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November 2018
Volume 72, Issue 4

About the November Meeting

November 12, 2018

7:00 p.m.

University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street
Seattle, WA 98105


Orchid Basics

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 "Get Potted (orchid containers)" presented by Lillian Otani.  Learn their characteristics so you know when and why you would choose from an array of different orchid pots.

David Sorokowsky


Speaker:  David Sorokowsky, "The Multifloral Paphiopedilums"

Our November Speaker will be David Sorokowsky, from Paph Paradise in California.  Paph Paradise is owned and operated by David and Stacey Sorokowsky.  You'll find them online at: https://paphparadise.com/

David says: It all started with a few orchid seedlings from a ‘big box’ store…
Soon all the windows were full. Then the grow lights went into the spare bedroom, and then the inevitable greenhouse was built. As our collection grew we experimented with different genera, but found that slipper orchids were the most intriguing. After a few years they became our main focus.

We have 20 years experience growing and breeding top quality orchids with over 70 AOS and CSA awards. Having been a major customer of the Orchid Zone, we were able to acquire some of the finest plants in the world from them, and now we are using these exceptional orchids to produce our own new and unique breeding lines. After dabbling with hybridizing for a few years, we started setting significant numbers of seed pods in 2013/2014. These seedlings have started blooming in 2017 and we are looking forward to seeing more and more in the coming years.

David is also an AOS accredited judge and noted orchid speaker.  Join us for a great evening and be sure to look over his sales table.


Display Table:

Bring your blooming Orchids so everyone can enjoy them.


Sales Table:
Members may bring up to 10 plants to sell.  Include an extra tag with your name and the price in the plant.


The raffle will be held as usual.  Win a new orchid for your collection while supporting the Scholarship Fund.


NWOS Library: 

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.  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 HERE.

Proposed Slate of Officers and Members of the Board of Directors for the 2019 Calendar Year

President: Abigail Chang
1st Vice President: Michael Foster
2nd Vice President: George Grantham
Secretary: Mike Cory
Treasurer: Chris Peterson

Members of Board of Directors (5 total, 2-year term, Jan 2019 to Dec. 2020):
Diane Drisch
Thuan Nguyen
Mike Pearson
Christiane Ulness
Open position

The above slate will be voted on by the membership at the November meeting.  In addition to the above slate of Officers and Directors, the following Board members are continuing to serve through Dec. 2019:

Pat Gossler
Peter Maunsell
Lillian Otani

Barbara Roberts
Nancy Wright

Note that there is an open position for the Board. If you are interested in becoming more involved with the society, you are encouraged to volunteer for the open position. The commitment is to attend 6 board meetings annually and bring your knowledge and ideas for running and improving our society.

George Grantham and Barb Roberts, Nominating Committee

2017-18 Last Chance Membership Renewal Reminder


The NWOS membership year now goes by calendar year so dues will be coming due in January.  But in the meantime, if you have let your membership lapse and would like to receive a Christmas gift plant*, you can make a 'catch-up' payment now. 


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 expenses.

Each single, dual and youth membership person will be considered an individual full-fledged member entitled to all privileges and benefits of the society (voting, Christmas plants, sell plants at meetings/shows/auction, etc.).


You can pay at the meeting by cash, check, or debit/credit card.  Click HERE to pay by PayPal on our Membership page.  You can mail a check (payable to NWOS) to PO Box 51021, Seattle, WA 98115-1021.  New members should complete the Membership Form.


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. 12th 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. 12TH!  Anyone paid later than that will sadly miss a plant.

NWOS Display at the Tri-Cities Show - Oct. 6th & 7th


The Tri-Cities Orchid Society Show and Sale was held in Kennewick on Oct 6-7. It was a small but nice show with three society displays and two vendors. With over 40 plants loaned by 8 members, our display was the largest display in the show. The plants in our display were a great combination of showy hybrids and unusual species. Abigail assisted with setting up the display and members of best the host society graciously assisted with the tear down.

