PLEASE NOTE: Our December meeting is a week earlier than normal to avoid some of the holiday issues. We will be meeting at a private home this month. Details will follow at a later date.
This is usually at UAA’s Cuddy Center. The club usually has a table to sell orchids and look for new members. More details to follow as they become available.
This is the same event we have participated in for decades, but with the Sears Mall now renamed Mid-Town Mall. This is our big annual sales event where we bring in lots of blooming and/or budded orchids for sale. It is an all day event and requires participation from the membership. Be sure to mark this date on your calendar! We usually give a free membership to people who buy at least three orchids and many of us take advantage of this to renew for the next year. More information to follow.
We will be meeting at the home of Robert Fowlkes in Wasilla for a tour of his orchid greenhouse and bonsai collection. We have always had a lovely time visiting Robert and this will be no exception. We will gather in Wasilla at 6 PM. Directions will be emailed out prior to the meeting.
We will again be meeting at the Alaska Botanical Garden at 6 PM for another quick tour followed by another repotting party to help with the Botanical Garden's orchid collection. Note: This meeting begins at 6 PM rather than the later time we have during the winter months.
We will be touring the Alaska Botanical Gardens for this meeting. We will gather in the shopping area near the entrance to the garden at 6 PM--NOTE: This is an earlier time than we meet during the winter months. The staff at ABG gives us a private tour. We will likely spend some time in the greenhouse where they have a new orchid collection. This is always a treat for club members. We will be outdoors so be prepared for rain and, of course, mosquitos. UPDATE: WE WILL HAVE A QUICK TOUR OF THE GARDEN AND WILL THEN RETIRE TO THE GREENHOUSE TO BEGIN REPOTTING ORCHIDS FOR ABG.
Th June meeting will be our annual repotting party and held at the home of Debbie Hinchey--I will email directions to members shortly before the meeting. We will begin at 6 PM, I say WE WILL BEGIN AT 6 PM. Members are invited to bring up to two orchids to repot at the meeting. You will need to provide your own pots, but the club will have some available for sale. The club provides the potting medium and assistance should you need it.
We will begin gathering at the BP Energy Center at the corner of Benson Blvd. and Seward Hwy. at 6:30 PM with the program beginning at 7 PM. With so many new members this month I think it will be a good time to get Back to Basics. The program will be an overview about the nuts and bolts of caring for your orchids in the general context as well as covering general culture for some of the main groups of orchids in common home culture. There will also be some discussion about summering your orchids outside.
This is our largest annual fundraiser and best opportunity to talk to the public. The club will have orchids for sale individually or buy three plants with a small discount and a year's membership will be included. This is a great way to extend your AkOS membership without paying dues. We hope to have some plants that are different from the usual Big Box Store offerings. This is a fun day for club members! Please check your calendar so you can sign up to assist with the sale. Sales will be 10 AM to 5 PM. Setup will be before opening. As many regular participants know, we get swamped with customers early on when the selection is at its best.
We will begin gathering at the BP Energy Center at the corner of Benson Blvd. and the Seward Hwy. at 6:30 PM with the program beginning at 7:00 PM. The program will begin with Wayne doing a brief demonstration of mounting an orchid--a good opportunity for you to see what roots look like when they are trying to escape a too wet environment. After that we will try to watch a program from PBS entitled “Plants Behaving Badly” about orchids. This is a BBC production directed and narrated by David Attenborough. Though similar to last month’s webinar, it is so beautifully rendered I think you will not be disappointed. I will also have an AOS Webinar on hand in case that doesn’t go well. We will also be discussing the upcoming Annual Sears Mall Spring Flower and Garden Show which is set to happen on Saturday, April 7th (be sure to mark your calendar). This event is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Lots of flowers and people interested in orchids. Please check your schedule for that date so you can sign up to help man the booth...and shop!
The next meeting of the Alaska Orchid Society will be held Tuesday, December 19 at 6:00 PM. Note that this is not the fourth Tuesday of the month and not at the usual place! This is our annual Holiday Season party. We will be meeting at a yet-to-be-determined location.
