinas, and from fynbo, mountainside and savannah habitats, we will explore why South Africa was chosen as the host nation for this prestigious event. In addition, Carol will offer a preview of the next WOC in Guayaquil, Ecuador and detail reasons why everyone should plan to attend. Thank you to the Stanford at the San Francisco Orchid Society for allowing us to copy his bio and talk description from the SFOS newletter! Our skill session this month will be presented by Ken Jacobsen. Ken will demonstrate the correct way to use virus test kits from Agdia to test for cymbidium-mosaic virus and Odontoglossum ring-spot virus. Some of your infected plants will demonstrate that they have the virus, but some will not. It is a good idea to check your collection from time-to-time to make sure you don't have any hidden carriers waiting to infect your other orchids. Ken will talk about the best method to test a large number of plants, for the least amount of cost. There may be some test supplies available at the meeting for $6 per test, or you may bring in your freshly cut leaf samples to have the test done for $6 per test at the skill session.
Feb 27th Meeting

Paul Chim - Orchid Travels Through China - Feb 27th, 2015

Our speaker for the February 27th, 2015 meeting will be long time POS member and Cymbidium grower extraordinaire Paul Chim.  Paul is making a 12-day trip to China first half of February.  We will enjoy a fresh-off-the-presses travelog of his trip which will include photos of China and the orchids he finds there.  Paul will give us some pointers on Cymbidium culture and show us photos of his awarded Cymbidiums from the past two years as well.  Paul Chim has been growing orchids for over 40 years. His specialty is cool growing Cymbidiums; both species and hybrids. Paul is a former President and Vice President of the Orchid Society of California, San Francisco Orchid Society, Marin Orchid Society, and Golden Gate Cymbidium Society. He is a founding member of the Golden Gate Cymbidium Society.  (Not sure how he avoided serving on the POS board!) He and his wife, Phyllis occasionally have an orchid open house in San Leandro. Paul has been, and still is, very generous with his support of the Bay Area orchid scene.  He was kind enough to enter several plants in our show this year.  His Cymbidium Kelly’s Winter won Best Open Cymbidium.  He and Phyllis also volunteered Saturday and Sunday at our show. Paul will be providing our plant table, which will include some Cymbidiums, but many other genera as well.

The Annual POS Holiday Potluck and Bingo Night will take the place of our regular meeting format. This event takes place on the 3rd Friday of December (the 19th) and doors will open at 5:30. See the December 2014 Issue of the Sheath for more details about what foods to bring, etc.
Date: December 19, 2014
Time: Doors open at 5:30 PM
Place: San Mateo Garden Center
605 Parkside Way, San Mateo, CA

Speaker Info

The speaker for our November 28 meeting will be Pierre Pujol, Peninsula Orchid Society member and grower. As many of us, Pierre started growing orchids given to him by friends and neighbors, then became intrigued by the plants and was hooked for good four years ago.  Since then, his collection has grown rapidly to about a thousand plants today, many of which are cymbidiums. The 25% non-cymbidiums genera in Pierre's collection is expanding and comprises many genera, mostly cool to intermediate growing.  A graduate of the National Agronomical Institute in Paris, Pierre tries to use his education to understand the cultural requirements of orchids and apply it experimentally to his collection.  Over the last 3 years, his efforts were rewarded by several AOS and CSA quality and cultural awards, although he modestly admits that he is still on the learning curve.
Skill Session: “Selecting Plants for AOS Judging” with Chaunie Langland
There are two or more AOS judging events in the SF Bay area every month.   Chances are you will need to go to significant effort to attend one of these events.  Chaunie is a student judge with the Pac Central Judging Center and has spent time evaluating her own orchids at home.  Chaunie will discuss how to determine when you have an orchid that might be awarded at an AOS judging session, making it worth the trip. Do not go into shock.  She is going to suggest that you make a one time expenditure of $50.  At the current cost for gas, this is not a radical idea.
Opportunity Table: Plants provided by Pierre Pujol and Amy Chung Jacobsen.

October 24th, 2014

Speaker/Event:Peter Lin on “Mini-catts:  A Presentation of Miniature Cattleyas from the Past and Today”.
Date:October 24th, 2014
Skill Session:AOS Judging
Skill Session: AOS Judging Returns to POS
Bring your orchids to the October meeting for AOS (American Orchid Society) judging. Plant entry will take place from 6:55 to 7:30 PM on the patio. You are welcome to observe the judging and ask questions but if this is your plant being judged or you know who owns it, keep it a secret - the judges aren’t supposed to know who owns the orchids they are judging. Judging is anonymous until the decisions are made!
Opportunity Table: Plants provided by Peter Lin.

