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October 2016
Volume 70, Issue 3

Dr. Norito Hasegawa


About the October Meeting

October 10, 2016

7:00 p.m.

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


Dr. Norito Hasegawa:  "Multifloral Paphiopedalums"

Norito is an overextended hobbyist (considered commercial for tax purposes), who has been collecting, growing and studying orchids for over 30 years.  He specializes in Paphiopedilum orchids and is co-author, with Harold Koopowitz, of the book Novelty Slipper Orchids.  Norito is primarily a hybridizer of Slipper Orchids (Paphiopedilum) although his interests and collection of 15,000 orchids include miniature cattleyas, phalaenopsis, cymbidiums and variegated orchids of all sorts.  He is owner of Paphanatics, UnLimited.

He first became interested in orchids after seeing orchids en masse at the World Orchid Conference held in Long Beach in 1966.  After buying his first orchids, Norito failed miserably, but persisted in trying to grow them outdoors, and in no time he had hundreds.  Now, he can’t imagine his life without orchids.  Dr. Hasegawa travels internationally to keep orchid fanatics up to date on Paphiopedilum happenings.  He is also an AOS and Cymbidium Society of America judge, and has served as a trustee of both the American Orchid Society and The Orchid Digest.  He is a retired dentist.


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 Jake Burroughs a minimum of 2 weeks before the next meeting.  For a list of library items Click HERE or click on the link at the top of this page.

NWOS Fall Orchid Show Nov. 5-6

The Fall Orchid Show at Swansons Nursery (9701 15th Ave NW, Seattle), November 4 to 6 is fast approaching. Please consider the following:

  • Please sign up to help each day at the show. We need about 6 “hands on deck” every hour the show is open. A signup sheet will be available at the October meeting. There are times available each day in various categories, including setup on Friday, ribbon judging Saturday morning, and various tasks while the show is open to the public (including cashiering, welcome table, and floating/repotting) the rest of Saturday and Sunday. Send me an e-mail if you can’t sign up at the meeting (Harvey.Brenneise@gmail.com).

  • Setup is on Friday, November 4 starting at noon. Anyone who can get away during the afternoon is urged to come and join your fellow society members in setting up the show. Vendors will be open to sell to members only between 4 and 6 p.m.

  • Please bring your show plants either to Swansons as early as possible on Friday afternoon, or contact Joff Morgan (rastur@eacw.org, 425-269-8383) or Mike Pearson  (amphoto@blarg.net, 206-789-7116) to arrange a time to drop off prior to the show. It’s very helpful to those setting up the show to have plants there earlier rather than later.

  • Ribbon judging will be similar to last year, but with more ribbons awarded. There are nine general judging classes: 1) Cattleya Alliance, 2) Cypripedium (Slipper) Alliance, 3) Vanda and Phalaenopsis Alliance, 4) Oncidium Alliance; 5) Dendrobium Alliance, and 6) Pleurothallids and Bulbophyllums , 7) Miscellaneous genera (including Cymbidiums), 8) New orchid growers (5 years or less) and 9) Orchids with miniature blossoms (maximum of 5 mm in the largest dimension of the flower). The judging team may create ancillary trophies at its discretion. A modified Danish system of judging is used in which the judging teams may award ribbons and a trophy within each of these general classes based on the comparative quality of the plant using the team’s accumulated experience in orchid judging. “Decent” plants are given a white ribbon, “good” ones a red ribbon and “excellent” ones a blue. More than one ribbon of any color may be given in a class with no limit, although only one trophy will be awarded. The judging teams will not write on the ribbons so that those participants who want to allow them to be recycled in future shows can do so. Ribbon judging will precede AOS judging. It is planned to give a $25 cash award for each trophy, and a Grand Champion (“best of show”) trophy is also awarded from among all plants receiving blue ribbons.

