Orchid Events - 2021 Monthly Meetings

We meet on the first Tuesday of each month. The Beginner Culture Class begins at 6:15, before the regular meeting at 6:30 pm. At 7:00 there is a brief discussion of club business, then Courtney Hackney discusses the plant table followed by a short refreshment break and plant sales. The program presentation by an orchid expert begins at 8:00 and lasts for around 45 minutes. The meeting closes with a plant raffle 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. Join us, visitors and guests are always welcome!
When:   First Tuesday of Each Month at 6:30 pm
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church, Enter Hall from Back Parking Lot
3375 US 1 South, St. Aug 32080

January 5 - Growing Orchids in St. Augustine
Brandon Silvester & Charlie Rowell, SAOS

SAOS Growers Brandon and Charlie will share their orchid growing tips at the January meeting. Brandon will talk about growing orchids under lights, with special emphasis on those that are interested in providing supplemental light to their orchids in their winter homes. Charlie will talk about growing orchids on mounts, sharing his tips for the unusual mounts he makes for his orchids. Learn their tricks!
Arthur Katz

February 2 - Epicatts
Jim Roberts, Florida SunCoast Orchids

A good introduction to the encyclia species that are easily grown in Florida and some of their notable hybrids. Probably the best program for species identification and includes many good hybrids with those species that do well for us here. Jim has three gutter connected greenhouses encompassing 10,000 square feet of growing space. He strives to grow and sell the best quality orchid plants, building a lasting reputation in the industry as one of the very best.
Daryl Venables

March 2 - Bulbophyllums
Linda Stewart, St. Augustine Orchid Society

More and more of our members are growing bulbophyllums, those easy to grow orchids with unusual and sometimes bizarre flowers. Linda will talk about how to grow these plants and demonstrate her technique for using bonsai pots to display them to their best advantage. Other bulbo growers are invited to share their growing tricks, bringing examples of their mounts, baskets and potting techniques.
Dave Off

April 6 - Cattleya Species
Courtney Hackney, Hackneau Art & Orchids

Courtney is going to talk about different cattleya species, including some of the unappreciated ones, that are in the background of modern hybrids. He will give us insights into how the characteristics of different cattleyas are expressed in their offspring. Should be a great help to us when we're look at the plant tags of seedlings we'd like to bring home, letting us conjure up an image of how the blooms might look!
Daryl Venables

May 4 - African Orchids
Daryl Venables, Tezula Plants

Daryl will talk to us about African Orchids. Daryl moved from South Africa to Miami in his late teens.   Daryl's passion for orchids began at the age of seven when his parents took him to his first orchid show. He says it was love at first sniff! For many years his passion was African Orchids, those angraecoids that often have a long white spur to accommodate their moth pollinators. Daryl will share his cultural hints and tips with us.
Dave Off

June 1 - Water Quality and Orchids
Sue and Courtney with SAOS Members

Sue and Courtney will give an overview of water quality considerations, talking about how the quality of your water can impact the growth of your orchids. We'll talk about how the quality of water varies in different geographical areas of the county and what you can do if your water is less than optimum. Our members will present their case histories of how they converted to rainwater collection, reverse osmosis or new well installation. Bring in a sample of your water for analysis.
Thanh Nguyen

July 6 - Ask the Professor
Courtney Hackney, St. Augustine Orchid Society

Courtney Hackney, with assistance from Sue Bottom, will present a program titled “Ask the Professor”, where audience questions about orchid cultivation will be discussed.
Dave Off

August 3 - Gadget Night
SAOS Members Share Secrets

SAOS Members are all invited to bring in their favorite gadget, substance or trick for growing orchids to share with other members. Each member will talk about their special widget and how it works on their orchids. Should be a fun night, challenging our collective imagination. Don't come empty handed!
Dave Off

September 7 - You Bred What?
Dave Off, Waldor Orchids

Dave is focused on the best cultural practices for the heirloom cattleya collection he manages. His talk "You Bred What?", is meant to encourage people to try their hand at making their own crosses after considering what flower and plant attributes the parent plants might offer.  Dave Off is the third generation of Offs specializing in growing cattleyas, cymbidiums and other orchids at Waldor Orchids in Linwood, New Jersey, a nursery started by Dave’s grandfather in 1925 (originally Brighton Florist) and continued by Dave’s late father Walter.
Phillip Hamilton

October 5 - Fragrant Phalaenopsis
Phillip Hamilton, Bredren Orchids

Phillip will talk about novelty phalaenopsis. These often fragrant summer bloomers can be grown for their foliage as much as their flowers. Phillip grew up among orchids in his parents greenhouses in Kingston, Jamaica where his father's early orchid hobby evolved into one of the major orchid nurseries on the island, Hamlyn Orchids. Phillip has been collecting orchids since a young boy. He has a graduate degree in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Florida and is an AOS accredited judge.

November 2 - Venezuela's National Flower Cattleya mossiae
Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids

Fred will talk about the beautiful Cattleya mossiae in the wild, with amazing pictures of thousands of flowers covering the trees. Learn about the natural habitat of Venezuela's National Flower and the perils that await C. mossiae. Fred talks to our club every year or two and always brings fabulous catasetums, cattleyas and Australian dendrobiums. You can get a 10% discount on preorders from his website. Plant orders that are delivered to SAOS can pay COD, please select this option on your cart order, or you may use the discount code SOCIETYORDERS, so the cart does not add standard shipping.

December 7 - 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!
Christmas orchid auction Our Christmas orchid auction is on our normal first Tuesday meeting night. Drive around to the back, closest to the hall entrance. We'll be there setting up around 5:30.
Christmas orchid auction We’ll start our social hour at 6:30 pm. 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!
Christmas orchid auction One thing you can always count on is all the good food. Wonder what Lady Di will conjure up for the main courses 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.
Christmas orchid auction We’ll have 2022 calendars and orchid plants for sale. We’ll finish up the evening with an orchid auction where you can bid on a nice variety of different types of orchids.