General Meeting: Sunday March 20, 2022

Sobralia: The Exotic Ephemeral

Sobralias are beautiful reed-like plants with exquisite flowers, yet they are not common in many orchid collections. At our March meeting, Deb Boersma will enlighten the hobbyist about this genera, the species and hybrids, where they are from and how to grow them. Don’t be surprised if you feel the need to have a few in your collection after seeing an array of these stunning plants and how easy they are to culture.

Deb Boersma is a recently retired Chemistry teacher from St. Clair College in Windsor. She has been growing orchids for 30 years, first under lights, then in a sunroom, and in 2014 she built a greenhouse to hold her growing collection. She has about 500 orchids including Cattleyas, Sobralias, Paphiopedilums, Tolumnias and several other miscellaneous genera. She is the President of the Windsor Orchid Society and is a second year student in the AOS Judging program at the Great Lakes Judging Center, Ann Arbour.

As has become the norm, our meeting will be held via Zoom and invitations will be sent to members in the week preceding the meeting. If you do not receive your invitation or if you are not a member and would like to attend as a guest, please contact OrchidataOSRBG@gmail.com. The formal meeting begins at 2 pm but the Zoom site will be open from around 1:30 to allow members to get settled and to socialize, somewhat as we would at an in-person meeting.

There will also be a virtual Show Table. Members may send photos of their orchids in bloom to OrchidataOSRBG@gmail.com by 6 pm on Friday March 18 to be included in the powerpoint. Please send one plant per email and provide the name of the plant and its parentage if known and any relevant culture details, as well as your own name of course.