Our speaker for the January meeting is Jean Allen-Ikeson, a well-respected orchid grower, AOS Orchid Judge, author of many articles about orchids, and a member of our Society. She will speak about Dendrobiums of Australia and Papua New Guinea. The meeting is scheduled for Room 5 at Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road W., Burlington. 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.
Sunday, December 18, 2016 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, please contact a member of the executive or leave a message via our contact page.
Our speaker for the November meeting is Doris Jensen, a well-known as a member of our Society and head judge at our Orchid Show. Her topic is Paphinia and its close relatives. The meeting will take place in Room 5 at Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road W., Burlington, ON. 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. Members and guests are welcome.
Our speaker for this meeting is Ottawa orchidist Marilyn Light who will talk about the Orchids of Reunion Island which she describes as “an exciting and dynamic place”. The presentation is partly a travelog and partly a report on the cultivation of many kinds of Vanilla and an overview of the wild orchids that were growing/flowering during her visit. She will also introduce the challenges of weather and volcanic activity, sporadic disruptive events that fashion the life of orchids on that island. Educated as a microbiologist, Marilyn has raised orchids from seed and has registered more than 20 hybrids, of which three have received awards. She and her husband have been involved with conservation of terrestrial orchids since 1985, tracking individual plant behaviour, fecundity, and pest susceptibility/resistance.
The meeting will take place in Rooms 3 and 4 (note the change from our regular venue) at Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road West, Burlington. The formal part of the meeting starts at 2 pm but you are invited to come any time after 1 pm to socialize and interact with vendors. Members and guests are welcome.
Our Society members did nicely at the 2016 COOS Show, with Sherry and Peter Decyk’s Epidendrum diffusum once again taking the prize for Best Laeliinae along with a first place ribbon and a 3rd in the specimen class. Their beautiful Dendochilum magnum ‘Champagne’ CCM/AOS and Oncidium ‘Sharry Baby’ both picked up second place ribbons and the Dendrochilum was second in the specimen class as well. Congratulations, Peter and Sherry!
Congratulations to Chris Varady too. His Epidendrum peperomia was entered as a separate display (on Pat Vuurman’s suggestion) and it was first in that display category with a second place ribbon for the plant itself.
RBG’s Pholidota imbricata got a first place ribbon and also a third in the specimen class. Two Brassavola nodosa plants were entered from the RBG collection and they won 2nd and 3rd respectively. Phragmipedium Cardinale ‘Kilworth’ AM/AOS merited a 3rd place ribbon this time around.
Other results were as follows:
Ben and Cindy Boers
Cattlianthe Barefoot Mailman – 3rd
Cattleya Walkerinter v. coerulea – 3rd
Oncidium (Dancer x Robert Dugger ’Unicorn Ruby’ Am/AOS – 1st
Dendrobium Hibiki –3rd
Xylobium varigatum –3rd
Cischeinfia pusilla – 2nd
Phragmipedium Hanne Popow – 3rd
Phalaenopsis pulchra – 3rd
Pat and Lynda Vuurman
Cymbidium sinense –2nd
Paphiopedilum Dollgoldi – 1st
Paphiopedilum Rosy Dawn – 2nd
Paphiopedilum Great Inuyama –3rd
Phragmidpedium Carol Kanzer – 3rd
The exhibit itself received a 3rd place ribbon. Thanks go to Frank Washburn, Gavin Clark, Jacqui Arindell and Rob Vanderheyden who, along with myself, travelled to Cambridge to set up the exhibit. Frank, Gavin, Jacqui, Jim Johnston and I also dismantled the display and returned everything to the RBG greenhouse on Sunday night. A great team effort!
The speaker for this meeting is Claudio Rossi of Cloud’s Orchids and his topic is Brassavola Nodosa and its hybrids. This presentation covers first generation breeding with the lovely “Lady of the Night” orchid. Interactions with different general within the Cattleya Alliance are also highlighted. Claudio Rossi has been growing orchids since 1974 and founded Cloud’s Orchids in 1990, providing locally flask-raised orchids to other nurseries and the general public worldwide. He has a background in horticulture and is and AOS orchid judge with senior status. Orchids may be ordered for delivery at the meeting by using the form on Cloud’s website. The meeting is in Room 5, Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road West, Burlington. The formal part of the meeting starts at 2 p.m. but you are invited to arrive any time after 1 p.m. to socialize and interact with vendors. Members and guests welcome.
Our speaker for the August meeting is Joe Di Ciommo, a long-time member of OSRBG. His topic is “Blooming a Phalaenopsis in three years from seed”. The meeting will take place in Room 5, Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road West, Burlington, Ontario. Members and guests are welcome. The formal meeting starts at 2 p.m. Come any time from 1 p.m. to socialize and talk with vendors.
The Annual Picnic / BBQ for members and their significant others will be held Sunday July 17, 2016 at Drew and Jacquie Goddard’s home, starting at 2 p.m. BBQ basics provided by the Society, but salads and desserts are always welcome, as well as raffle plants if you have any. Remember to bring a chair if you can. For more information, check the latest Orchidata or use the “contact us” feature on the webpage.
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”. Formal meeting starts at 2 p.m. and the place is Room 5, Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road West, Burlington.
Tom Sampliner, a naturalist from Cuyahoga County, Ohio, will speak on the topic “Orchids, other wildflowers and rugged scenery of Western China”. He spent two weeks on a plant-hunting expedition last summer that was guided by resident orchidologist Dr. Holger Perner and his wife. The presentation will include images of flowering plants, especially orchids, and the habitats where they are found, as well as some general sightseeing. 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 p.m. You are invited to come any time after 1 p.m. to socialize and talk to vendors. Members and guests welcome.