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


AGM: Sunday, June 14, 2015


The Society’s Annual General Meeting will take place in traditional fashion, which is to say, a short business meeting following by a more lengthy period of socializing. Bring your plants for the “swap and sale” and finger foods for the “Strawberry Social”. (Here’s hoping that the warm weather will bring the strawberries along in time for this event.) Meeting time is 2 p.m. and the place is Room 5, Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road West, Burlington.

General Meeting: Sunday, May 24, 2015

Question marks

The meeting on May 24th will feature a different format. Instead of having a speaker, we will have an interactive session which will give you the opportunity to tell everyone about something you have recently learned about orchids, either from personal experience or something you have read. You can also ask questions about any aspect of orchid growing and find out what other members of the Society have to say in response.

Raffle tickets will be awarded as prizes at the discretion of the moderators for great questions and useful answers or ideas. The raffle table will be enhanced with extra offerings to make it worth your while to give this some thought and come primed with questions and ideas. The meeting will be held in Room 5 at the Royal Botanical Gardens’ Headquarters, 680 Plains Road West, Burlington. The formal part of the meeting starts at 2 p.m. with time before the meeting for socializing and plant sales.



General Meeting: Sunday, April 19, 2015

Russ VernonOur speaker for April 19th is Russ Vernon. Russ is a judge of the American Orchid Society,  past President of the International Phalaenopsis Alliance and committee chair of the Conservation Committee, Mid-America Orchid Congress. He and his wife, Anita, are proprietors of New Vision Orchids, specializing in Phalaenopsis, Odontoglossums and their intergenerics, Miltoniopsis and Lycastes. On Sunday he will be speaking about Odontoglossums.  The meeting will be in Room 5, Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road W. at 2 p.m. Come any time after 12:30 to shop and socialize. (Russ will have orchids for sale.)

2015 Award Winners


At  the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, February 28, 2015, trophies and awards were presented in various categories. We congratulate the winners and thank the sponsors of the awards as follows:


Display, 6-15 plants :  won by Zephyrus Orchids  (Ravenvision Award)

Display, 16-25 plants:  won by Di Ciommo Orchids (Evelyn Hearder Memorial Award)

Educational display:  won by Ravenvision Photography (Anonymous donation)

Amateur display:  won by Joyce Medcalf (Donated by Penelope Petrie)

Society display, 1-15 plants: won by Windsor Orchid Society (Donated by Jane and Robert Johnstone)

Society display, more than 15 plants:  won by Southern Ontario Orchid Society (Donated by Jocelyn Webber)


Cattleya Alliance Species (Classes 100-160): won by Marcel Carrière, Ottawa Orchid Society (Windsor Greenhouse Award)

Cattleya Hybrid (Classes 170-260): won by Crystal Star Orchids (Cindy and Ben Boers Award)

Paphiopedilum Species (Classes 270-292): won by Crystal Star Orchids (Gary Schreiber Memorial Award)

Paphiopedilum Hybrid (Classes 300- 370): won by Wilson Ng (Linda Will Award)

Phragmipedium Species (Classes 401-403): won by Orchids in our Tropics (Annette Bagby Award)

Phragmidedium Hybrid (Classes 411-414): won by Jim Kendall, Central Ontario Orchid Society (Lynda and Pat Vuurman Award)

Cypripedium Alliance (Class 420): won by Orchid Society of the Royal Botanical Gardens (Joyce Medcalf Award)

Phalaenopsis / Doritis Species (Class 430): won by Windsor Orchid Society (Donated by This Side of Paradise)

Phalaenopsis Hybrid (Classes 440-572): won by Wilson Ng  (Wilson Ng IPA Perpetual Award)

Vanda Alliance (Classes 580-690): won by Jim Kendall, Central Ontario Orchid Society (Donated by Clouds Orchids)

Brassia (Class 700): won by Orchids in our Tropics (John Kafka Memorial Award)

Oncidium Alliance (Classes 710-780): won by Wilson Ng (Donated by Orchids in our Tropics)

Cymbidium Alliance (Classes 790-810): won by Wilson Ng (Donated by OSRBG)

Dendrobium Alliance (Classes 820-880): won by Ruby Chong, Central Ontario Orchid Society (Sherry and Peter Decyk Award)

Pleurothallid Alliance (Classes 890-920): won by Joyce Medcalf (Audrey Travis Memorial Award)

Lycaste (Class 930): won by Marsh Hollow (Gerda Mros Memorial Award)

Maxillaria, Catasetum (Classes 940-960): won by Bernie Butts and Chuck Lefaive, Central Ontario Orchid Society (Doris Jensen Award)

Bulbophyllum and Miscellaneous General (Classes 970-990): won by Peter and Sherry Decyk (Doris Jensen Award)

Specimen Plant (Class 1030): won by Peter and Sherry Decyk (Donated by RBG)

Plant in Show (Class 1040): won by Wilson Ng (RBG and OSRBG Perpetual Award)

COC Trophy : won by June Cramer

AOS Award: won by Marsh Hollow


Painting/Mixed Media: won by Zorica Krasvija (Penny Lipcsik Award)

Watercolour / Botanicals: won by Karen Logan

Three Dimensional Craft: won by Yvonne Bando (Charlotte Moore Award)

Photograph / Digital Art: won by John Alexander (Phyllis and Scott Milne Award)

Junior Artist: won by Jainin Rehal


General Meeting: Sunday, March 29, 2015


To re-pot or not to re-pot? if that is the question, bring your problem plant to the Orchid Society meeting on March 29 and see what the re-potting experts think. If it needs to be re-potted, they will give you some help and advice. If you are on top of all your re-potting, congratulations! Come to the meeting anyway to help your colleagues, or work on plants from the RBG collection. This is a hands-on session. Bring your secateurs, gloves and pots. Basic potting medium will be provided and extra supplies available for purchase. The meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Room 5 at the RBG Headquarters at 680 Plains Road West, Burlington. Come any time after 1 p.m. to talk to vendors and other members.