February 2015 Newsletter - Santa Cruz Orchid Society

February 2015
Newsletter for the Santa Cruz Orchid Society
February 6th Meeting
This month’s speaker is Mary Gerritsen. She will be
sharing her experiences from her recent trip to Thailand to
photograph orchids in their native environment and
experience some Thai culture. See page 2 for more
Dinner with the Speaker:
Dinner will be at Chinese Village on Capitola Rd., Capitola at
5:30. Please contact Vicky Smith by Thursday, Feb. 5 if you
plan to attend at 831-336-2688 or [email protected] Please
put “Dinner with the Speaker” as the subject.
The Opportunity table will be provided by
Mary Gerritsen.
Refreshments for this month to be provided by: Maria
Legallet, Bridget Binko, Nancy Cappelmann, Fred
Valentine, Mike Derrigan. Thank you!
Election For 2015 Board Members
Elections for the Board of Directors will be held this
month. Positions opening on the Board are President
and Director. The current slate for these positions are:
President: Craig Tarr
Meeting Information
WHEN: First Friday of the
7:30 pm
PLACE: Live Oak Grange Hall
1900 17th Ave
Santa Cruz, CA
Board Members
President: Craig Tarr
Vice President: Vicky Smith
Treasurer: Lillian Taft
Secretary: Lupe Allen
Director: Linda Locatelli
Director: Open
Newsletter Editor: Cheri Wagner
Librarian: Gordon Lion
PO Box 1405, Santa Cruz 95061
Director: Bruce Hill
Additional nominees for these positions are welcome and
may be proposed to the Board anytime prior to or at the
February meeting.
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2015 Membership fees
Membership dues will be increasing this year. An individual membership will be $20/year and a
household membership $25/year. The membership year starts in January so please send in your
dues by the end of December 2014. A membership form is attached. You can mail in the form
with your check to the address given on the form or give it to Lillian Taft or another Board
member at an upcoming meeting.
Newsletter for the Santa Cruz Orchid Society
February 2015
Orchids of Thailand
Mary visited Thailand in March of 2014, and this talk highlights some of the wonderful orchids of
the tour. Travel with Mary to northern and northeastern Thailand and enjoy the orchids of the
seasonal dry forests, wet evergreen forests, and rocky outcrops. You can’t go to Thailand without
visiting a temple or two and there are highlights from a few of these as well. This is a great
opportunity to get a better understanding of Thai orchids, and a feel for how these species grow in
the native habitats.
Speaker Bio
Mary Gerritsen, Ph.D. is an independent biotechnology consultant who has been growing orchids
(mostly species) on and off for more than 30 years. After moving to the San Francisco Bay area in
1997, she got serious! She has a large collection of small cool growing miniature species such as
Masdevallias, Porroglossums, Lepanthes and other assorted tiny gems, and in a second
intermediate greenhouse, larger species such as Angraecoids, Dendrobiums, Oncidiums, Laelias,
Phalaenopsis and Bulbophyllums. She loves to see orchids growing in situ, and has made it her
mission over the last few years to see as many as possible, with trips to see and photograph orchids
(and other flora as well) in Canada, various states in the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama,
Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, France, Luxemborg, Germany, Mallorca, Rhodes and
Crete, Western China, Borneo, Thailand and Australia. She is the co-author (with friend and well
known photographer, Ron Parsons) of several botanical books: Masdevallias, Gems of the Orchid
World, the two volume Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species, and Calorchortus: Mariposa
Lilies and their Relatives. Mary is a past president of the Peninsula Orchid Society (San Mateo),
and the San Francisco Orchid Society. Mary is also a director of the Orchid Conservation Alliance.
January Meeting Highlights (Cheri Wagner)
Hanging Gardens: Worts and All.
As anticipated, Dan’s talk about his greenhouse was entertaining and informative. I loved the fact
that Dan has encouraged his greenhouse to be it’s own little ecosystem and not just an
environment for growing orchids. The take home message I got from his talk is that growing
orchids is an iterative process involving a lot of trial and error and some ingenuity. He has been
able to make the most of where his greenhouse is located (near the ocean) to create a range of
growing conditions from cool to intermediate by partitioning his greenhouse and strategically
placing a heater (for winter months) to create a gradient of temperature where the area farthest
from the heater is relatively cool and closest to the heater intermediate to warm. In the summer
the greenhouse is naturally warmed by the sun, but can be easily cooled using the cool ocean
breezes and fog by opening doors and vents.
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Show and Tell
Laelia anceps
sanderianum x
L. autumnalis
C. percivaliana
‘Summit’ FC
Paph. Jackii
Milt. Breathless
Lc. Irene Finney
‘Spring Bounty’ x
Slc. Circle of Life
Aussie Dend.
