December 2020 - Volume 69 Number 12
Steve Frowine will be talking to SFOS on December 1, 2020 about Fragrant Orchids, also the title of one of his best known books.
Steve is a professional horticulturist, a consultant to the green industry, and an active garden writer and speaker.
He has passionately grown 100's of orchids in various homes throughout the US for almost 40 years and now lives in Ajijic, Mexico with his wife, Sascha, and three dogs, Zoe, Tallulah, and Ben.
He greatly enjoys growing orchids and other tropical plants year around outdoors in this frost-free climate.
Steve holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in horticulture from Ohio State University and Cornell University respectively. Steve Frowine's talk to SFOS on December 1, 2020 about Fragrant Orchids, also the title of one of his best known books, will highlight fragrance as an officially underappreciated aspect of orchids. Only one experience is more breathtaking than seeing a gorgeous orchid in bloom---smelling a fragrant gorgeous orchid in bloom.
Ask the insect pollinators who depend on scent rather than beauty to lead them to the right flower.
Yet orchid growers have traditionally paid more attention to flower size, substance, color, and shape than to fragrance,
which can range from elegant and sophisticated to downright nasty, from fruity and spicy to medicinal and fishy, from light and fresh to heavy and overwhelming.
San Francisco Orchid Society
A California non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation
There will be NO in-person meeting on Tuesday, December 1st, 2020.
There will be a virtual meeting through 'Zoom'.
More details ion page 3.
AOS judging by the Pacific Central Judging Center is still on hold until further notice.
However, California Sierra Nevada JC's next AOS judging session will be
Sunday, December 6th at
Dueling Dogs Brewing Co.,
3030 Barrett Park Lane,
Plant entry at 8:30 am, judging will start at 9am.
For over 65 years the SFOS mission has been to foster the culture and conservation of orchids and to promote education of its members and the public about orchids. Our goals include: an exchange of information from exhibitions, publications, and the Internet, maintenance of a reference library, and participation in worldwide activities.
Phalaenopsis seedlings in flask
Cymbidium tracyanum - Geoff Harris
From the President
Though it has been a difficult year, and we are not going to have our traditional potluck dinner, there is much to celebrate.
We have some great treats for you at the December 1st meeting – not only are we hosting Steve Frowine to speak to us about “Fragrant Orchids,” but we are also going to have 65 gift certificates from 5 different orchid nurseries to raffle off at the end of the meeting – enough for most if not all members attending the meeting to win. At the speaker’s request we are going to let him speak right after a few announcements, but before we do Show & Tell.
As always, PLEASE RSVP for the Zoom meeting via our website (www.orchidsanfrancisco.org) and send your show and tell pics by email to Lynne Murrell (firstname.lastname@example.org) by no later than the day before the meeting (Monday, November 30th)– though sooner is of course better to give her more time to prepare!
If you missed the November 3rd meeting our own John Russell McCallen was the speaker and shared a talk titled “Going the Distance – successfully relocating your orchid collection” – which is recorded and available on our YouTube channel – and we also finalized the amendment to the Bylaws, which are now posted to the website.
We have great programming for set up for the next few months, as well as two events in February – we will be putting in an orchid display at Filoli Gardens’ 3rd annual orchid show Jan 29th– Feb 10th, as well as a display at the SF Conservatory of Flowers (COF) Feb 11th- 21st.
I am also going to be representing SFOS as a guest speaker talking about “Orchid Attraction” as part of SF COF’s Valentine’s Day program (“Aphrodisiacs of the Tropics”) on Feb 13th.
So please let me know if you want to help out with plants or other ways to produce these displays, or future events.
Finally, it is a great time to spread the word to your orchid friends who are not yet members of SFOS – or better yet you can gift them a membership via our website! And if they join before the December 1st meeting, they can take part in the“holiday gift”raffle – with gift certificates from five great nurseries: Tiny Jungle, Orchid Design, California Orchids, RF Orchids, Sunset Valley Orchids and Tropical Orchid Farm. Be sure to check out their websites and support them too!
