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: March 2, 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. 

February 2016 – Ron Midgett

Ron MidgettRon MidgettWe are pleased to welcome Ron Midgett of New Earth Orchids, NM, as our speaker for February.   Ron is an accomplished orchid hybridizer who will be describing his cattleya hybridizing efforts with a talk entitled   ‘Beyond Sc. Beaufort – A 20 Year Odyssey in Cattleya Breeding’.  Ron’s visit is being co-sponsored by POS and SDCOS, thus he will be talking about his experiences with oncidium hybrids at SDCOS on Tuesday evening with the talk “Oncidinae Intergeneric Hybrids—What Are They and How Do I Grow Them?”.  He also will be providing the POS opportunity table and have some of his novel cattleyas crosses available for purchase.

Ron began growing orchids in 1969 in an orchid-rich environment of Southern California. Since then, he has grown orchids in many different regions of the US and in the Caribbean for 3 years. Currently, Ron resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a breeder with an emphasis on Cattleyas, Paphiopedilums, and Oncidinae. Several cultivars from his crosses have received AOS awards.  

In 1990, Ron founded the New England Orchid Company in Franklin, MA. In 2003 he moved his orchid business to New Jersey and changed the name to New Earth Orchid Co., aka, New Earth Orchids. In 2010, New Earth Orchids was moved to Santa Fe, NM.

In addition to Ron’s activities in the orchid business, he has been very active in the local orchid societies wherever he lived. This includes serving as an officer, chairing orchid shows, and running the New England Orchid Fair for 3 years.  Before leaving New Jersey, Ron founded the Jersey Highlands Orchid Society.

Date: 
Wed, 02/03/2016 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

January 2016 General Meeting

January 2016 – Orchid Culture Class with Alex Nadzan and Jerry Spence

We start out 2016 with a meeting devoted to orchid culture.  This topic will be highly beneficial for many of our newer members who are just entering the wonderful world of orchids. Experienced member will gain some new insights from the presentations as well.  

Alex Nadzan will address the basics of orchid culture, by reviewing the common orchid classes and emphasizing the basic light, temperature and cultural preferences for each class. He will bring in examples of each class and provide suggestions for growing them successfully.  Jerry Spencer, our expert cymbidium grower, will review the basic cultural requirements for cymbidiums and give a timely demonstration on repotting of these wonderful orchids that are well suited to our San Diego growing conditions. Members also are welcome to bring any orchid questions for the speakers.

Our plant table will be comprised of numerous Australian dendrobiums donated by Ruben Colmenares and several of Fred Clarke’s select cattleya divisions given to us at year’s end.

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

2015 Holiday Party & Officer Installation

November 2015 General Meeting

November 2015 – Phyllis Prestia

Phyllis PrestiaPhyllis PrestiaThis month, our guest speaker is POS member Phyllis Prestia.  She will discuss her trip to the World Orchid Conference, held last year in Johannesburg, South Africa.  

Phyllis will take us on a tour of the displays and orchids at the WOC, including those that received the highest awards at the conference. She will also discuss some of the orchids of the South African and Madagascar regions, which she saw and photographed.  Since Phyllis herself grows many of those species, her presentation will include details and tips on the culture of rainforest and savannah terrestrials.

Phyllis is a retired educator and middle school principal. She 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 as well as three outdoor growing areas under shade cloth.

In her orchid life Phyllis has been the president of the San Diego County Cymbidium Society and she currently serves as the vice-president of the Cymbidium Society of America.  She served as second vice-president for POS, as well as chairman of the annual auction committee for several years. She is active in several other Southern California orchid societies and is currently participating in the orchid judge training programs of both the American Orchid Society and Cymbidium Society of America.

Date: 
Wed, 11/04/2015 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

October 2015 General Meeting

October 2015 – Satomi Kasahara

Sakomi KasaharaSatomi KasaharaOur guest speaker this month is Satomi Kasahara of Seed Engei.  Her topic is Neofinetia falcata, an orchid native to Japan.   She will discuss the history, culture and special methods that are used to judge this unique orchid. 

The Japanese have been cultivating Neofinetia falcata (now officially named Vanda falcata) for over 400 years.  In Japan, it is called Fūki-ran (富貴蘭), which means the orchid of the rich and noble people, because many years ago, only the rich and royalty could own them.

Satomi’s father, Shigeru, started Seed Engei 35 years ago in Shiuzuoka, Japan.  They specialize in growing Neofinetia falcata as well as other Japanese orchids.   Satomi grew up around Neofinetia falcata and interacted with some of the best growers in Japan. She started working for her father in 2006.  After a visit to Santa Barbara, he declared that the U.S. would be the perfect place to grow Neofinetia falcata.   After that, Satomi started coming to orchid shows in California to expand the business.  

She is the founder of the Fūkiran Society of America, created to promote Fūkiran growing in the United States, Canada and other parts the world.  The Fūkiran Society of America is an offshoot of the Japan Fūkiran Society, which is responsible for registering Neofinetia falcata varieties.  There are over 250 registered varieties, but if you add unregistered varieties to that, the total is 1000.   Read more »

Date: 
Wed, 10/07/2015 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

September 2015 General Meeting

Brandon Tam
Bill's orchid
Jerry's orchid
Suzi's orchid
Alex's orchid
Green orchid
Nico's orchid

All pictures were taken by Debra Funakoshi!

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