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August 2016
Volume 70, Issue 1

Don't miss Al's great BBQ

About the August Picnic

Saturday, August 13, 2015

1-5 p.m.


Our Pot Luck Picnic will be at the home of Allan and Michelle Kaas.  Please check your email for the address, phone number and map.  You can also consult your membership roster or email us for the information.


We will gather a 1 p.m. and start eating around 2 or 3 p.m.  Al will grill chicken, burgers and hot dogs.  If you arrive before we start eating, you can bring anything you'd like to share:  hors d'oeuvres, side dishes, salads, desserts.  Soft drinks and water will be provided.  You're welcome to bring your own beer or wine.


If you arrive AFTER we start eating, please
bring a dessert.


It would be nice if some of you would bring extra folding chairs.


Bring any orchids that you want to sell, trade or give away.  We will NOT have the traditional meeting Display Table or Raffle.


Besides a great BBQ and potluck dinner, we will have plenty of time to visit with each other and share orchid stories.  We'll be able to check out Al and Shelley's two orchid greenhouses and summer shade house area.  To top it off, make sure to take a stroll through their garden of award winning Dahlias.  It's an amazing display of all the different types of dahlias.

check out the greenhouses tour the Dahlia gardens

Gary Baker Service Award: Thanks and Congratulations to Allan Kaas

Shelley & Al Kaas
with George Grantham



At the June meeting, the Gary Baker Service Award was presented to Allan Kaas by 2nd Vice President George Grantham.  Al has served on the Board, has coordinated the Christmas plant program and provides our name badges. He and his wife Shelley have hosted the August picnic and work hard helping set up and take down our orchid shows as well as volunteering for shifts during those shows.  In addition, Al has made an extraordinary effort for the last two Northwest Flower & Garden shows building the base structure, and allowing NWOS the use of his workshop for meetings and construction of our display.


Thanks for all of your efforts and contributions Al, and congratulations on your award.

A Visit with our September Speaker

I just returned from a wonderful visit to Portland and the rolling hills just south of the city where I was fortunate enough to catch up with Theresa Hill and her husband Bill of Hillsview Gardens.  I was welcomed warmly to stroll around awestruck and check out Theresa's impressive Paphiopedilum collection (yes... a few orkids were adopted by me and fit perfectly on the shelf back at home!).  Theresa Hill will be our featured speaker for the September meeting, and her topic will be "Miltoniopsis: History and Culture." 

Theresa will be offering plants at the sales table so she welcomes you to peruse her website  www.hillsviewgardens.com and call/email her with anything you would like her to bring specifically.  Her "Shout Out Specials" (a PDF file at the top-center of her web page) are updated regularly but the website not as much, so if you have a wish list please reach out to her.  Theresa is the preeminent Paph. hybridizer in the Pacific NW! 

Jake Burroughs, 1st Vice President

Communications Committee Update


The Communications Committee met recently to explore ways to improve communication within the Society, as well as with the general public. The committee set two immediate objectives: update the website and promote NWOS through the Society’s Facebook page. Both are being actively pursued.

The website (which will receive more extensive work in the future) includes up-to-date event information, including descriptions and dates for the upcoming year.  Please refer to the NWOS website events page (http://www.nwos.org/events). Members are invited use it as their regional “orchid calendar.”

Promotion of NWOS through use of Facebook requires the NWOS Facebook page to 1) be regularly and continually updated with new information, and 2) have lots of likes/followers. Committee members publish regular posts. Society members are asked to “like” the page (https://www.facebook.com/nworchidsociety/) and contribute information and dialog. 

Posters are asked to keep in mind that the target audience includes more than just NWOS members; it includes potential members with varying levels of knowledge as well as societies and individuals elsewhere.

Members of the committee are Chloe Angus-Tibbetts, chair, and Harvey Brenneise, Jake Burroughs, Mary Margaret Cromarty and Diane Drisch.

Harvey Brenneise, Communications Committee

Membership Renewal Reminder


The NWOS fiscal year is July 1 through June 30 so unless you joined recently, it's time to renew.  Click HERE to pay by PayPal on our Membership page.  You can also pay at most meetings by cash, check, or debit/credit card.  You can mail a check (payable to NWOS) to PO Box 51021, Seattle, WA 98115-1021.  New members should complete the Membership Form.


