DVOS Meeting


Our intended speaker for April was Jeff Trimble. Jeff started growing orchids in 1972. He joined his first orchid club in 1975. By 1978 Jeff was show chairman for the Peninsula Orchid Society, a member of the Santa Clara Valley Orchid society, and President of Malihini Orchid Society. In 1980 he was asked to be the VP and then President of the San Francisco Orchid Society. Jeff took on the task of Show Chairman at the Pacific Orchid Exposition one year and later was a co-founder of Orchids in the Park. He is a Past President of the Peninsula Orchid Society, the Cymbidium Society of America (CSA) and the Gold Coast Cymbidium Growers. He is also a CSA judge. Jeff grows Cymbidiums, Odontoglossums, Cattleya alliance, and many other species in his unheated greenhouse.

While Jeff could not be with us in person for his talk on ‘10 types of orchids you can grow outside’, he has worked diligently to come up with an alternative which I believe works very well. Like many speakers, Jeff’s talk would have been supported by a slide presentation. Specially for DVOS, Jeff has updated and expanded his presentation and added full voice-over. Instructions for downloading and using the related file were sent to DVOS members. 

The in person DVOS meetings at the Contra Costa Water District Building have been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns till further notice.

 

Owner: Renate Johnson

Lc. Mildred Rives Orchidglade FCC_AOS

Dear Orchid Friends,

Well, another month has gone by and the world continues to change. I hope that all of you are
safe and sound. I am spending a lot of time with my orchids. It helps me to be able to nurture
something beautiful that brings me joy. With the problems that we are facing both medically and
socially, I find that my orchids are an important refuge for me. I hope you all are able to find
comfort in your gardens. Hopefully soon it will be time for all of us to get back out in the world
and make it a better place.

Diane


 

DVOS Member, Sharon Duffy is moving and has an big Orchid Sale

 


The in person DVOS meeting at the Contra Costa Water District Building on May 14,  has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Phragmipedium caudatum ‘Cow Hollow’

Dear Orchid Friends,

This months’ speaker was to have been Leo Schordje who grows his orchids, mostly under lights, in Zion City, on the shore of Lake Michigan about 40 miles north of Chicago. [At the thought of that location in winter, my orchids are already shivering!]
For health reasons unrelated to COVID-19 Leo could not have been with us personally, but with his kind permission we have developed a substantial slide presentation from his written material. It will be available for download on May 16. After only limited
editing of his actual words, the text portion very closely represents what he would have said in his planned talk on ‘The culture of hybrid Phragmipediums’. Having talked to Leo at length, I think his personality and humor are quite apparent and complemented by the many supporting images.

I will send all DVOS members the link and password in the next few days. Please look out for them.
I hope you enjoy Leo and his knowledge of Phragmipediums as much as I did trying to bring them to life!

Peter Ansdell


Owner: Nick Doe

Phragmipedium besseae

Owner: Daniel Neighbors

Phragmipedium hybrid

Speaker’s Choice

Dear Orchid Friends,

The DVOS Board has discussed the COVID-19 concerns as they impact our upcoming meeting Thursday, March 12. We have decided to cancel this meeting. We have made this decision based on the document cited below.
Public Health Recommendations for COVID-19 – March 10, 2020 from the Contra Costa Health Sevices https://cchealth.org/coronavirus/pdf/COVID-19-Interim-Guidance-for-Social-Distancing.pdf Excerpt:
• Cancel or postpone large gatherings such as concerts, sporting events, celebrations, conventions, religious services and community events where 50 or more people are within arm’s length of each other.
• Cancel or postpone events for or attended by older adults or others who are at higher risk for severe illness.
I know that we are all interested in attending this meeting but our health and disease containment are the most important factor. Stay safe. I send you my greetings and will see you when this risk is past.

Regards,
Diane

Debra Attwood will give this presentation at a future time.