Perhaps the most striking among the plants in our display was Alan Kaas' large Stanhopea impressa. It was not an easy plant to transport but certainly worth the trouble. The plant was in bud Friday evening and the buds popped open Saturday morning, just in time for the show. The plant not surprisingly garnered best of class in the show. Mike and Abigail's Dendrochilum Magnum was judged best in its class. Cylvia and I received best of class for our Vanda Thailand Beauty 'Carmela'. Joff Morgan's Gcy. Rossy Ocho, a gorgeous bright magenta Cattleya type, was judged best in its class and was awarded an HCC by the AOS judges.

NWOS Display at Tri-Cities Show Joff Morgan's Guaricyclia Rossy
Ochoa received an HCC Award
Alan Kaas' Stanhopea impressa
was Impressive Indeed!
Robert Culver's Awarded Cym. erythrostylum
was a Stunning Centerpiece for the Display

In addition to those mentioned above, plants were sent by Barb Roberts, George Krasle, Mike Foster and Donna Pierce and Thuan Nguyen. Most of the plants from the show were returned to our members at the October meeting and were displayed on the plant table. Thanks to everyone for making this last "away" show of the year a resounding success.

George Grantham, 2nd Vice President

NWOS Fall Show and Sale - Nov. 3rd & 4th

The first weekend of November at our Fall Orchid Show and Sale was Great. We should all thank the Swansons Nursery folks for allowing us to use their greenhouse space.

Our show and sale was possible only because of the many members who helped over the three days. I met and talked to new and long time members who were there to make the weekend a success. The Friday set-up went smoothly. We arranged the show area tables and then members came in with their orchids to fill up our display. George and Cylvia Grantham, with your help, took those orchids and put together a display that was awarded the AOS Show Trophy.

Northwest Orchid Society, ST/AOS 82 pts.                          photo: Mike Pearson

The two visiting societies and three vendors also put their displays together and the vendors readied their sales areas.

Saturday morning was a busy one. We had a great crew of members who were greeting folks, running the cashier area, repotting Orchids, helping with Ribbon Judging as well as the AOS Judging. We want to thank the AOS Judges who came and spent the morning with us helping with the Ribbon Judging and conducting the AOS Judging.

On Sunday we all got an extra hour to purchase Orchids from the fantastic array of Orchids offered by our vendors.

Emerald City Orchids, Olympic Orchids and Botanica Ltd. all did a great job of presenting a varied group of plants for sale.

Over the weekend our members also coordinated the door prizes and conducted short seminars.  Additional thanks to our vendors for very generously donating plants for those Door Prizes:  Botanica Orchids Ltd., Emerald City Orchids, and Olympic Orchids.

I want to thank everyone who participated in the planning as well as during the three days of our show.  You produced an award winning Orchid Show that was equal to any show that I have seen!

Mike Foster, 2018 Fall Show and Sale Chair

                                                      Photos: Diane Drisch, Abigail Chang, Mike Foster & Donna Pierce


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Show Trophy Winners and Sponsors


Our 2018 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. 

Best Cattleya Alliance

Bc Mount Anderson (Bc Deese 'Rainier' x C Bow Bells 'Snowy River')

Grown by Rick & Bellinda Oosterwyk

Sponsored by Matt Godlove

Best Cypripedium (Slipper) Alliance

Phragmipedium Les Dirouilles AM/AOS

Grown by Gordon Cromwell 

Sponsored by Mike Foster & Donna Pierce

Best Vandaceous Alliance, incl. Phalaenopsis:

Vanda Pachara Delight

Grown by Gordon Cromwell

Sponsored by Alba Dennis 

Best Oncidium Alliance

Oncostele Midnight Miracles 'Masai'

Grown by Robert Culver

Sponsored by Robert Culver 

Best Dendrobium/Bulbophyllum Alliance

Bulbophyllum longibracteatum 'Golden Cascade'

Grown by Mike Pearson

Sponsored by Nancy Wright 

Best Pleurothallid Alliance

Stelis species

Grown by Andy Wright

Sponsored by Robert Culver 

Best Miscellaneous Genera

Coelogyne fuliginosa

Grown by George & Cylvia Grantham 

Sponsored by George S. Krasle

Best Species Orchid

Holcoglossum wangii

Grown by Botanica Orchids Ltd.