Speaker BIO:

The speaker for our October 24 meeting will be Peter Lin, from Diamond Orchids in Southern California ( Peter is an avid orchid hobbyist, hybridizer, and AOS judge.  He resides in Southern California and grows orchids in 3 small greenhouses.  He grows primarily mini-catts, Sophronitis, Dendrobiums and miniature species.  Peter frequently gives talks at various orchid societies and has written articles for the Orchid Digest and ORCHIDS magazine (see the latest October issue of ORCHIDS).  You can reach Peter at .
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.

Due to limited growing space, Peter likes to specialize in miniature orchids, both species and hybrids, and has received numerous AOS awards.  His interests in orchids include Dendrobiums, Angraecoids, and Neofinetias.  He is also known as "Mr Sophronitis" as he has a passion for growing and collecting them.  He maintains a collection of a thousand or more orchids at his home in Southern California in 3 small greenhouses, outdoors, as well as an offsite greenhouse. Members are invited to join us for a light, no-host dinner with the speaker at the California Pizza Kitchen (Hillsdale Mall). We will depart from the Garden Center at 5:30pm sharp for dinner at 5:45pm. Pre-orders: In addition to a selection of plants which Peter will bring for sale, members may pre-order plants which Peter will bring to the meeting. Members wishing to make pre-orders will qualify for a 10% discount but Peter must receive orders by 10/17. You may also email Peter or call his cell phone at 909-573-6751. See Peter’s catalog HERE. Please email Peter at: for any orders. He can accept a check or PayPal. Shipping is by USPS Priority Mail and is a minimum charge of $6 or about 15% of the order.
Speaker: Jacob Knecht on “Angraecoid Culture” Date: August 22, 2014
Time: Doors open at 7:00 PM
Place: San Mateo Garden Center
605 Parkside Way, San Mateo, CA

Opportunity Table: Dan Williams Collection

Many of you know that Dan Williams has moved to the East Coast with his family; and has generously donated about 30 plants from his collection to POS. These plants will be included in our Opportunity Table raffle for the August 22 meeting. Thank you Dan!
Plants have these labels:
Oncidium maculatum  (2 each)
Rhyncholaeliocattleya Whisky River'(2 each)
Cattleya 'Maui Christmas
  Jackfowlieara Perfect Pair' (2 each)  
Cattleya trianae 'A.C. Burrage' AM/AOS  
Dendrobium Specio-Kingianum    
  Caulaelia 'Mizoguchi Princess Kiko'  
Brassia wagneri   
Cymbidium Crackerjack 'Midnight Magic' AM/AOS AD/CSA 
Cymbidium Lovely Nymph 'Stirling' 4n     (3 each)  
Rhyncholaeliocattleya  Mary Ann McCandless'  
Rhyncattleanthe Cherry Suisse 'Kawaii' (2 each) 
  Paphiopedilum Hiro Julie  
Rhyncholaeliocattley Goldenzelle 'Summer'  

July 25th, 2014

Speaker/Event:Debra Atwood on Potting Practices
Date:July 25th, 2014

Potting Better Practices

The speaker for our July 25 meeting will be Debra Atwood, of Napa Valley Orchids, who will speak on POTTING PRACTICES FOR VARIOUS SPECIES. You are encouraged to bring plants and questions about when and how to pot particular species. Debra Atwood is a third generation Napa Valley family resident and is in her 14th year as owner and sole proprietor of Napa Valley Orchids. In her own words: "After 30 years in Napa's hospitality industry, I needed to make a lifestyle change, so at close to 50 years of age, I thought it was time to follow my heart and pursue my passion for orchids. I think of myself more as a farmer than a florist. Water, weather, fertilizing and taking my beauties to market are always on my mind". Shegrows orchid species and hybrids, such as Angraecum, Aerangis, Bulbophyllum, Cochleanthes, Encyclia, Phragmipedium, Brassia, Maxillaria and Phalaenopsis to name a few. She is always busy teaching orchid classes, leading workshops,

June 27th, 2014

Speaker/Event:Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens
Date:June 27th, 2014

Hang It Up!

