Newsletter Distribution - 527
March 7, 2000 - 6:30 PM - CASA DEL PRADO - ROOM 104
Gary Pierwola, 2nd VP
Dont miss Dave Reid of Reids Orchids talk on Cattleyas and Laelias -- the types you can grow in the greenhouse and the types which can be grown outdoors.
March 7, 2000 - 7:30 PM - CASA DEL PRADO - ROOM 101
By Ben Machado, 1st VP
When our membership says a speakers a real winner, and wants a return engagement, what can we do but to make sure the membership stays happy? Courtney Hackney is our return guest speaker in March, with a presentation titled "Water Quality". Now theres a brave topic that should be high on every orchid enthusiasts priority list in the San Diego area. Given the lack of quality of our water, who isnt concerned about orchid plant needs and requirements when it comes to watering our plants? Heres some information about Courtney:
"Courtney Hackney grew up in the Florida Keys where many Caribbean species of Orchids grew wild. He began work at an Orchid nursery at 13 and continues today after 35 years. Even during years of college and graduate school he was accompanied by a handful of his favorite Orchids. He is now a Professor of Biological Sciences and Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he teaches and conducts research on coastal wetlands. He puts his ecological training and knowledge of genetics to practical use raising many species of Orchids and in hybridizing. He grows about 1500 Orchids of all genera in a 22 x 32 Florida Style greenhouse. He specializes in Caribbean species, especially equitant Oncidiums and Encyclia. In addition to maintaining breeding lines of several species, he hybridizes Phalaenopsis and Epicats. He is a student AOS judge in the Raleigh Center and writes a monthly "Orchid Tips" column which appears in newsletters of four orchid clubs in the Carolinas. He lives in Wilmington, NC with his wife and two daughters."
All members are welcome to participate in the guest speakers dinner before the presentation. Of course you have to pay for your own meal but you do get a chance to meet the speaker in advance plus visit with fellow members. The dinner location hasnt been decided yet, but last year Courtney and several society members had a great time at a Thai restaurant on Convoy. Call Ben Machado, (619) 660-9870 if you would like to join in with the dinner. Courtney will supply our Plant Opportunity Table with a combination of species that includes Encyclias and Paphs plus a selection of Cattleya hybrids uncommon to the West Coast.
Thursday, March 23
8a.m. - 11p.m. Show and Sales Set-Up
5p.m. - 9:00p.m. Plant Registration
Friday, March 24
7- 9:30a.m. Plant Registration
7 - 11a.m. Exhibit Set-Up
7 - 6p.m. Vendor Set-Up
9:30a.m. Plant Registration Closes
11a.m. Judges Luncheon
12 noon AOS Judging / CSA Judging
12:30p.m SDCOS Ribbon/Trophy Judging
6p.m. - 10p.m. Exhibits & Sales Open to public
Saturday, March 25
10a.m.- 5p.m. Orchid Culture Classes/Videos
6:30p.m. Banquet (buy tickets in advance)
Sunday, March 26
9a.m. - 4p.m. Exhibits & Sales Open to public
(no tickets sold after 3 p.m.)
10a.m. - 3p.m Orchid Culture Classes/Videos
4p.m. Vendor and Exhibit Breakdown
The PLANT HOTEL will keep your purchases safe while you shop; be sure to pick up your plants 15 minutes before closing time.
Yes, VIRTUE is its Own Reward...but then, so is Your BEAUTIFUL ORCHID!
We will have LOTS of rewards for your blooming masterpieces at the Show. There are First, Second, Third place ribbons, Best of Classes and Best of Section ribbons, and of course, one Best of Show ribbon. And take a look at all these Trophies! An "Amateur" trophy means it can be awarded ONLY to an amateur division entry (thats you). "Open" trophy means it can be awarded to a Commercial entry OR an Amateur entry. So as an Amateur, you are eligible to win ANY trophy! Commercial division entries can compete ONLY for Open trophies. How do you like them odds?!! Great, arent they! Just enter your plants, then stand back and watch!
~ SDCOS TROPHIES and AWARDS for ORCHIDS ~
~ SDCOS TROPHIES and AWARDS for DISPLAYS ~
(All Awards for Massed Displays to be determined by AOS/CSA Certified Judges)
~ National Orchid Societiy TROPHIES AND AWARDS ~
Orchid Talk.....By Esther Sivila
By now, you must have gotten your packet of six pre-show tickets for THE ORCHID ODYSSEY. These are five tickets to sell for $4.00 each and when you sell five tickets, the sixth one is for you, FREE. Its SDCOS thank you for helping make this years show a big success.
When you go to the show, try to go around and see the plants that will be awarded. This time, you will be able to experience and apply what we talked about in how the orchids are judged. Let me know, how many plants you will find that maybe you disagree on how it will be judged and why. I will need your feedback on this. Send me e-mail at: (firstname.lastname@example.org). Now lets continue in our generic names and their pronunciation. We stopped at Cattleya violacea
GENERIC NAMES PRONUNCIATION
Lets stop here till next issue. See you at the big show!!!
March 4, 9:00 am
March 7, 7:30 pm
March 14, 7:00 pm
March 10, 7:30 pm
March 17 10 am 2
24, 25 & 26
March 31 - April 2
HOW TO REGISTER FOR RIBBON & AOS / CSA JUDGING
Please follow these instructions if you want your plants and/or flowers judged by Ribbon Judges or AOS/CSA Judges. Plant registration is now easier and quicker than ever, so if that favorite plant is in bloom and in good health, bring it on in to the show so we all can enjoy it!