Debra Attwood: “It’s out of the pot, now what?” A practical demonstration of making the best choices for re-potting

Founder of Napa Valley Orchids, Debra Attwood is a third generation Napan who grows Angraecoids, species Phalaenopsis, Neofinetias, Maxillarias, Encyclias and what ever else catches her fancy. Her greenhouse maintains an intermediate temperature range and her plants thrive in the Mediterranean climate of Napa. In addition to caring for a greenhouse full of beautiful orchids, she consults, is a regular speaker at orchid societies and garden clubs and performs greenhouse maintenance for clients. She has taught orchid classes for many years, and still conducts workshops as time allows.


The Plant Table will be supplied by the speaker.  Debra Attwood will also bring some plants to sell.

Our no-host Speaker Dinner will be  at 5:30 p.m. is at Aung MayLika 1050 Contra Costa Blvd, Concord, CA 94423

Everyone is welcome to attend and meet our speakers – email Peter Ansdell at padvos@attglobal.net to reserve a seat; not later than the day before the meeting, please.

If you have any orchid related question in need of an answer, our February meeting is for you! There will be a total of five speakers; Dennis Olivas; Eileen Jackson; Peter Ansdell; Sung Lee Han and Tom Pickford, all members of DVOS. Eileen, Peter, Sung and Tom will form a panel to answer your questions and Dennis will act as moderator with full powers to intervene.

Eileen Jackson

Eileen grows her Cymbidiums and many other award-winning orchids in Vallejo.

Peter Ansdell

Sung Han Lee

Peter is an inveterate Walnut Creek windowsill grower of Phalaenopsis species and hybrids.

Sung has won so many awards at DVOS with his Castro Valley Cattleyas and other species he is now hors concours and

Tom is an American Orchid Society judge growing innumerable different orchids, many of them beautifully mounted, in his greenhouse in Bolinas.

Tom-Pickford

Dennis will be accumulating written questions at the beginning of the evening or you may ask the panel “live”. Please do not bring plants. If your question involves a specific plant, please bring the clearest possible colored image. If you think the plant may be sick or has a pest, the panel would appreciate a typical leaf and/or an example of the pest in a closed plastic bag.

 

Dennis Olivas


The Plant Table will be supplied by the club.

 

Our no-host Speaker Dinner will be  at 5:30 p.m. is at Aung MayLika 1050 Contra Costa Blvd, Concord, CA 94423

Everyone is welcome to attend and meet our speakers – email Peter Ansdell at padvos@attglobal.net to reserve a seat; not later than the day before the meeting, please.

Learn the basics about how to take care of your Sarcochilus orchid!

Dennis was born on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. As a lad he helped his mom grow her orchids and got hooked. He joined the Future Farmers of America and his project was raising and selling orchids.
In 1980 he moved to the mainland and swore off the orchid family; not for long, as he was introduced to Rod McLellan’s ‘Acres of Orchids’. First, he filled his home with upwards of 6,000 plants. Later he leased greenhouse space for his collection. A glutton for punishment, he continued to add to his collection, overflowing the 3,000 sq. ft. greenhouse in Half Moon Bay. Currently his greenhouse (D&D Flowers) is in Daly City.

Dennis has been president of Peninsula Orchid Society, San Francisco Orchid Society, Diablo View Orchid Society and the Santa Cruz Orchid Society. He is an accredited judge of the American Orchid Society. Dennis belongs to over 14 orchid societies and tries to assist them whenever possible.  


The Plant Table will be supplied by Dennis Olivas

 

Dinner with the Speaker at 5:30 p.m. is at Yan’s Garden, 2223 Morello Ave #1850, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Everyone is welcome to attend and meet our speaker – email Peter Ansdell at padvos@attglobal.net to reserve a seat; not later than the day before the meeting, please.