People who love to grow orchids are lucky the orchids are so adaptable. No plant naturally evolved to live in a pot, yet that is the way most orchids are cultivated. Many species can be induced to thrive in pots on a bench, but there are significant holdouts that demand special treatment. These include the many types of orchids that send their leafy growths upward but their flowers sideways or downward, those where the vegetative growth extends in the wrong direction for pot culture or otherwise defies containment, and still others that assert their epiphytic nature by refusing to grow well unless their roots are exposed to air and/or light. Accommodating the needs of these special cases can help the grower maintain a healthier and more diverse collection.The presentation will offer a look at a sampling of orchid species that benefit from alternatives totraditional pot culture, with discussion of cultural techniques and a brief demonstration, as time permits. A handout with information about sources for "out-of-pot" materials will be available.

May 23rd, 2014

Speaker/Event:Special AOS Judging & Seminar
Date:May 23rd, 2014

Does this sound familiar? You go to an orchid show and see two lovely orchids side by side that look the same to your eye and wonder why one got an American Orchid Society award and one didn’t? Did you ever go to an orchid meeting and see folks in another room peering intently at one orchid on the table, sometimes using a magnifying glass and talking about things like texture, substance, arrangement on an inflorescence, floriferousness, etc.? Wonder just what is an AM or an HCC anyway? I am willing to bet that those who are honest will admit to something like that with their first exposure to AOS judging. We have all been there, even me in the beginning. I remember doing exactly that at my first Pacific Orchid Exposition way back when. Now is your chance to ‘demystify’ the happenings in that room with the odd lingo and behaviors-learn about the good stuff of AOS judging and not too much about the bad or the ugly. The AOS judges and students of the Pacific Central Judging Region will be judging your plants during the May POS meeting. You will be able to ask questions of the judges as they do their evaluations. And we will be projecting the database, AQPlus, that holds the history of past awards upon which a given plant is evaluated that is consulted during the judging process. The emphasis during this program will be judging as it happens and the questions that are asked as assessments are generated and balanced against prior awards for that particular orchid. We hope everyone will bring in plants for evaluation. Everyone that brings in a plant for judging will be considered and if the time is growing short, we will continue judging outside of the meeting room in the room where the skill sessions are held

Marni Turkel (pronounced tur KELL) is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and has been growing orchids since 1980. She grows in three greenhouses in Santa Rosa with approximately 1000 sq ft of growing space. Her main interest is in cool-growing miniature species but plenty of larger plants have crept into the collection as well. Marni has been a contributor to Orchids magazine with her series called 'Well Worth the Space' and 'Give It a Rest'. Her articles have been translated into Dutch, German, Portuguese and Swedish for international publication. Photographs of her plants have been feature in articles noted orchid publications including Orchids Magazine, Orchid Digest, Richardiana, The Orchid Review, and The Australian Orchid Review. For the last few years she has been sharing her photographs and knowledge on Recently, Marni has expanded her work with orchids to include propagation of orchids from seed and has set up a flasking lab of her own to take the process from start to finish and sell flasks of many of the orchids species in her collection. After working for over 43 years as a potter, she has retired from ceramics to pursue orchids full-time. Members are invited to join us for a light, no-host dinner with the speaker at the California Pizza Kitchen (Hillsdale Mall). We will depart from the Garden Center at 5:30pm sharp for dinner at 5:45pm. The opportunity table will be provided by Marni Turkel.

February 28th, 2014

Speaker/Event:Ricky Wong on Neofinetias
Date:February 28th, 2014

Ricky Wong started his interest in orchids while he was in elementary school. In 1995, he received a Phalaenopsis as his first orchid and his collection has grown ever since. After graduating from college, he started to volunteer extensively at OrchidMania, where his passion for orchids continued to grow. Ricky is currently part of the AOS judging program and is a Probationary Judge. He is currently a Director at large for the Orchid Society of California (OSC), and has been in various board positions with the OSC. Ricky grows exclusively outdoors without the use of a greenhouse and prefers to grow cool-cold growing species and primary hybrids that do well outdoors year-round in the Bay Area. The Opportunity Table will be provided by Dennis Olivas. Members are invited to join us for a light, no-host dinner with the speaker at the California Pizza Kitchen (Hillsdale Mall). We will depart from the Garden Center at 5:30pm sharp for dinner at 5:45pm.

January 25th-26thth, 2014

Speaker/Event:POS Annual Show & Sale!
Date:January 25th-26th, 2014
Program: Please Join Us at the Community Activities Building - 1400 Roosevelt Ave. Redwood City, CA 94061

2014 Orchid Show Poster

December 20th, 2013

Speaker/Event:POS/GCCG BINGO and Potluck!
Date:Dec. 20th, 2013
Program: Please Join Us for End of Year Pot Luck and Bingo!

