General Meeting: January 17, 2016

Cattleya Guatamalensis - Ottawa Orchid Show

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.

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.

Auction and Holiday Social

auctioneer's hammer

Sunday, December 13, 2015 at Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Rd. W., Burlington. Auction of orchids and orchid-related items starts about 2 p.m. with social time to follow. Members, please bring your donations (auction items and finger food) to Room 5, Royal Botanical Gardens from 1 pm. Guests are always welcome. If further details are required, contact a member of the executive or leave a message via our contact page.

General Meeting: November 15, 2015

Lizzie MathesonOur program for November is entitled “Floral designs incorporating various types of orchids as the main flower” and is sub-titled “‘Tis the Season”.  Our speaker is Elizabeth (Lizzie) Matheson. She was born in Scotland and studied Floral Art and Design at Swindon College through the examining body of the City and Guilds of London Institute, and later taught for the same organization for 20 years. She also qualified as a Demonstrator and Judge under the umbrella of the National Association of Flower Arrangers, affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society. Lizzie will demonstrate the use of orchids in seasonal flower arrangements, and her arrangements will be raffled at the end of the meeting.  The meeting will take place in Room 5, Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road W., Burlington. The formal part of the meeting begins at 2 pm but you are invited to arrive earlier to  socialize and to interact with vendors. Members and guests are welcome.

General Meeting: October 18, 2015

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The orchid is an amazing flower that comes in literally thousands of different shapes, sizes and colours and has a very rich history, folklore and art which we tend to overlook in our preoccupation with growing techniques, lighting, media, fertilizers and other practical aspects. The topic for our October meeting is “Orchis – History, folklore and art”. The presentation by Lauren Booklin, an OSRBG member, will focus on the fascination that people have had for centuries with this plant. The formal meeting will begin at 2 p.m. with time before the meeting for socializing and interacting with vendors. Members and guests are welcome. Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road W., Burlington, Room 5.

COOS Results


Many thanks to Frank Washburn, Gavin Clark and Ann Stallman who, along with your reporter (Wendy Hearder-Moan), created the OSRBG display for the COOS Show, a display that earned a second place ribbon. The same team, augmented by Jocelyn Webber, dismantled the display on Sunday evening. Thanks also to everyone who contributed plants for the display; without them, there would be no display!

Linda Will and Peter and Sherry Decyk won “Best in class” ribbons for, respectively, Best Paphiopedilum: Paph Iona (fairrieanum x bellatulum) and Best Laeliinae, other than Cattleya: Epidendrum diffusum.

Plants from the RBG greenhouse were awarded ribbons as follows:

  • Cattleya bowringiana  – 2nd;
  • Cattleya bowringiana (another one) – 3rd
  • Cattleya maxima – 2nd
  • Cattleya maxima (another one) – 3rd
  • Epidendrum ciliare – 3rd
  • Phragmipedium Cardinale ‘Kilworth’ AM/AOS – 3rd

Congratulations to the members whose plants were awarded ribbons, as follows:

Ben Boers

  • Rth. (Potinara Free Spirit x Lc Golden Tangerine) – 2nd
  • Miltassia Dark Star ‘Orchid Works’ – 3rd
  • Paph niveum – 3rd

Gretta Culley

  • Phalaenopsis hybrid (pink, no name) – 3rd
  • Phalaeniopsis hybrid (cream, no name) – 3rd
  • Phragmipedium Hanne Popow (besseae var. flava x schlimii) – 3rd

Peter and Sherry Decyk

  • Epidendrum diffusum – 1st and Best in Class
  • Aerides quinquevulneris – 1st
  • Cattleya Golden Tang – 1st
  • Cattleya skinneri ‘Debbie’ FCC/AOS – 1st
  • Cattleya Peckaviensis (aclandiae x schilleriana) – 3rd

Wendy Hearder-Moan

  • Phalaenopsis hybrid (pink, no name) – 3rd

Pat and Linda Vuurman

  • Phragmipedium Calurum (longifolium x schlimii) – 2nd
  • Cymbidium sinense – 3rd

Jocelyn Webber

  • Paphiopedilum spicerianum – 1st
  • Phragmipedium Mini Grande (humboldtii x pearcei) – 2nd
  • Phragmipedium Jason Fischer (Mem. Dick Clements x besseae) – 2nd
  • Vanda Sensi Blue – 3rd

Linda Will

  • Paphiopedilum Iona (fairrieanum x bellatulum) – 1st and Best in Class (pictured above)
  • Paphiopedilum (Hampshire Zoo x Winston Churchill) – 1st
  • Paphiopedilum Rosy Dawn (Astarte x Gwen Hannen) – 2nd
  • Phragmipedium Acker’s Royalty (Twilight x fischeri) – 2nd
  • Paphiopedilum Wossner Godeem (leuchochilum x emersonii) – 3rd


General Meeting: Sunday, September 20, 2015

Rams Head 1023 (2)Our speakers at the September 20th meeting will be John Alexander and Dr. Peter Kaellgren and they will speak about native orchids of Ontario. John  is a wildlife photographer who has exhibited in New Brunswick and Toronto and recently at the OSRBG Show. Peter is retired Curator Emeritus in Decorative Arts, Royal Ontario Museum. They began exploring nature with bird-watching expeditions to Presqu’ile Provincial Park, but in 2011 they were introduced to the Showy Lady Slippers in Purdon Conservation Area and they caught the Orchid Bug. Their presentation offers a glimpse of the challenges and joys of searching for orchids in the wilds of Ontario. As usual, the formal meeting will begin at 2 p.m. and you are invited to come earlier to socialize and interact with vendors. The meeting is booked for Room 5, Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road West, Burlington. Guests are welcome.

General Meeting: Sunday, August 16, 2015



At our meeting on August 16, Joyce Medcalf, assisted by Lynda Vuurman and Ben Boers, will discuss how to display orchids to their best advantage. Both the “mechanics” and the artistic considerations will be covered. The formal meeting will begin at 2 p.m., but members are encouraged to come earlier to socialize and to chat with vendors. The meeting is to take place in Room 5 at the Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road W., Burlington. All welcome!

Annual Picnic: July 26, 2015

The 2015 Annual Picnic for members and their significant others will be held on Sunday, July 26. An email regarding the event has been sent to members. If you need further details, please use the “contact us” feature to make your request. Here’s hoping for good weather!P1040746 (2)

Member Survey

At the May 24th meeting, a survey was distributed to solicit input from members on various matters relating to the Society. If you did not receive a copy, or even if you did, but would like to provide a more comprehensive reply, please click HERE to fill in the survey