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Volume 72, Issue 10
About the May Meeting
of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street
Seattle, WA 98105
Orchid Basics - 7 p.m. sharp
This month’s session will be a discussion about the Orchid Wiz software.
The software is used for more than keeping track of your collection.
NWOS members can receive a 30% discount for the software, by using the
discount code TIPS.
This offer's only good until the end of May 2019 at the
Norman Fang, 'New Color Forms of Phalaenopsis Species'
Our speaker will be
Norman Fang of http://www.orchids.com,
which is a natural
outgrowth of one of today's most successful orchid nurseries: Norman's
Orchids, based in Montclair, California. It's a family owned and operated
orchid nursery that was founded in 1986.
Norman's goal is to provide the finest specimens to people who wish to share
and enjoy the beauty of nature's most evolved floral gift. On his website he
states: "Orchids.com grows exquisite orchid plants for every level of the
flowering orchid plant market: decorator, florist, potted plant retailer,
orchid aficionado and, especially, individual clients. The nursery is a
sophisticated producer of premier healthy orchid plants in bloom, or in the
process of blooming. Their superior efforts in orchid plant culture and
quality control achieve bountiful displays of flowers in many luscious
colors. This is brought about by careful management of the greenhouse
Norman's Orchids has participated in numerous orchid shows throughout the
United States and Canada. They have received trophies, medals and accolades
for the displays and flowers. Their exhibit at the 16th World Orchid
Conference in 1999, that took place at Vancouver, British Columbia, earned
more medals for Phalaenopsis than any other exhibitor.
Note: We will be
hosting Norman to dinner at the Marlai Thai restaurant on Monday before the
meeting at 4:30pm. Everyone is welcome and if you'd like to join us,
please RSVP to
firstname.lastname@example.org by noon, Sunday the 10th. Dinner is
served family-style and averages about $25.
Bring your blooming Orchids so everyone can enjoy them.
For your convenience, you can print out a Plant Table Information Form ahead
of time. Click for your version of choice:
Members may bring up to 10 plants to sell. Include an
extra tag with your name and the price in the plant.
raffle will be held as usual. Win a new orchid for your collection
while supporting the Scholarship Fund.
If you'd like
to check out a book or tape from our Library, please contact our
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
NWOS Show and Sale at the Conservatory in Volunteer Park
The Northwest Orchid Society held a two
day orchid show and sale at the Volunteer Park Conservatory on the
weekend of April 6th and 7th.
The show presented a large collection of plants grown by members of the
Society. The Northwest Orchid Society collaborated with the Friends of
the Conservatory and the staff of the Conservatory in presenting this
The seasonal house was used for the event. Also present were two orchid
vendors Emerald City Orchids and Olympic Orchids providing a wide range
of orchids for sale for the orchid hobbyist as well as the beginner.
Many thanks go the the Senior Gardener at the Conservatory, David
Helgeson for his encouragement, logistics planning and facilitating the
show. Plans are going forward to hold this show next year.
There were many members of the Society who volunteered their plants and
time to set up and take down the show. They made great contributions to
the success of the show.
Michael Cory, NWOS Secretary and Friend of the Conservatory
Michael Cory and Joff Morgan
Cylvia artistically places
plants in the display
Joe arranges his
No better toy than
a big ol' box
Lyc. Abou First
orchids in the
Paphs and Oncidium
up and down the aisles
a sweet little one is almost
dwarfed by our display
Cylvia and George
It's fun to take some
time to visit, to share in some of the
hard work as well as simply enjoy our beautiful
Spring Orchid Show Season Ends with Show in Portland
The Oregon Orchid Society Show on April
27-28 was the last show of the Spring season in our area. In the Fall we
plan to take a display to Kennewick for the Tri Cities show in early
October. Except for our own Fall show that will close out the year.