This month, we are planning an evening of food and fun with a Holiday Pot Luck and Bingo. Gold Coast Cymbidium Society members are invited to attend also. Bring your family, you know, the ones you usually leave at home on Friday night, and plan on having a great time. Potluck: The Society will provide roasted turkey, ham, coffee and tea. The members and their guests are asked to contribute to the dinner by each bringing a dish to share. Your dish should feed 10 to 12 people. Please bring it ready to serve, including serving utensils.
A - H Appetizer
I - R Salad or side dish (we are often short on this category)
S - Z Dessert
You should also bring your own plates, eating utensils, napkins, glasses and beverages of choice. Bingo: After dinner we will enjoy a fast paced game of BINGO led by the comedic bingo calling of Dennis Olivas. Everyone who plays bingo will win at least once. In order to play bingo, each player should bring one orchid or orchid related item to donate to the game prize table. The orchids (disease and pest free please!) or related item should be one you would like to win yourself. If you do not have a plant or related item to bring a $10.00 donation will get you a Bingo card. Additional donations for the Bingo prize table are appreciated. We also will have a nice selection of orchids donated by Carl Jukkola for the prize table.

Nov 22nd, 2013

Speaker:Dave Sorokowsky
Date:Nov. 22nd, 2013
Program: Multifloral Paphs

Skill Session:POS Ribbon Judging

Dave Sorokowsky from Lockeford, CA will be our guest speaker on November 22, and will speak on Multifloral Paphs. Dave is originally from Toronto and went to the University of Toronto where he received a B.S. in Biochemistry. He ran a tropical fish import business for 8 years, but found that a passion for wine overtook him. He decided to return to school to get degrees in oenology and viticulture at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. While attending Brock, Dave began acquiring orchids … one 2” pot at a time. By the time he graduated, Dave had over 100 orchids. After graduation he worked in the Ontario wine industry for a year. But winemaking and a passion for orchids prompted Dave to seek a warmer climate in California where Dave has lived for 12 years now. Dave’s focus in orchids started with Cattleyas and Phalaenopsis, but his primary specialization is with Paphiopedilums. Over the last few years he has been breeding Paph species and producing some new hybrids. Dave is a probationary judge with the American Orchid Society and has received 44 AOS awards for his plants, with many of those awarded plants playing an important role in his breeding program. The Opportunity Table will be provided by Dave. Members are invited to join us for a light, no-host dinner with the speaker at the California Pizza Kitchen (Hillsdale Mall). We will depart from the Garden Center at 5:30pm sharp for dinner at 5:45pm.

Oct 25th, 2013

Speaker:Fred Clarke - Sunset Valley Orchids
Date:Oct. 25th, 2013
Program: Fred Clarke Lectures

Skill Session:Staking Cymbidiums
Don’t forget to bring your plants for the show and tell table!

Fred Clarke has been growing orchids for since 1977 and has been hybridizing for 32 of those years. With over 29 years as a professional grower and manager in the horticultural industry, Fred applies these skills at his orchid nursery; Sunset Valley Orchids, located in San Diego, California. He is a passionate orchid grower whose curiosity in orchids is broad and varied. Although developing Cattleya hybrids has been his sustaining interest, he is also actively creating new Catasetinae, Paphiopedilum and Australian Dendrobium hybrids. His pioneering work in Catasetum intergeneric breeding has led to the development of several notable hybrids, most recently the grex, Fredclarkeara After Dark, which produced “the blackest flower ever witnessed”. This grex has received eight FCC’s, six AM’s and the coveted ‘Award of Distinction’ on the first flowers shown for judging! Fred is an internationally acclaimed speaker and travels extensively within USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. He is an accredited American Orchid Society Judge in the Pacific South region. His plants have received hundreds of quality awards from the American Orchid Society.

Fred Clarke Sunset Valley Orchids 1255 Navel Place Vista, CA 92081 (760) 639-6255 Fred is bringing the plant table and plants for sale.
Trudy Hadler will present the skill session on staking cymbidiums.

Sept. 27th, 2013

Speaker: Film
Date:Sept 27th, 2013
Program: The Judge, The Hunter, The Thief and the Black Orchid

Skill Session: Beyond Cymbidiums: Outdoor Orchid Growing by Tom Mudge Don’t forget to bring your plants for the show and tell table!