Sponsored by Alberto Alvarez

Best Miniature Orchid (under 6” not incl. inflorescence)

Epidendrum porpax

Grown by Emerald City Orchids

Sponsored by Barb Roberts 

Best Mounted Orchid

Masdevallia roseola

Grown by Robert Culver 

Sponsored by Lillian Otani

Best Orchid Grown on a Windowsill

Aerangis luteo-alba v. rhodosticta

Grown by Betsy Pernotto

Sponsored by Diane Drisch 

Best in Show

Phragmipedium Les Dirouilles AM/AOS

Grown by Gordon Cromwell

Sponsored by George & Cylvia Grantham 

President’s Choice: Best Orchid Culture

Dendrochilum magnum

Grown by Jim Pearce

Sponsored by Abigail Chang and by Gordon Cromwell


Congratulations also to the following AOS Nominated plants:
Epigenium amplum,, Andy Wright
Coelogyne fuliginosa, George & Cylvia Grantham
Maxillaria pulla, Andy Wright
Holcoglossum wangii, Botanica Orchids Ltd.
Masdevallia roseola, Robert Culver
Liparis viridifolia, Jim Pearce


Additional Congratulations to the following AOS Awarded Plants:

Phragmipedium Les Dirouilles 'Eagle' AM/AOS, Gordon Cromwell

Cattlianthe Memoria Francis Takakura 'Parker' AM/AOS, Matt Godlove

Christensonella seidelii 'Ciensinski' CBR/AOS, Provisional, Botanica Orchids Ltd.


                                                                                              Photos: Mike Pearson

Cattlianthe Memoria Francis Takakura 'Parker', AM/AOS 80 pts.
Christensonella seidelii 'Ciesinski', CBR/AOS Provisional
Phragmipedium Les Dirouilles 'Eagle', AM/AOS 81 pts.
Northwest Orchid Society, AOS Show Trophy Award, 82 pts.

News from the American Orchid Society

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 Corner.

American Orchid Society: Greenhouse Chat with Dr. Ron McHatton
Wednesday, November 7th, 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 greenhousechat@aos.org by Monday, November 5th.
Register now using this link:

Phragmipedium Sunspot 'Wacousta' AM/AOS; Photographer: Ed Cott


Los Pleurothallidinae y sus polinizadores with Adam Karremans
Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 @ 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM EST      Open to all

Please join Adam Karremans from Costa Rica, for a Spanish language webinar, and learn about the amazing Pleurothallid Orchids and the pollinators.  Register now using this link:

Discovering the Orchids of Ecuador with Niles Dusdieker
Thursday, November 15th, 2018 @ 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM EST            Open to all

Join Niles Dusdieker as he takes us up and down and around the mountains of Ecuador in search of orchids in their native habitat.
Register now using this link:

Note: After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the seminar.

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 NOVEMBER ISSUE OF ORCHIDS MAGAZINE will feature great articles and beautiful pictures on:

Ponthieva brenesii 'Leon' CHM/AOS;
Photographer: Unknown

• The New Refugium Botanicum - TBD
• The Genus of the Month - Corybas by Thomas Mirenda
• For the Novice - Leaf-Spotting Fungi in Cattleyas, Part 1 - The New Anthracnose by Sue Bottom
Orchids of Paradise; the Lower Talamanca Seashores of Costa Rica by Franco Pupulin and Diego Bogarín
• Who Were These Guys? Part 6 - Wilhelm Micholitz by David Rosenfeld, MD
The History of McBean's Orchids by Norbert Dank
• Orchids Illustrated - The Genus Ponthieva by Peggy Alrich and Wesley Higgins


Become an American Orchid Society member.  You'll have considerably more resources at your disposal making growing orchids even more enjoyable and successful.

Stanhopea Aidan 'Arya' HCC/AOS; Photographer: Tim Morton

AOS Membership gives you Digital Access To Over 350+
past issues of Orchids magazine extending back to 1932!

