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Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society

Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society

Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society
December 5 Monthly Meeting - Christmas Auction

We’re looking forward to our Christmas party and auction where we get to kick back, have fun and spread holiday cheer with our orchid buddies. Hope to see you there!

Christmas orchid auction Our Christmas orchid auction is on our normal meeting night, Tuesday, December 6.
Christmas orchid auction We’ll meet at the Memorial Lutheran Church on US 1 (just south of Tractor Supply). Drive around to the back, closest to the hall entrance.
Christmas orchid auction We’ll start our social hour at our normal 6:30 pm meeting start time. This will give us a chance to exchange holiday cheer before we hit the vittles.
Christmas orchid auction Bring your beverage of choice. The club will provide the low octane water, iced tea and coffee, but if you enjoy a cuppa with your meal, feel free!
Christmas orchid auction One thing that hasn’t changed is all the good food. Lady Di is planning main dishes of turkey breast with gravy and meatballs & ziti.
Christmas orchid auction Bring a dish to round out the meal. Salads, potato and pasta side dishes, vegetable side dishes and desserts have been big favorites in years gone by.
Christmas orchid auction We’ll finish up the evening with an orchid auction where you can bid on a nice variety of different types of orchids. We're getting plants from Ben Oliveros and Steve Arthur, and will post the list of plants to whet your appetite a week or two before the auction. We have two good-sized, gently-used portable greenhouses to auction plus another small greenhouse.
Christmas orchid auction We’ll also have 2018 calendars showing all the Member's Choice plants from the show table. Calendars are $15 each or 2 for $25.

When:   Tuesday, December 5, 6:30 til 9 pm
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
3375 US 1 South, St. Aug 32086

Growing Orchids in St. Augustine

Send us Pictures of Your Growing Areas
Show 'em Where You Grow 'em
We are pulling together a program in 2018 showing how different St. Augustine Orchid Society members grow their orchids. Start snapping pictures and tell us some of your tricks! Email us with your summer growing area pictures now, and if you have pics of the winter growing area, send them too!

Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

Interested in a Mentoring Program?
  We are trying to gauge the interest in developing an Orchid Mentoring Program for our new orchid growers. We envision continuing the Keiki Club get-togethers in the spring to provide short workshops about orchid growing basics. This additional mentoring program would pair up new orchid growers with more experienced orchid growers so the new growers would have someone to answer any questions, discuss whatever issue may be pertinent and provide hands-on help. Sound interesting?

  Let us know if you would be willing to serve as a mentor to one or two new orchid growers; and let us know if you would be interested in having an orchid mentor help you learn the ropes! If this program generates enough interest, we will begin formulating the how, when and where details.

  Tell us what you think... as a mentor, how you might be able to help, and as a mentee, what you would want to get out of it. Email Linda, she is waiting to hear from you!

Bl. (Bc.) Morning Glory Bl. (Bc.) Morning Glory?
Grower: Sherrie Jenkins
Nov. Member's Choice

Pot. (Chz.) Hsinying Pink Doll
Pot. (Chz.) Hsinying Pink Doll
Grower: Susan Smith
Oct. Member's Choice

Enc. ciliare
Enc. ciliare
Grower: Sue Bottom
Sept. Member's Choice

Some Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:
November in St. Augustine. Short days and cold nights necessitate adjustments for both plants and growers. Reduce water and fertilizer gradually until you reach your winter target, about half... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:
Nursing Orchids Back to Health. Experienced hobbyists have learned a lesson over the years that many newer hobbyists do not like to hear. If an orchid wants to die, do not spend a lot of time trying to save... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. October has been exceptionally wet. When the rainfall from Tropical Storm Philippe is added, this October... read more
Orchids in November. In November we can no longer afford to be dominated by the illusion, so easy here... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
Orchid Hygiene. We are often lectured on how important good sanitation is to prevent the occurrence and spread of disease in our growing area. There are rots that spread by splashing water, fungal spores... read more

St. Augustine Orchid Society Happenings:
Gail Marshall puts together the SAOS Happenings each month so you can easily find all the orchid events around town. read SAOS Happenings

Orchid Repotting and Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware

February 3 Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware, 9 am to 1 pm

The first Saturday of the month from February through October, St. Augustine Orchid Society members will be available to talk with you, answer questions and help you repot orchids.    
Video of Ace Repotting Clinic Here's a video of a repotting clinic!

Date and Time:   Saturday, February 3, 9 am to 1 pm
Where:   Ace Hardware on US 1 South
3050 US Highway 1 South, St. Augustine 32086

Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

Keiki Club - Get Togethers Will Resume in Spring

  We schedule monthly meetings during the spring when our orchids have roused from their winter rest. We talk about watering, fertilizing, repotting and other growing issues.

  The Keiki Club is for our beginning orchid growers. We begin with a short presentation on a timely orchid culture topic and then it’s a free for all to discuss any and thoughts or questions you have about growing orchids. Join us, visitors and guests are always welcome!    
Video of Keiki Club Meeting Here's a video of one of our get togethers.

Individual Membership
Family Membership
Become a Member or Renew Your Membership

The St. Augustine Orchid Society is a dynamic group of orchid growers having all levels of experience, from those who just brought their first orchid home to those with overflowing greenhouses. All members have one thing in common. We love to share our experiences, our knowledge and our orchid divisions with other orchid growers. Come to one of our meetings and so we can get to know each other.

Join the St. Augustine Orchid Society The dues are $20 for an individual or $30 for a family if paid by check. If you prefer to join or renew your membership online, you can pay using PayPal whether or not you have a PayPal account. The online dues for an individual are $21 and for a family $31, which includes the fees PayPal charges the SAOS to facilitate the transaction.

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St. Augustine Orchid Society on Facebook

We have a Facebook page where we post notices of our events, the Member's Choice plants and pictures from orchid events. The page doesn't work well for individuals to post questions or pictures, so we recently began a St. Augustine Orchid Society group. We're hoping that this will provide a more open forum for orchid discussions and posting pictures.

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