The Judge, The Hunter, The Thief and the Black Orchid

Orchid Film Our September presentation will be the orchid documentary "The Judge, The Hunter, The Thief, and the Black Orchid", a 70-minute DVD. There will be an intermission approximately half-way through the showing during which time we will hold the "Opportunity Table" raffle. This DVD includes interesting discussions by several well-known orchid growers, hybridizers and vendors, including next month's speaker, Fred Clarke from Sunset Valley Orchids.

August 23rd, 2013

Speaker: Dennis Olivas
Date: August 23rd 2013
Program: Dennis Olivas on Cool Tolerant Monopodials

Monopodial orchids such as Vandas and Phalaenopsis are commonly thought to require hot, humid climates difficult to provide in the SF Bay Area. This talk will introduce some cool tolerant monopodials that can be successfully grown in conditions that are suitable for our climate, even some that can be grown outdoors. Dennis Olivas was born on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. As a lad, he helped his mom grow her orchids and got hooked. When he joined the Future Farmers of America, his project was raising and selling these beautiful and exotic plants. In 1980 he moved to the mainland and swore off the orchid family - but not for long - as he was introduced to Rod McLellan's Acres of Orchids. From there his whole life became one downward spiral. First he filled his home with upwards of 6,000 plants. Later he leased a greenhouse space for his ever-burgeoning orchid collection. Since he's a glutton for punishment, his collection grew, overflowing the 3,000 sq. ft. greenhouse in Half Moon Bay. Dennis has been President of the Peninsula Orchid Society, San Francisco Orchid Society, Diablo View Orchid Society, and the Santa Cruz Orchid Society. He is an accredited judge of the American Orchid Society. Dennis belongs to more than 14 orchid societies and tries to assist them whenever possible.
Bring in your questions and troubled plants for answers by our experienced growers.
The Experienced Growers:
  1. Ken Jacobsen on Growing Your Own Hybrid From Seed.
  2. Tanya Lam on Cattleya and Psychopsis Culture.
  3. Chris Mende on Paphiopedilum and Phragmipedium Culture.
  4. Dennis Olivas as the Orchid Doctor.
  5. Paul Reeve on Building Your Own Greenhouse.

We will have five large tables where there will be one of our experienced growers who will able to discuss each topic and answer questions. Members, guests, and visitors will rotate to the various tables to give you a chance to have all your questions answered.
Be sure to wrap troubled plants such that other plants will not acquire the same trouble!
Several of our growers will be bringing plants for sale.
Opportunity table will be provided by Carter and Holmes.

June 28th, 2013

June 28th, 2013 Meeting:
Speaker: Sergio Garcia

Topic:"Laelia purpurata and Its Varieties"

The speaker for our June 28 meeting will be Sergio Garcia from Olompali Orchids speaking on "Laelia purpurata and Its Varieties" – a talk on the different varieties of this Brazilian species that is so popular in the United States. Its varieties are many, but most have a difficult time naming the varieties that they have in their collection. Opportunity table will be provided by Olompali Orchids. Members are invited to join the speaker for a light dinner at the California Pizza Kitchen (Hillsdale Mall). We will depart from the Garden Center at 5:30pm sharp. Please be prepared to purchase your own meal.

May 24th, 2013

May 24th, 2013 Meeting:
Speaker: Samantha Kha

Topic:What’s New with OZ Paphs?

Samantha Kha has been interested in growing plants since she was a small child, when she loved raising flowers and vegetables from seed. Her interest in plants led her to begin exploring cacti and succulent plants. Then, over 15 years ago, she became interested in orchids. Today, Samantha grows orchids and also has a very extensive collection of succulent plants, mainly from South Africa. Samantha became enamored with slipper orchids early on. She has put together an extensive collection of Paphiopedilums and Phragmipediums, primarily focusing on species. She started making Paphiopedilum crosses about 13 years ago, and has raised and flowered many of her own crosses. For the past 10 years she has been making Paphiopedilum crosses for The Orchid Zone, using the Zone's extensive breeding collection. The Orchid Zone is located in the hills of the Monterey Peninsula, and is mostly known for Paphiopedilums. Not as well known is the Zone’s cultivation of many other genera as well, including Odontoglossums, Miltoniopsis, Masdevallias, Phragmipediums, and Zygopetalums. Along with enhancing our understanding of orchids, Samantha and Terry Root will provide a unique selection of orchids for the opportunity table. This is a not-to-be-missed presentation! You are also invited to have dinner with the speaker at the California Pizza Kitchen (Hillsdale Mall). We will depart from the Garden Center at 5:30pm sharp. Please be prepared to purchase your own meal. The opportunity table will be provided by The Orchid Zone!

