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Volume 72, Issue 6
About the January Meeting
of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street
Seattle, WA 98105
We will continue our series of Orchid Basics, short focused
programs on a wide range of orchid cultural topics. This month's session
will be 'An Overview of good quality Water and how to get it', presented by
Speaker: Shawnee Luciani, "Orchid Insects; The Good, the Bad and the
Shawnee began volunteering with the UW Biology Greenhouse in 2013. Here she
soaked up plant knowledge like an epiphytic root, and in 2015 was offered a
position working in the greenhouses. One Plant Biology bachelor’s degree and
a greenhouse relocation later, she is still hard at work making the world a
greener and more floriferous place. After an exhaustive course in
entomology, her interests broadened to include arthropods. Since then, she
has taken control of the greenhouse’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
program and is excited to discuss battle tactics at the January meeting.
Bring your blooming Orchids so everyone can enjoy them.
Members may bring up to 10 plants to sell. Include an
extra tag with your name and the price in the plant.
raffle will be held as usual. Win a new orchid for your collection
while supporting the Scholarship Fund.
If you'd like
to check out a book or tape from our Library, please contact our
Joe Grienauer a minimum
of 2 weeks before the next meeting. Besides email, you can give Joe
your request at any meeting. For a list of library items Click on the
Library link at the top left of this page or click
from our February Speaker
Our February Speaker, Ron Midgett is offering orchid plant pre-orders for
NWOS members. Here are the details:
Go to the New Earth Orchids web site,
https://newearthorchids.com to see
what is available.
Select the plants to purchase and put them in your cart.
Use the code SEA19 to receive your 15% discount.
The code will only be active from January 1st to February 9th.
When it comes to choosing “shipping" or “In person pickup”; choose “In
person pickup”. This will avoid the shipping charges.
Ron will also have plants for
sale at the meeting, but without the discount.
Season: Mark Your Calendar
It's time to start thinking about the Spring show season and to make
plans to attend some of these events. There are two NWOS events this
spring. First of course is our big display a the Seattle Flower and
Garden Show Feb. 20-24. We'll need lots of plants to go in our display
at the Convention Center on Monday, Feb. 18th. In addition, our Society
will have a plant sale and small Spring show (not AOS judged) at the
Volunteer Park Conservatory on April 6-7 and we will need plants for a
We are planning to take displays to three "away" shows this Spring. We
will gather plants on the Thursday before each of these weekend shows.
We recommend attending any of these shows, especially the Oregon Orchid
Society show in Portland which always has outstanding displays as well
as an excellent selection of vendors. Each of these is an AOS judged
Baker Orchid Society Show and Sale will be held at Skagit Valley Gardens
Spokane Orchid Show and Sale will be held March 30-31 at the Spokane
Community College Student Lair.
Oregon Orchid Society Show and Sale will be held April 27-28 at the
Aquinas Hall, 340 NE Clackamas St., Portland.
There will be more information later on
about each of these shows, but it's not too soon to start planning!
George Grantham, 2nd Vice President
Northwest Flower & Garden Festival
This year's Show theme is "Gardens of the World".
And the title of our garden is "Orchids in
Balance" as described here:
China’s fabled Li River valley is known for its dramatic topography,
including towering, near-vertical sandstone karsts. It is also home to
innumerable varieties of orchids, and in this garden you’ll find hundreds of
flowering orchids grown by members of the Northwest Orchid
Spotlighting the “yin-yang” balance and peacefulness orchids provide,
festival-goers may stroll though and around this garden. The amazing array
of orchids are grouped by color and variety against a backdrop of basalt
columns representing the karsts of the Li River. Structures of
sustainably-harvested, custom-made bamboo structures are symbolic of the
villages in the valley.
The orchids on display range from common plants available in grocery stores
to rare specimens that are only available for public viewing at the
Northwest Flower & Garden Festival. It is a unique opportunity to see these
plants in bloom.
Take-home ideas: orchid varieties grown here in the home or in a greenhouse;
meet Northwest Orchid Society volunteers for growing tips.
Garden Creator: Northwest Orchid Society; Seattle, WA
Designed by: Joe Grienauer and Joff Morgan
Are you inspired by our design?
Or curious how we'll construct this wondrous garden?
Join us and be a part of this year's creation. Help is needed for all
phases of the show. It's a little bit of work, with a sprinkle of creative
energy and a whole lot of friendly camaraderie.
The Festival runs from February 20th through the 24th. Setup for the
February 16th through the 19th. Teardown will be on the morning of February
Sign-ups to help with each facet of the Festival from setup to teardown are
available at the January meeting. And it looks like we'll need additional
members to help on the following days:
Sat, Feb 16th - Hardscape materials define the garden and its planters
Sun, Feb 17th - Foliage and mulches go in this day
Mon, Feb 18th - Our orchids and moss are installed this day!
