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


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.