April 26th, 2013

April 26th, 2013 Meeting:
Speaker: Ron Parsons

Topic: A Close Look at Miniature Orchid Species

Ron is a prolific photographer, writer, and lecturer on orchids and other plants, as well as a highly experienced grower. Ron is considered by many to be one of the finest flower photographers in the United States. His photography and encyclopedic knowledge of orchids is known both nationally and internationally. He has been photographing orchids, wildflowers, and almost every other kind of plant for over 25 years, and has a slide collection that numbers well over 80,000 slides! He went "digital" just over a year ago, and in this short time has taken thousands of photos orchids, wildflowers and other rare plants. See the orchid photogallery at his website for some of his new digital photographs. Ron loves to travel, photograph orchids and wildflowers in situ, visit orchid and other plant enthusiasts’ collections, and most of all, to take photographs of plants and flowers that he likes. Not only does Ron photograph plants, but he has been growing orchids, cacti, and bromeliads for over thirty years, and carnivorous plants for ten. He grows an assortment of cool growing species under lights at his home in South San Francisco and a couple hundred more at an unheated greenhouse at his parents home in Burlingame. His collection is beautifully grown, and often the plants featured in his talks are from his own collection. He willingly shares his knowledge about plant habitats and suggestions for culture with all who are interested. Ron is a popular speaker, and gives talks frequently on variety of orchid-related topics, as well as on California wildflowers, cacti and succulents, carnivorous plants, gesneriads and bromeliads. Ron is often asked to present the "show and tell" plants at orchid meetings …he is always full of up to date taxonomic information, culture requirements, and other little known facts about the species and hybrids that members bring in. Ron has published a variety of articles in Orchid Digest and other orchid journals, and has co-authored two books. Ron and Mary Gerritsen are currently finishing up their third book, this one on miniature orchid species. They have been working on it for five years. More information about Ron’s photography, writings and background can be found at his website Next board meeting at 6:15PM in the Rose Room on April 26th - just before the meeting.

March, 2013

March 22nd, 2013 Meeting:
Speaker: Tanya Lam

Topic: How to Grow Orchids in Coconut

Tanya Lam has been growing orchids since 1996. Since then she listened, experimented, and was creative in adjusting her growing methods to provide her orchids with their healthiest root systems, and in turn she enjoys their best performances in flowering. During the first few years of growing orchids, her job required extensive travel, which required her to have good planning and orchid mixes that stay moist exactly 7 days. Tanya created her own mixes to fit her weekly watering schedule and conditions. Her orchid mixes turned out to be outstanding, and she will be sharing her successes using coconut mixes with us. Orchids have become Tanya’s obsession and second profession. Tanya enjoys volunteering at orchid events and meeting orchid friends when she travels. Tanya grows many species and hybrids in San Jose, California. Her special interests are both species and hybrids of psychopsis, dendrobium, epidendrum, paphiopedilum, encyclia, cattleya, vandacous, angraecoids, and she is currently exploring many other orchid genera. Tanya likes “showy” orchids and long or frequent blooming orchids. She has always ‘wowed’ the orchid society members with her beautiful and well-grown plants. Tanya uses 99% rain water, she collects over 4000 gallons of rain water each year, and despite her busy work and travel schedule, she manages to keep her 2000 orchids virus free, pest free, and healthy in 2 greenhouses and a shade house. Tanya belongs to 6 orchid societies in the San Francisco bay area, was the Vice President and is currently the President of Malihini Orchid Society. Wherever she travels, she visits the local orchid society and learns how orchids are grown in different parts of the country. She traveled to see orchids in Northeast Thailand, and wished to travel to see more orchids in different parts of the world.

February, 2013

February 22nd, 2013 Meeting:
Speaker: Dr. Holger Perner

Topic: An Armchair Tour of China

Holger Perner is well known for his expertise in Asian orchids, especially Paphiopedilums. He authored a recent series of excellent articles on Paphs and on Cypripediums in Orchids Magazine. (You can find them in our library if you are not an AOS member or if you have misplaced your copy at home.) He and his wife, Wenqing, live and work in China. Mary Gerritsen (past president of POS) has traveled on one of their tours to see orchids in-situ and highly recommends going.
Speaking of tours, the presentation we voted to have at our meeting is “Come with me to Western China - and see the fascinating orchids (An armchair orchid tour with lots of landscape, culture, stories, people and of course orchids).” Coming in a very close second in the voting was his talk on Paphiopedilums. Luckily for us, Holger will be giving his Paph presentation at POE the day after our meeting, at 2 pm, so you don’t have to miss out if you wanted to hear that talk also! One of Holger’s main interests is orchid conservation. He propagates endangered and newly discovered species and makes them available for sale. This reduces the incentive to over collect orchids from the wild and allows them to survive even if their native habitat is destroyed.
Holger and Wenqing will bring plants to sell at our meeting as well as provide the opportunity table. You can also find them at their booth at the POE.

