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Volume 72, Issue 8
Auction is the perfect
time to get divisions of
some of the lovely orchids
that we've admired on our
monthly plant table exhibits
About the March Meeting
at 6:00 p.m.
Preview Party starts at 6:30 p.m.
of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street
Seattle, WA 98105
This month's session will start 10 minutes early at 6:50 pm.
Abigail Chang's topic will be an
“Introduction to Mounting Orchids”.
This will prepare us in part for next week's Potting Clinic. Questions welcomed.
Annual Orchid Auction
and Preview Party
The Northwest Orchid Society's biggest orchid selling and buying event
outside of our show, this is a chance to find some select plants, sometimes
at a great price. And even if it's not dirt cheap, it goes to a good cause.
This is also a chance for those with burgeoning collections to winnow out
the surplus, earn a few bucks, and make room for new acquisitions. Consider
selling plants that you've nurtured, but haven't been able to get to bloom.
You can then use the proceeds to buy something that may do better for you.
Bidding: Register when you arrive and get a bidding number to
use during the auction. Keep your paddle moving, and after the auction you
will use the same number to pay for your winning bids. We can process VISA/Mastercard
transactions along with cash and checks.
Selling: Each Current Member may bring up to five plants to
auction off, with the NWOS taking a 20% commission. There is no limit on the
number of plants you may auction at a 100% donation to the Society. If
you have not yet renewed your membership for 2019, please check out the
Membership Renewal Reminder
article below for details.
If you have digital photos of the flowers for the plants that your are
selling, they could be projected on the screen behind the auctioneers.
Hopefully it will work and will help the bidders better visualize what the
plant will look like. Send the images to
Registration: To register your plants, please print the Auction
Form by clicking on the picture. Complete both the left and right
sides, and bring it with you to the meeting and keep it with your plants.
Make sure to mark ONE fund of your choice.
SPECIAL NOTE: If you select more than one fund or fail to select a fund, the
20% society commission will default to the General Fund.
There are five fund choices and you must choose ONE of them:
• The Library Fund is used to purchase items for the NWOS Library.
• The UW Greenhouse Fund is used by the U.W. Botany Greenhouse to
purchase Species Orchids.
• The Zoo Fund is used by the Woodland Park Zoo Greenhouse to
purchase Orchids for display in exhibits.
• The Scholarship Fund provides a grant each year for a college
student working on an Orchid related project.
• The General Fund covers everything else, from the programs to the
everyday working of your society.
This Auction is the only source of funding for the Library, UW Greenhouse
Fund, and Zoo funds. The Scholarship Program receives additional funding
from the Raffles held at most meetings.
We will again have our very popular wine and cheese preview party,
hosted by Peter and Kelley Maunsell. There will be
refreshments, including a special selection of beverages. Non-members are
welcome, but only members and their guests can be served alcoholic
The room will open at 6:00 pm so you
can come early to organize your plants and help with setup. The party
will start at 6:30 pm, Orchid Basics starts at 6:50 pm. A brief
meeting followed by the auction will start promptly at 7:00 pm
NO Display Table, Sales Table, Raffle or Library this month!
We received an Orchidarium as a donation for our Auction. Many
thanks to former member Patty Bomba for this wonderful gift.
The model is
The Maui. It is a clear acrylic case measuring 24.5"w x 21"d x 32.5"h. It
has double lights (new lights would be needed), fan and
temperature/hygrometer sensor with memory. Attached is a photo from the
You can see
a series of photos of the actual item and its documentation by clicking
This may be
just the thing for those of you without a greenhouse. You could also
use it as a rotating display of your greenhouse blooms in a special spot in
your living space.
We will be
offering this item as a Silent Auction. The bidding will start at
$100, with additional bids increasing in $20 increments. Or you can
simply decide to 'Buy it Now' for $500. We will accept bids until 8
pm. when the winning bid will be announced.
bidder should be prepared to take the Orchidarium home at the end of the
Hands ON Orchid Potting
Clinic March 18, 2019 - 7 p.m.
Bring up to three average sized orchids to
our Annual Potting Clinic in the lower Douglas Classroom.