  • Individual exhibitors (including vendors) are required to present a list of plants they are entering into ribbon judging using the 2016 NWOS Fall Show orchid registration form (distributed separately or available from https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0ckp659wu9qcjnq/AACBUVd-TOQHy-50sh0wbhTga?dl=0. If possible these should be submitted electronically to the Show Chair  (Harvey.Brenneise@gmail.com) by Thursday evening, November 3. Otherwise bring them on a thumb drive (preferred) or in printed form to the show setup on Friday November 4. Each exhibitor will be assigned a display number and an exhibitor number, which will be added to this list. Each plant must be tagged with a label that gives the plant name. Those who enter classes 8 and 9 (New orchid growers and Miniature blossoms) may enter the plant in those classes in addition to the class by orchid type. Problem plants may be removed from the show area at the discretion of the Show Committee. Individual plants should also be labeled with the owner’s name (best to use tape on the pot).  NWOS members are encouraged to deliver their plants to Swansons as early as possible to ease the job of the display artists.

  • There will be talks given on both Saturday and Sunday.

  • Hours are Saturday 9 to 5 and Sunday 10 to 4. If you can, please help break down the show on Sunday afternoon.

  • An important change this year is the addition of a welcome table that visitors will pass as they enter the show.  It is our desire to personally welcome each one, and provide information they may request.  In addition, our guests may submit an entry for a series of ongoing drawings for door prizes.

  • Members can also sell their individual plants through the society.  Orchids for sale in the members' sale area must be marked with a removable tag bearing the price and the seller’s name.  This tag is in addition to any plant identifying tags and will be removed at the time of sale and used to calculate the seller’s total.  Vendors must price items clearly on this tag.  ONLY ONE AMOUNT WILL BE RECOGNIZED.  Tags with multiple prices or illegible writing will not be accepted and the item will be held until clarification can be made.  Each member selling must fill out the 'Member’s Sale Table Form' prior to placing items for sale.  All sales are subject to a 15% sales commission. NWOS members who wish to sell must have at least one high quality blooming plant in the NWOS display and work at least one show shift.  The Society will collect sales tax (9.6%) on all sales.

  • If you’d like an electronic copy of the entire show schedule and rules, write to me at Harvey.Brenneise@gmail.com.

We look forward to a successful and enjoyable show this year.  I also wish to extend a special thanks to all the Show Committee members.


Harvey Brenneise, Show Committee Chair

Your Orchids are Needed for the NWOS Show Display


It’s time again to show our stuff at our NWOS annual orchid show. Please bring your plants to the Swanson’s at setup time on Friday Nov 4. Plants should be groomed, staked, in a stable pot, bug free and healthy. Your name should be on each plant and we will need a copy of your list. We need quantity, quality and diversity of plants so we can assemble another stunning display this year. Please read instructions elsewhere in this newsletter for details. Register your plants in advance per instructions if possible, otherwise this can be done at the show from your plant list whether on a memory device or on paper. If you cannot bring your plants Fri. afternoon, please send them with another member or contact me, Mike Pearson, or Joff Morgan for help in getting your plants to the show. We enjoy seeing your plants on the plant table each meeting, please let Seattle see them at our show!

If you wish to help with the NWOS display, please contact me or sign up at the meeting.

In the mean time, thanks to those who sent plants for the display at the South Central Washington Orchid Society Show and Sale this past weekend.

George Grantham, 2nd Vice President

Wanted:  Show Trophy Sponsors


Our 2016 Fall Orchid Show & Sale is quickly approaching. Each year, a plethora of ribbons is awarded by our judges. Of all the First Place (blue) ribbons awarded, the "Best of" each plant category is determined and given a Trophy along with a cash prize of $25. The "Best of Show" is determined from all of the 1st Place ribbons and Trophies, and is awarded a growing cash pool prize. Last year that prize pool grew to $150!!

I am looking for people and/or companies to sponsor one or more of the below listed Trophies. The cost is $25 per Trophy or, in the case of the "Best of Show", any amount will do. Please contact me via email (rastur@eacw.org) or at the October Meeting to reserve your spot. I can take cash or check made payable to NWOS.

Please consider sponsoring a Show Trophy. I look forward to hearing from you.