56th Annual The Show features hundreds of orchids, American Orchid Society Judging, Free Workshops, and orchid sales from the following vendors:

Orchid Design
Brookside Orchids
D & D Flowers
Golden Gate Orchids
Amy & Ken Jacobsen
Napa Valley Orchids
Orchids and Gardens
Paphiness Orchids
Dean Haas
+ Member Sales

Peninsula Orchid Society/Golden Gate Cymbidium Growers Joint Meeting & Potluck Dinner and Bingo!

Instead of our regular program this month, we are planning an evening of food and fun with a Holiday Pot Luck and Bingo shared with the Gold Coast Cymbidium Society members, who usually meet on this third Friday of the month. Bring your family, you know, the ones you usually leave at home on Friday night, and plan on having a great time.
Potluck: The Society will provide roasted turkey, ham, coffee and tea. The members and their guests are asked to contribute to the dinner by each bringing a dish to share. Your dish should feed 10 to 12 people. Please bring it ready to serve, including serving utensils.

Early start time this month!
5:30 PM Table set-up (Please bring a full table tablecloth if you can)
6:00 PM Beverage time
6:30 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Bingo
Please note: the show dates are January 26-27 any other dates in this newsletter are in error!
A - H Salad or hot side dish
I - R Dessert
S - Z Appetizer
You should also bring your own plates, eating utensils, napkins, glasses and beverages of choice.

Bingo: After dinner we will enjoy a fast paced game of BINGO led by the comedic bingo calling of Dennis Olivas. Everyone who plays bingo will win at least once. In order to play bingo, each player should bring one orchid or orchid related item to donate to the game prize table. The orchids (disease and pest free please!) or related item should be one you would like to win yourself. If you do not have a plant or related item to bring a $10.00 donation will get you a bingo card. We welcome any additional donations for this evening's fun. The society will also provide some plants from Brookside Orchids in the bingo prizes.

November 23rd, 2012,

Cattley Culture for the Novice Grower!
Speaker: Fred Shull

Fred Shull’s interest in orchids began as a simple high school project. After some success and a few failures, he wanted to learn more about these rare and beautiful plants. After 40 years he is still in love with Cattleyas. (He used to be in love with Brazilian Laelias, but they are all classified as Cattleyas now!)

An AOS Judge for over 20 years, Fred has also served as Vice President and President of the San Francisco Orchid Society, and has served as a board member of the Peninsula Orchid Society. He supports numerous societies as liaison and introduced many excellent speakers to these societies. Fred loves to travel and has been fortunate to view many orchids growing in their native environment particularly in Brazil, Mexico. He has attended many World Orchid Conferences. Fred grows a variety of genera in the Orchid Family with special interest in the Cattleya alliance. You have no doubt noticed the incredibly beautiful Cattleyas and Laelias he brings for the Show & Tell table. Fred's presentation will be geared to the novice grower, but he will be happy to answer questions from intermediate and advanced growers at the end of his presentation.


Opportunity table:

Our Opportunity Table will be provided by Fred Shull. Expect to have a chance at some wonderful divisions or seedlings.

Oct 26th, 2012, Dendrobium cuthbertsonii - Yes, They Can Live and Bloom for Years!
Speaker: Tom Perlite

Tom Perlite is the owner of Golden Gate Orchids in San Francisco and has been growing orchids for the past 35 years. After receiving a degree in Botany from Cal Berkeley, Tom worked at the Rod McLellan Co., and subsequently started Golden Gate Orchids in 1981. Golden Gate Orchids is a wholesale nursery specializing in cool growing orchids including Odontoglossum, Masdevallias, Miltonias, and Dendrobiums. Tom is a retired AOS judge and has received numerous awards including Grand Champion at the Osaka International Orchid Show, the George Moore Medal from the RHS, the Butterworth Prize and 8 FCCs from the AOS. Tom has been a POS member for many years. He will share his knowledge of how to grow the beautiful and jewel colored Dendrobium cuthbertsonii. At the Speaker’s Day in Sacramento this year one of Tom’s cuthbertsoniis was awarded an FCC ( and another an AM ( by the American Orchid Society (AOS) judges. Your VP asked Tom for this presentation following discussions with several POS advanced growers who have had poor luck with figuring out how to keep their cuthbertsonii alive (as has the VP!). Hopefully we will all have a crack at growing these well as we follow Tom’s advice.

