AGM and Strawberry Social: Sunday June 23, 2019

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.

Meeting Dates

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.

June 23, 2019 – AGM and Strawberry Social

July – Date to be announced (President’s picnic)

August 18, 2019

September 15, 2019

October 20, 2019

November 17, 2019

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

General Meeting: Sunday May 26, 2019

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.

General Meeting: Sunday April 28, 2019

 

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.

General Meeting: Sunday March 24, 2019

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.

General Meeting: Sunday February 17, 2019

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.

General Meeting: Sunday January 20, 2019

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.

Auction and Holiday Social: December 16, 2018

Our annual orchid auction and holiday social will take the place of the usual meeting format on Sunday December 16, 2018. Members are asked to bring orchids and orchid-related items to be auctioned, finger foods to be enjoyed…and of course, cash to fund your auction wins! This is always a good opportunity to pick up something new for your collection, or possibly a gift for someone on your list. Note that there will be no “show and tell” table at this event. The auction takes place in room 5, Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Rd. W., Burlington, Ontario. It 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.

General Meeting: Sunday November 18, 2018

 

The speaker at our November meeting is Dr. Leslie Ee, and his topic is “The Legend of the Phalaenopsis Indigo”. Born in Borneo, not far from the home of Paphiopedilum sanderianums, Leslie was raised around orchids his entire life, having been taught by his mother and grandmother how to grow and flower them.  At present, he has over 500 plants; his favourites are Cattleya species, Paphiopedilum species, novelty Phalaenopsis and miniatures. Leslie is an AOS Associate Judge with the Toronto Judging Centre and President of the COC. He is committed to the sharing of orchid knowledge and conservation efforts of local orchids around the world. As usual, our meeting will be held in Room 5, Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Rd. 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.

General Meeting: Sunday October 21, 2018

The topic of our October meeting is “Insects and some of the Diseases they cause” –always a subject of concern to orchid growers. Note that the meeting room is not our usual one. We’re in Rooms 3 and 4, just down the hall from the usual location, 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.