Dues are $25 for one person or $30 for two people at the same address.  Members who joined at or after the Flower & Garden Show in February are paid through June 2017. Dues are kept low to encourage membership but they cover only a small portion of the society's expenses.


Please contact Mike Cory for questions about your dues.

Orchids in the News

BEREA, Ky.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Kentucky Heartwood on Sunday July 17 hosted a celebration for a new mural in Berea, the ninth in a national endangered species mural project highlighting threatened plants and animals around the country. The project aims to use art in public spaces to increase appreciation for regional biodiversity.

The Berea mural features the white fringeless orchid, a 2-foot tall endangered flower that grows only in forested areas with wet soil of bogs, marshes and swamps. Also called the monkey-face orchid, the elegant flower now survives at fewer than 60 sites in Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee, and has already been lost from North Carolina. In Kentucky the flower is found in Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski and Whitley counties and on the Daniel Boone National Forest. The orchid is pollinated by butterflies, including eastern tiger swallowtails, spicebush swallowtails and silver-spotted skippers, and is threatened by logging, development and climate change.

Berea, KY mural painted by Roger Peet & Tricia Tripp White fringeless orchid
photo courtesy USFWS

The Center’s endangered species mural project is spearheaded by Portland, Ore., artist Roger Peet, who is teaming up with local artists to bring endangered species to public spaces around the country. The project’s goal is to promote a deep affinity for the natural world and the wild creatures that help define it, and features species that are special to their regions.

Previously installed murals include the mountain caribou in Sandpoint, Idaho; the Arctic grayling in Butte, Mont.; the monarch butterfly in Minneapolis, Minn.; the jaguar in Tucson, Ariz.; the blue whale and yellow-billed cuckoo in Los Angeles; and the pink mucket pearly mussel in Knoxville, Tenn. Upcoming murals are planned of the hellbender salamander in Little Rock, Ark.; and the marbled murrelet, a seabird, in Arcata, Calif.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

News from the American Orchid Society

Save the Date!

Remember to save the dates from October 21-23, 2016 and join us for the AOS Fall 2016 Members’ Meeting being held at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in beautiful San Marino, California. The meeting will include presentations by internationally renowned speakers and is being held in conjunction with the Huntington Botanical Gardens International Orchid Show where some of the best orchids in Southern California will be on display along with vendors of orchids and supplies from around the world. It’s sure to be an event you won’t want to miss.

Check it out now and register on this link: AOS Fall 2016 Meeting

AOS Awards & Congrats to Eileen

We all know that AOS awards are a recognized measure of quality the world over and coveted by hobbyists and commercial growers alike. An AOS flower quality award adds value to an orchid in its own right, and as a parent for creating hybrids.

The AOS also appreciates, values and promotes its members and contributors. We want to extend our heartfelt congratulations on her achievement as the winner of the 2015 Gordon C. Dillon/Richard C. Peterson Essay Prize to our own committee member Eileen Hector. You can find Eileen’s amusing essay, Phrases That Confuse Me the Most and What They Really Mean, in the June 2016 issue of Orchids Magazine (on page 432) along with info on how your members can enter the 2016 competition.

In addition to the Dillon/Richard Essay Prize and awards issued at the time of judging, there are also a number of other awards that are granted annually by the AOS Board of Trustees. Nominations are coordinated by each Judging Center for submission to the Board.  Check out the AOS Special Annual Awards for those you may be eligible for.



American Orchid Society: Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton

Thursday, September 8, 2016 @ 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM EDT Everyone is invited

Please join Ron McHatton, American Orchid Society Director of Education, for a Q&A session on how to grow and care for your orchids. If you have a question, please submit your questions by September 6 to stillisch@cox.net.

Register now using this link:  http://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9103301344895379713

Wonderful World of Phragmipediums by Jason Fischer

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 @ 8:30 PM EDT. Members only

Join Jason Fischer of Orchids Limited in Plymouth, Minnesota, as he discusses some of the wonderful phragmipediums and how to grow them.

Register now using this link: 


Check out the AOS newly designed website!

We’re excited to share that the American Orchid Society website has been completely revamped. It’s user friendly and looks great. It’s easy to find the answer to all questions orchid, including helpful, reliable information on how to grow your orchids.