The Oregon Orchid Society Show, always a success, seemed even bigger and
better this year. Our own display consisted of 51 plants. Our plants were
awarded only 11 show ribbons because they faced very stiff competition due
to the high quality of plants throughout the show. The host society won the
American Orchid Society Trophy for best display. In our display Robert
Culver's Lemboglossum rossii won Best Oncidium Alliance and was nominated by
the AOS Judges. Cylvia's and my Miltoniopsis Morris Chestnut 'Vivian' won
Best Miltoniopsis. Robert Culver brought 14 plants for the display on Friday
and helped with setup. Alba Dennis also came down Friday to assist with
setup and thanks to the esthetic expertise of Cylvia and Alba, the display
was very nice. Without Robert and Alba helping it would have been almost
impossible to get all the plants registered and build the display in the
Photos: Cylvia and George Grantham
Best Oncidium Alliance:
Lemboglossum rossii, Robert Culver
Miltoniopsis Morris Chestnut 'Vivian', George and Cylvia
NWOS Display in a
room full of great orchids
Nine members sent plants to this show! Thank you very much Joff Morgan,
Mike Foster and Donna Pierce, Thuan Nguyen, Barb Roberts, Andrew
McGinnis, Nicholas Verbos, George Krasle and Robert Culver. Special
thanks to Robert, Alba and Cylvia for helping with the display.
George Grantham, 2nd Vice President
Exhibit at the Washington State Fair, Puyallup
The Washington State Fair is coming up soon (August 30-September 22,
closed Tuesdays and September 4) and they have asked for the Northwest
Orchid Society to participate again. The Fair’s orchid exhibit is a great
place to showcase your blooming plants and possibly win Cash Prizes!.
There are two consecutive 2-week Orchid Shows/Judgings. All the plants
are safe in a secure 'Greenhouse' display booth in an air conditioned bldg.
and are misted daily.
The schedule of events (including cash prizes for winners) is available as a
This year we are also hoping to be able to put on a public seminar or
demonstration of some type (perhaps showing people how we repot, or giving
tips on how to get that Trader Joe’s phalaenopsis to bloom again). Look for
more information in the next newsletter - this is just a heads-up to be
ready to help us have another eye-catching orchid display, to be viewed by
thousands of Fair visitors.
You can contact me if you need any additional information - my contact
information is in the roster that is being distributed to paid members.
Mike Pearson, NWOS Board of Directors
Trip to International Orchid World 2019 and Annual General Meeting of
International Odontoglossum Alliance
Dresden, Germany - 3/28/2019 -
by NWOS member Robert Culver
Busses, trains and taxis delivered streams of visitors to Messe Halle.
Excited guests pushed past vendors selling spring bulbs and garden
gnomes on their way to the exhibition hall holding the International
Orchid World 2019, stopping here and there to grab a cappuccino or
delicious strawberry and Nutella crepe.
Entering the main hall you are carried along by the sea of people moving
from one display to the next. The size of the main hall is large, making
it hard to keep your bearings at times. That initial disorientation is
perhaps enhanced by rumble of people speaking, many in a tongue which
you might not be familiar. Taking a second to stop and just take it all
in, you’re grounded by the familiar fragrance from all of the orchids.
There are bountiful exhibits from over 60 exhibitors and 15 countries
showing a wealth and variety of orchids from across the orchid growing
world. Well grown species, new trends in hybridizing and clones used in
the potted plant trade were all well represented by the vendors and
societies. I was especially impressed with some of the terrestrial
orchids that were presented by the societies (Pleione, Cypripedium and
Bletilla), and thought they might make an interesting topic for a NWOS
The sales area was magical. Vendors were there from all over Europe, South America
and Asia. The plants for sale looked to be of the highest quality. Some
of the vendors had flasks for sale. I wasn’t quite sure on the
regulations for brining flasks back into the US so I left them at the
Photos: Robert Culver
busy sales area
Blumen Glanz display
C. lueddemmanniana 'Asaki'
LC Irene Finey x Ovation
Phrag. Yelva Myhre
Pleione Orizaba 'Fish Eagle'
International Odontoglossum Alliance: Annual General Meeting
• Sam Cowie of Leaf and Limb - Growing Odontoglossum Alliance in
Sam talked about growing Odontoglossum alliance hybrids
commercially in Queensland Australia. The pot plant market as you might
expect is quite competitive and plants have to go from flask to flower
in two years. Many of the plants need to have two inflorescences per
pseudobulb. Unlike the North American market which wants plants from
18”-24” inflorescence height, they prefer 24”-30” in Australia. Growing
in Queensland many of the plants have to be selected for heat tolerance
so a number of the nothogenera have Brassia or Miltonia in the
background, though surprisingly not all of them.
