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November, 2017
Volume 71, Issue 4

Herbarium cabinets with a
Sequoiadendron and Hydrangea on display


About the November Meeting

November 13, 2017        7:00 p.m.

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


Eve Rickenbaker:  "Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium"

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.

The Herbarium collects and houses pressed plant specimens of accessioned plants in the UW Botanic Gardens, as well as specimens that reflect the research of students, staff and faculty. The Herbarium also harbors the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board’s Collection.

These collections, vital to science, provide information about plants in our past and present environments. They offer a view over decades and centuries that allow scientists to study the extinction of plants, track invasive species, and even shed light on climate change. The Herbarium is a storehouse of botanical DNA from the Seattle region, the Pacific Northwest and beyond.


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.  For a list of library items Click on the Library link at the top left of this page or click HERE.

Membership Renewal Reminder


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 society's expenses.

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


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.

NWOS Fall Show and Sale

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

NWOS frog-themed display Best in Show, Best Oncidium alliance, AOS nom, Rossioglossum_Rawden Jester 'Adrienne'
Checking out the display Best Paphiopedalum,
Paph. barbigerum
Best Miscellaneous genera,
Coelogyne fuliginosa
Mike picks up a ribbon and impersonates
 an award winning flower
Abigail photographs the
Mt. Baker Orchid Society display
Best Novice plant,
Lepanthes calodictyon
Botanica's beautiful and informative
Angraecoid Conservation display
Bill and Brenda from Botanica
Spokane Orchid Society display Olympic Orchids display
George helps visitor Best Vandaceous,
Holcoglossum wangii
orchid admirers Best Windowsill Orchid,
Vanda hybrid
Best Pleurothallid,
Best Mounted orchid,
Aerangis distincta
Best Culture,
Angraecum distichum
Best Cattleya,
Brassavola nodosa
Best Dendrobium Alliance,
Bulbophyllum claptonense
Best Species,
Rodriguezia decora
Lillian helps repot and
explains as she goes
Best miniature,
Scaphosepalum breve
Steve gives a thumbs up after finding
the perfect addition to his collection
the checkout station
with Cylvia and Erica
AOS Nominated,
Bulbophyllum (agastor x putitum)
AOS Nominated,
Bulbophyllum capillpes
AOS Nominated,
Dendrobium alexanderae

Show Trophy Winners and Sponsors


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. 


Best Cattleya
   Brassavola nodosa Grown by Rick & Bellinda Oosterwyk Sponsored by Olympic Orchids
Best Paphiopedilum
   Paph. barbigerum Grown by Andy Wright Sponsored by Kathy & Mike Murray
Best Vandaceous
    Holcoglossum wangii Grown by Botanica Sponsored by George & Cylvia Grantham
Best Dendrobium Alliance (includes Bulbophyllum)
    Bulbophyllum claptonense Grown by Andy Wright Sponsored by Andy Wright
Best Pleurothallid
    Scaphosepalum grande Grown by Andy Wright Sponsored by George S. Krasle
Best Oncidium Alliance
    Rossioglossum Rawden Jester 'Adrienne' Grown by Andy Wright Sponsored by Alberto Alvarez
Best Miscellaneous Genera
    Coelogyne fuliginosa Grown by George & Cylvia Grantham Sponsored by Emerald City Orchids
Best Species
   Rodriguezia decora Grown by Botanica Sponsored by Gordon Cromwell & Thuan Nguyen
Best Mounted Orchid
    Aerangis distincta Grown by Botanica Sponsored by Diane Drisch
Best Miniature Orchid
    Scaphosepalum breve Grown by Mike Foster Sponsored by Mike Foster & Donna Pierce
Best Windowsill Orchid
    Vanda Hybrid Grown by Bob Marshall & Betsy Pernotto Sponsored by Nancy Wright
Best Plant Grown by a Novice
    Lepanthes calodictyon Grown by Aria Tiedeman Sponsored by Alba & Michael Dennis
Best Culture
    Angraecum distichum Grown by Botanica Sponsored by Peter Maunsell
Best in Show
    Rossioglossum Rawdon Jester 'Adrienne' Grown by Andy Wright Sponsored by Mike Pearson & Abigail Chang

Congratulations also to the following AOS Nominated blooms:
Bulbophyllum  (agastor x putidum), Andy Wright
Bulbophyllum claptonense, Andy Wright
Dendrobium alexandrae, Andy Wright
Holcoglossum wangii, Botanica
Paphiopedalum barbigerum, Andy Wright
Rodriguezia decora, Botanica
Rossioglossum Rawden Jester 'Adrienne', Andy Wright
Scaphosepalum grande, Andy Wright

AOS Judging in Spokane


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.

