Category Archives: Messages to the Society

General Meeting: Sunday April 18, 2021

Photo credit: Eric Sauer: Maxillaria saueri

Our speaker for the April 18th meeting will be Eric Sauer from River Valley Orchids in Ohio and he will be presenting on the topic of Maxillaria. Eric has spoken to our Society before, but here is a quick review of his bio to refresh your memory: Eric has been growing orchids for 30 years and specializes in South American Species.   He has several of his Maxillaria photos published in Eric Christenson’s book on Maxillaria.   Eric has received over 85 awards from the American Orchid Society and has three orchids named after him including two species from Ecuador.  He regularly works with other Maxillaria aficionados around the world to better understand the genus. Eric’s real job is as a registered landscape architect and is the planning manager for Five Rivers MetroParks in Dayton, Ohio.

As has become the norm, our meeting will be held via Zoom, and as usual, members will receive an invitation during the week prior to the meeting. Non-members who wish to attend may request an invitation by contacting orchidataOSRBG@gmail.com. The formal meeting begins at 2 pm (Eastern time zone, DST) but the doors will be open, so to speak, around 1:30 for those who wish to get settled and socialize in advance.

There will also be a virtual Show table. Members can send photos of their orchids in bloom to orchidataOSRBG@gmail.com before 7 pm on Friday April 16. Please include the name of the orchid and its parentage (if known) as well as your own name and any pertinent remarks about the plant and its culture.

General Meeting: Sunday March 28, 2021

Our March meeting will be a continuation, in a sense, of the January meeting which was very well-received. This time, Sandra Micucci, Rob Vanderheyden and Wendy Hearder-Moan will present photos of their orchid-growing areas and answer questions about their techniques and challenges. (The above photo is a sneak-preview of one of Rob Vanderheyden’s spaces.) This is a Zoom meeting, of course, and members will be receiving an invitation via email. Prospective guests should contact the Society at OrchidataOSRBG@gmail.com to find out about obtaining an invitation. The formal meeting starts at 2 p.m. and doors will open, so to speak, around 1:30 for members to get settled and socialize a bit before the meeting.

There will also be a virtual Show Table. Send your photos of orchids in bloom to OrchidataOSRBG@gmail.com by 7 pm on Friday March 19 to allow time for the power point to be assembled. Be sure to include your name and the name of the orchid, and if you like, some information about its parentage or how you grow it.

Memories of 2020 Orchid Show

If there were no pandemic, we would be setting up our show at the RBG about now with all the busy-ness that that entails. Here’s a google picture album that Rob Vanderheyden put together last year with the help of Pat Vuurman: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMXYYqRTHOygCU5FbqU5xUp8ztG1rGWD07p_Oxvupu8_dqr1ZoFpgdVjFrwkXqLWw?key=bjdWYlBpVkZORVZBNzFzMFhDRklFNU1qcVhLaXZ3
Enjoy the memory and let’s hope that next year will be better and we can set up and hold a show again.

General Meeting: Sunday February 21, 2021

Jason Fischer with Phragmipedium Jason Fischer

Our February meeting, taking place via Zoom (as has become the norm) is a joint meeting with the Central Ontario Orchid Society (COOS) and the featured speaker will be Jason Fischer of Orchids Limited. His topic is one on which he is an acknowledged expert: Phragmipediums.

The meeting is set to begin at 2 pm. Those who wish to do so may sign on a bit earlier (1:30 or later) to socialize. Members with plants for the Virtual Show Table should send their photos by 6 pm on Friday February 19 to Rob Vanderheyden at OrchidataOSRBG@gmail.com.

Zoom invitations will be sent out to members the week before the meeting. Non-members who may wish to attend should contact Rob at the address above.

General Meeting: Sunday January 17, 2021

Our January 17th OSRBG meeting will feature glimpses into how some of our members grow orchids. Linda Will, Daniel Scher, Sandra Micucci, Wendy Hearder-Moan, and Rob Vanderheyden will present about how they grow the orchids in their collections, with photos and commentary. There will be time with each presentation to ask questions. As usual, we will have our Virtual Orchid Show Table. If you have orchids blooming now, send photos with identifying information (and how you grow, if you like) to Rob at orchidataosrbg@gmail.com by 7 p.m. on Friday January 15th. As has become customary, the meeting will take place via Zoom, with an invitation being sent to members a week or so in advance. The formal meeting starts at 2 pm and Rob will “open the doors” around 1:30 for those who wish to sign on early to socialize.

General Meeting: Sunday December 20, 2020

Photo credit: Wendy Hearder-Moan

In the interest of coming as close as we can to a fun atmosphere such as we have had  at our in-person December meetings, this Zoom meeting will be a social event, with an opportunity for members to engage in conversation, to the extent possible. We encourage everyone to wear their festive togs and to have some Christmas treats and a preferred libation on hand for the meeting!

As usual at our Zoom meetings, we will have our virtual Orchid Show Table. Members may send in photos of plants that are in bloom in the month of December. Please include the ID information when you send in the photos to Rob Vanderheyden at orchidataosrbg@gmail.com. To allow for as many members as possible to participate, we might have to limit the number of plants a member may show if there are lots of photos. However, this will be an expanded version of the Show Table. While Pat Vuurman will provide his usual informed commentary, we hope that members will also chime in to add some information about their plants and how they have grown them.

