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Special Announcements - Emerald
City Orchids Open (Green)House & Party Herbarium cabinets with
Special Announcements - Emerald City Orchids Open (Green)House & Party
Herbarium cabinets with
November 13, 2017 7:00 p.m.
University of Washington
Center for Urban Horticulture
Eve is the Collection
Manager of the Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium
(dried plant specimens), which are stored at the
University of Washington Center for Urban
Horticulture. Eve will spend the evening
with us sharing preserved orchid specimens from
the collection of over 24,000 plants, as well as
educate us on what the herbarium does and why it
is important to our community.
Bring your blooming Orchids so everyone can enjoy them.
The 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 Librarian Joe Grienauer a minimum of 2 weeks before the next meeting. For a list of library items Click on the Library link at the top left of this page or click HERE.
Unless you joined very recently, it's time to renew your membership. The NWOS membership year now goes by calendar year. During this transition year it will go from July 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018 (18 months). You can pay at the meeting by cash, check, or debit/credit card. You can mail (payable to NWOS) to PO Box 51021, Seattle, WA 98115-1021. New members should complete the Membership Form.
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
Please contact Mike Cory for questions about your dues.
Important Christmas Gift Plant Notice
This is a heads up to our members as to how we are executing the Christmas Plant Gift this season. Members of the NWOS who are paid in full as of midnight Nov. 13th and attend the December meeting will receive a free orchid as a way of saying thank you from the NWOS for being a loyal, supporting member.
PLEASE ensure you have paid your dues NO LATER THAN NOV. 13TH! Anyone paid later than that will sadly miss a plant.
The annual Fall orchid show at Swansons Nursery was the most successful in recent memory. Keeping it short and sweet, many thanks go to all of our hard-working NWOS volunteers. We also appreciate Swansons nursery and their helpful staff. We couldn't have done it without the Show Committee, the Judges, the excellent Vendors and our participating neighbor Orchid Societies.
Photos: Abigail Chang, Diane Drisch, Mike Foster and Donna Pierce
Our 2017 Fall Orchid Show & Sale was an AOS judged show. In addition to any AOS awards, we hold a Ribbon Judging session where orchids in various categories are given first, second and third place awards. Of all the First Place (blue) ribbons awarded, the winners of the "Best of" each plant category is determined and given a Trophy along with a cash prize of $25. The "Best of Show" is chosen from all of the 1st Place ribbons and Trophies. Congratulations to all the winners for their exceptional efforts and gorgeous blooms.
We are very grateful to all the Sponsors who donated $25 each to show their support and to reward those who have cared for their orchids and grown them to perfection. It's also a nice incentive for them to share their blooms at our show. It allows both us and the public to see the very best our club has to offer.
Congratulations also to the following AOS Nominated
Last month, the AOS Pacific Northwest Judging Center held a monthly judging session in Spokane, WA. While generally held in Seattle at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, waning interest here has driven us to look east for support. And the response was overwhelming. We had six AOS judges and a dozen society members came, from as far away as Missoula, MT. They brought 26 plants for consideration, nine were nominated, and three awards granted. They are shown in the pictures below.
It was a very satisfying event for all involved, and we will most likely be doing more of the same in the future.
Abigail Chang, President
NWOS Display at Tri-Cities Orchid Show
The Tri-Cities Orchid Show was held Oct 7th and 8th in Kennewick WA. Other than our own show, this is the last show of the Fall season for an NWOS display. Cylvia and I took about 30 plants and Mike and Abigail came Friday and brought 9 plants of their own and assisted with the setup. All told, there was a good selection of plants in our display.
Andy Wright loaned 8 plants including the huge Bulb. orthosepalum 'Age'. It was nominated by the AOS judges and won "Best Other Genera" and also "Best Plant in Show." Andy's Sievekingia reichenbachiana with a lovely cluster of delicate yellow flowers won "Best Stanhopea Alliance" and was also AOS nominated. Mike Foster and Donna Pierce sent 5 nice plants including L. anceps X Slc Sue Fordyce, also nominated by the AOS judges. Allan Kaas sent 5 plants and won "Best Vanda Alliance" with his Vanda Kulwadee 'Red' and best Cattleya Alliance with his large and very fragrant Anacheilium radiata gigantea. It's fragrance vastly overpowered the not-so-sweet fragrance of Andy's Bulb. orthosepalum. Besides those mentioned above, plants were sent by Barb Roberts, Erika Dyer and Thuan Nguyen.
Our display was quite nice, thanks to all who loaned plants. Attendance at the show seemed moderate but sales seemed to be good as the sales tables were quite sparse by the end of the show. While none of our plants received AOS awards, there were several awards in the show. Photos: George and Cylvia Grantham
In the Spring our tentative plans are to display in the Mt Baker, Spokane and Oregon Orchid Society shows. There are other shows in the region such as the Portland Orchid Society show, Cherry City (Salem, OR). If any members are interested in either assisting with one of the shows or taking a display to one of these other shows please contact me.
This is a reminder that the AOS is still accepting entries for the 2016 Gordon W. Dillon/Richard C. Peterson Memorial Essay Contest. They should let their imaginations run wild and the winner will receive a cash prize and certificate suitable for framing.