Wishing every one of you a happy and healthy holiday season.
See you soon!
Tips for the upcoming
For those who are unfamiliar with Zoom, it is a video chat application you can download and set up ahead of time, or just follow the link below at the time of the meeting.
Rather than just calling in, everyone is encouraged to either use the weblink or download the Zoom app ahead of the meeting to be able to better see and share the video content.
We will ask people to do “show and tell” - so plan to have either your plants nearby to share live pics or take/send pics ahead of time to share.
the specific meeting link is:
Password is SFOS2020
The following devices all will work: Desktop computer, PC or Mac, Tablets, Cell Phones. If the device has a camera and a microphone you can use it.
Sometimes your PC may not have a microphone and in that case you can still use the computer and monitor and call in on the phone with the phone number. If you do this make sure to turn off the computer speakers to avoid feedback.
Phalaenopsis Telu - Chris Neitro
Dracula Raven 'Edgar' - Chris Neitro
Dendrobium archipelagense - Chris Neitro
Holiday "Opportunity Table"
We will raffle off 65 gift certificates from 5 different nurseries listed below redeemable for plants to attendees, so please join the meeting and be sure your dues are paid up to be eligible to win.
Tiny Jungle, Orchid Design, California Orchids, RF Orchids, Sunset Valley Orchids and Tropical Orchid Farm.
Be sure to check out their websites and support them too!
Design by Samuel Wantman & Photos by Ron Parsons
A Bay Area Guide to Orchids and their Culture
This richly illustrated book is tailored specially to the needs of the San Francisco Bay Area Orchid grower, offering detailed orchid culture information along with recommendations of orchids to grow indoors, in cool to warm-intermediate greenhouses or outdoors, with microclimate-specificsuggestions for those choosing to grow outdoors.
Note that SFOS paid for the cost of printing and SFOS gets 100% of the profits.
SFOS member, Mary E. Gerritsen
Available directly from the San Francisco Orchid Society
for only $20 at:
$25: Standard Membership (includes opportunity table access and email newsletters to one person)
$40: Household membership (2 or more people)
$75: Supporting Membership (includes 2 POE weekend passes*, opportunity table access plus email newsletters)
$150: SFOS Patron Membership (includes 4 POE weekend passes*, opportunity table access, email newsletters, one signed copy of A Bay Area Guide to Orchids and their Culture)
$500: SFOS Benefactor Membership (includes a mention in one of the newsletters, as well as all items in the Patron level - donation value of $350
$1,000: SFOS Orchid Circle (includes everything in the Benefactor level as well as a donation towards SFOS conservation and education funds with a donation value of $850
*Note that we will track tickets owed or provide a donation acknowledgement letter in lieu of POE tickets if now show occurs in 2021. As a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization, SFOS Memberships and Donations can be claimed as tax deductible.
Please consult your tax professional.
Note that we are no longer using MemberPlanet.
Join us as a member via the website www.orchidsanfrancisco.org
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2021 is coming soon!
During the active Shelter-In-Place and while future in-person meetings of the SFOS are suspended, we will do a virtual Show & Tell each month.
If you would like to participate you may either present your blooming plants or growspaces live online or send pictures/videos ahead of time.
Renanthera Butterfly Peach
Show & Tell Table
Members took pictures of their in-bloom Plants & Growspaces
Cattleya Takaki Snowy
Dendrobium Enobi Purple 'Splash'
BLC Carolina Orange d'Or x Tropical Aurora
Miltonia Juicy Fruit
Laelia finnckeniana 'Kennedy'
Brassavola amazonica x Cattleya harrisonii
BLC Memoria Lancer P. Smith
Cattleya portia fma. coerulea
Phalaenopsis deliciosa var. hookeriana
Paphiopedilum Henrietta Fugiwara
Phalaenopsis Little One
Vanda Denver Deva Nina
Oncidium varicosum 'Felicio Velduno'
Arachnis Maggie Oie
Dendrobium tobaense var. giganteum
Phragmipedium Ecuagenera Strawberry Moon
John Russell McCallen
BLC Mahino Yahiro 'Ulii'
LC GG Roebling 'Blue Magic' AM/AOS
Cattleya intermedia fma. alba
Paphiopedilum Fanaticum x emersonii
Alternative way to mount Orchids
Maxillaria grandiflora 'GC'
Phragmipedium Jason Fisher
Masdevallia minuta 'Kristen P'
Exhibtied by: Doug Kubo
All plants were awarded on 11-01-2020 at the CSNJC Judging.
