The OSRBG Orchid of the Month, as chosen by those voting at our February meeting, is Dendrobium senile, brought to the Show Table by Michael Chvedukas. Michael said he hadn’t owned it long enough to provide tips on growing it, but the Orchidspecies website tells us that art needs lower light in the wet summer and higher light in the dry winter with high humidity year-round. Its common names are White-haired dendrobium (note the fuzzy pseudobulbs) or Old Man Orchid. The flowers have a light lemony fragrance. Congratulations Michael, and thanks to all who voted.
The meeting on February 16 will be partly devoted to final preparations for our Annual Show. In addition, there will be an informal Q&A session with several of our more senior members stationed in different parts of the room so that members can gather around one or another of them to pose their questions to the appropriate person. Also, we will be voting for the “Orchid of the Month”, so bring your orchids in bloom for the show table. As usual, the formal part of the meeting begins at 2 pm, but you are invited to arrive any time after 1 pm to socialize and interact with vendors. The meeting takes place in Room 5, Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road W., Burlington, ON. Members and guests welcome.
A team of AOS judges from the Toronto judging centre will be joining us at our general meeting. They will select the best plants from our show table to be judged, and will talk about the process involved. So clean your plants, stake them and bring them in. Who knows? You might be going home with an AOS awarded orchid. (NB, For this meeting we won’t be doing our ‘Orchid of the Month’ voting. This activity will resume next meeting.)
As usual, the meeting will begin at 2 p.m., with time for socializing and talking to vendors from 1 p.m. onwards. Important: If you have a plant or plants to be considered for judging, please bring them earlier rather than later, to give the judges ample time to look at them. The meeting will take place in Room 5, RBG, 680 Plains Road W., Burlington. Guests are welcome.
Our annual orchid auction and holiday social will take the place of the usual meeting format on Sunday December 15, 2019. Members are asked to bring orchids and orchid-related items to be auctioned, finger foods to be enjoyed…and of course, cash to fund your auction wins! This is always a good opportunity to pick up something new for your collection, or possibly a gift for someone on your list. Note that there will be no “show and tell” table at this event. The auction takes place in room 5, Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Rd. W., Burlington, Ontario. It starts at 2 pm, but you are invited to arrive any time after 1 pm to socialize and interact with vendors. Members and guests welcome.
OSRBG’s first “Orchid of the Month” award —as chosen by the votes of members at the November meeting of the Society — goes to Masdevallia Razzle Dazzle ‘Pizzaz,’ brought to the Show Table by Chris Varady, C&C Orchids. As it’s an orchid that likes a cool environment, Chris grows it in the basement under LED lights of a “phalaenopsis-type” intensity. He waters it “whenever it gets dry” which usually works out to every 2nd day because it’s growing in a very porous medium composed mainly of LECA (lightweight expanded clay aggregate). He uses distilled water augmented with KelpMax at 1/5 strength with a bi-weekly flush of distilled water only. Obviously a regime that the plant appreciates! Congratulations on this award, Chris.
Our November speaker is Mark Whelan from the Windsor Orchid Society who will tell us about his trip to Medellin, Columbia for their annual orchid show. Mark is a third year AOS Judging student and a retired Computer Studies teacher . The meeting is scheduled to take place in Room 5, Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Rd. W., Burlington, Ontario. As usual, the formal meeting will start at 2 pm, but you are invited to arrive any time after 1 pm to socialize and interact with vendors. Members and guests welcome.
Our speaker for the October meeting will be Calvin Lo. Calvin has been growing orchids for about 15 years as a hobbyist and is on the executive of the Saskatchewan Orchid Society. He will be talking about his favourite genera of orchids: The Angraecoids. The talk will showcase a photographic tour of orchids growing in situ at various locales in Kenya, East Africa, followed by photos of angraecoids grown in cultivation and a discussion of how to try and grow these plants in your home. Calvin works in Toronto as a pediatric anesthesiologist and says that orchids provide a welcome escape from the world of medicine. As usual, the meeting will be held in Room 5, Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Rd. W., Burlington, ON. The formal meeting starts at 2 pm but you are invited to arrive any time after 1 pm to socialize and interact with vendors. Members and guests welcome.
Jason Fischer of Orchids Limited in Plymouth, MN will be the speaker at our September meeting. His topic will be “The Jungle Log and Alternative Growing Techniques”. The meeting will be held in room 5, Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road W., Burlington, ON. As usual the formal meeting will begin at 2 pm, but you are invited to arrive any time after 1 pm to socialize and interact with vendors. The meeting is open to members and guests. We welcome visitors from neighbouring Orchid Societies.
Note that Jason will be bringing a selection of plants and also any pre-orders (plants only, no supplies) for PICKUP at the meeting. (He will not be shipping any orders from Ontario.) The deadline of July 15, 2019 for Appendix 1 plants has already passed, but other orchids including Paph and Phrag hybrids can be pre-ordered until September 1, 2019. You can place orders on the Orchidweb.com site and remember to add “Ontario pickup” in the comments field during checkout.
In case you want to persuade your orchids to bloom at exactly the right time (Good luck with that!), here are the dates of Shows at which our Society intends to enter displays–and for which we will be requesting members to lend their plants:
Central Ontario Orchid Society (COOS) – September 28-29, 2019
Windsor Orchid Society – October 26-27, 2019
Southern Ontario Orchid Society (SOOS) – February 8-9, 2020
Orchid Society of the Royal Botanical Gardens (OSRBG) – February 29-March 1, 2020
London Orchid Society – March 21-22, 2020
Toronto Artistic Orchid Association (TAOA) – April 18-19, 2020
Ottawa Orchid Society – April 25-26, 2020
The usual procedure is to request members to bring their orchids to the RBG greenhouse on the THURSDAY preceding the show. Orchids should be free of bugs, staked for safe travel and be properly identified as to their own name and their owner’s name, with two lists so that they can be registered for the show and returned to the correct box after the show.
At the August meeting, a panel composed of the following members will be available to answer your questions about orchid culture: Drew Goddard (Phalaenopsis), Ben Boers (Cattleya), Chris Varady (Dendrobium), Rob Vanderheyden (Catasetum) and Pat Vuurman (Paphiopedilum and Phragmipedium). Maybe you don’t have questions, but you have tips of your own to pass along based on your experience as a grower. Great! Moderator Lynda Vuurman will, in her sole discretion, award raffle tickets for meritorious suggestions. This is also an opportunity to interact with the Society executive by proposing names of speakers you would like to hear at future meetings, topics that interest you, and other input of a constructive nature. The meeting will take place in room 5 (subject to confirmation), Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road W., Burlington, Ontario. The formal meeting begins at 2 pm but you are invited to arrive any time after 1 pm to socialize and interact with vendors. Members and guests welcome.