February 2006
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Next Meeting: Thursday 9th February 7:30pm

"The Genus Dendrobium"
Presentation by Scott Dallas from White Oaks Orchids, Inc.

White Oak Orchids, Inc. has been caring for orchids professionally since the early 1980’s. Its services include orchid sales, boarding, on site greenhouse, office and home maintenance and consulting. White Oaks have 25, 000 square feet of growing space devoted exclusively to orchids. The nursery moved to extraordinary growing conditions in Pacifica in February 2004. The newly refurbished high tech greenhouses offer a wide range of growing conditions from Vandas to Cymbidiums. Scott and Gwen successfully cultivate some 350 genera with countless species and hybrids.

Scott Dallas has loved and grown orchids for 31 years. He fell into the early stages of the orchid collecting bug with Cattleya species. Soon thereafter, Miltonias and Paphiopedilums were added to the “must have” list. One species led to another great hybrid and soon Scott found himself in the business of growing orchids professionally.  Scott has been President and has held many other offices for the Peninsula Orchid Society in San Mateo.

Gwen Watson fell under the spell of a pink Cattleya as a teenager visiting a conservatory for the first time. In addition to a fascination with growing orchids, Gwen also has created a large photography portfolio of orchids.

Being true farmers, Scott and Gwen practice not only agriculture but husbandry as well. Gwen founded the Iambe Cattery several years ago. Iambe specializes in the clowns of the cat world, European Burmese. The kitten photo on the opening page of the White Oak web site will provide more information.

Scott will educate us on the Genus Dendrobium. This will be cultural and questions & answer session ending with a quick slide program.

Raffle table will be provided by Scott Dallas. He will also bring plants for sale.

No host dinner with the speaker will be at 5:30 pm at the Black Angus Steak House, 3195 N Main, Pleasant Hill.
Please contact Eileen Jackson if you would like to join us, tel.  707-642-5915 or jackson.eileen@att.net  It is helpful to know how many people are coming so the first  people there can ask for a table to accommodate everyone.

Monthly Program: ICU
During the general meetings each month, we have a new program called the ICU - Doctor on Duty.  During the brake session (only 15 minutes) while most of you will be enjoying the refreshments, one can bring in a plant to have it looked at by the ICU Doctor on duty. Remember to place the plant you bring in into a clear plastic container.  Please do not bring in more than one plant to each meeting.

Website Note
I'm back but busy so still haven't had a chance to add the past months winners, so we'll have to wait awhile.   Ulrike is helping out with the front page. Learning text  before she ventures mucking with pictures.

Websites of the Month

Check out the website of the speaker.  Lots of nice pictures of their large sales collection.

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