We are encouraging members, as well, to share how things are going while living through the Covid-19 pandemic and/or how your orchids have been doing. If you have a question about an orchid, there will be time to ask a question and hopefully someone in the meeting may have an answer. If you are willing to speak at the meeting, please let Rob know at orchidataosrbg@gmail.com so we have an idea of who will be actively participating.  This will allow us to organize a rough agenda so that we don’t have everyone trying to talk at once, and everyone who wants to speak will have a chance. We will also build in some flexibility for additional conversation.

Members will receive an invitation with the Zoom instructions. If you don’t receive one in a timely fashion, please contact Rob at the address above. (Could be a technical glitch.) The meeting starts at 2 pm but the doors will be open, so to speak, around 1:30 to allow everyone to get settled.

General Meeting: Sunday November 15, 2020

In keeping with recent practice, our November meeting will take place via Zoom, and members will be receiving an email invitation to attend. Contact Rob Vanderheyden at orchidataosrbg@gmail.com if you don’t receive one prior to the meeting (glitches do sometimes occur).

Mark Whelan will be our speaker for this meeting and his presentation is on Cypripediums. Mark is a retired professor of computer studies and a member of the Windsor Orchid Society for seven years. He is an Associate American Orchid Society Judge who has assisted with judging at our Annual Show and at AOS outreach judging events held at RBG and has spoken previously to our group. Mark grows Cymbidiums, Bulbophyllums, Cattleyas, Catasetum types, Cypripdiums and some miscellaneous orchids.

There will also be a virtual Show Table at our meeting. Please forward photos of your orchids currently in bloom to Rob Vanderheyden at the address noted above by 6 pm on Friday November 13.

The formal meeting starts at 2 pm but Rob will open the doors, so to speak, about 1:30 so you can sign on and chat with fellow members.

General Meeting: Sunday October 18, 2020

Brown Scale on Phalaenopsis Bloom

For our October meeting, Spencer Hauck will talk about the bugs that sometimes afflict our orchids –like the dreaded scale insect in this photo–and what we can do about it. Spencer Hauck is a Landscape Industry Certified Horticulturist with 16 years of experience in the horticulture industry. He has his certification from the CNLA, and is a graduate of the Humber/Guelph Horticultural Technician Apprenticeship program. In January of 2019 he started his own company. He specializes in tropical plants and planter designs, and has done work for several private estates, and local businesses around the Waterloo Region.  Orchid growing is one of his hobbies and he has spoken to our Society before about orchid pests.

Once again this month, our meeting will take place via ZOOM. Members will receive an email invitation from Rob Vanderheyden; please contact him (orchidataosrbg@gmail.com) if you don’t receive yours, as occasionally there is a glitch and messages are undelivered. The meeting begins at 2 pm but you can sign on earlier to chat with other members as they show up online.

Rob is also putting together a virtual Show Table. Please send photos of the best orchids blooming in your collection to him by Friday October 16th at 6 pm so that he can put them in a powerpoint presentation. We hope to run a poll this month so members can vote online for the Orchid of the Month.

General Meeting: Sunday September 20, 2020

As noted last month, we continue to hold our meetings via ZOOM. Members should have received a message already with the link for the September meeting. If not, please contact Rob Vanderheyden or any member of the Executive for details on joining the meeting which will open at 1:30 p.m.

The September meeting will be on “The Road to the Red Cymbidium” and the speaker is Carol Butcher. Carol is a native of upstate N.Y., living near Rochester. She is the Program V.P. for the Genesee Region Orchid Society. As an accredited AOS judge for the Toronto Judging Center, she enjoys travelling throughout the USA and Canada to attend orchid events, and has frequently assisted with judging at the OSRBG Show. Her intermediate orchid collection includes a little of everything, and she grows under lights and on the window sill.

General Meeting: Sunday August 16, 2020

As a consequence of COVID-19, the Executive of the OSRBG has decided to hold meetings via the ZOOM platform for the foreseeable future. Our first venture will be on August 16, 2020. Members who have registered an email address with the Society will shortly receive an invitation to join this meeting online. It will be hosted by our speaker, Eric Sauer, from River Valley Orchids. Eric will give us some tips about buying orchids so that we can all become more savvy purchasers. The meeting will take place at the usual time, i.e. Sunday afternoon at 2 pm. Watch your email for details on how to download Zoom (if you have not already done so) and how to sign on to the meeting.

For those who don’t know Eric, here is a brief bio:

Eric has been growing orchids for 30 years and specializes in South American
Species.  He has spoken internationally and across the United States.  Eric
recently had a culture chapters published by Guido Braem in his book on
Paphiopedilums and his book on Phragmipediums.  He also has several of his
Maxillaria photos published in Eric Christenson’s book on Maxillaria.   Eric
has received over 85 awards from the American Orchid Society and has three
orchids named after him including two species from Ecuador.  He regularly
works with other Maxillaria aficionados around the world to better
understand the genus. Eric’s real job is as a registered landscape architect
and is the planning manager for Five Rivers MetroParks in Dayton, Ohio.