~ Joff Morgan

1) Cattleya Alliance

2) Cypripedium (Slipper) Alliance

3) Vanda and Phalaenopsis Alliance

4) Oncidium Alliance

5) Dendrobium Alliance

6) Pleurothallids and Bulbophyllums

7) Miscellaneous genera (including Cymbidiums)

8) New orchid growers (5 years or less)

9) Orchids with miniature blossoms (maximum of 5 mm in the largest dimension of the flower)

10) First Bloom Seedling (no mericlones)

11) Orchid Grown Indoors (on windowsill and/or under lights)

12) Best of Show (cash pool, chosen from 1st place ribbons and trophies)

Introducing the NWOS Communication Committee


NWOS is excited to introduce the Communication Committee! Maybe you've noticed increased posting on the NWOS Facebook page- that's us! An easy way to contribute to NWOS, and have our online presence represent our diverse members and interests, is to contribute to the Facebook page. If you're interested in posting, whether that's pictures of your blooming plants, articles about orchids you've come across or interesting culture tips, you can send pictures and text to: chloeangus@gmail.com.

If you'd like to take a more active role in our online presence, you can also contact Chloë to become a part of the committee.  Even taking a couple seconds to "Like" the NWOS Facebook page and individual posts as they come up has a huge impact on our visibility online and is a great and easy way to help the society grow.  The more 'Likes' we get, the more popular Facebook perceives us, and the more we get noticed.  Take a moment to click HERE or on the icon at the top of this page to get started.

Besides Facebook, the committee is taking on exciting projects like revamping the NWOS webpage.  Look out for all these new opportunities to engage with orchids!


Chloë Angus-Tibbetts, Communications Committee Chair

Important Christmas Gift Plant Notice


I wanted to give our members a heads up as to how we are executing the Christmas Plant Gift this season.  As you all know (if not.... spoiler alert) members of the NWOS whom are paid in full as of midnight Nov 14th 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 THEN NOV 14th!! Anyone paid later then that will sadly miss a plant.  I should also note that couples and family memberships will only receive one plant, not multiples like in years past.  Apologies for any inconvenience.

As always if you have questions, concerns, or comments please feel free to reach out to me at three_harmonies@hotmail.com.

Happy Fall,
Jake Burroughs, 1st Vice President

Membership Renewal Reminder


The NWOS fiscal year is July 1 through June 30 so unless you joined recently, it's time to renew.  Click HERE to pay by PayPal on our Membership page.  You can also pay at most meetings 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 $25 for one person or $30 for two people at the same address.  Members who joined at or after the Flower & Garden Show in February are paid through June 2017. Dues are kept low to encourage membership but they cover only a small portion of the society's expenses.


Please contact Mike Cory for questions about your dues.

Orchid Pre-Order Information from our November Speaker


Our speaker for the November 14th meeting is Dr. Rob Halgren who will be talking about "Growing Orchids Under LED Lights".  He will be bringing plants for sale, but you can get a nice discount if you pre-order.  Click Here and Here for the 2 files.

Here are his notes about what he has:


1.  Quantity available is noted in the last column to the right.

2.  Probably best if people order by the number (it will be easier for me to find them on the list by number rather than name).

3.  Pre-orders are net - 10%


4.  Any plants I bring for sale (not pre-orders) for my talk may or may not be from this list - if people want something for sure they need to pre-order.


5.  First come - first serve, those quantities are really close (or exactly) my actual quantities.

6.  I may consider wholesale pricing on large orders.


7.  I cannot honor requests for pictures of plants or other detailed information.   I've annotated items profusely to try to minimize miscommunication.

Please email Rob at rob@littlefrogfarm.com

Orchids in the News...Spooky Orchids – they’re baaack

(thanks to the North American Orchid Conservation Center)

Ghost orchid


Halloween is supposed to be spooky. Spiders, snakes, evil spirits — we expect this stuff to send a chill down our spine or haunt our dreams at night.  But orchids?

Florida’s iconic Ghost Orchid haunts the Everglades, but what other demons may be prowling about this time of year, their dark nature hidden behind the mask of an orchid flower?

We hope you enjoy this Halloween gallery of spooky orchids but offer this caution. Next time you’re out in the woods, and tempted to stray off the path to seek out one of our native orchids, think twice: What danger could be lurking in those dark shadows?

Click on http://northamericanorchidcenter.org/featured/ to check out their Gallery of 13 spooky native North American orchids.