Paphiopedilum Hawaiian Spring 'Slipper Zone Pritemps'
(Paph. Hawaiian Illusion x Paph. Spring Fever
Exhibited by: Lehua Orchids
Phalaenopsis Germaine Vincent 'Gremlin'
(Phal. violacea x Phal. speciosa)
Exhibited by: Ramon de los Santos
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The San Francisco Orchid Society joins other orchid societies and businesses participating in the 1% FOC campaign by committing to budget 1%or more of our net revenue towards orchid conservation projects. For more information:
Upcoming Orchids in the Wild® trips
Please refer to the OCA Website for updates!
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SFOS Board Meeting Minutes
November 9th, 2020
Attendees: Jeff Harris, Erik Sayle, John Russell McCallen, Faye Rabino, Christian Neitro, and Dave Hermeyer
Not present: Lynne Murrell, Stuart Menaker, Lauren Iversen, Zoom Board meeting called to order: (7:20 pm)
President's update: Jeff
Embezzlement Case Update: we are continuing to get repayment from Jack on schedule - and next hearing date is currently scheduled for 9am on 12/8/20 in Department 22.
Filoli Gardens requested participation again in their 2nd annual Orchid Show in Jan/Feb 2021, including both a display and option to conduct a plant sale/pick up; currently working on schedule and details; initially was to be at end of Feb, then move to Feb 11-21; we requested a change in dates to 1/29-2/10 to avoid complete overlap with SF COF event. The sale scenario discussed previously reviewed and was deemed too complicated - though we would like to plan at least one member sale again sometime in 2021.
SF Conservatory of Flowers (COF) meetings on Oct 21& Nov 5 to discuss options for mutual programming beyond their participation in POE; tentatively agreed to participate in the Valentine’s Day program (“Aphrodisiacs of the Tropics”) to be broadcast and recorded by video at COF on Feb 13th; Jeff to represent SFOS and prepare a 15 min talk - reach out to Jeff if you’re interested in helping out with this, or future co-promotional events; ongoing discussion of a concurrent display.
Lynne Murrell is now the official SFOS AOS Representative, taking over from Japheth Ko.
Treasurer’s report: Faye
Monthly (Oct 2020) finance report* (direct update from Quickbooks)
Update from Oct 18th member plant sale: Society net profit from the sale was $1633
Erik moved to accept the monthly finance report as presented and Dave seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by verbal vote.
VP’s update: Erik - Programming Updates:
Nov 3 - good attendance despite Election Day - John Russell’s talk on relocating a collection and setting up a new greenhouse was very interactive and well received, as was Lynne’s wonderful presentation of the Show & Tell session.
