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.
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 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
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!
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.
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.
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: email@example.com or 277-2157.
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.
The club will be participating at the Master Gardener's Spring Conference trying to sell any leftover orchids from the Sears Mall Sale the previous weekend. The times are an estimate that I will update very soon.