Monthly Archives: September 2015

General Meeting: October 18, 2015

Orchis mascula (3)

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