Note Change in VENUE AND TIME for the December Meeting

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm at Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive, Large Room

Gift Exchange and Small Auction

Setup at 6:00 pm with Dinner beginning at 7:00 pm

Turkey and ham and soft drinks will be provided by the Board … the rest … by you, our members! We have a liquor license, so you can BYOB!

For the potluck, bring a side dish, salad or desert … enough for 8 … according to the beginning letter of your last name…

A-G Desert, H-O Salad, P-Z Side Dish


For the Gift Exchange bring a nice plant (bug free) or an orchid related item (a pot, gardening tool etc … something that you would like to receive yourself).

There will also be a small auction for some very special items!

Note: This is a members only event… spouses/partners are welcome, too.


The 2020 dues should be paid by the January meeting, but feel free to pay at the party! ($30)

Holiday Party Bonus: The first 40 people who have paid dues for 2020 will receive a free plant grown by Dennis Olivas!  Please bring the completed form with your check. Renewal Form


 

Carol Klonowski as been growing orchids since the 1980s when a friend in Berkeley, California gave her a cattleya orchid and it bloomed out with three big, dark lavender flowers and an intoxicating fragrance. She built an entire greenhouse in her backyard to accommodate the precious plant, which only led her to buy more orchids. Then another friend gave her a gift membership to the Orchid Society of California, and it’s been a serious hobby eve since.

Carol has served as director, vice president, and president of the Orchid Society of California for most of the past two decades and is currently a fully accredited judge with the American Orchid Society in the California Sierra Nevada Judging Center.

The History of Unifoliate Cattleyas

Carol Klonowski will explore the discovery, cultivation, and popularization of labiata-type cattleyas. She’ll start with their discovery in the jungles of Central and South America, follow them through the floral industry trade, and share how their popularity has re-emerged in recent years. Aside from Phalaenopsis, no other orchid comes to mind as quickly when someone mentions the phrase orchid flower. The culture information from the talk can easily apply to most other orchid genera.

 

 

 


Dinner with the Speaker at 5:30 p.m. is at Aung MayLika 1050 Contra Costa Blvd, Concord, CA 94423

Everyone is welcome to attend and meet our speaker – just let Eileen Jackson know before 2pm if you will be coming so we can get the table set up.   eileen.jackson@att.com


The plant table will be provided by the speaker.

DVOS speaker for October will be Dan Asbell of Asbell Orchids. Dan took over his father’s business of outdoor growing orchids in 2006. Since then he has changed the business from only cymbidiums to a great variety of orchids that are temperature tolerant and can survive outside all year.

He crosses cool growing with warm growing, runs his own lab and makes a living selling his creations. He will talk about his crosses and will have many on the raffle table.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dinner with the Speaker at 5:30 p.m. is at Aung MayLika 1050 Contra Costa Blvd, Concord, CA 94423

Everyone is welcome to attend and meet our speaker – just let Eileen Jackson know before 2pm if you will be coming so we can get the table set up.   eileen.jackson@att.com

The Plant Table will be supplied by Dan Asbell

DVOS members Eileen Jackson and Kathy Barrett are sharing their experiences of a trip on the Rio Negro in Brazil
in search of orchids in their native habitat.

In June 2019 Eileen and Kathy went on this trip organized by OCA – Orchid Conservation Alliance. The OCA mission is to save orchids in the wild.  Members of the OCA work to preserve orchids and orchid habitats. They create protected reserves where wild orchids can continue to live and blossom in the rain and sunshine. A side benefit is that everything else that lives in the reserve is protected too.

To learn more about OCA, the projects and past and future trips go to orchidconservationalliance.org

 

 

 

Here is a list of OCA Orchids in the Wild trips planned for 2020.

2019_09 AOS


Dinner with the Speaker at 5:30 p.m. is at Aung MayLika 1050 Contra Costa Blvd, Concord, CA 94423

Everyone is welcome to attend and meet our speaker – email Eileen Jackson at eileen.jackson@att.com to reserve a seat.

The Plant Table will be supplied by Dennis Olivas