Repotting is Free for NWOS members and is $15 for non-members, which can
be applied towards becoming a member.
Come with questions, get some answers.
Then add some hands-on experience, with
guidance from our volunteer members. You can see from last year's
photos that we really get down and dirty. Potting media and some pots will be
available on site.
Photos: Diane Drisch
This event has always been popular.
Our most experienced members give expert advice on all aspects of
re-potting your orchids:
•Determining whether and when your orchid needs to be repotted. This can
vary by species and time of year.
•Diagnosing potting problems, such as root loss and decomposition of
potting mixes, over-potting and under-potting.
•Choosing the right pot type and size.
•What's the best potting mix for your particular orchid.
•Best practices for avoiding cross contamination and disease transfer.
•Can it be mounted?
•How your environment and watering habits can affect these choices.
You can bring up to three average sized plants.
Be sure to head to the Lower Douglas Classroom for this event (adjacent
to the greenhouse
and the large parking lot.)
It's a night of fun and learning, and your orchids will thank you.
Volunteer Park Conservatory Orchid Show and Sale - April 6-7, 2019
We will be
having a Show and Sale at the Volunteer Park Conservatory, on the first weekend
of April. It's a wonderful venue to show off our beautiful blooms. It will run from 10 am-4 pm
both days, with free admission on Saturday and $4 admission on Sunday.
Admission will be waived for NWOS volunteers, so come and spend a little
time helping us out in this lovely Victorian setting.
be sign up sheets at the March Auction so you can help with the
show. Setup will be Friday, April 5th from 4-6 pm. Drop off your
blooming plants for display. Breakdown and plant pickup will be from
4-5 pm Sunday. It's important that we work within the Conservatory's
schedule so if you can't make it during those times, please contact Mike F.
to make other arrangements.
Our Orchid show and sale will be in
the Seasonal House. Enter through the main door and turn Right.
Orchid Vendors will include Emerald City Orchids, Olympic
Orchids and The Volunteer Park Conservatory. Current
NWOS Members can sell plants with a 15% commission to the society.
Include an extra tag with your name and the
price in the plant.
If you would like to be added to the show committee or want to be involved,
please email Mike Foster,
Pre-Order Offer from our April Speaker - Deadline 4/3
Our April Speaker, Ron Midgett is
offering orchid plant pre-orders for NWOS members. Here are the details:
Go to the New Earth Orchids web
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 until April 3rd.
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.
Plants Needed for Spring
The Spokane Orchid Society Show and Sale will be held March
30-31 at the Spokane Community College Student Lair. It will be a
judged show and there will be five vendors. I will be collecting plants for the show on Thursday evening, March 28 at my house. If you
have plants to send but have difficulty getting them to me let me know.
We may be able to make special arrangements.
The Oregon Orchid Society Show and Sale in Portland will be held
at the usual venue, the Acquinus Hall, April 27-28. I will be
collecting plants the Thursday before. The show will be AOS judged and
the sale will include 7 or 8 outstanding vendors. Check their website,
for additional information. If you can possibly get away that weekend I
would highly recommend attending this outstanding show. Plan a weekend
in Portland to enjoy the famous Portland food trucks and other amenities
of our fair neighbor to the south.
George Grantham, 2nd Vice President
2019 Northwest Orchid Society
Each year the NWOS offers funding for student research projects related
to orchids. These awards (typically $1000 or less) are open to
undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in certified institutions
of higher education in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
This year's deadline for receipt of proposals is April 26. If you
know of any students who could use some help with their research
involving orchids, please forward this information to them.
We look forward to helping with the discovery of new information about
the wonderful world of orchids. Click
HERE for the full document about NWOS Scholarships.
Kathy Murray, NWOS Scholarship Chair
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, dual and youth 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.
for the Gary Baker Service Award
Now is the time to make your nominations
Gary Baker Service Award. This award is given annually at the June
Potluck to the person who has contributed the most to the overall goals
of the society in the prior year. The recipient is selected by the board
from nominations made by the general membership so they need to hear
from you now. Please fill out
the Nomination form, and either bring it to the next meeting or send it
to George Grantham (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2019 - "Orchids in Balance"
Another Great Flower Show Garden
We got a Silver Medal for our garden “Orchids in Balance” at the 2019 NW
Flower & Garden Festival. While we won’t learn what the Judges said for
another month, the Public LOVED our walk-through garden. They
appreciated being able to get up close and personal with the orchids.