16-page award gallery of breath taking pictures of recently awarded orchids.

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 non- members.

Let’s grow together,

Denise Lucero, Vice-Chair, AOS Membership and Affiliated Societies

Report from the October Meeting


Mike Cory presented our Orchid Basics session "Using the Orchid Registry of the Royal Horticultural Society, Kew Gardens".  In order to learn more about this valuable resource, he took us through the ins and outs of how to navigate their website at:  http://apps.rhs.org.uk/horticulturaldatabase/orchidregister/orchidregister.asp

Bill Zimmerman


Abigail Chang, President, welcomed new members and visitors.  She followed with announcements about our upcoming show, including our facebook page, our website's show page, and volunteer information.  Alba Dennis asked for additional sponsors for the Show Trophy Awards at $25 each. 

Mike Pearson gave a recap of the WA State Fair display and thanked Thuan for taking plants down to the show in Puyallup.  George Grantham echoed Abigail's request for plants and help with the upcoming show at Swansons Nursery.  He then gave a report on the Tri-Cities Show where Robert Culver's Cym. Erythrostylum got an Award of Merit from the AOS and won Best in Show.  See the article above. Joe Grienauer spoke about our Library and brought several books of interest to go along with our speaker's topic. 


Abigail then conducted the vote on the proposed Bylaws change.  The changes as noted in the Oct. Newsletter were unanimously voted affirmatively by the 42 members present.


After the break and review of the plant table, Mike Foster introduced our speaker, Bill Zimmerman, who spoke about the Orchids of Columbia.  He introduced us to the country and spoke about the 5 major diverse habitats that exist in Columbia.  These include the Caribbean Lowlands, the Pacific Lowlands, the Andean Highlands, the Orinoco Savanna and the Amazon Rainforest.  Bill visited when there was an orchid show so he showed us photos of 'the white city', the show exhibits and awarded flowers.  We got to see the local orchid society President's home in the country including their shade house for growing orchids.  They had Cynorchis growing on coffee trees.  Then there was a journey to Purace Volcano with orchids growing on trees along the sides of the road.  Finally we got to see another local person's orchid garden.  Columbia is rich in orchids.

George Krasle reviewed the plant table.                        Photos: Diane Drisch

A lighter moment with George as
he discusses this paphiopedilum
George holds up an interesting plant as our members look on

Editor's Note:  More photos will be placed here over the next day or so. 
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When this note is gone, the newsletter is complete.


Schedule of Upcoming Events


November 12, 2018 - NWOS meeting - Speaker:  Dave Sorokowsky, "Multifloral Paphiopedilums".  There will be plant pre-sales as well as meeting sales.(http://paphparadise.com).  Orchid Basics = Lillian Otani "Get Potted (orchid containers)".


December 10, 2018 - NWOS meeting - Potluck dinner, Christmas Plant giveaway, Schoenfeld and Northen Trophy contests, and installation of new Officers and Board of Directors.


January 14, 2019 - NWOS meeting - Speaker: Shawnee Luciani, “Bugs that Bug Orchids”

February 11, 2019 - NWOS meeting - Speaker: Ron Midgett, topic to come. There will be plant pre-sales as well as meeting sales. (http://www.newearthorchids.com)


NW Flower & Garden Festival

February 16-19 - Garden Setup at Convention Center

February 20-24 - Show is open to the Public

March 11, 2019 - NWOS Annual Auction


April 6, 2019 - NWOS Show and Sale at Volunteer Park Conservatory, 10am-3pm, free admission

April 8, 2109 - NWOS meeting - Speaker: Andy Wright, “Bulbophyllums”

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 Picnic

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:  Wed. 11/7/18, 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 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.


NWOS Website Links

Special Announcements


Emerald City Orchids
Open (Green)House


Saturday, December 1
1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

(greenhouse opens at 9 a.m.)

*some items on sale*


Free:   Refreshments

          Evening entertainment

Location:  4734 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA  98409 (with Brown's Flowers)

Click HERE for Directions


Everyone is welcome!                                   ©2018 Northwest Orchid Society