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

Next general meeting: August 3, 2016 - 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. 

August 2016 General Meeting – Harold Koopowitz

Harold KoopowitzHarold KoopowitzThe Palomar Orchid Society is welcoming Harold Koopowitz for a presentation on “Understanding color in orchid flowers.” Aside from being a well-known lecturer in the orchid circuit, Harold has been honored by being a recipient of the Herbert Medal from the International Bulb Society; the Orchid Digest Medal for meritorious service to orchids; the Ralph B. White Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society for innovations in daffodil breeding; the Gold Medal from the American Daffodil Society and the Gold Medal from the American Orchid Society as well as the Westonbirt Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society for outstanding achievement with orchids.

Harold grew up in South Africa where he attended university, majoring in both Botany and Zoology. He then completed a doctorate at UCLA in California in 1968. A professor at the University of California at Irvine since graduating, he was also the Director of the UCI Arboretum for twenty years. Harold is now Professor Emeritus of Biology in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCI, where he did research on conservation and ecology. 

He is Editor Emeritus for Orchid Digest, which he edited for ten years and still works on the editorial committee of that Journal.    Read more »

Date: 
Wed, 08/03/2016 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

July 2016 General Meeting

July 2016 General Meeting – Ron Parsons

Ron ParsonsRon ParsonsWe are happy to welcome back Ron Parsons to speak on “Orchids of Southeastern Australia” and share with us the excellent photos taken on his trip.  Ron describes his Australian experience as follows: ‘For five weeks of the austral spring of 2011, from early October to mid-early November, I traveled through southeastern Australia. My trip started on the island state of Tasmania (the north and northwest part) where friends took me out to see and photograph orchids I would not have found on my own. From there I traveled to Victoria where I was taken to Grampians National Park in the west, the Anglesea Peninsula west of Melbourne, and Wilson’s Promontory to the southeast of Melbourne, where again many exciting orchids were found. Next stop was Canberra for a few days, then to areas both north and south of Sydney in New South Wales where many fantastic ground, lithophytic and epiphytic orchids were seen. My incredible trip ended with several days spent on the beautiful isle of Bruny Island, southeast of the capitol of Hobart, an island off an island off an island!’ 

Ron is considered by many to be one of the finest flower photographers in the United States. His photography and encyclopedic knowledge of orchids is known both nationally and internationally. He has been photographing orchids, wildflowers, and almost every other kind of plant for over 25 years, and he has taken thousands of photos of orchids, wildflowers and other rare plants.   Read more »

Date: 
Wed, 07/06/2016 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

June 2016 General Meeting

June 2016 - Karen Muir

The Palomar Orchid Society is pleased to welcome Karen Muir for a presnetation on Maxillarias. WikipediaKaren MuirKaren Muir describes that genus as “a diverse genus, with very different morphological forms. Their characteristics can vary widely. [Maxillarias] are commonly called spider orchids, flame orchids or tiger orchids. Their scientific name is derived from the Latin word maxilla, meaning jawbone, reflecting on the column and the base of the lip of some species, that may evoke a protruding jaw.”

Karen hails originally from Michigan where she started raising orchids in 1972.  She was a member of the Michigan Orchid Society and held all of the offices of the Society including show chair, program chair, vice president and president.  In 1997, Karen became an accredited American Orchid Society Judge. Eighteen years ago, Karen moved to Irvine, California where she retired in 2002. Karen now resides in Laguna Niguel, California.

Karen served five years as Chair of the Pacific South Judging Region and was an AOS Trustee. She is the Affiliated Societies Chair and Treasurer for Orchid Digest.  Karen has traveled to Canada, Guatemala, Ecuador, Brazil, South Africa and Japan to attend, lecture at, and judge orchid shows.

Date: 
Wed, 06/01/2016 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

2016 Annual Plant Sale and Auction Gallery

Our 2016 Annual Plant Sale and Auction was held on April 30. The event was a great success with over 70 registered bidders, many plants sold during preview, and plenty of beautiful specimen plants fetching very good prices.

April 2016 General Meeting

April 2016 – Paul Tuskes

Paul TuskesPaul TuskesThe Palomar Orchid Society is pleased to welcome back Dr. Paul Tuskes. Paul’s presentation will be on “Encyclias and their relatives”.

Encyclia and related genera occur from south Florida to Brazil and live in a wide range of habitats and elevations….. meaning they are ideal for everybody.  He will focus on the best plants for the San Diego area and some of their hybrids.

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, 04/06/2016 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

March 2016 General Meeting