Our meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise specified) at the Carlsbad Woman's Club, 3320 Monroe St. Carlsbad, CA 92008. This is on Monroe St. just south of Carlsbad Village Drive. We feature regular culture classes to learn about growing orchids first hand, as well as our monthly special guest speakers, who cover just about every imagined topic on orchid culture, breeding, hybridizing, judging, conservation, travel and more.
NEXT MEETING: May 1, 2013 - Carlsbad Women's Club
The Palomar Orchid Society meets at 6:30 pm the FIRST WEDNESDAY of every month at the Carlsbad Women’s Club, 3320 Monroe, Carlsbad, 92008. Go east off Interstate 5 on Carlsbad Village Drive 1/2 mile to Monroe, turn South on Monroe to Women’s Club. Alternatively, go west off El Camino Real at Carlsbad Village Drive to Monroe and turn south to the Women’s Club.
Our monthly meetings are a great way to share orchid growing experiences, learn about orchids from our members and expert speakers, and to meet and socialize with other orchid enthusiasts. Our members range in experience level from interested novice to commercial grower. Everyone is invited to attend and participate and guests are very much welcomed.
How the Meetings are Organized:
- Culture Class
During culture class, a society member or the speaker of the month will present some basic culture techniques and answer any questions about how to grow orchids.
- General Society Business
A brief overview of the current and recent activities of the society will be presented by our president. This is also a great opportunity to volunteer for activities or committees.
- Monthly Speaker
Our society strives to invite interesting and highly knowledgable speakers each month to present on orchid-related topics of a wide range.
- Break for Refreshments
This is a great opportunity to socialize and to admire the orchids brought in for "show and tell" or available on the opportunity table.
- Member Orchid "Show and Tell"
Members bring in their orchids and briefly introduce the plants
- Raffle for Orchids from the Plant Table
Here is your chance to help raise funds for the society and win a potentially award-worthy plant for very little money. Plants are typically provided by local growers and are often in bloom.
Patterned and Peloric Cymbidiums
We are pleased to welcome Miki Batchman as our speaker for May. Miki and her brother Karl took over responsibility for Casa de las Orquideas in 2011, which was founded by their father, the late Loren Batchman in 1976. As many of you know, Casa de las Orquideas is a small family-owned orchid nursery specializing in cool-growing genera such as cymbidiums and zygopetalums, located in the coastal Solana Beach. Miki Batchman has been doing the lab work for the business, as well as display design, for several years, while Karl has managed the general aspects of the nursery. Miki will be speaking about patterened and peloric cymbidiums, which is a specialty of the nursery as a result of her father’s extensive hybridizing efforts. It should be a very interesting talk. She also will provide plants for the opportunity table.
Wed, 05/01/2013 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Harry PhillipsPerceptions and Realities of Growing Orchids
We are excited to welcome back Harry Phillips, of Andy’s Orchids fame, to speak to us on ‘Perceptions and Realities of Growing Orchids’. This is a very new presentation from Harry that will address the perceptions that hobbyists have about numerous aspects of orchid growing and the actual realities of experiences that he and his brother, Andy, have had in their many years of growing orchids. This talk should be very informative and of value to novice and advanced orchidists alike. Harry also will provide for the opportunity table their ever popular plants from Andy’s Orchids (http://www.andysorchids.com).
Harry Phillips is a native San Diegian, whose father taught him to appreciate plants at an early age. In January of 1963, Harry's younger brother, Andy (of Andy's Orchids fame), was born and six years later is when it all started. They were both exposed to exotic plants and flowers at an early age, but when Andy became interested and, later, obsessed with orchids, Harry somehow resisted becoming involved with them for as long as he could. He assisted Andy in his passion by building his first two greenhouses and Andy would reward him with a hybrid that was in bloom, tell him to bring it back when it goes out of bloom, and exchange it for one in bloom. Well, this would only last about a year until Harry decided that he wanted to keep one and get it to re-bloom, the beginning of the end. Read more »
Wed, 04/03/2013 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Potting Mixes: ￼A variety of different potting media and mixes can be used to successfully grow orchids.
Everything You Need to Know About Basic Orchid Culture and More Read more »
Wed, 03/06/2013 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Peter T. LinWe are pleased to welcome back Peter Lin as our speaker for February. Peter will present the topic ‘Neofinetia falcata and its Hybrids’, which will feature this Japanese native orchid species, a bit of history, the many forms and varieties, and a selection of its hybrids within the Vanda alliance. He also will describe how to grow these marvelous temperature tolerant orchids.
Neofinetia falcata is native to Japan and has been grown there for centuries. They are highly treasured and come in many flower forms and leaf forms. It has been used with other vandaceous genera to produce charming compact hybrids.
Peter started growing orchids over 25 years ago, but then stopped due to school and starting a career. It wasn't until about 9 years ago that the orchid "bug" came back and he is now heavily involved once again. He is an accredited judge with the American Orchid Society and a hybridizer of mini-catts. He enjoys meeting with other orchid enthusiasts, and can often be found at various orchid shows and societies around the country. He also has thousands of photos of his orchids that he maintains on Flickr. Read more »
Wed, 02/06/2013 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm