Jun
27
6:00 pm18:00

June 27, 2017--Regular Meeting and Repotting Clinic

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.  Location tba.

Oct
24
6:30 pm18:30

October 24, 2017

We will begin gathering at the BP Energy Center at 6:30 PM with the program beginning at 7:00 PM.  Program is yet to be determined.

 

Dec
19
6:00 pm18:00

December 19, 2017--Annual Meeting and Holiday Party

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.


Dec
20
6:00 pm18:00

December 20, 2016--Annual Meeting and Holiday Party

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!

Nov
22
6:30 pm18:30

November 22, 2016--Regular Meeting

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.

Oct
25
6:30 pm18:30

October 25, 2016--Regular Meeting

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
this month.

Sep
27
6:30 pm18:30

September 27, 2016--Regular meeting

We do have an Alaska Orchid Society Meeting scheduled for next Tuesday, September 27 at 6:30 PM.  The program will begin at 7:00 PM.  Hopefully, we will be watching a webinar on Phrags from our parent organization, the American Orchid Society.  Phrags are members of the Slipper Alliance and work very well for us up here.  It should be interesting.  No doubt the presentation will be followed by discussion.  We will also have our Show-and-Tell portion of the program so please bring any flowering orchids you might have and brag a little about your success flowering them( ;-)  We are returning to the BP Energy Center at the corner of the New Seward Highway and Benson Blvd.  If you need a map please contact me and I will send it via email.

I hope to see you there!

Aug
23
6:00 pm18:00

August 23, 2016--Regular Meeting

The next meeting of the Alaska Orchid Society is scheduled for Tuesday, August 23 at 6:00 PM at the home of Paul Marmora.  We have visited Paul a couple of times, but it has been a few years.  He has a lot of mounted miniature orchids as well as many bonsai trees.  You might have seen Paul at the Bonsai booth next to us at the Sears Mall Annual Spring Flower and Garden Show last April.  In any case, he just got back to town and has generously allowed us to visit, though he says it may not be as sparkling as usual.  I assured him his plants would hold our interest.  This will be a treat!  Paul lives at 3516 Cottonwood Street in a bright yellow house with lots of plants everywhere, including tables and pots in the driveway.  If you turn north onto Cottonwood Street off 36th avenue just east of the Seward Hwy, you will quickly arrive at his house.  You won’t want to miss out on this treat.

Jul
26
6:00 pm18:00

July 26, 2016--Regular Meeting

The next meeting will be at the home and gardens of Doug Tryck of Tryck Nursery at 3625 Rabbit Creek Road.  If you take Rabbit Creek Road up from the Seward Highway it will be approximately one mile up the hill on the left side of the road just past the church.  There is a small sign posted for Tryck Nursery.  Doug is in the process of reorganizing his gardens and they may not be up to their usual standards, but there is still a great deal to see.  It will also be of interest in future years to see how things evolve.  The gardens are mostly on the side of a hill so you will want to wear sensible shoes.  You should also be prepared for the usual Alaskan weather and flying pests associated with this time of year.  The meeting will begin at 6:00 PM.  Doug requests that children and pets not be brought to the gardens.  He also suggests bringing a chair to sit around his fire pit after the tour.  Please note that the meeting begins earlier than usual.  

Jun
28
6:00 pm18:00

June 28, 2016--Regular meeting and repotting party

We will be meeting at the home of Debbie Hinchey for our meeting this month.  This is our annual repotting party at which members are invited to bring up to two plants to repot at the meeting.  You will need to provide your own pot and the club will provide the potting medium and assistance if you are not sure how to do this.  There are usually clear pots available for purchase at the meeting.  Just a reminder that the time is earlier than usual at 6:00 PM.  If you did not receive my email a few days ago with directions to Debbie's feel free to contact me for that information.  Wayne:  akosnewseltter@aol.com or 277-2157.

May
24
6:30 pm18:30

May 24, 2016--Regular meeting

We will be visiting the Alaska Botanical Garden for our May 24 meeting.  We will begin at 6:00 PM at the garden entrance and will explore it with a guide from ABG.  Don't forget to bring your insect repellent as they could well be an issue.  We have visited the garden in June, July and August, but with spring so early this year May is looking like an excellent time to visit.

Apr
26
6:30 pm18:30

April 26, 2016--Regular meeting

We will meet at the BP Energy Center at 6:30 PM with the program beginning at 7:00 PM.  The program is tba, but will certainly include some discussion about the Sears Mall Annual Flower and Garden Show as well as the Master Gardener's Conference.

Apr
9
8:00 am08:00

April 9, 2016--Sears Mall Annual Spring Flower and Garden Show!

Sears Mall Annual Spring Flower and Garden Show.  The club will be offering blooming orchids at $22 per plant or $60 for three plants and a free membership in the AkOS for one year.  This applies to both new members and current members.  This is a one-day offer.  After this Saturday membership will return to the usual price of $15 for the year.  This is a wonderful opportunity you won't want to miss.

Dec
15
6:00 pm18:00

December 15, 2015: Annual Meeting and Seasonal Party

Our December 15, 2015 meeting is a week earlier than usual in order to avoid some of the holiday rush.  It will be a potluck at a different venue than is our norm.  This is also our Annual Meeting at which we vote on a new board.  We will continue our tradition of a "Crazy Auction" at the meeting.  You won't want to miss out so mark this important date in your calendar.

Nov
24
6:30 pm18:30

November 24, 2015: Regular Meeting

We will begin gathering at 6:30 PM on November 24 at the BP Energy Center at the corner of the Seward Highway and Benson Blvd.  The program will be two-fold:  Orchid Swap and a group Q & A session.  As we acquire new, amazing orchids we sometimes lose interest in older plants we have had for a while.  Perhaps the plant hasn't flowered recently and you are ready to move on.  These would be excellent candidates for the Orchid Swap.  The plants should be in reasonably good condition and bug free.  At this meeting you can swap, trade or sell them.  The club usually asks for a 10% fee for orchids sold at our meetings, but that fee will be excluded for this meeting.  Even if you don't have plants to swap there will be other plants that members are passing along so it is a great opportunity to find some new-to-you orchids for little to no additional cost.  It should be fun!  It's also an extra opportunity to get your questions answered.  

 

Oct
27
6:30 pm18:30

October 27, 2015: Regular Meeting

We will begin gathering at 6:30 PM on October 27at the BP Energy Center at the corner of the Seward Highway and Benson Blvd.  The program will be presented by Fred Clarke of Sunset Valley Orchids and will begin at 7:00 PM.  Fred presented a program for us a few years ago and was one of our all-time most popular speakers.  His program will be about Catasetinae.  When Fred was last here he brought a number of these gorgeous plants for sale, including his famous black orchid, Fredclarkeara After Dark.  This is a group of plants we seldom see available from our guest speakers and never in the big box stores.  They are quite doable here in our area with just a little attention.  For one thing, many of them are deciduous and require little to no care during the winter months.  Fred is offering a 10% discount and free "shipping" to our club members on preorders.  You will want to get an early start looking over his large website and the goodies he has to offer--I have added a link to Sunset Valley Orchids on our "Links" page.  To place a preorder please check out his webpage at sunsetvalleyorchids.com--there's a lot to see there.  Once you have decided what you would like to purchase email your order to him at fred.clarke@att.net and he will bring them when he comes up.  I'm not sure what the cutoff date might be, but I would recommend giving him at least the better part of a week before his trip.  He will also have additional orchids for sale at the meeting.  I would suggest getting to the BP Energy Center at 6:30 pm so you can do some shopping before the program.  Fred is an internationally known hybridizer of orchids with a special interest in Catasetinae.   This is a not-to-be-missed program.

 

Sep
22
6:30 pm18:30

September 25, 2015: Regular Meeting

We will begin gathering at 6:30 PM on September 25  at the BP Energy Center at the corner of the Seward Highway and Benson Blvd.  The program is yet to be determined, but it will begin at 7:00 PM.

 

Aug
25
6:00 pm18:00

August 25, 2015: Regular Meeting

We will be on a field trip this month and will visit one of our member's home to see how they are making the magic happen with their orchids.  More details later.

Aug
4
6:00 pm18:00

August 4, 2015: Board Meeting

The board will meet at Wayne's house.  We will begin working on a Slate-of-Officers for the December elections.  Also, we need to begin reserving a room at the BP Energy Center for 2016.  If you have items for the agenda please send them to Wayne.

Jul
28
6:00 pm18:00

July 28, 2015: Regular Meeting

We will be on a field trip this month and will visit the Alaska Botanical Garden for a tour guided by one of the ABG's employees.  This has been a very popular event for several years now.  We will also get an update on the Smithsonian's "Go Orchids" project documenting the native orchids in all the states including ours.  The ABG is located at 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road.  Park in the Benny Benson School parking lot.  

 

More details later.

Jun
27
Jun 28

Alaska Botanical Garden: Art & Garden Fest

The Alaska Botanical Garden's Annual Art & Garden Fest will be occurring Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 from 11 AM to 7 PM at 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road.  This is a great family event with most of the local garden community participating.  There are plants and  interesting garden related products available as well as food vendors selling their goodies.  All in all, this is a wonderful, not-to-be-missed community event.  The Alaska Orchid Society will also be participating--Wayne will do an orchid repotting demo on Saturday from noon to 1 PM at the Heritage Garden Arch and Sunday from 2-3 at the Rock Garden.  More information can be found at the Alaska Botanical Garden's webpage at alaskabg.org.

Jun
23
6:00 pm18:00

June 23, 2015: Regular Meeting

We will be on a field trip this month and will meet at 6 PM at the home of Sally and Lee Karabelnikoff at 7435 Old Harbor Road.  This is our annual repotting party at which members are invited to bring up to two of their orchids to repot at the meeting.  Help will be available if you are unsure how to go about it.  The club provides the potting medium, but you must provide your own pots, though there will be some available for purchase at the meeting.  More details later.

May
26
6:30 pm18:30

May 26, 2015: Regular Meeting

We will begin gathering at 6:30 PM on May 26 at the BP Energy Center at the corner of the Seward Highway and Benson Blvd.  Marilyn Barker, retired UAA botany professor, will present a program on Spaghnum moss.  Sphagnum is a material we use in repotting our orchids.  You may not know that it grows all around us in the forests of Alaska.  Marilyn will enlighten us on this unique and unobtrusive plant.

Apr
28
5:30 pm17:30

April 28, 2015: Regular Meeting at The Green Connection

We will begin gathering at 5:30 PM on April 28 at the Green Connection, 804 East 15th Avenue, with the program beginning shortly thereafter.  The program will be presented by The Green Connection staff. They will show us how they use orchids in arrangements they make for their commercial and residential customers.  They will also be introducing their “Green Wall” products which allow you to hang plants on walls without messing up the wall.  They look like a picture frame, but have a reservoir if you need to keep something sitting in the water.  It all sounds like fun!

Apr
4
9:00 am09:00

April 4, 2015: Sears Mall Spring Flower and Garden Show!

This is an annual event that the Alaska Orchid Society has participated in for many years.  We sell a lot of orchids and dispense a lot of information about our favorite plant group.  It's a very popular event and needs a lot of participation by the membership of the AkOS.  It is always a fun day.  It is also our one outreach to the public each year as well as our primary fund raiser.  Be sure to mark this date in your calendar.

Mar
24
6:30 pm18:30

March 24, 2015: Regular Meeting

We will begin gathering at 6:30 PM on March 24,  at the BP Energy Center at the corner of the Seward Highway and Benson Blvd.  The program will begin at 7:00 PM.  Our club President, Jerry McEwen will present a PowerPoint presentation about orchid conservation efforts in Mexico.  Jerry spent an extended amount of time in Puerto Vallarta recently and took pictures at that time.  This should be a very interesting program you won't want to miss.