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February 2015
Upcoming Events
February 7, 2015 Mariposa Gardens Open House Saturday 9am - 3pm. 6664 South Street, Lakewood, CA
90713. Some releases available at this show only, Special Show Pricing, Come early 4 best Selection! Call Tony
Velardi or Ron Hill at (562) 920-5588-. http://www.mariposagarden.com/.
February 19 – 22: Pacific Orchid Exposition, Ft. Mason Festival Pavilion, San Francisco. Gala Benefit Preview Thursday Feb. 19, 2015 6:30 - 10 PM; Show and Plant Sale - February 20 - 22, 2015 Friday 10 AM - 6 PM;
Saturday 9 AM - 6 PM; Sunday 10 AM - 5 PM. Tickets & Information: http://www.orchidsanfrancisco.org
March 7, 2015 Mariposa Gardens Spring Festival Saturday 9am - 3pm. 6664 South Street, Lakewood, CA
90713. Some releases available at this show only, Special Show Pricing, Come early for best Selection! Call Tony
Velardi or Ron Hill at (562) 920-5588-, or see http://www.mariposagarden.com/.
March 7, 2015 The 7th Annual Sacramento Valley Cymbidium Society Annual Show & Sale Sat 9 am- 4 pm.
Shepard Garden and Art Center, McKinley Park, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, CA. Plant Entries are
welcome on Friday, March 1 from 1-6:00pm and March 2 from 8 - 9:00am. You do not have to be a member of
the Cymbidium Society to enter your cymbidiums - all are welcome. The entries will qualify for audience
judging. There will be education classes throughout the day and repotting for a fee will be available. Free
parking. Free admission. Free advice. Email Jay Klock for more info, at [email protected] or see
March 6 - 8, 2015 Golden Gate Cymbidium Society Show & Sale Sat- Sun10 AM - 5 PM. Lakeside Garden
Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland. Free Admission! Easy access to freeways. Some of the most beautiful
cymbidiums on display in the Bay Area. Call (510) 276-2851-,or see their website at
March 14, 2015 40th Annual Cymbidium Society of America Congress Saturday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
International Speakers on cymbidium & paphiopedilum subjects! Fee includes access to the Show all 3 days,
lectures, breakfast, lunch, special cocktail party, special plant auction, gala banquet, a free plant, and more.
Adams Elementary School Auditorium, 2701 Las Positas Roas, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, right down the road
from the SBIOS. Print Registration form, or see their awesome website,
March 13 - 15, 2015 Cal-Orchids Spring Open House Fri - Sun 9 AM - 5 PM.1251 Orchid Drive, Santa
Barbara, CA. Call 805 967-1312-, e-mail at [email protected], or see their website at
March 13 - 15, 2015 Hatfield Orchid Open House Fri -Sun 9 AM - 4 PM. 3793 Dufau Road, Oxnard, CA 93033.
Rain or Shine! Hope you can join us, but if you can't, we can ship to you for free (weather permitting)! Call
George at (805) 901 0340-, email him at [email protected], or check ourthe website at
March 14 – 15: Napa Valley Orchid Society 22nd Annual Show & Sale. Sat - Sun 9 AM - 4 PM. Senior Activity
Center, 1500 Jefferson Street, Napa. Free Admission. See their NEW (really awesome) website at
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February 2015
Upcoming Events (cont.)
March 13 – 15, 2015: Annual Spring Santa Barbara Orchid Estate Open House. Sat 8 AM - 5 PM, Sun 9 AM 4 PM. 1250 Orchid Drive, Santa Barbara, CA. For more information, call 800-553-3387-, or check
March 27, 28 & 29: Sacramento Orchid Society Show and Sale: "A Symphony of Orchids". Details to follow
March 28 - 29, 2015: Sonoma Orchid Society Show & Sale "A Symphony of Orchids" Saturday 10AM 5PM, Sun 10AM - 3PM, Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa. Admission
$8. Cultivation, Skill Sessions. Website http://www.sonomaorchids.com/.
April 18, 2015: Annual Gold Coast Cymbidium Growers Show and Sale! Saturday Public Show & Sale 10
am 4pm. Redwood City Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Avenue, Redwood City, CA. FREE
Parking, $3 Admission. The MOST Beautiful Cymbidiums & Extensive Orchid Displays that can be seen in
Northern California in April ! Fantastic Buys on Orchids! Super Raffles! Learn how to repot your
overgrown cymbidium orchid! http://www.goldcoastcymbidiumgrowers.com/orchid_show__sale
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