And we received countless, positive comments about that throughout the
I think the most popular plant in our garden, based on the questions we
received, was the large, stiff-leaved, dinosaur kale-like foliage plant,
Anthurium speciosum, from the Zoo’s Greenhouses. Oh, and the Coffee
The orchids were popular too! Many people wanted to know if our plants were
hardy here in Washington. And we received the usual questions about watering
with ice cubes, how to get them back into bloom, how and when to repot, and
many more. We handed out about 3000 flyers advertising our upcoming Orchid
Auction, so I expect a full house and spirited bidding on March 11th.
Our garden display of orchids and foliage was spectacular. But even more
spectacular were the gallant efforts of our volunteer army of helpers.
On behalf of Joe Grienauer, Gordon Cromwell, and myself, we wish to thank
each of you for your time, expertise, and orchids in making our garden a
huge success this year!
Orchid Society members:
and her friend Bruce
Woodland Park Zoo Horticulture Staff
Lake Washington Horticulture students and alumni:
And anyone I inadvertently left off this list.
Photos: Diane Drisch, Mike Foster, Joff Morgan, Ken Miura
Editor's Note: More photos will be placed here
over the next day or so.
Please check back and refresh your browser to see
When this note is gone, the newsletter is complete.
Missing Plant Trays
The heavy-duty plastic trays, which held smaller foliage plants used in
our garden, were not returned after teardown. Katrina at the Zoo's
Greenhouses would like these back.
These trays were:
- 17x17 square mesh carrying trays
- 10x21 mesh carrying trays
- 10x21 trays with 8 sections for 6" square pots
If the trays went home with you, please bring them to the March meeting
and/or contact Joff Morgan. Thanks much!
Give Me Some Air - Combining
Humidity with Air that Feels Light and Is Constantly Moving Benefits
We hope you find this article prepared by the AOS Education Committee
useful. Originally published in ORCHIDS Magazine March 2013.
During the19th-century Orchidmania craze that swept Europe, thousands of
orchids would die in dry, heated “stoves,” as the orchid greenhouses
were called. It is surprising that any survived and it was only the
sheer numbers being ripped from the jungles at that time that allowed a
hobby to be born. These early orchid hobbyists had little first-hand
knowledge of where or how orchids grew and the plants often arrived in
Europe unaccompanied by the person who collected them. The notion was
that epiphytic orchids grew in dank and steamy tropical jungles. There
certainly are orchids that come from sea level forests close to the
equator, but even in those places there is open air movement, the
subject we will cover here.
Humidity and air movement are qualities of the air that surround your
orchids, and you. Although there are genera-specific requirements for
more or less humidity, most tropical epiphytic orchids require 50–70
percent humidity. Less than 40 percent humidity can cause plants to grow
poorly or at best, less than optimum. Plants transpire moisture through
stomata, tiny pores on the leaves. If the humidity of the growing
environment is too low, orchid plants will transpire water faster than
they can take it up through the roots and become desiccated. Roots and
potting media will also dry out quicker when a plant is kept in a
dehydrated state. Watering more frequently is not a solution for
dehydration and leads to root problems because of rapid decay of the
If you grow orchids in a greenhouse it is most likely properly equipped
to provide an acceptable range of humidity. Evaporative coolers are an
excellent means of adding humidity and keeping temperatures cooler in
summer. If you grow orchids in the home, you have more of a challenge to
maintain proper humidity. Winter heating and summer air conditioning
both dry the air significantly. For just a few plants there is a classic
solution that may be somewhat limited in its effectiveness, but is easy
and provides some humidity. Fill a shallow tray (such as an aluminum
oven liner) with pebbles, and then add water to just below the tops of
the pebbles. Set your orchid pots on the pebbles. Refill the tray every
few days as needed (if algae builds up, empty the pebbles into a
colander in the sink and rinse with diluted bleach, then plenty of clean
water and then return to the tray). This works well if you are growing
just a few orchids on a windowsill. Misting can also help, but the water
evaporates so quickly that the benefits do not last long. If you have a
larger collection that you perhaps grow on a plant stand or cart, an
inexpensive humidifier can be bought for slightly more than the cost of
a couple of orchid plants. Look for one with a large reservoir that does
not need frequent refilling. Specific orchid-growing setups such as
orchidariums, terrariums, Wardian cases and many under-lights setups in
basements all will provide ample humidity.