Tue, Feb 19th - Finishing touches added until noon
Wed, Feb 20th - Need people 12-3pm, 3-6pm, 6-8pm
Thu, Feb 21st - Need people for all shifts
Fri, Feb 22nd - Really need help for all shifts
Sat, Feb 23rd - Need people 9-12pm, 3-6pm
Sun, Feb 24th - Need people 9-12pm, 12-3pm, and teardown 6pm - 9pm
Mon, Feb 25th - We clean it all up and move out! <sniff>
In addition, each of the Show days needs at least one person to help me
water the foliage plants. This shift runs from about 7:30 am until 8:45 am.
Any questions, please see me at the meeting or look up my contact details in
the Roster. Thanks much!
~ Joff Morgan
Membership Renewal Reminder
It's time to renew your NWOS membership
for 2019. Our membership period now goes by calendar year (Jan. 1 to
Dec. 31). You can pay at most
meetings by cash, check, or debit/credit card. Click
pay online using Paypal on our Membership page. You can mail a
check (payable to NWOS) to PO Box 51021, Seattle, WA 98115-1021. New members should
Dues are $30 for one
person or $40 for two people at the same address. We also have a Youth
membership of $15 for one person aged 22 or under. Dues are kept low
to encourage membership but they cover only a small portion of the society's
Each single, youth and dual membership person will be considered an
individual full-fledged member entitled to all privileges and benefits of
(voting, Christmas plants, sell plants at meetings/shows/auction, etc.).
Cory for questions about your dues.
News from the
American Orchid Society
Best wishes for a Healthy and Happy 2019! It’s a new year and a time
that many of us reflect and set new goals for ourselves and our
Societies. One goal that the Affiliated Societies Committee continues to
have is to update and refresh existing resources, along with finding and
sharing new information to help all Affiliated Societies thrive. To
fulfill this goal our best resource is you, the Affiliated Societies
Representatives (NWOS Rep. is Mike Pearson). We want to express our
appreciation and say thank you for all that you do in support of your
local Society and the AOS. We couldn’t do it without you.
We also want to ask for your help. Our societies all have members with
volumes of experience and knowledge that they freely and generously
share with us, and we offer our support in return. These growers have
hobbyist collections that are beautiful and well loved, and many have
“Legacy Collections” that are important to the orchid world. Oftentimes,
one person is the sole individual caring for these amazing plants and
without the societies help they are neglected. We want to create a
collection of ideas on how to support these members when they are unable
to care for their collections. Whether it’s an injury, a hospital stay
or longer term care, we want to hear ideas we can all use to offer
support. We’re also looking for gardens or facilities you are aware of
that have conservation programs that take donations of legacy plants.
Together we can create a resource guide filled with useful ideas and
methods to help each other. Please send us an e-mail to
Thanks again for all the pics that you are sending in for the Instagram
feed. Our Instagram Administrator, Candace Hollinger, sends her
appreciation to you all. It’s wonderful to see such a variety of
everything orchid that’s enjoyed around the globe. Please remind your
members that we would love pics of how they grow, what’s blooming now or
anything they love about orchids. Please continue to send your photos
and short videos to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to send a
short caption explaining your photo. Also, if you are bilingual and can
include your caption in English plus your other language(s), it will help
with our universal outreach.
Remember to check-in on our Facebook Group Page for Affiliated Societies
of the American Orchid Society. The response has been great, many thanks
to all of you who added pics of show banners. We can all learn from what
has been successful for other societies. Let us know how your show went,
and what was successful for you or what didn’t quite make the mark. Our
administrator, Chad Brinkerhuff, monitors the feed and is a great
resource for all that the AOS has to offer. Keep us up to date on what’s
going on at your local society and let us know how we can help you.
Cattleya loddigesii 'Loretta' AM/AOS;
Photographer: Julie Rotramel
It’s easy to find the scheduled webinars and to register on the AOS
website. You’ll find the link under the All About Orchids tab. If you
check there, you will find any webinars that have been scheduled after
the production of the monthly AOS Corner.
Cattleya Species Culture with Bill Rogerson
Thursday, January 10th, 2018 @ 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM EST
Open to all
Please join Bill Rogerson, Accredited AOS Judge and renowned Cattleya
species expert as he discusses the foundation plants for cattleya
breeding and how to grow them successfully.
Register using this link:
American Orchid Society: Greenhouse Chat with Dr. Ron McHatton
Tuesday, January 29th, 2018 @ 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM EST
Open to all
Please join Dr. Ron McHatton, AOS Chief Science Officer, as he answers
your questions about all things orchid. He will discuss a variety of
topics on orchid culture based on questions submitted by attendees.
Please send your questions and pictures to Sandra Svoboda at
email@example.com by Tuesday, January 22nd. Remember to include
pictures. Register using this link:
Note: After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail
containing information about joining the seminar.
Dendrobium Enobi Purple 'Splashy' AM/AOS;
Photographer: Michael Blietz
WHAT ARE WEBINARS? Webinars are an Internet conference where you
can hear the speaker and view his presentation, ask questions, and hear
interactions from other members of the audience. You can join either on
your computer or by phone. You can join from anywhere, via your Mac, PC
or even your mobile device. Audio is included, so attendees can phone in
or use VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). You will need a microphone
for your computer to use VoIP.
WANT TO LEARN, BUT CAN’T MAKE THE DATE? The live webinars will be
recorded and posted on the AOS website, where you will find a link
allowing you to view the webinars at your convenience.