We will continue to add resources to support our Affiliated Societies such as the brand new and free, graphically rich, "Guide to a Successful Orchid Show" which can aid even the most experienced to stay organized and on-track while planning a show and the updated List of Speakers to help you plan society meeting programs. You will now find the Affiliated Societies link on the home page under the “About Us” heading.

The new site is still being tweaked, so content may move around a bit, but we’d love you to check it out HERE.



See fabulous pictures of the most breathtakingly beautiful orchids receiving awards from the AOS! Visit the new “Latest Orchid Awards” page on the AOS website to enjoy these stunning photographs! Click on the thumbnails to see them in larger format. Free to members and nonmembers.

Let’s grow together,
From the desk of Denise Lucero, Vice-Chair, American Orchid Society Membership and Affiliated Societies

Report from the June Meeting

Mike carefully looks at all of our
Legion of bloom plants


Abigail Chang opened our meeting announcing that the August Picnic would again be hosted by Al and Shelley Kaas.  Chris Peterson reminded us that dues for the upcoming year are due.  She also thanked Pat Gossler for her hard work on the Audit of our financial accounts.  Abby reminded us that the AOS Judging Center meets the following Saturday and that we should talk to Harvey about the Show Committee. 


After a wonderful Pot Luck dinner, Mike Foster led a discussion about our Legion of Bloom plants.  The Oncda. Pacific Pagan 'Kilauea' had examples in a bark mix, clay, semi-hydrophonics, a peat moss & perlite mix and one grown in coco fiber under lights.  The Den. aberrans had examples potted in moss, mounted on tree fern as well as one mounted and put inside a jar for humidity. 


Mike made insightful comments on each plant's growth patterns, growing media and condition.  Each grower commented on their own growing techniques.  We learned a lot by comparing what started out as the same plants at the same stage of growth.


The members present wanted to continue the Legion of Bloom next year so please contact Jake for suggestions of what you'd like to see for next year's plants.

Photos courtesy Diane Drisch.

Legion of Bloom plants


The highlight of the evening came when George awarded the prestigious Gary Baker Award to Allan Kaas (see article above).

Al gets a round of applause as the award is announced George presents the Award to Al


Abby reviewed the plant table.

Abby at the back reviews the plant table to a well-fed Potluck group
Mike Foster steps up to talk about his Barbosella cogniauxiana Barbosella cogniauxiana,
Mike Foster & Donna Pierce
Barbosella cogniauxiana closeups
Al & Shelley Kaas' display Abby reviews a table full of blooms
Phal. I-Hsin Bright Star 'Yellow',
Mike Foster & Donna Pierce
Polystachya teitensis,
Al & Shelley Kaas
Maxillaria fractiflexa closeup Maxillaria fractiflexa,
Al & Shelley Kaas
Sarcochilis Elizabeth, Erica Dyer
Ascocentrum christensonianum,
Harvey Brenneise
Neost. Lou Sneary 'Blue Horizon',
Erica Dyer
Vanda Pachara Delight,
Al & Shelley Kaas
Vanda sanderiana,
Al & Shelley Kaas
two paphiopedalums from our previous speaker Helen Hersh
Paph. fowelii alba,
Abigail Chang
Paph. superbiens var. album x sib,
Al Mysiewicz
Paph. rhizomotosum,
Mike Foster & Donna Pierce
Paph. villosum var. boxallii,
Thuan V Nguyen
Paph. glaucophyllum 'Dk Dorsal',
Mike Foster & Donna Pierce
Paph. Lynleigh Koopowitz
(delenatii 'Dumbo' x malipoense 'Beheaded'), Al & Shelley Kaas
Paph. Honey (primulinum v. flavum x philippinense),
Thuan V Nguyen
Paph. vietnamense,
Thuan V Nguyen
Paph. Robinianum
(parishii 'QV' x lowii '#3'),
Abigail Chang
Paph. Robinianum closeup
Paph. Enlightened Wings,
Thuan V Nguyen
Paph.(Gary Romana 'Almost' x
Booth's Strap Leaf 'Gloria' AM/AOS),
Al & Shelley Kaas
Paph. Shin-Yi-Williams,
Mike Foster & Donna Pierce
Paph. Susan Booth 'Tamara',
George & Cylvia Grantham
Encyclia mariae x self,
Harvey Brenneise
Epidendrum secundum, Robin
Panarica (Encyclia) prismatocarpa,
Erika Dyer
Panarica prismatocarpa closeup
Den. Nobile 'India',
Thuan V Nguyen
Den. Roy Tokunaga ('Semi Alba' x 'Spots'),
Erika Dyer
Miltonia, Ellen Macomber Oncidium alliance, Erika Dyer

On July 12th both the outgoing and incoming Board members gathered together for a transitional meeting hosted by George and Cylvia Grantham.  Cylvia's delicious food helped make our business meeting a festive one.