If you were to visit the habitat of an epiphytic orchid such as Cattleya
mossiae, you would discover a setting totally contrary to the Victorian
perception mentioned in the first paragraph. You would be in the
Venezuelan mountains at an elevation of about 3,000–4,500 feet
(915–1,370 m) and the cattleyas would be growing in the canopy of the
trees above you. Air constantly flows up the mountains and the tops of
the trees sway in the breeze. Many of our favorite orchids come from
this kind of airy environment.
Optimum conditions for cultivating orchids are often described with the
words “buoyant atmosphere.” What that describes is air that feels light
and is constantly moving. Primarily, a buoyant atmosphere provides a
constantly fresh supply of carbon dioxide to the trees and the orchids
in them. Green plants convert carbon dioxide and water into food
compounds (such as glucose) and oxygen through the process called
photosynthesis. Air that is constantly moving provides other benefits,
such as eliminating pockets of extreme temperatures and moderating the
temperature of both air and leaves. An adequately ventilated orchid
growing space discourages fungal infections by hastening the evaporation
of standing water. The surest way to discourage the flower-damaging
fungus Botrytis cinerea is to increase air movement.
Providing orchids with air movement is one of the easiest things to
achieve. If you are growing a few orchids on a windowsill, merely open
the window a few inches any time the outside temperature is above 50 F
(10 C). If you have a grow cart of orchids, one or two 6- or 8- inch
(15- or 20-cm) muffin fans will do the trick. Turn them on low and aim
them above or to the side of the orchids to draw air over the plants.
Ceiling fans provide excellent air circulation for patios and sunrooms,
while most commercial greenhouses offer fan options. If yours does not,
buy one or two 24-inch (60 cm) box fans, depending on the size of your
As you have probably gathered, if the setting feels comfortable to you,
your orchids will like it too.
News from the
American Orchid Society
It’s time again that the Trustees of the American Orchid Society and its
Standing Committees will meet at the AOS Spring 2019 Members Meeting.
The meeting is being held March 20th- 24th, 2019 in conjunction with the
San Diego County Orchid Society Spring Show in beautiful San Diego,
California. You can expect great weather, miles of sandy beaches, and
major attractions, so you won’t regret adding a few days onto your trip
to enjoy this laid back oceanside destination. Meeting activities will
be held at the Hilton Mission Valley and the show will be at the
Scottish Rites Center. You’re going to find Distinguished Orchid
Speakers along with a Premier Orchid Show & Vendor Sales that are not to
be missed. Everyone’s welcome to join us on Thursday, the 21st, at the
Affiliated Societies Committee Meeting where you can share activities
and voice the concerns of your local Society and don’t forget the Live
Auction and Gala Banquet on Saturday night. We definitely hope to see
you. Register now!
From an affiliate perspective, what should I expect to gain for my
society at an AOS meeting?
As an AOS Affiliated Societies (AS) Representative you will be
introduced to all the AOS Members Meeting event has to offer. You will
be invited to participate in the committee meeting to share your ideas
and thoughts about what the AOS has to offer that most benefits your
society, as well as suggest where we might consider doing more.
We offer a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Many of us on the committee
often serve as affiliate reps for our own local societies. Our goal is
to exchange ideas and share knowledge and experiences to make our orchid
shows, fundraisers and educational programs the best they can be for our
societies and their members.
It’s an opportunity to brainstorm ways of attracting new members and we
take that role seriously. We want to see all of our affiliates succeed
and help grow the interest in orchids for many generations to come.
