Welcome to the Palomar Orchid Society Website!

The Palomar Orchid Society, incorporated in December of 1965 was formed when a few people banded together to talk about orchids. We then grew and bloomed into the roughly 200-member group of orchid enthusiasts that we have today. We represent everything orchid in North San Diego County! Come and join us!!

The Palomar Orchid Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the understanding and cultivation of both hybrid and species orchids. We welcome members of all levels to join us for orchid fun and learning! Our mission is to promote interest in the appreciation of orchids and to provide an opportunity for their display and the exchange and dissemination of information relating to their culture.

Next Monthly Meeting

November 5, 2014 - Pavilion at Lake San Marcos

 

The Palomar Orchid Society meets at 6:30 pm the FIRST WEDNESDAY of every month at the Lake San Marcos Pavilion (1105 La Bonita Dr., San Marcos, CA 92078). Traveling on State Route 78, take the Rancho Santa Fe exit and head South. The entrance to the Lake San Marcos Resort is about a mile South of the San Marcos Blvd. intersection. Traveling on I5 South from Oceanside and North Carlsbad, take the Palomar Airport exit and turn right onto Rancho Santa Fe. Traveling North on I5 from South Carlsbad and Encinitas, for example, take the La Costa Ave. exit and turn left onto Rancho Santa Fe. The entrance to the resort will be the first right after the fire station in San Marcos.

Inside the resort at the first "T" intersection, turn left on San Marino Drive. At the next 4-way STOP, turn right on La Bonita Drive. Proceed ahead for one block on La Bonita. The pavilion will be on the left and there is parking in front of the pavilion. 

November 2014 – Arnold Gum

This month’s speaker is Arnold Gum who will talk on ‘Wild Orchids of Southern France’.  His presentation will survey the different orchids encountered in a variety of day hikes through Provence, most with orchids in mind, with a bit of discussion about the habitat and the travels, laced with a bit of French scenery, food and background.

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While the Provence region in the South of France is known for its delicious food, a broad variety of scrumptious cheeses, and fine wine, it is also one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world.  This is indeed ironic, as humans are not well known for idle co-existence with nature.  However, the coast of Provence has some of the earliest known sites of human habitation in Europe. Primitive stone tools dated approximately 1 million years BC were found between Monaco and Menton and remains of Roman ruins and old castles are common.  Thus, it was with some delight that Arnold discovered that, amid the ruins of old civilizations, there are a host of butterflies, wildflowers, and orchids.  The sheer number and variety of species speaks to the tenacity and resilience of nature!  The orchids start blooming early, perhaps around March, each species blooming in a small slice of perhaps two weeks in any given area.  The last bloomers may bloom as late as August or September!  That means that the serious orchid lover needs to visit Provence multiple times to see all of the different orchid species in bloom!  The orchids in the presentation consist of photos taken in two brief slices of time, once in the mid-June time frame and again, on a return trip to hunt for Ophrys, in early May.  What Arnold found was nothing short of astounding.  Ophrys were so thick that you could not avoid walking on them!  Quite the sight, when you are used to the somewhat barren, dry Southern California landscape.    Read more »

Date: 
Wed, 11/05/2014 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

San Diego International Orchid Fair 2014

Don Crain shared these wonderful pictures on our facebook page. He took them at the San Diego International Orchid Fair this past weekend.

October 2014 – Paul Tuskes

Paul TuskesPaul TuskesPalomar Orchid Society is pleased to welcome back Dr. Paul Tuskes.  Paul’s presentation will be on “Unique Outdoor Growing Orchids” with an emphasis on growing information for the hobbiest and a focus on the culture of outdoor growing orchids--water, fertilizer, light, and tricks to make them bloom as well as dealing with problem plants.

Paul will also discuss how to enliven outdoor spaces by including orchids in the landscaping.  San Diego County has a wide range of climates ideal for growing various orchids outdoors.  Microclimates can be created within your own yard or outdoor space by providing natural and artificial shade spaces as well as affecting humidity with the incorporation of water features, for example.

 

Paul has been growing orchids for 30 years and his photographs have been used in various books and journals.  He serves as an AOS orchid judge and co-founded with his wife Ann the orchid species study group of the San Diego County Orchid Society. He was one of the first members of that society’s conservation group, which received a Conservation Achievement award from the American Orchid Society.

Date: 
Wed, 10/01/2014 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

September 2014 General Meeting

POS Caravan August 2014

Many thanks to Debra Funakoshi for taking these pictures.

September 2014 – Fall/Winter Culture Panel Discussion

September’s program will feature four of our experienced orchid growers who will give brief (10-15 minute) presentations with an emphasis on culture for the upcoming Fall and Winter seasons. 

Our panelist will speak on the following topics:

Alex Nadzan: Fertilizer Basics and Seasonal Use

Jerry Spencer: Maintenance of Greenhouses/Shadehouses

Merle Robboy: Correct Time to Repot Orchids

Nico Goosens:  Preparing Orchids for Fall and Winter Seasons

This will be followed by a panel discussion on questions regarding the above topics or any other cultural questions participants may have. Questions may be brought up at the meeting or sent in advance to Alex Nadzan at anadzan@mac.com or by phone (760) 529-5814 (home, please note new number) or (858) 205-6789 (cell).

 

The opportunity table will be provided by Rex Foster Orchids and include some of their novel cattleya and related orchid hybrids.

Date: 
Wed, 09/03/2014 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

August 2014 General Meeting

Many thanks to Debra Funakoshi for taking these pictures.

August 2014 – Phyllis Prestia

Phyllis PrestiaPhyllis PrestiaOur featured speaker this month is one of our own members, Dr. Phyllis Prestia.  Phyllis will talk on the genus Cycnoches and will give the hobbyist orchid grower a thorough review of the distinctive traits of these spectacular orchids.  She will highlight the key species most popular in modern Cycnoches breeding and their influence of color and form in both primary and complex hybrids.  

Phyllis’ comprehensive review of the culture for these relatively easy to grow orchids, including tips from her own successful experiences in growing them, will allow even those new to the genus to grow, bloom and enjoy these beautiful, fragrant orchids.

The opportunity table will be provided by Sunset Valley Orchids and will likely include some cycnoches hybrid seedlings. 

Phyllis S. Prestia, Ed.D. is a retired educator and Middle School Principal, who received a Doctorate of Education at Rutgers University, where she also served as instructor in the graduate education program.  

Originally from New Jersey, she moved to California with her husband to retire in the sunny, San Diego area and grow orchids.  Her collection includes a variety of species and hybrids across several genera grown both in a small greenhouse and three outdoor growing areas under shade cloth.  

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Date: 
Wed, 08/06/2014 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

July 2014 General Meeting