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Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society
Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society
Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society
Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society
December 4 Monthly Meeting - Christmas Auction

We’re looking forward to our Christmas party and auction where we get to kick back, have fun and spread holiday cheer with our orchid buddies. Hope to see you there!

Christmas orchid auction Our Christmas orchid auction is on our normal meeting night, Tuesday, December 4. We’ll start our social hour at our normal 6:30 pm meeting start time. This will give us a chance to exchange holiday cheer before we hit the vittles.
Christmas orchid auction Bring your beverage of choice. The club will provide the low octane water, iced tea and coffee, but if you enjoy a cuppa with your meal, feel free!
Christmas orchid auction One thing that hasn’t changed is all the good food. Lady Di is planning chicken and pork tenderloin main dishes.
Christmas orchid auction Bring a dish to round out the meal. Salads, potato and pasta side dishes, vegetable side dishes and desserts have been big favorites in years gone by.
Christmas orchid auction We’ll finish up the evening with an orchid auction where you can bid on a nice variety of different types of orchids. We have plants from Ben Oliveros and will post an auction listing to whet your appetite.
Christmas orchid auction We’ll also have 2019 calendars showing all the Member's Choice plants from the show table. Calendars are $15 each or 2 for $25.

When:   Tuesday, December 4, 6:30 til 9 pm
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
3375 US 1 South, St. Aug 32086

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Bulb. Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry' FCC/AOS
Bulb. Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry' FCC/AOS
Grower: Steve Hawkins
Nov Members Choice

Den. Jaquelyn Concert
Den. Jaquelyn Concert
Grower: Penny Halyburton
Oct Members Choice

Ctsm. pileatum
Ctsm. pileatum
Grower: Sue Bottom
Oct Members Choice

Some Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:
November in St. Augustine. Short days and cold nights necessitate adjustments for both plants and growers. Reduce water and fertilizer gradually until you reach your winter target... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:
Natural Pest Control. Have you ever considered growing your orchids using natural controls for disease and pests. There are a number of articles in orchid growing magazines... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. October has been drier and warmer than usual. In general, this has been a good thing for our orchids. Typically, in early October, our plants are subject... read more
Orchids in November. In November we can no longer afford to be dominated by the illusion, so easy here at the northern edge of the tropics, that summer will never end.. read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
The Transition to Winter. The shorter day length, less intense sunlight and cooler temperatures typical of fall cause changes to the growth rates of your orchids. Many orchids rest... read more

St. Augustine Orchid Society Happenings:
Gail Marshall puts together the SAOS Happenings so you can find all the orchid events around town. read SAOS Happenings

Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club
Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

Keiki Club - On Winter Hiatus

We schedule monthly Keiki Club meetings during the spring after our orchids rouse from their winter rest. We talk about watering, fertilizing, repotting, and other growing issues. We finish up with the Picnic and Orchid Swap in April. After our summer vacation, the Keiki Club reconvenes in October for a talk about fall preparationsand there are field trip opportunities to the Gainesville Orchid Society Show and EFG Orchtoberfest. Now it is time for our orchids to rest while we celebrate the holidays!

The Keiki Club is for our beginning orchid growers. We begin with a short presentation on a timely orchid culture topic and then it’s a free for all to discuss any thoughts or questions you have about growing orchids. Spouses and partners welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!    
Video of Keiki Club Meeting Here's a video of one of our get togethers.

Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

Mentoring Program

The mentoring program works in tandem with our Keiki Club, pairing our novice and/or new SAOS orchid growers with an experienced grower. This program allows our mentees to get one-on-one assistance and answers to their orchid growing questions. If you are interested in learning more, email Mentoring Coordinator Susan Smith.

Orchid Repotting and Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware

Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware, 9 am to noon

The first Saturday of the month from February through October, St. Augustine Orchid Society members will be available to talk with you, answer questions and help you repot orchids.    
Video of Ace Repotting Clinic Here's a video of a repotting clinic!

Date and Time:   Saturday, February 2, 9 am to noon
Where:   Ace Hardware on US 1 South
3050 US Highway 1 South, St. Augustine 32086

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The St. Augustine Orchid Society is a dynamic group of orchid growers having all levels of experience, from those who just brought their first orchid home to those with overflowing greenhouses. All members have one thing in common. We love to share our experiences, our knowledge and our orchid divisions with other orchid growers. Come to one of our meetings and so we can get to know each other.

Join the Club or Pay Your Dues The dues are $20 for an individual or $30 for a family if paid by check. If you prefer to join or renew your membership online, you can pay using PayPal whether or not you have a PayPal account. The online dues for an individual are $21 and for a family $31, which includes the PayPal fees.

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We have a Facebook page where we post notices of our events, the Member's Choice plants and pictures from orchid events. The page doesn't work well for individuals to post questions or pictures, so we began a St. Augustine Orchid Society group. The group page provides a more open forum for orchid discussions and posting pictures.
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