News from the American Orchid Society


The Cattleya Alliance in Mexico with Ron McHatton
Thursday, October 27,2016 @ 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM EDT Members only
Ron McHatton, American Orchid Society Director of Education, will present a survey of the Cattleya Alliance in Mexico.  Register now using this link:

Cattleya schroederae 'Gabriela Towlemonde' HCC/AOS;
Photographer: Maurice Marietti


Join the AOS now For A LIMITED-TIME ONLY Get Immediate, Digital Access To Over 20 Back Issues Of ORCHIDS Magazine
(Please note that this special bonus is currently available for a very limited time and will be removed at any time without prior notice.)

Paphinia herrera 'Jacinta Quesada' FCC/AOS;
Photographer: Jorge Enrique




THE OCTOBER ISSUE OF ORCHIDS MAGAZINE will feature great articles and beautiful pictures on:
•Genus of the Month – Paphinia

•Orchids Illustrated – Pterostylis

Pterostylis curta 'Keun Hee' HCC/AOS; Photographer: Eric Hunt


•For the Novice - Orchid Disease Control Part 2: Bacterial and Fungal Infections
•Oncidium fuscatum Part 2
•Roadside Orchids of Ecuador
•Epipactis mairei in Lijiang China

16-page award gallery of breathtaking pictures of recently awarded orchids.

Vanda Pure's Wax 'Cheryl's Joy' HCC/AOS;
Exhibitor: Cheryl Erins;
Photgrapher: Nile Dusdieker




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.

Let’s grow together,

Denise Lucero, Vice-Chair, American Orchid Society Membership and Affiliated Societies

Report from the September Meeting

Theresa Hill


New people and visitors were welcomed by

 our President, Abigail Chang.  She spoke about the Legion of Bloom and most of us expressed interest in renewing the program and would pay up to $10.  Mike Cory reminded us that it's time to pay our dues.  Chris Peterson announced the upcoming plant sale at the Conservatory.  She also asked for a volunteer to serve as the third person on the Audit Committee.  Joff and Harvey spoke about the upcoming show, volunteer opportunities and meeting dates.  George Grantham asked for help with the upcoming So. Central WA show Sept.30-Oct. 2nd.  He also talked about the WA State Fair Exhibit.


1st Vice President Jake Burroughs introduced our speaker, Theresa Hill to a crowd of about 50 people.  She began her talk about Miltoniopsis with some of the history of where and who collected them.  She cited some of the important species and how she researched the parentage of plants that she used in her breeding program.  We learned a lot, from line breeding, to waterfalls, black masks, picotee and even reverse picotee.  Once we got a new understanding for this genera and all its forms, Theresa included a lot of cultural information so we could do a good job growing them.  It was very well done, included beautiful photos and gave us all a great appreciation for these lovely orchids.


Andy Wright reviewed the plant table.                                      Photos courtesy Diane Drisch.

Plant table Theresa Hill

Theresa helps a member make a selection from the plants she has for sale

Kaas's display Nancy Wright group

Mike Foster & Donna Pierce group

Vanda Brighton Pink, Lisa Ellis

Angraecum calceolus closeup Angraecum calceolus, Allan & Michelle Kaas
Phalaenopsis bastianii,
Andy Wright
Phalaenopsis fasciata,
Andy Wright
Noriko Marshall
Phalaenopsis celebensis,
Nick Spaulding
Oberonia maxima,
Allan & Michelle Kaas
Schoenorchis gemmata,
Andy Wright

Bulbophyllum blumei, Andy Wright

Bulb. echinolabium, Mike Foster & Donna Pierce

Bulb. carunculatum,
Mike Foster & Donna Pierce

Bulbophyllum arfakianum var. alba,
Allan & Michelle Kaas

Dendrochilum magnum, Andy Wright

Chondrorhyncha lendyana, Mike Foster & Donna Pierce

Closeup of Bulb. mandibulare

Bulbophyllum mandibulare, Andy Wright

Epigenium amplum, Andy Wright

Den. Hancockii, Joff Morgan

Den. Genting Candy, Nancy Wright

 Closeup of Dendrobium Genting Candy

Den. Fire Wings, Nancy Wright

Den. dearei, Steve Dorsey & Lori Lederman

Eria vanoverberghii, Allan & Michelle Kaas

Closeup - Eria vanoverberghii

Catasetum Double Down (Ctsm. Chuck Taylor 'Wow' x Ctsm. kleberianum 'SVO'), Joff Morgan

