Orchid Events - 2022 Monthly Meetings

We meet on the first Tuesday of each month. The meeting begins at 6:30 with a plant sale followed by a presentation by an orchid expert and a review of the show table plants. The meeting closes with a plant raffle where members can expand their collections. Members bring their orchids for display on the monthly show table. If you have some divisions or extra plants you would like to share, feel free to put them on raffle table. It's fun and informative for beginner and experienced growers. Join us, visitors and guests are always welcome!
When:   First Tuesday of Each Month at 6:30 pm
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church, Enter Hall from Back Parking Lot
3375 US 1 South, St. Augustine

January 4 - Growing Bulbophyllums
Charles Wilson, Orchid Hobbyist and AOS Judge

Charles will be our virtual speaker this month, joining us from his home in Georgia. He will provide an introduction to Bulbophyllums, their history and cultivation, with a wee bit of science, and a colorful photo romp along the way. We will have bulbos for sale at the meeting, along with some other plants brought in by members.
Arthur Katz

February 1 - Multifloral Paphiopedilums
Thanh Nguyen, Springwater Orchids

Thanh always has the most unusual orchids in his sales booth, although his enduring favorites are the Paphiopedilums. Thanh will talk to us about the multifloral complex paphs, those statuesque beauties with long lasting flowers.


Daryl Venables

March 1 - Habenarias
Sarah Hurdel, Orchid Hobbyist and AOS Judge

Learn about these often misunderstood, yet surprisingly easy to grow terrestrial orchids. Sarah will provide an introduction to Habenaria species, hybrids and closely related genera, and expert advice on how to grow them. Greenhouse not required! This will be a hybrid meeting, where Sarah will join us at the meeting via Zoom and give us a tour of her basement growing area!
Dave Off

April 5 - Repotting Orchids
Courtney Hackney and Sue Bottom, St. Augustine Orchid Society

Sue will talk about repotting orchids, all those things you should think about to keep your roots happy in their new home. When is the time right, what mix should you use, how do you select the pot, are there any tricks (you betcha!).
Daryl Venables

May 3 - Summertime and the Growin' is Easy
Jim Roberts, Florida SunCoast Orchids

Jim will show us lots of pictures showing different ways to grow orchids outside in the summer, even if you're not always home over the summer. Hopefully it will inspire you to find new growing areas for your orchids.
Arthur Katz

June 7 - Wild, Weird and Wonderful Orchids
Peter T. Lin, Diamond Orchids

Peter will talk to us from sunny California about some wild, weird and wonderful orchids. Peter will take us on a journey of some of the world's most strange, bizarre, yet wonderful orchid species fom Bulbophyllums to Zootrophion. We’ll see orchids that have wild colors, have crazy lips, or are fringed, hairy, or just alien looking!
Dave Off

July 5 - Winning Flower Quality Awards
Ben Oliveros, Orchid Eros

Ben Oliveros knows how to win AOS awards for his orchids. In the last 20 years, he has won over 200 of them. AOS judges are looking for certain things, and this month, Ben will demystify what it takes to win an AOS award for your orchid. In particular, he will talk about how to grow your orchids to their full potential. Even if you’re not looking for AOS awards, you can learn a lot from this expert grower about how to grow your orchids to be the best that they can be.
Thanh Nguyen

August 2 - My Personal Experience Making Cattleya Hybrids
Courtney Hackney

Courtney will talk about the concepts hybridizers employ when they make hybrids, using some of his own hybrids as examples. Each species imparts certain traits such as color, form or size to its progeny and hybridizers strive to combine these traits to improve on Mother Nature.
Dave Off

September 6 - Phalaenopsis Intergenerics
Alan Koch, Gold Country Orchids

Alan Koch, from Gold Country Orchids, will talk about the new trend in breeding for Phalaenopsis intergenerics, such as with vandaceous orchids. Phalaenopsis have been enjoyed by novice growers for the ease of growth and long lasting flowers. Intergeneric Phalaenopsis hybrids are easier to grow, maintain the long lasting flowers and often bloom more often than a normal Phalaenopsis. Another benefit from this line of breeding has been the creation of many fragrant hybrids. The bright colors, fragrant flowers and smaller hardier plants make this an interesting direction in orchids.

October 4 - Catasetinae Species and their Cultivation
Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids

Fred will talk about Catasetums, from the Tribe Cymbidieae. This talk will feature some excellent species and hybrids of Catasetum. Learn about the fascinating sexually dimorphic flowers flower with a complete plant culture section. These plants have a brief deciduous period in winter, when the plants need a definite dry rest period bordering on neglect. These robust orchids are native to lowland tropical forests in Central and South America and are usually grown in warm or intermediate conditions.

November 1 - Winter Growing Set Ups
SAOS Members Share Their Growing Areas

St. Augustine Orchid Society members will share their tricks for keeping their orchids warm and happy during the cooler winter months. If you don't have a heated greenhouse, there are lots of options you might consider. You'll get tired of doing the orchid dance with every cold front that passes through. Get some ideas from this presentation so you'll be ready when the cold weather arrives.

December 6 - Christmas Orchid 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... and come home with orchids. Hope to see you there!
Christmas orchid auction Our Christmas orchid auction is on our normal first Tuesday meeting night. Drive around to the back, closest to the hall entrance. We'll be there setting up around 5:30.
Christmas orchid auction We’ll start our social hour at 6:30 pm. This will give us a chance to exchange holiday cheer before we hit the vittles. 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 you can always count on is all the good food. Wonder what Lady Di will conjure up for the main courses this year! 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 have calendars and orchid plants for sale. We’ll finish up the evening with an orchid auction where you can bid on a nice variety of different types of orchids.