THE JANUARY ISSUE OF ORCHIDS MAGAZINE
Cypripedium guttatum 'Spot' CHM/AOS;
Photographer: Doug Savage
will feature great articles and beautiful pictures on:
• The New Refugium Botanicum - TBD
• For the Novice - Try New Things by Sue Bottom
• Orchids Illustrated - Epipactis by Peggy Alrich and Wesley Higgins
• The Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival, Part 1: The Early
Years by Clare and Johan Hermans with MunekazuEjiri
• In Search of Maxillariacrispiloba by Pascal Sauvêtre
• Ecuador and My Orchid Obsession by Larry Sexton
• Cypripedium guttatum and Johann Ammans by Rudolf Jenny
If you become an American Orchid Society member, you have considerably
more resources at your disposal making growing orchids even more
enjoyable and successful.
Digital Access to Over 350+ past issues of Orchids magazine extending
back to 1932!
ALSO FEATURED IN ORCHIDS MAGAZINE! 16-page award gallery of breath
taking pictures of recently awarded orchids.
Phal. Samera 'Steve Mattana's Fascination' AM/AOS;
Photographer: Kay Clark
RECENT ORCHID AWARDS PICTURES ON THE AOS WEBSITE:
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
And… Here’s a link to check it all out -
Let’s grow together,
Denise Lucero, Vice-Chair, AOS Membership and Affiliated
Pot Luck Dinner
Report from the December
Abigail Chang, President, held a short
business meeting and welcomed all members, their guests and those that
are new to our club. She described the voting process for the
evening's two awards.
We then had a wonderful pot luck dinner,
followed by the distribution of our Holiday gift plants. The
winners of the Schoenfeld and Northen contests were announced and congratulated on their outstanding plants and
Photos: Diane Drisch, Allan Lee, Mike
Foster & Donna Pierce
Deb White and her beautifully decorated cupcakes
checking out Northen contestants
mix and mingle
Joe G and
R Northen contestants, gift plants in
choosing gift plants
Hand-made Edible Phalaenopsis
top these cupcakes
Mike Foster with his entries
more Schoenfeld contestants
Schoenfeld Trophy (awarded to the best blooming plant of any size)
orchid in a glass
Den. Tiny Bubbles
Onc. Twinkle Star
Phal. Sapphire's Galah
Stenorrhynchos speciosum 'C.H.' x sib
year's winner is Masdevallia glandulosa
grown by Ben Johnson
the Rebecca T Northen
Miniature Trophy to winner Ben Johnson
In other News:
Mike Foster had a
wonderful Christmas surprise. His Phrag.
kovachii bloomed just
in time for the holiday. It wasn't quite in bloom for the December
meeting and was
done before the January meeting. But at least
we can enjoy these great photos.
Schedule of Upcoming Events
January 14, 2019 - NWOS meeting -
Speaker: Shawnee Luciani,
"Orchid Insects; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly". Orchid Basics will be
Overview of good quality Water and how to get it", presented by Michael Cory.
February 11, 2019 - NWOS meeting - Speaker: Ron Midgett, " Oncidinae
Intergeneric Hybrids - What Are They and How Do I Grow Them?". There will be plant pre-sales as well as meeting sales. (http://www.newearthorchids.com)
Orchid Basics will be "LED lights for your Orchids", presented by Steve
NW Flower & Garden Festival
February 16-19 - Garden Setup at
February 20-24 - Show is open to
March 9-10, 2019 - Mount Baker
Orchid Society Orchid Show and Sale, Skagit Valley Gardens, Mt. Vernon, WA (https://www.facebook.com/mountbakerorchidsociety/)
March 11, 2019 - NWOS meeting - Annual Orchid Auction and preview
party. Orchid Basics will be "Attaching Orchids to hanging mounts",
presented by Abigail Chang.
March 18, 2019 - Hands-On Potting
Clinic, meet in the lower Douglas classroom.
March 30-31, 2019 - The Spokane
Orchid Show and Sale, Spokane Community College Student Lair
April 6-7, 2019 - NWOS Show and Sale
at Volunteer Park Conservatory, 10am-3pm, free admission on Saturday, $4 on
April 8, 2109 - NWOS meeting - Speaker: Andy Wright, “Bulbophyllums”
April 27-28, 2019 - The Oregon
Orchid Society Show and Sale, Aquinas Hall, 340 NE Clackamas St., Portland
May 13, 2019 - NWOS meeting - Speaker: Norman Fang, topic to
come. There will be pre-sales only. (http://www.orchids.com)
June 10, 2019 - NWOS Annual Meeting, Gary Baker Service Award,
Potluck Dinner and Scholarship presentation.
August ???, 2019 - NWOS Annual
September 9, 2019 - NWOS meeting - Speaker: Alan Koch, topic to come.
There will be plant pre-sales as well as meeting sales. (http://www.goldcountryorchids.com)
Reminder for Officers & Board Members
The schedule of Board Meetings for
this membership year is: 1/8/19, 3/5/19, 5/7/19. 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
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
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.
NWOS Website Links
No Special Announcements this month.
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