Milt. Memoria Debbie Green,
Mike Foster & Donna Pierce

Onc. NoID,
George Krasle
Psychopsis Mendenhall 'Hildos', Noriko Marshall

Lepanthes telipogoniflora, Andy Wright

The glass vessel keeps humidity high

Cattleya Summer Spot
'Carmela', Nancy Wright
Howeara Lava Burst 'Puanani' AM/AOS,
Steve Dorsey & Lori Lederman
Gongora armeniaca x self,
Allan & Michelle Kaas

two examples of Paph. Betty Glenn,
Joe Grienauer

Paph. glaucophyllum,
Mike Foster & Donna Pierce

two examples of Paph Mamie Wilson,
Joe Grienauer

Paph. Transvaal 'Mierienda Lane HCC/AOS
x Paph. Shin Yi Pride 'SVO' AM/AOS,
Allan & Michelle Kaas

Paph. unknown,
George Krasle
Paph. Oriental Spring,
Allan & Michelle Kaas
Paph. Earl of Chester,
Mike Foster & Donna Pierce
Phragmipedium Cahaba Glow,
Joe Grienauer
Phrag. Don Wimber,
Joe Grienauer
Phrag. Sunset Glow,
Joe Grienauer
Paph. venustum,
Nick Spaulding
Phrag. schlimii,
Mike Foster & Donna Pierce
Phrag. Fireworks,
Nick Spaulding

Schedule of Upcoming Events


Oct. 6-9, 2016 - Portland Orchid Society Fall Show and Sale, more info HERE

Oct. 10, 2016 - NWOS meeting - Speaker: Dr. Norito Hasegawa, "Multifloral paphiopedalums"

Oct. 15, 2016 - AOS Judging Center, monthly judging, 12:30 pm

Nov. 5&6, 2016 - AOS Show & Sale at Swansons' Nursery

Nov. 14, 2016 - NWOS meeting - Speaker: Dr. Rob Halgren, "Growing Orchids Under LED Lights"

Nov. 19, 2016 - AOS Judging Center, monthly judging, 12:30 pm

Dec. 12, 2016 - NWOS meeting, Potluck dinner, Christmas Plant giveaway, Schoenfeld and Northen Trophy contests

Dec. 17, 2016 - AOS Judging Center, monthly judging, 12:30 pm

Jan. 9, 2017 - NWOS meeting - Speaker: Ron Burch, "Introduction to Growing Temperate Terrestrial Orchids in Your Garden"

Jan. 21, 2017 - AOS Judging Center, monthly judging, 12:30 pm

Feb. 13, 2017 - NWOS meeting - Speaker: Fred Clarke, "Culture of Catasetums"

Feb. 18, 2017 - AOS Judging Center, monthly judging, 12:30 pm

February 22 - 26 , 2017 - NW Flower and Garden Show

March 13, 2017 - NWOS meeting - Annual Orchid Auction

March 18, 2017 - AOS Judging Center, monthly judging, 12:30 pm

March 20, 2017 - Hands ON Potting Clinic - Meet in the Lower Douglas Classroom

April 10, 2017 - NWOS meeting - Culture Clinic, Speakers: Harvey Brenneise, Joff Morgan, and Andy Wright

April 15, 2017 - AOS Judging Center, monthly judging, 12:30 pm

May 8, 2017 - NWOS meeting - Speaker: Laima Swanson, "Genetic Trais Passed on in Progeny When Breeding"

May 20, 2017 - AOS Judging Center, monthly judging, 12:30 pm

June 12, 2017 - NWOS meeting - Annual Potluck Dinner and Gary Baker Service Award

June 17, 2017 - AOS Judging Center, monthly judging, 12:30 pm

Reminder for Officers & Board Members


The schedule of Board Meetings for this fiscal year is: 11/8/16, 1/3/17, 3/7/17, 5/2/17.  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.

Special Announcements


No Special Announcements this month.