• Dr. Guido Deburghgraeve - Presentation on New Odontoglossum
Cyrtochilum sodiroi © Guido Deburghgraeve
Cyrtochilum sodiroi & ramosissimum
© Guido Deburghgraeve
Guido spoke about the new Odontoglossum monograph that he and
Stig Dahlstrom have been preparing for publication. It will represent a
follow on to the monograph by Leonore Bockemühl, now with the
understanding of genetics and further collections which Guido and Stig
able to do. The new monograph will be approximately 600 pages.
are examples of the type
of scientific photographs that will be in the
It should be noted that the Crytochiliums will not be
included in the monograph for Odontoglossum but are part of a future
scientific paper. The first one is of Cyrtochilum sodiroi.
Next we have an example which compares the flowers between Cyrtochilum
sodiroi and ramosissimum. Cyrt. sodiroi being a highly variable species
found from Colombia to Peru whereas Cyrt. ramosissimum is currently only
known from Venezuela.
• Andy Easton of New Horizon Orchids - New Directions on Odontoglossum
With over 1000 hybrids to his name in many genera. Andy is
an experienced hybridizer. Andy talked about new directions in
hybridizing within the Odontoglossum alliance. A number of the new
trends are focusing on producing deeper colors, branching sprays and
warmth tolerance at the same time as keeping the ‘Odont shape’. A lot of
this work is happening either with hobbyist or nurseries in South
America. Hopefully we can see some of the results enter the nursery trade
here in North America.
• Juan Felipe Posada of Colomborquideas - 3Rs of Odontoglossums
Felipe has a nursery in Medellín Colombia, specializing in cool growing
orchids, with nearly 100 hybrids registered. Juan Felipe talked about a
number of things. One of the most interesting was the rediscovery of
Odontoglossum lucianianum and naevium. These species for all intents and
purposes had been lost to cultivation.
Only one plant of naevium
was known to exist in a private collection. Attempts to self it failed
many many times. Finally a pod took and what little fluff was recovered
Also, a shipment of blandum arrived at Colomborquideas which
bloomed out to be naevium. From these a population of naeviums has been
© S Beckendorf
The story of lucianium was a little more directed. Dr. Steve Beckendorf
of UC Berkeley made a collection of lucianianum in Venezuela and with
that it allowed for outcrosses to be made. From this there are now a
seedling population in flask and compot. I believe some are still
available through Marni Turkel.
To learn more about the Odotoglossum Alliance you can read their
newsletter. You can join for free.
The past few years of newsletters are available online.
You can get notification of new newsletters by writing to
and ask to be added to the list.
Culver, NWOS Board of Directors
Membership Renewal Reminder
The Membership Roster will be sent soon to
those that are current paid members. You have until 5/13 renew your
lapsed membership in order to make sure you're listed on our roster and that
you receive the most up-to-date contacts for of all your fellow members.
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.
News from the
American Orchid Society
AOS NEWS - President's Message
Don’t miss AOS President Susan Wedegaertner’s message in the May issue
of ORCHIDS magazine where she tells us about her adventures at the Tokyo
Dome Show (officially known as the Japan Grand Prix International Orchid
and Flower Festival) in Tokyo, Japan, and the Taiwan International
Orchid Show in Tainan, Taiwan. She also announces that our next AOS
Members’ Meeting will be held October 16-20, 2019 in Homestead, Florida,
in conjunction with the East Everglades Orchid Society Show.
The American Orchid Society Guide to Orchids and their Culture
By Mary E. Gerritson and Ron Parsons
This 245- page book, beautifully illustrated with over 450 color
photographs, covers a myriad of topics on orchid culture. Topics include
specific information on popular orchid groups, repotting, orchid
mounting, growing orchids semi-hydroponically, as well as a section on
common orchid pests and diseases.
The book can be purchased individually online at the AOS web store or in
bulk by calling AOS offices at (305) 740-2010. (Staff is available from
9:00AM to 5:30PM EDT, Monday through Friday.)
HAVE YOU TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF THE AOS ORCHID SOURCE DIRECTORY?
Find vendors of orchid plants, seedlings, supplies, greenhouses,
fertilizers, watering equipment, potting mixes, lighting setups and
other orchid-related products at your fingertips at
2019 printed version will be mailed to all members in September and
includes not only vendors but information on all our affiliated
societies and judging centers.