Top: Cattleya Star Parade ‘Harvey’s Honey’ HCC/AOS

Bottom Left:  Bulbophyllum grandiflorum ‘Scott Thomas’ CCM/AOS

Bottom Right:  Phragmipedium Cahaba Glow ‘FLIP’ HCC/AOS


It was a very satisfying event for all involved, and we will most likely be doing more of the same in the future.


Food - it started like this Food - and grew to this
Spokane members Steve Gregg and Jim Pearce
participate, while Ray Smith of Montana looks on
Taking advantage of the sunshine for natural light

Nominated plants:


Top L: Potinara Martha Clarke
Top R: Phragmipedium Lutz Rolke

Bottom L: Cattleya Mini-Purple

Bottom C: Bulb. rothschildianum

Bottom R: Coeliopsis hymenthosum

The next AOS judging session will be back at the Phinney Neighborhood Association Center, on November 18th at 1:00pm. This is a seminar weekend, and should be informative and interesting:

Schedule of events for Saturday 10/18:
1:00pm Judging (the remainder of the schedule may be delayed, depending on the outcome of Judging)
3:00pm "AOS Judging Practice Survey" by Japhet Ko presented by Marian Morton
3:45pm "A Profile of Catasetum tenebrosum" by Lori Rheinberger
4:15pm "Judging Bulbophyllums" by Charles Wilson

Schedule of events for Sunday 10/19:
9:00am - training begins
9:00am "How Do You Judge Things that are Less Than Flat?" by David Morris
10:00am "Duties of a Show Judging Chairman" by Abigail Chang
11:00am 'Granting Lateral Awards' moderator Susan Wilson

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

L. anceps X Slc Sue Fordyce,
Mike Foster and Donna Pierce
Bulbophyllum orthosepalum 'Age',
Andy Wright
NWOS Display Sievekingia reichenbachiana, Andy Wright

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.

George Grantham
, 2nd Vice President

News from the American Orchid Society

Dillon/Peterson Essay Prize - Deadline is November 30, 2017

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.

Contest Rules:
- 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 rmchatton@aos.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
Thursday, December 14, 2017
@ 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM EDT Open to All

Please join Ron McHatton, American Orchid Society Director of Education and Science Officer, who will discuss a variety of topics on orchid culture based on questions submitted by attendees. Please send your questions to stillilsch@cox.net by Sunday, December 10th.

Register now using this link:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2847045007049760515

Note: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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:
• Orchids Illustrated – Gymnadenia
• Genus of the Month – Trichocentrum
• The New Refugium Botanicum - Cattleya schilleriana
• Dendrobium section Spathulata hybrids
• A Novice's Adventure in Hybridizing
• OrchidRoots.org
• Further demystifying Fûkiran (Vanda [Neofinetia] falcata)

Vanda falcata 'Mi Suegra Mercedes' HCC/AOS; Photographer: Irma Saldaña

16-page award gallery of breathtaking 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 nonmembers.

Cattleya violacea (Semi-Alba Flamea) 'Mirtha Isabel' FCC/AOS; Photographer: Glen Barfield

Let’s grow together,

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

Report from the October Meeting

Sam Tsui answers questions


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.                                               Photos courtesy Diane Drisch.

Sam helps members learn about
the background of his great hybrids
Our plant table during break
  Andy with his Bulbo. orthosepalum grown in
a plastic basket tray.  It was AOS Nominated
and won Best in Show at the Tri-Cities Show
Smelling Andy's Bulbo


Editor's Note:  Please Check back and refresh your browser 
- more pictures will be added soon



Schedule of Upcoming Events


November 4th and 5th - NWOS Show and Sale at Swansons Nursery, setup on 11/3

November 13, 2017 - NWOS meeting - Speaker:  Eve Rickenbaker, "UW Hyde Herbarium"


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, 12:30 pm

Jan. 8, 2018 - NWOS meeting - Annual Culture Clinic


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

Reminder for Officers & Board Members


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.

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   


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.

Saturday December 2nd

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Open House! Great deals on orchids all day. Fun for the whole family.

5 p.m. - 11 p.m. It's a party! (Adults only 21+)

We have a food truck coming and a mariachi band from 6:30-8:30. There will be beer/wine. Still great deals on orchids. At 9 p.m. Standup comedy show in the greenhouse.

Everyone is welcome!

Brown's Flowers & Emerald City Orchids                    Click HERE for Directions
4734 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409