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.
The Annual OSRBG Picnic/BBQ will be held at Nancy’s home in Dundas. Arrival is any time after noon. Members and significant others are invited. Address information has been sent to all members via email. If other details are needed, please contact any member of the Executive. “Basics” (hamburgers and sausages) are being provided by the Society, but members are invited to bring salads, desserts etc. to supplement the menu. Plants or other orchid-related items for the raffle are appreciated. Lawn chairs are also a good idea!
This is advance notice that Jason Fischer of Orchids Limited in Plymouth MN will be speaking at the September 15th meeting of the Orchid Society of the Royal Botanical Gardens. Members of our Society and of neighbouring Societies are cordially invited to attend and can pre-order plants from him for pick-up at the meeting. He will also be bringing some plants with him for purchase.
Orchidists interested in ordering Appendix I orchids (certain species only, see the list below) from Jason Fischer for the September meeting are advised that the order deadline is July 15th. All orchid hybrids and all other orchid species will have an order deadline in late August – please stay tuned for an update!
July 15 deadline: Appendix I orchids are only species Paphiopedilum and Phragmipedium plus Aerangis ellisii, Cattleya jongheana, Cattleya lobata, Dendrobium cruentum, Mexipedium xerophyticum, Peristeria elata and Renanthera imschootiana.
Later in August deadline: Appendix II orchids are all other species plus all orchid hybrids.
Please order directly from the Orchids Limited web site www.orchidweb.com. If you are unsure about the CITES classification of a given plant, this information can be found in the description on the website. Eventually there will be a code on the website to select for orders pertaining to this meeting, but for the moment just mention it in the Notes section. There will be a 15% surcharge on pre-orders to cover the paperwork etc.
All OSRBG members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting on Sunday June 23, 2019 in Room 5, Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road W., Burlington Ontario. The meeting starts at 2 pm but you are invited to arrive any time after 1 pm to socialize and interact with vendors. Following the business meeting, there will be more time for socializing over strawberry-themed treats. Contributions to the pot-luck are appreciated (finger food only, please). Also, if you have orchid plants to sell or trade, this is a good opportunity to do so.
Usually our meetings are on the 3rd Sunday of the month but sometimes this schedule has to be altered because of holidays or because RBG requires the room for other activities. Here is a list of upcoming meeting dates as far as they are known at present.
August 18, 2019 – Round Table Discussion
September 15, 2019 – Jason Fischer (details to follow)
October 20, 2019 – Calvin Lo (details to follow)
November 17, 2019 – Mark Whelan (details to follow)
December 15, 2019 – Auction and Christmas Social
January 19, 2020
February 16, 2020
Annual Show: February 28, 29, March 1
March 29, 2020
April 19, 2020
May 24, 2020
June 28, 2020
July – Date to be announced – President’s picnic
August 16, 2020
September 20, 2020
October 18, 2020
November 15, 2020
December 20, 2020 – Auction and Christmas Social
Our speaker for the May meeting is Ed Cott, a well-known Orchid Judge from the Windsor area and one of the founding members of the Windsor Orchid Society. Ed’s talk is entitled “Bioped – The High-Tech Terrarium”. The meeting will take place in Room 5 (subject to confirmation) Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road West, Burlington, Ontario. 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.
Our speaker for the April meeting will be Dan Doucette, aka”travellerdan”, a horticulturist, traveler and nature photographer. As the nickname suggests, Dan has travelled extensively in Central and South America, Africa, the Himalayas etc., observing and photographing flora and fauna. On this occasion he will be speaking about “Wild orchids of Panama and Costa Rica”. You can view more of his photos at https://www.instagram.com/travellerdan/. 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. The meeting takes place in room 5, Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road W., Burlington, Ontario. Members and guests welcome.
Repotting made easy (well, easier…) A special invitation to orchid enthusiasts who came to the Show a few weeks ago and would like to learn more about repotting their orchids, and of course also to our current members: if you have a plant and are wondering whether or not to repot, bring it to the meeting and our experts, Pat Vuurman and Ben Boers, will give you excellent advice and assistance. If you have nothing to repot, you can help with repotting specimens from the RBG Greenhouse. Orchid media will be provided; you will need to bring pots, secateurs, and gloves if desired. The meeting takes place at RBG headquarters, 680 Plains Road W., Burlington Ontario, in room 5 (subject to confirmation). The formal meeting starts at 2 pm but you are invited to come anytime after 1 pm to socialize and interact with vendors. Members and guests welcome.
CORRECTION: Although we WILL be firming up the arrangements for the Show, the featured speaker will be Drew Goddard, whose topic is Flasking.
This month’s meeting will focus on the upcoming Orchid Show. The Show Director, Ben Boers, and other members of the steering committee will discuss the challenges of presenting a show, what changes have been made for 2019, and what members can do to ensure its success. As always, 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 (subject to availability) Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Rd. W., Burlington, Ontario. Members and guests welcome.
Something a little different this month….through the magic of technology, Michael Benedito will talk to us from Kew Gardens about the Orchid Collection he is assembling for the Botanical Gardens in his home of Madeira. In the photo you see some Stanhopeas being packed up in England to make the long and arduous trip to Madeira. If you look up Michael’s name on the internet, you can read more about his undertaking to save this renowned collection of orchids and see more of his photos. As usual, the meeting will take place in Room 5 (subject to availability), Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road 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.