UPCOMING WEBINARS 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 this monthly Corner.
Cymbidium eburneum 'Monica' AM/AOS;
Photographer: John Dunkelberger
Note: After registering you will receive a confirmation e-mail
information about joining the seminar.
Asian Cymbidiums with Ken Jacobsen
Thursday, May 16th, 2019 @ 8:30 – 9:30 EDT
Join AOS Accredited Judge, Ken Jacobsen, as he presents an overview
of Asian Cymbidium species and hybrids, often valued as much for their
foliage as their flowers. Register now using this link:
WHAT ARE WEBINARS? Webinars are an Internet conference where you can
hear the speaker and view the 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.
Paphiopedilum Liberty Taiwan
'Mysterious Valley Bubblegum' AM/AOS;
Photographer: Mark Van der Woerd
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 MAY ISSUE OF ORCHIDS MAGAZINE will feature great articles
and beautiful pictures on:
The New Refugium
Botanicum - TBD by Franco Pupulin
Orchid Gardens -
Inkaterra, Peru, Part 2 by Tom Mirenda
For the Novice: A
Beginner's Guide to Vegetative Propagation of Orchids by Barbara
Illustrated - Sophronitis (Cattleya) Group by Peggy Alrich and
Classifications of the Dendrobium bigibbum Lindl. Complex, and
Hybrid Registration by Peter Adams
Who Were These
Guys, Part 8 - James Bateman by David Rosenfeld
Ideas by Norbert Dank
pubescens by Soraya Cates Parr
BECOME AN AOS
MEMBER The AOS wants to sweeten the deal and give you every
possible reason to join AOS today! If you become an American Orchid Society
member, you have considerably more resources at your disposal making growing
orchids even more enjoyable and successful.
There are many MEMBERS-ONLY pages on the AOS Website where you can enhance
your orchid hobby. In Addition,
you have Digital Access to Over 350+ past issues of Orchids magazine
extending back to 1932!
Phalaenopsis YangYang Blue Angel
'La Grenoville' AM/AOS;
Photographer: Ramon de los Santos
IN ORCHIDS MAGAZINE! 16-page award gallery of breath taking
pictures of recently awarded orchids. Join now and add the NWOS on
your application so we can earn a month's credit towards the society's
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 non-members.
Denise Lucero, Vice-Chair, AOS Membership and Affiliated
Speaker Ron Midgett
Report from the April
Abigail Chang, President, introduced our
Orchid Basics presenters Steve Dorsey and Nathan Hurst. The topic
about growing orchids under LED lights. They shared a lot of
interesting and detailed information to a very engaged audience.
Abby made a number of brief announcements
including a call for volunteers to serve on the Audit committee.
George Grantham asked for nominations for the Gary Baker Service Award.
NWOS Scholarship applications are due. We spoke briefly about the
OrchidWiz software discount that will be the topic of our May Orchid
Basics talk. George also spoke about the Spokane Show results
where one of Andy Wright's plants won an award. He then reminded
us of the upcoming show in Portland, OR. Our very recent show at
the Conservatory was a wonderful success (see article above).
Abby then welcomed new members and visitors. Mike Foster
introduced our speaker Ron Midgett from New Mexico. Ron started
with Orchid Trivia, then went into the Culture of the various Oncidinae,
a review of
species, then culture basics of the intergenerics made by crossing the
various species. You can tell a lot about their
culture by looking at the flower form (Open star, Full star, Round and
full, Lip dominant, Lip not dominant). Similar flower types have
similar cultural requirements.
There are 5 flower presentation types:
arched, horizontal, cascade, upright and upright Christmas Tree habit.
Ron also reviewed many crosses and discussed what was expected vs. what
the cross actually turned out to look like. It was interesting to
learn about the breeding influence of Brazillian Miltonia.
George Krasle reviewed the
Photos: Diane Drisch
Orchid Basics with Steve & Nathan
continued discussion after the
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.
Schedule of Upcoming Events
May 13, 2019 - NWOS meeting - Speaker: Norman Fang, 'New Color
Forms of Phalaenopsis Species'.
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: 5/7/19, 7/??/19, 9/3/19 and 11/5/19. Meet at 7 p.m. at Mike & Sheila
Cory's house unless notified that it's been moved elsewhere.
George and Cylvia Grantham will host the July meeting...details to
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