Newsletter

August 1998

From Chris Herndon, 2nd Vice President
Novice Class Meeting, August 4th,
Room 104, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park

Last month, I presented a novice class on growing orchids under artificial light. For those of you that missed the class or if any of you have questions, please feel free to call me @ (619) 271 4030.

In August, we will not have a novice class but rather we will hold a Plant Swap. We had one of these a couple of years ago and it was a lot of fun. Here are the rules: Bring 1-5 of your plants that you would be willing to part with and are in good condition. I will set all the plants on a table by name (so make sure to bring a name tag or a piece of masking tape with your name written on it). You will spend the next fifteen minutes perusing around the room, seeing which plants catch your eye. After fifteen minutes has passed, the trading will begin! No purchasing, only trading. Should be a lot of fun for all. If you have any questions please contact me. I look forward to seeing you all there!

Comments from Harry, Editor
Make up your mind now to bring only quality plants. Plants that don’t look good usually wind up going home with you. They don’t have to be blooming, but a description would help on the tag. Treat them just like you do the car when you want to trade it in. Clean them up, polish them, knock the dust off the bottom and check the tires. This is a great way to trade some of your duplicates into something different!


THIS MONTH’S GENERAL MEETING
AUGUST 4, 1998 - 7:30 PM - Casa Del Prado - Room 101
By Ben Machado, 1st VP

It’s about time for the San Diego County Orchid Society to hear something about worldwide orchid conservation efforts. A conservation organization named The Ethnobotanical conservation Organization for South East Asia (ECO-SEA) based in Davis California has concentrated their conservation focus on the orchids of South East Asia. The director of ECO-SEA, Jeanine Pfeiffer, is our guest speaker and will provide a presentation titled "Wild Orchids of Indonesia"

The presentation has breath taking close-up photos of rare orchid species endemic to the Indonesian Islands of Java, Bali, Borneo, Sumatra, Sulawesi (Celebes), Irian Jaya and Maluku (the Spice Islands of Moluccas). This sounds like a very exotic presentation.

ECO-SEA is a small non-profit organization based in Davis (Northern California) with a five year history of working with orchid conservationists in Indonesia. ECO-Sea sponsors research, educational and institutional building activities together with United States and Southeast Asian conservation organizations and affiliates. ECO-SEA recently sponsored a photographic exhibit on the Wild Orchids of Indonesia at the International House in Davis as part of their ongoing fund raising campaign to support development of a wild orchid identification database together with the Rijksherbarium in Leiden (the Netherlands).

Jeanine Pfeiffer has given several dozen talks at conferences, universities, botanical institutions and societies as part of an awareness raising tour which began in 1995. The following is a statement from Jeanine about herself :

"Regarding myself as an orchid authority. I am familiar with orchids more as a conservationist than I am as a grower. I have studied the orchids of Indonesia since 1994, and have examined botanical collections of Indonesian orchids at the worlds major institutional collections (Singapore, Kew, Rijskherbarium/Hortus Botanicus, New York Botanical Gardens, Missouri Botanical Gardens, Huntington Botanical Gardens). The Indonesian Botanical Gardens where the majority of my slides originate house the world’s largest collection of wild orchids, and ECO-SEA’s slide database represents the only systematic photographic representation of that living repository".


Our Plant Opportunity Table
This time we’re just about guaranteed an outstanding table since the plants are coming from one of our own local orchids growers, Pat & Harry Tolen of Chula Orchids of Chula Vista. The plants provided will be mix of species and Cattleya and Phalaenopsis hybrids.

Chula Orchids always has an interesting line of orchids, plus their orchids have been acclimated to assure success when they go on to their new home. This is very important since not everyone has greenhouse or years and years of experience to nurture plants going into a new environment.

As a bonus - bonus to our Silent Auction our guest speaker, Jeanine Pfieffer is also providing a framed print of Indonesian Orchids. The print is 11 x 14 inches and framed to 16 x 20 inches.


Orchid Hunting on Kauai by Patrick Trimm SDCOS member

If you ever plan on traveling to Paradise, you must try the Garden Isle, if you haven't already. I just got back from two weeks there and had enough time to visit some of the local growers. The first grower I found on the Internet and received a map before I left San Diego! This was Makai Farms Orchids and Bed and Breakfast. They are by appointment only and live on this beautiful 4 acre garden, tucked off the highway in a secluded area. I did not stay at the B&B (though I do regret not checking out the rooms for a future stay). The owners, Robert and Michelle have a spacious 4,000 sq. ft. greenhouse and were very generous of their time and very friendly. I purchased a nice Grammatophyllum scriptum with a 2' spike and over 100 buds and lots of Dendrobiums and cattleyas. If you go to Kauai, this is a must see.

I then headed down the road to the next marker and went to Kauai Orchids. There I met Jim, the owner, who was originally from Coronado. He and his wife have a brand new greenhouse that is absolutely spotless! And his plants were the healthiest and cleanest of all that I saw. Jim is growing lots of crosses that he originally got at Carter and Holmes when he was an orchid broker in a former life. I almost bought one of everything! Lots of Richard Mueller crosses, oncidiums, cattleyas species and crosses. Jim may put you off a bit about not touching his plants because of the transmission of viruses, but it is easy to put up with when you see his plants!

I then stopped in and saw Allen Yamada at his house in Kapaa. He has multiple houses that are primarily his personal collections. Most of the plants I saw were not for sale, even though I just got a package of his Epis in the mail today. Allen is very easy going, but has little for sale. Your best bet is to visit him at our Qual Gardens sale this summer, as he will have his plants there again.

My final visit was to Orchid Alley, also in Kapaa. They specialize in retail trade and have tons of blooming Dendorobiums and cattleyas. If you poke around awhile, you may find some hidden treats in the back area!

And in between all these stops there are lots of orchids to see if you are willing to do a little hiking. Just remember, although tempting, it is a crime to smuggle out of Hawaii anything found in the jungle. Happy Hunting!
Patrick Trimm,

pgtrimm@aol.com

If you go, on the next page are some numbers. They both have plant lists and can ship to the US.

Makai Farms Robert and Michelle
(808) 828-1874 phone (808) 828-0148 fax
e-mail: makai@aloha.net

http://www.makaifarms.com

Kauai Orchids
(808) 828-0904
Jim


Liquid Conversions - Did You Know??? From Harry, Editor
1 pint to 100 gallons is the same as 1 teaspoon to a gallon
1 quart to 100 gallons is the same as 2 tablespoons to a gallon
1 teaspoon is the same as 1/3 of a tablespoon or 16th of an ounce
1 fluid ounce is the same as 2 tablespoons or 6 teaspoons
1 level (*) tablespoon is the same as 3 level teaspoons
(*) Level here may be an superfluous word! You sure wouldn't measure less
than that, and "heaping" doesn't seem a problem here either eh?