Please reach out to Deb Bodei, Chair at
email@example.com if you are planning on attending the
meeting in San Diego or if you are just thinking about it and want to
know more. We look forward to meeting our friends and fellow affiliates.
Make sure to check out AOS President Susan Wedegaertner’s message in
March’s issue of ORCHIDS magazine where she tells us about the
Governance Committee, chaired by Jean Hollebone, and their
responsibilities to assure we comply with not-for-profit laws. Aided by
Judy Baily, Cheryl Erins, Harry Gallis MD, James Heilig PhD, Theresa
Kennedy and Taylor Slaughter, this committee is very busy and welcomes
your ideas and suggestions to enhance and improve offerings to our
membership. You can reach them at
(firstname.lastname@example.org). You’ll also get to learn a little
about two individuals many of us look for and follow each month in
ORCHIDS, Terry & Sue Bottoms and about a recent recognition they were
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.
Chosing the Best Plants with Lois Cinert
Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 @ 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM EST
Open to all
Shop like a judge! How do you buy the best orchid for your collection?
Please join Lois Cinert, Acredited AOS Judge, to find out. Lois will
tell you what judges look for when determining a “best” plant for their
own collection to help you grow your own collection.
Register now using this link:
American Orchid Society: Greenhouse Chat with Dr. Ron McHatton
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 @ 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
by Sunday, March 24th. Remember to include pictures. 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.
Franz Glanz 'Monster' FCC/AOS;
Photographer: Ramon de los Santos
THE MARCH ISSUE OF ORCHIDS MAGAZINE will feature great articles
and beautiful pictures on:
• The New Refugium Botanicum - TBD
• Form and Function: Those Vining Orchids by Thomas Mirenda
• For the Novice: Repotting - Wet or Dry? by Sue Bottom
• Orchids Illustrated - Rodriguezia by Peggy Alrich and Wesley
• Lindleyana - A New Species of Rodriguezia by Hugo Medina, José
Portilla and Iván Portilla
• Building a Summer Pergola for Your Plants by Nile S. Dusdieker
• Vanilla planifolia by Barbara Schmidt
Digital Access to Over 350+ past issues of Orchids magazine extending
back to 1932!
Broughtonia sanguinea 'Elizabeth Hamilton' AM/AOS;
Photographer: Claude Hamilton
ALSO FEATURED IN ORCHIDS MAGAZINE!
16-page award gallery of breath taking pictures of recently awarded
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
Let’s grow together,
Denise Lucero, Vice-Chair, AOS Membership and Affiliated
Report from the February
The February meeting was unfortunately
cancelled due to severe winter weather conditions. Our speaker,
Ron Midgett, has been rescheduled
for the April 8th meeting.
For your convenience, you can print out a
Plant Table Information Form ahead of time. Click for your version
Schedule of Upcoming Events
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 an
“Introduction to Mounting Orchids”,
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, Saturday 10 am-4 pm with free
admission, Sunday 10 am-3 pm with $4 admission.
April 8, 2109 - 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)
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: 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
Special Announcements -
ORCHID BUSINESS FOR SALE
Olympic Orchids is a successful, well-established small orchid nursery
business that has great potential for growth. Founded in 2006, it has
evolved as an online retail supplier of species and seedlings, shipping
all over the US. About 50% of the inventory and sales is species, with
the remainder cattleya and oncidium alliance hybrids. The business has
reached a point where there is a pressing need to increase growing
space, so the ideal buyer would already have at least 500-1000 square
feet of greenhouse space with the capacity to add more. Because of
competing demands on my time, limited space for expansion, and the
desire to retire, I would like to find someone with more time and space
than I have, who is motivated to take the business to the next level.
Current stock includes a variety of blooming size parent plants, a
continuously changing variety of mounted and potted sale plants, compots,
flasks, and supplies. There is also an attractively designed, fully
functional e-commerce website, a customer database, and an extensive
library of original orchid flower photos. I would be available for
consulting during the first 6 months of operation.
I would like to sell to someone local if possible, so am announcing this
opportunity here before advertising nationally.
For more information, please contact Ellen Covey by e-mail at
or phone 206-229-7919.
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