Photos courtesy Cylvia Grantham.

Schedule of Upcoming Events


August 13, 2016 - NWOS Annual Summer Picnic- Hosted by Allan & Shelly Kaas.  Details will be emailed to all NWOS Members in good standing.


August 20, 2016 - AOS Judging Center, monthly judging, 12:30 pm

Sept. 12, 2016 - NWOS meeting - Speaker: Theresa Hill, "Miltoniopsis: History and Culture"

Sept. 17, 2016 - AOS Judging Center, monthly judging, 12:30 pm

Oct. 6-9, 2016 - Portland Orchid Society Fall Show and Sale, more info HERE

Oct. 10, 2016 - NWOS meeting - Speaker: Dr. Norito Hasegawa, "Multifloral paphiopedalums"

Oct. 15, 2016 - AOS Judging Center, monthly judging, 12:30 pm

Nov. 5&6, 2016 - AOS Show & Sale at Swansons' Nursery

Nov. 14, 2016 - NWOS meeting - Speaker: Dr. Rob Halgren, "Growing Orchids Under LED Lights"

Nov. 19, 2016 - AOS Judging Center, monthly judging, 12:30 pm

Dec. 12, 2016 - NWOS meeting, Potluck dinner, Christmas Plant giveaway, Schoenfeld and Northen Trophy contests

Dec. 17, 2016 - AOS Judging Center, monthly judging, 12:30 pm

Jan. 9, 2017 - NWOS meeting - Speaker: Ron Burch, "Introduction to Growing Temperate Terrestrial Orchids in Your Garden"

Jan. 21, 2017 - AOS Judging Center, monthly judging, 12:30 pm

Feb. 13, 2017 - NWOS meeting - Speaker: Fred Clarke, "Culture of Catasetums"

Feb. 18, 2017 - AOS Judging Center, monthly judging, 12:30 pm

February 22 - 26 , 2017 - NW Flower and Garden Show

March 13, 2017 - NWOS meeting - Annual Orchid Auction

March 18, 2017 - AOS Judging Center, monthly judging, 12:30 pm

March 20, 2017 - Hands ON Potting Clinic - Meet in the Lower Douglas Classroom

April 10, 2017 - NWOS meeting - Speaker: Stig Dalström, "Orchids of Bhutan: Their Natural History and Conservation"

April 15, 2017 - AOS Judging Center, monthly judging, 12:30 pm

May 8, 2017 - NWOS meeting - Speaker: Laima Swanson, "Genetic Trais Passed on in Progeny When Breeding"

May 20, 2017 - AOS Judging Center, monthly judging, 12:30 pm

June 12, 2017 - NWOS meeting - Annual Potluck Dinner and Gary Baker Service Award

June 17, 2017 - AOS Judging Center, monthly judging, 12:30 pm

Reminder for Officers & Board Members


The schedule of Board Meetings for this fiscal year is:  9/6/16, 11/8/16, 1/3/17, 3/7/17, 5/2/17.  Meet at 7 p.m. at Mike & Sheila Cory's house unless notified that it's been moved elsewhere.

Shopping on Amazon?  Use this link to Earn $$ for NWOS


If you go to http://smile.amazon.com and sign in to your account, you’ll be given information about supporting various non-profits.  You can type in “Northwest Orchid Society” and it will then send .5% of your purchase price to the organization.


It's really easy, but you have to remember to go in through the ‘smile’ subdomain when you place the order, otherwise it will go through as a regular order.

Special Announcements

Open (Green)House at Emerald City Orchids


Emerald City Orchids is having our summer Open (Green)House on Saturday August 27th from 10 am to 4 pm.  There will be lots of great orchids on sale.

Emerald City Orchids is located behind Brown's Flowers, 4734 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA
Click HERE for a map.