Monthly Meeting

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.

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

July 2014 - James Rose

James and Lauris RoseJames and Lauris RoseWe are very fortunate to have James Rose of Cal-Orchid, Santa Barbara return to POS to speak on ‘Laelias of Mexico’.  Although the genus Laelia was at one time a very large group including plants from Mexico, Central America, and Brazil, today's taxonomists have, rightly or wrongly, reduced the genus to a small group of 11 species all of which are endemic to Mexico.  These plants vary from the quite common (ex. Laelia anceps) to some of which are very rarely seen in collections. The flowers and plants are quite variable and all exhibit a classic beauty associated with other members of the Cattleya group.  All of these species are unique and have considerable worth in horticulture. Many have great potential in producing new hybrids.  James lecture will deal mostly with the variability of the many flowers and the habitats and conditions from which they grow. Hopefully, we can all share some knowledge in the wonderful world of Orchids. Cal-Orchid also will provide the plant table.   Read more »

Date: 
Wed, 07/02/2014 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

June 2014 General Meeting

June 2014 - Bruce Kidd

Bruce & Yasue KiddBruce and Yasue Kidd have grown orchids for about 15 years on the edge of the Mojave Desert in Murrieta, CA. Bruce worked as a horticultural pest control adviser for Dow AgroSciences, a 30-year career which brought him into frequent contact with commercial orchid growers in Hawaii and California. 

Since retiring in 2010, Bruce and Yasue Kidd have made several trips to Asia to see orchids in the wild, in local collections, and in nurseries. They spent the majority of their time in Thailand and Vietnam, not all of it focused around orchids. Bruce's presentation will cover some of the orchids, sights, and people one might expect or want to see during a visit to this part of the world. He'll take a close look at how the locals are working with orchids to conserve their natural legacy while expanding opportunities for ecotourism.

Date: 
Wed, 06/04/2014 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

May 2014 – Auction Volunteer Orientation Meeting

Instead of of the general agenda, we will be using this month’s meeting as a training and orientation session for all volunteers for the upcoming auction.

The annual auction is POS’ main fund raiser and we depend on contributions from our membership to the event, namely plant donations and volunteer time. 

As this is prime re-potting time, please consider setting aside some divisions for the auction. Every year, member and vendor donations have enabled us to raise the money we need to pay for our meeting facility, our speakers, and the opportunity table.

We are fortunate to have a few very active individuals but we need your help for the auction! There are still a handful of responsibilities to be assigned and you are strongly encouraged to participate. Consider signing up some of your family members as well, this may actually be a lot of fun for them!

All volunteers will receive a plant at the orientation meeting as a token of gratitude. 

Whether you are able to volunteer or not, please join us on May 17 at the Pavilion and take advantage of the opportunity to purchase some very nice plants at very reasonable prices!

Date: 
Wed, 05/07/2014 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

April 2014 General Meeting

April 2014 - Culture Class with Jerry Spencer & Merle Robboy

April’s program will be devoted to orchid culture and feature two of our experienced orchid growers who will discuss cultural aspects of interest to our members.  Jerry Spencer will speak on "Growing Specimen Orchid Plants", while Dr. Merle Robboy will address "Purchasing Orchid Plants for Coastal and Inland Areas and Adapting Plants for Your Growing Conditions." Following their talks will be a Q & A session moderated by Alex Nadzan. Members are encouraged to submit questions in advance on any topic they would like to bring up (call 760-753-6280 or email to anandzan@mac.com) or just raise them at the meeting.  Participants also are welcome to bring in their problem plants for diagnosis; however, please bring plants in either paper or plastic bags if they appear to be infected with a disease in order to minimize transmission to other plants.  We encourage all members to actively participate in the discussion.

The opportunity table is to be supplied by Rex Foster Orchids that will include a number of their novel cattleya alliance hybrids and some select species.

Date: 
Wed, 04/02/2014 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm