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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

February 6 Meeting - Native Orchids of the Eastern US
Mark Rose, Orchid Hobbyist
    Mark Rose will review of many of the beautiful and fascinating species one may encounter in the eastern United States. Mark operated Breckenridge Orchids for many years and has produced a myriad of successful hybrids. Mark has a two acre garden at his Boone, N.C. home that is planted with thousands of natives that he has collected from all over the country during the past 40 years. There is something in flower from late February through November, with lots of our native orchids included in the plantings.
    Bring your flowering orchids to exhibit on the Show Table. Members are invited to bring plants for sale at the meeting. We will have our normal raffle at the end of the meeting. Friends and guests are always welcome!

Date and Time:   Tuesday, February 6, 6:30 pm
Where:   Watson Realty, Conference Room by Back Parking Lot
3505 US 1 South, St. Augustine

We normally meet on the first Tuesday of each month. The meeting begins with a plant sale followed by a review of the show table plants and presentation by an orchid expert. The meeting closes with a plant raffle where members can expand their collections. It's fun and informative for growers of all levels. Join us, visitors and guests are always welcome!    
Video of Orchid Society Meeting Here's a video of one of our meetings!

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 a few of your summer growing area pictures, and lots of your winter growing area set up. We are focusing on fall preparations for winter so let us know how you protect your orchids during cold weather.

Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

Keiki Club - Meet Your Mentor

For those of you who signed up to join the mentoring program, we will have a meet and greet at Sue and Terry’s. We will talk about what each individual wants to get out of the program so we can tailor the 2018 Keiki Club schedule to achieve these goals. Spouses and partners welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!

Moderator:   Susan Smith, Mentoring Coordinator
Where:   Sue and Terry Bottom's Home
6916 Cypress Lake Court, St. Aug 32086
When: January 28, 1 - 3 pm

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.

Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

Mentoring Program

The mentoring program works in tandem with our Keiki Club, pairing our novice and/or new SAOS orchid growers with an experienced grower. This program allows our mentees to get one-on-one assistance and answers to their orchid growing questions. If you are interested in learning more, email Mentoring Coordinator Susan Smith.

Den. Blue Twinkle
Den. Blue Twinkle
Grower: Sue Bottom
Jan. Member's Choice

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

Some Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:
January in St. Augustine. Plants will continue to manufacture food during the winter, albeit at a reduced rate. Everything will occur at a slower pace until spring arrives so the need for water and... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:
Winter Cold Weather. The good news is that days are getting longer, but the bad news of course, is there are three more months of winter. Given that the average annual temperature is usually just a degree... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. December has been much warmer and a good deal drier than usual. The one bout of cold which we experienced should have hardened our plants a little to make them better ... read more
Orchids in January. January is somewhat like December but in reverse, with each succeeding day bringing longer hours of sunlight until days are long enough that afternoons return at the end of the month... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
Orchids Month by Month in 2017. Terry is always taking pictures of something, including the greenhouse. Sometimes it’s frogs, lizards and snakes and sometimes it’s some pest, disease or other problem, but the best pictures are the flowers... 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

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

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.

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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. Make SAOS Your Favorite Charity
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