Live monthly meeting!

The November Meeting starts at 7:15 pm PST at the Contra Costa Water District Building Board Room.  Doors open at 6:30 pm for Show & Tell setup and conversation.

Carol Klonowski has been growing orchids since the 1980’s when a friend in Berkeley, California, gave her a cattleya orchid and it bloomed out with three large,  dark lavender flowers that gave off 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 ever since.

Carol has served as the 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.

Vandas in Chiang Mai


Carol’s talk on Vandas will focus on one of the most colorful and hybridized genera in the orchid world.  Although considered heat loving, many of the new species used in recent breeding has made Vandas and their vandaceous cousins much easier to grow in temperate climates.  Carol will review the history of the genus, recent taxonomic changes, new breeding directions, and why vandas could, and should, be part of everyone’s orchid collection.


Owner: Henry Shaw

Vanda Paki

Members of DVOS are invited to a no-host, pre-meeting dinner with our DVOS guest speaker, Carol Klonowski. We will meet for dinner at 5pm on 11/8 at Aung Burma, 2151 Salvio St. Suite E, Concord, CA 94520   <>. The restaurant is a 5-minute drive from the meeting venue. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to by 9pm on Wednesday 11/7 so I can make a reservation for the appropriate number of attendees.