We will begin gathering at the BP Energy Center at 6:30 PM with the program beginning at 7:00 PM. The program will include a webinar entitled "Judging Pleurothallids" by Esteban (Steve) Gonzalez. This group of orchids include the miniature Masdevallias and larger Draculas as well as some much larger plants that look a bit like Philodendrens, but with much longer petioles. Learning more about how they are judged in orchid shows can really inform us about what to look for in these plants. Also, Wayne will talk about some adjustments you might want to consider for winter cultivation of your orchids.
We will gather at the Alaska Botanical Garden at 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road just above Tudor road. Park in the Benny Benson School parking lot and plan to be at the office area of the ABG by 6 PM. We will be led on a private tour of the grounds by Patrick Ryan as usual. We saw the gardens in May last year so let's see how it is different in August. You will want to bring proper gear for an Alaska Summer Evening.
We will be visiting Robert Fowlkes solarium in Wasilla this month. The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM Robert has a large collection of beautifully grown orchids and is also known for his Bonsai collection. Be sure to mark the date in your calendar. Directions will be emailed.
This is our annual repotting clinic where members are invited to bring up to two of their orchids to be repotted. Members must provide their own pots, but the club will provide the potting mix and advice about how to get through this important part of nurturing your orchids. We will be meeting at the home of Debbie Hinchey.
We will begin gathering at the BP Energy Center at 6:30 PM with the program beginning at 7:00 PM. We will be doing a Plant Swap at this meeting so be sure to look through your collection and see if there are any decent plants that you no longer love as much as you used to and would be willing to trade for something else, sell or give away. There will be a Q & A to try to cover the new plants you might be picking up so you know what they need. There may also be a video presentation.
We will gather at the Alaska Botanical Garden on Baxter Road at 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road just above Tudor road. Park in the Benny Benson School parking lot and plan to be at the office area of the ABG by 6 PM. We will then go to the new greenhouse to help plant seeds. Will Criner will be working with us. We have enjoyed visiting the garden each summer for a number of years and it just feels right to give something back. Thee ABG will provide gloves and such for planting. Note that we are meeting at 6 PM this month.
This is the AkOS's primary fund raiser of the year. Set-up begins at 8 AM, the show opens at 10 AM and teardown is 5-6 PM. Be sure to put this important date in your calendar both to help the club and to shop for orchids!
We will begin gathering at the BP Energy Center at 6:30 PM with the program beginning at 7:00 PM. The program will be an American Orchid Society Webinar entitled Trending Phalaenopsis Novelty Hybridizing by Peter Lin. We will also be talking about the upcoming Sears Mall Annual Spring Flower and Garden Show scheduled for April 15, 2017. There will be a door prize in the form of a flowering orchid. Be sure to attend the meeting to see if you are the lucky winner this month! Guests are always welcome at our meetings.
Season’s Greetings! The next meeting of the Alaska Orchid Society will be held Tuesday, December 20 at 6:00 PM atthe home of Debbie Hinchey (directions will be emailed to members). Note that this is not the fourth Tuesday of the month and not at the usual place! This is our annual Holiday Season party. The usual high jinks will once again occur. We will have a “cut -throat” crazy gift exchange. Members are requested to bring an orchid related gift valued at $15 or less . If your spouse or significant other would like to participate in the gift exchange they should bring a gift, as well. This will also be a pot luck. Members whose last name begins A-M should a main dish or dessert and N-Z should bring a salad or appetizer. This month only, please do not bring plants for the monthly show-and-tell as we will be doing other things. We look forward to seeing each of you. Happy Holidays!
We will begin gathering at the BP Energy Center at 6:30 PM with the program beginning at 7:00 PM. The program will be a viewing of the American Orchid Society webinar entitled How to Grow Killer Odonts Without Getting Frostbite. It should be a program of special interest to Alaskan orchid growers.
We will begin gathering at the BP Energy Center at 6:30 PM with the program beginning at 7:00 PM. We have a webinar from the American Orchid Society, our
parent organization, on the subject of growing orchids under lights. There will
also be discussion after the webinar about types of lights in case you have
thoughts about which kind work for us up here in Alaska. It will be followed
with Show-and-Tell so bring your flowering orchids. I have a large purple
Cattleya that I plan to bring. It is fragrant enough that it fills the entire
upstairs of my house with a wonderful fragrance during the day even though it is
located in a room off the main part of the house. Also, as per usual, there will
be a door prize in the form of an orchid. I hope you will be the lucky winner