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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.