Dec 1 - Steve Frowine to speak on “Fragrant Orchids” - note talk will begin earlier than usual - shortly after meeting commences at the speaker’s request;
Given we usually have our Holiday Party now, we have obtained 65 online gift certificates from 5 different nurseries to allow most if not all attending members to receive a “holiday gift”(nurseries participating are: Tiny Jungle, Orchid Design, California Orchids, RF Orchids, Sunset Valley Orchids and Tropical Orchid Farm)
Jan 5 - Bill Thoms - talk on Bulbophyllums;
Feb 2 - Dennis Szeszko - Barkerias; Mar 2 - TBD;
Apr 6 - Wenqing Perner - Orchids of China
POE 2021 - will revisit topic in Jan 2021
Membership update: (Jeff for Lauren)
Welcomed 5 new (& returning) members this past month at the Nov 3th meeting: Nick Shaw, Sonia Kahn, Jenifer Chungafung, (Sylvia Darr), Maryann Hinden, Keynttisha Jeffersson;
Nov 3rd meeting headcount (50 RSVPs; 24 people participated in show & tell; 50 people attended the meeting on Zoom
Newsletter editor update: (Christian) - reminder to submit contributions including classified ads by the 15th of the month for target e-distribution of newsletter on the 20th of the month; noted he may cut back on size by not including all show & tell photos since they are also on the social media pages and on “members only” part of the website
○ Proposed amendment to the Bylaws primarily to allow for meetings/voting and records to be handled physically and/or electronically - topic initially raised by Claire Zvanski and Florence Inserto, and was placed on the Board agenda and reviewed - edits were made and a recommendation to proceed with an amendment, and a vote conducted by Zoom at the Nov 3 general members’ meeting - which was almost unanimously passed except for one objection based not on the actual content of the amendment - but to the process.
The objection was because the Board altered the existing amendment process (Article XIII, Sect 1-3) by nothaving the proposed amendment “signed by no less than 15 members of this Society” before reviewing it.
To close the loop and finalize the process, Jeff cleaned the document and added it to a Docusign invitation to allow documentation of at least 15 signatures of members in good standing endorse the amendment as presented at the October Board meeting, was sent to the membership by email in the November newsletter, and nearly unanimously endorsed by a vote at the Nov 3rd General Membership Meeting.
Board discussed the status and next steps of the Bylaws amendment process, and agreed that this amendment is now final - will be stored in our official records, and posted to the website
○ Conservation committee funds: $2952 - should this all go toOCAfor orchid habitat preservation projects currently in Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil, or do we have other initiatives we’d like to support as well?
■ Jeff shared information about a new applicant inquiry expected to come in December as well as past projects supported by SFOS (scholarships for students at CalPoly in SLO,CCSF, ...), as well as the conservation committee charter - see the dedicated page on our website:https://www.orchidsanfrancisco.org/conservation.html
A recent scientific review on orchid conservation published in Annals of Botany by Ryan Phillips in Australia that I think would be a good place to start reading if you are new to the topic or want more scientific background is by available free online:https://academic.oup.com/aob/article/126/3/345/5837070
Other North American orchid conservation organizations we have interacted with includes NAOCC and NOC
● Remember OrchidGami at the POE Kids Corner? https://northamericanorchidcenter.org/orchid-gami/
● Or the North American native orchid educational display? We got that from Bob Sprague of the NOC - and they also have grants and trips - https://www.nativeorchidconference.info/
Board recommended to wait at least another month until the pending December application is submitted before deciding on fund distribution for this year. Everyone is asked to consider if you think we should fund additional/alternative options and present your proposals at the upcoming board meeting (consider local, national, international options).
Next Board Meeting: Monday Dec 7th - Zoom Meeting to be scheduled to start at 7PM
Meeting adjourned at 8:19 pm.
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Note oher members present beyond the above signatories at the Nov 3, 2020 meeting for the vote:
Jan Anderson, Susan Anderson, Heidi Arno, Judy Bley, Jeri Bond, Edith Bourbin, Paul Bourbin, Judith Brass, Judy Carney, Tyler Currey, Kevin Dede, Glenn Finch, Carolyn Fisher, Alie Fishman, Kevin Fleenor, Roberta Fox, Geoff Harris, Susan Illinsky, Florence Inserto, Renate Johnson, Ernie Katler, Kay Klumb, Tanya Lam, Chaunie Langland, Andrea Laudate, Jean Lee, Jia Li, Rebecca Long, Jenny Lumb, Cori Majewski, Brittany Miller, Valerie Mountain, Ron Norris, Karen Olson, Tom Pickford, Jen Poulakos, Antonnette Queri, Earl Rathbun, John Rushworth, Joe Torres, Cheri Wagner, Bill Weaver, and Claire Zvanski