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

by Marni Turkel

Marni Turkel is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and has been growing orchids since 1980. She has been an active member of the SFOS since 1982. A hobbyist grower, she grows her orchids in two greenhouses at her home in Santa Rosa, California. She is especially interested in cool-growing miniature species but plenty of larger plants have crept into the collection as well. Though the collection has never been counted, most guesses put it at several thousand plants representing a wide range of genera. Marni has been a frequent contributor to Orchids magazine with her series called 'Well Worth the Space' and has co-authored several articles with Eric Christenson in recent years. Her articles have been translated into Dutch and German for international publication.  Photographs of her plants have been feature in articles for the past several years in both Orchids Magazine, Orchid Digest, Richardiana, The Orchid Review, and The Australian Orchid Review. A working potter for over 38 years, she owns and manages Stony Point Ceramic Design which is a small pottery that produces vase, orchid planters, and flower arranging containers.

This talk covers the seven genera that comprise the subtribe Coelogyninae. If you don't already know which seven that is, come to the talk and find out!  You will learn about the diversity within the different genera, see both common and rarely seen species as well as learn about habitat and how it relates to cultural needs.

No host dinner with the speaker will be at 5:30 pm at Pasta Pomodoro, 45 Crescent Lane,  Pleasant Hill.  (This is in downtown Pleasant Hill.)   Everyone is welcome at this dinner.  If you would like to attend please call Brian Wraxall at  510-222-1728 or email

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 apologize for the late update of the website.  We had to recover from major computer 'meltdown'.

Websites of the Month

Check out the website of the speaker.  Gallery of vases and planters for your orchids and other plants.

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