Skill Session: We are very fortunate this month to have Chris Mende giving us tips on Phragmipedium culture. Chris is well known at POS (and elsewhere) for the wonderfully grown Phragmipediums and Paphiopedilums that she brings to our Show & Tell table. At our June meeting, which featured an AOS judging demonstration, Chris had her Phragmipedium Susan Decker ‘Tiny Jungle’ earn an AM award.


Sept 29th, 2012 Meeting

Special Event: Peninsula Orchid Society Annual Auction



Open to the public! Many orchids to choose from!

August 24th, 2012 Meeting

Speaker: Mary Gerritsen

Title: Ascent to Mount Roraima: Orchids and Carnivorous plants in the Lost World

Mount Roraima is a plateau in South America straddling the border of Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana and was the inspiration for the location of the Pixar movie Up. Mary Gerritsen, Ph.D. is an independent biotechnology consultant who has been growing orchids (mostly species) on and off for more than 30 years, and since relocating to the San Francisco Bay area in 1997 started to amass a collection of small cool growing miniature species such as Masdevallias, Porroglossums, Lepanthes and other assorted tiny gems. She also has a second intermediate greenhouse, filled with larger species such as Angraecoids, Dendrobiums, Oncidiums, Laelias, Phalaenopsis and Bulbophyllums. She loves to see orchids growing in situ, and has made it her mission over the last few years to see as many as possible, with trips to see and photograph orchids (and other flora as well) in Canada, various states in the USA, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, China, Germany, Rhodes and Crete, Australia and most recently, Borneo. She is the co-author of two botanical books: Masdevallias, Gems of the Orchid World, and Calochortus, Mariposa Lilies and their Relatives, with fellow Peninsula Orchid Society Member and well known photographer, Ron Parsons. Mary is now working on a third book "Miniature Orchids" with Ron Parsons. In addition to being a member and past president of the Peninsula Orchid Society she is a member of the Pleurothallid Alliance.. She is currently the president of the San Francisco Orchid Society. Opportunity table provided by Mary Gerritsen.

July 28th, 2012, The Orchid Whisperer Speaker: Bruce Rogers

Our speaker for July will be Bruce Rogers. Bruce has always had a passion for the plant kingdom, growing plants as a hobbyist from an early age. He began his professional work with orchids in the late seventies when he was hired by the City of Atlanta Parks Department to work with their orchids in the greenhouses in Piedmont Park. Returning to San Francisco after this very successful endeavor, he was promptly hired by the Rod McLellan Company with two functions: head grower for their boarding department and to work on Vanda hybridization. At that time, Rod McLellan was major force in the orchid world and the association with this company led to many great opportunities.
In the early eighties Bruce left to start Bruce Rogers Orchids, a orchid consulting and management company, and a few years later, Rogers-Fishman Boarding, an orchid boarding company in San Francisco. In the commercial world, he has consulted and worked with major companies, department stores, and civic groups both nationally and internationally. In the private sector he as had the opportunity to work with many interesting and influential people. He has designed and created Orchid Gardens in private homes from Marin to Santa Barbara.
Bruce has been growing and hybridizing Sobralias for many years.

In 2002 Bruce, with Terry Root (well known as owner of the Orchid Zone) teamed up to form Oz Gardens, a wholesale nursery specializing in Sobralias. Their work has led to a wider selection of Sobralia for different climate zones, and an expanded blooming season. Sobralias are giants of the Orchid World in both size of plant and flower. Sobralias can be a fantastic plant suitable outside culture in the Bay Area. Growing superbly in both pots and beds in the garden, they bloom easily in the late spring to early fall. Few orchids approach the beauty and allurement of Sobralias. Bruce will speak on his favorite subjects, his new book, The Orchid Whisperer and on new Sobralia Hybrids.

He may also share some stories from his recent travels to Xcalak. Bruce will be supplying a fabulous opportunity table for the meeting,. Bruces' new book, The Orchid Whisperer is especially written for the novice orchid grower. He will be bringing some copies to sell and sign.
Information on growing sobralias
Bruce talking about his book on YouTube
Oz Gardens
Bruce will supply the opportunity table. I will let you know about the skill session. Either Ken on virus testing or me or Dennis on repotting.

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