Orchid Events - Monthly Meetings of the St. Augustine Orchid Society
The meeting begins with a plant sale at 7 pm. At 7:15 there is a brief discussion of club business, then Courtney Hackney discusses the plant table and there is a short refreshment break and plant sales. The program presentation by a commercial orchid grower or recognized orchid expert begins at 8:00 and lasts for around 45 minutes. The meeting closes with a plant raffle and auction where members can expand their collections. Members bring their orchids for display on the monthly show table. If you have some divisions or extra plants you would like to share, feel free to put them on raffle table. It's fun and informative for beginner and experienced growers. Visitors are always welcome.
When: First Tuesday of Each Month at 7 pm
Where: Watson Realty, Back Conference Room
3505 US 1 South in St Augustine
January 3 - Growing Orchids in St. Augustine
Suzanne Susko, St. Augustine Orchid Society
Suzanne Susko grows a wide variety of orchids in her pool lanai, favoring the weird and unusual plants in addition to those that are simply beautiful. She grows them incredibly well, which you have probably noticed by the ones she brings to the monthly Show Table. Suzanne will share her secrets for growing orchids in North Florida without the benefit of a free standing greenhouse.
February 7 - Natural and Unusual Mounts
Tom Kuligowski, Angraecum Blog
Tom will show you some of his projects where he used unusual natural mounts to display orchids to their best advantage. Growing orchids the way they grow in nature is a great way to enjoy your plants year-round. If you allow space for the plants to develop you can end up with a specimen size mount.
March 7 - Growing Orchids in Cypress Mulch
Steve Arthur, Steve Arthur Orchids
Steve uses shredded cypress bark mixed with perlite to grow his orchids. He reports that the mix is long lasting, requires less fertilizer, is low cost and widely available. He'll talk about how to vary the mix to grow different types of orchids, and produce pseudobulbs that are bigger, plump up faster and have multiple leads each year.
April 4 - Spring Auction
We'll be having our spring auction at the meeting in April. An advance listing of the plants to be auctioned will be posted here to whet your appetite. We'll also have a sales table of some plants at reasonable prices for those that don't want to get into the bidding frenzy. And don't forget to bring plants to the show table!
May 2 - Mounting and Care of Orchids
Glenn Gross, Gross Orchids
Glenn believes in cultivating orchids using the most natural conditions, so he prefers growing orchids on mounts rather than in pots. This hands on program for different ways to mount orchids also includes care tips.
June 6 - Decoding Dendrobium: The Surprising Orchids You Thought You Knew
Mark Reinke, Marble Branch Farms
Mark’s program addresses the native climates and cultural needs of different Dendrobium sections. You will be pleasantly surprised by how many of these new introductions do well alongside your other orchids, offering long lasting, colorful blooms without the need for high heat, high light, or annual starving or chilling.
July 6 - What's Wrong with My Orchid?
Courtney Hackney and Sue Bottom, St. Augustine Orchid Society
Courtney and Sue will talk about orchid physiological problems, pests and diseases complete with pictures, and then open up the floor for discussion. If you have an orchid that is having problems, send a picture to Sue (firstname.lastname@example.org) by July 1st so it can be added to the presentation slides.
August 1 - Orchid Growing Basics
George Hausermann, EFG Orchids
George will talk about the basics of orchid growing, how to make sure your plants are getting enough of the right kind of water and light as well as buoyant air movement around the leaves and roots. George will address some common cultural mistakes and how to avoid them.
September 5 - Basics of Orchid Hybridizing
Dr. Courtney Hackney, Hackneau's Art and Orchids
Courtney has put together this new presentation to provide hobbyists with some of the basics of orchid hybridizing to help you understand what all those commercial hybridizers are trying to achieve. You'll develop an appreciation for what you might expect from that unbloomed seedling you just bought.
October 3 - Japanese Orchids, The Small and Mighty
Dr. Kristen Uthus, New World Orchids
Kristen will talk about the small and mighty Japanese orchids, what makes Japanese orchids stand out in a crowd and why Neofinetia falcata may be the easiest of all orchids to grow. Japanese orchids are not typical in the orchid world as they are often collected for their leaves rather than their flowers.
November 7 - Epidendrums, Encyclias and Prostheceas
Vern Bloch, Orchid Hobbyist and Grower
Vern’s presentation will focus on some cattleya alliance genera that have been shuffled around, like the Prostheceas. He will show you how to differentiate between them and provide culture tips on how to grow them.
December 5 - Christmas Orchid 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... and come home with orchids. Hope to see you there!
Our Christmas orchid auction is on our normal meeting night, Tuesday, December 5.
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.
We’ll start our social hour at 6:30 pm instead of the normal 7 pm meeting start time. This will give us a chance to exchange holiday cheer before we hit the vittles.
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!
One thing that hasn’t changed is all the good food. Wonder what Lady Di will conjure up for the main course this year!
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.
We’ll finish up the evening with an orchid auction where you can bid on a nice variety of different types of orchids.
When: Tuesday, December 6, 6:30 til 9 pm
Where: Memorial Lutheran Church
3375 US 1 South, St. Aug 32086