This year’s theme is: Species or hybrids?.
Which do you prefer and why? Do you grow hybrids because of their cultural adaptability and reliable blooming (sometimes more than once a year) or do you grow species because of the challenge and diversity? This is a chance to show off some of your favorite orchids as you use them to illustrate your points!
Membership in the American Orchid Society is not necessary to enter the contest. The deadline is November 30, 2017. The winning entry, if any, will be published in the June issue of the following year.
- The essay must be an original, unpublished article.
- The contest is open to all persons except employees of the American Orchid Society and their immediate families.
- Submissions must be no more than 5,000 words in length.
- Manuscripts must be submitted in English, typewritten and double-spaced or submitted in Word or other compatible electronic format.
- Submissions will be judged without knowledge of the identity of the author. The decision of the judges is final. If no entries meet the expected criteria of excellence, the award will be withheld.
- Artwork is not necessary for entering this competition.
Non-winning entries will be returned to the contestant if requested. Such entries are eligible for resubmission in subsequent contests. These non-winning entries will also be considered for publication by the editor of Orchids and may be used in Orchids or other AOS publications including the AOS website.
Email all entries to Ron McHatton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Paper submissions should be mailed to the Dillon/Peterson Memorial Essay Prize at AOS headquarters: Ron McHatton, American Orchid Society at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, Florida 33156.
Town Hall Meeting from Ecuador with George Hatfield
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 @ 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM EDT Open to All
Find out the exciting things happening with the AOS. Don’t miss the AOS Town Hall Meeting & Board Meeting from the WOC22, in Guayaquil Ecuador with George Hatfield, AOS President.
Register now using this link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8409334692352712705
American Orchid Society: Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
THE NOVEMBER ISSUE OF ORCHIDS MAGAZINE will feature great
articles and beautiful pictures on:
Denise Lucero, Vice-Chair, AOS Membership and Affiliated Societies
Report from the October Meeting
Abigail Chang welcomed visitors and new members. She put up a graphic and reviewed all of our NWOS web addresses and contacts. Alba Dennis spoke for the Show Committee asking for Sponsors to donate $25 as prizes for our Show Trophies. George Grantham asked for blooming plants and help with the upcoming shows. He updated us on our displays at the WA State Fair and Tri-Cities in Kennewick, WA. Mike Pearson, our AOS representative, talked about membership benefits for joining the AOS.
Andy Wright expressed his sincere appreciation and was quite flattered at being given the Gary Baker Service Award at a previous meeting.
Our meeting speaker was Sam Tsui, owner and operator of Orchid Inn (www.orchidinnusa.com). Sam gave an interesting and thorough talk about the Brachypetalum and Parvisepalum groups of the genus Paphiopedalum. He reviewed all species within these groups, showed their places of origin and elevation range from sea level. He also discussed their orientation (N,S,E or W), their slope and natural habitat. Once we knew all about the species, Sam showed some very interesting hybrids. He then wrapped up this vast presentation of knowledge with some excellent care and culture information including ranges for elevation, temperature, light, Dry/Wet as well as fertilizer and feeding. He had an excellent way of helping us understand how to pull it all together so that we can grow these marvelous plants.
Andy Wright reviewed the plant table.
Andy Wright reviewed the plant table.Photos courtesy Diane Drisch.
November 4th and 5th - NWOS Show and Sale at Swansons Nursery, setup on 11/3
November 18, 2017 - AOS Judging Center, monthly judging, 12:30 pm, back in Seattle at the Phinney Neighborhood Center
December 11, 2017 - NWOS meeting - Potluck dinner, Christmas Plant giveaway, Schoenfeld and Northen Trophy contests
December 16, 2017 - AOS Judging Center, monthly judging,
Jan. 21, 2018 - AOS Judging Center, monthly judging, 12:30 pm
Feb. 12. 2018 - Feb. 13, NWOS meeting - Speaker: Peter Lin, "Orchids of the World"
Feb. 7-11, 2018 - Northwest Flower & Garden Show
Feb. 17-18, 2018 - Mt. Baker Orchid Society Show, Mt. Vernon, WA
March 12, 2018 - NWOS meeting - Annual Orchid Auction
March 19, 2018 - Hands-On Potting Clinic
March 24-25, 2018 - Spokane Orchid Society Show and Sale
April 9, 2018 - NWOS meeting - Speaker: Dr. Raymond Cloyd, "Sustainable Pest Control"
May 14, 2018 - NWOS meeting - Speaker: Wally Orchard, "Growing South African Disa"
June 11, 2018 - NWOS meeting - Annual Meeting, Gary Baker Service Award and Potluck Dinner
The schedule of Board Meetings for this fiscal year is: 11/7/17, 1/2/18, 3/6/18, 5/8/18. Meet at 7 p.m. at Mike & Sheila Cory's house unless notified that it's been moved elsewhere.
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Open (Green)House & Party
Emerald City Orchids is celebrating the addition of a new
greenhouse and welcoming new owners at the neighboring Brown's Flowers.