An example of a properly completed registration card is available at the registration table.
Getting the Most out our Annual Show March 24 - 26th
by Paul Tuskes
Learn more about Orchids - Presentations by society members can help you select and grow your plants better. Scheduled talks include: Cattleya culture and care; Growing and dividing Cymbidiums; How to grow ladyslipper orchids; Selecting and growing orchids outside in San Diego; Orchids of Australia, plus orchid videos. You will see education displays on orchid conservation, re-potting techniques, and flasking orchid seeds. Visit with fellow members and commercial growers to ask about everything from plant culture to pests. Conservation - The SDCOS has a strong history of supporting orchid/habitat conservation and research. through funds raised from donated plants sold at the society booth. Recently the Society has supported local projects at Quail Botanical Gardens, Los Angeles & UC Irvine Arboretums, and the San Diego Zoo. Other active projects include orchid studies and education programs in New Hampshire, Hawaii, Ecuador, Brazil, Viet Nam, and South Africa. Participate - Meet people with similar interests. Donate some time to make it work. The society rewards volunteers with "Bonus Bucks" which are good for shirts and posters at the show, as well as at the plant raffle held during the monthly meeting. You can help with security, ticket sales, registration, setup and tear down... its a good way to meet people and make new friends.
Really See the Show - If you have questions, ask someone with a Host or Security ribbon. Thinking about adding plants to your collection?...find out what others are growing in San Diego. There will be approximately 25 large floor displays, many of which will address the show theme (Orchid Odyssey). Check out the colors, arrangements, fragrances and unique plants. There are also orchid corsages for sale and wonderful photo opportunities. We only ask that you do not step into the display or handle the plants or flowers.
Looking for Plants to
Buy? Select from two dozen vendors selling hundreds
of different types of orchids as well as fertilizer and
special orchid pots. It is a great chance to find orchids
for the house or yard.
ORCHID SHOW & SHOPPING ETIQUETTE
by Harry Tolen,
Supreme Commander, Chula Orchids
You old timers have probably heard this stuff before, but now is the season for show times and a few tips for the novice to use when shopping couldnt hurt.
SHOW ROOM RULES
Rule 1. When at our show, DONT touch the flowers! If everyone just puts their finger under the flower and picks it up to look at it, they will be worn out before the first day is over. Please dont touch any plants or flowers in the displays.
Rule 2. Dont walk into any of the displays. If you have to stand in front for a picture fine, but dont get caught in any of the displays, the dogs may get you! Nothing will draw a crowd of frowning people any faster than entering one of the displays.
Rule 3. Dont pick up the flowering plants anywhere. I can tell you from my own experience that plenty of bloom spikes get broken that way. It may seem like only one to you, but it happens way too much. Look at the plants in Home Depot for instance where they seem to be handled by maulers. The only reason most of those plants that are left dont look good is because of shoppers picking them up and putting them down all day long. If they were left on the shelf only touching them when you select it to purchased they would look good to the very last.
Rule 4. Dont EVER
remove the tags from the pots without talking to a host
(or the vendor) first. This is the biggest pet peeve
of all the growers I talk to. Oh sure, you have good
intentions and plan to put it back, but there are times,
when the tag goes in the wrong pot, or it goes between
the pots to the floor, or is broken in half and only half
SALES ROOM RULES
Rule 4a. Do Not Remove Plant Labels. Heres a sub rule for Rule 4 for the shopping area. Ive already told you about removing labels, but some folks just have to take labels out of two pots at the same time, look at them and dutifully put them back in the pots, but now they are switched with the wrong label in two pots. That is bad for 1. the next customer, 2. the vendor as they probably had different prices, and 3. for you if you get caught. Speaking for some vendors I am aware of, including myself, we have persons no longer allowed on the premises because of just that broken rule. The vendors cant be following everyone around all the time, so, an offender here may not be allowed back at the same place if they cant be trusted not to break this very important rule.
Rule 5. Use the Plant Hotel to store some purchases while you go look for more. Dont try to drag them all around with you, something will get broken. We will have a Plant Hotel in the hallway between the vendors and the show area to store your plants for free while you continue shopping or looking at the show itself. Under NO conditions will any plants you have purchased be allowed to go into the Show Room. So you must store them somewhere if you go to the vendor area first.
Rule 6. Dont shop in someone elses trash can. Frequently persons visit a show or business and see a piece of an orchid in the trash, sometimes a whole plant. Some growers, to teach you a lesson, will let you go ahead and take anything you can find in the trash. Think, why would a anyone, especially a business, throw away a perfectly good plant? They didnt! Its likely to be a piece with no eyes, or, a plant with disease symptoms, or just a lousy grower. Is that what you want to pick up? The worst of these is the possible virused plant. You want to take a virused plant home and put it in your collection you paid big bucks for? You are not saving any money here, you are endangering your collection. Shop on the shelves and benches, not in the trash, your odds there are quite a bit better at getting a really nice plant. And I dont want to hear that, "Oh I just want to experiment!" Dont think you can experiment with a virused plant.
Rule 7. If you pick a plant up to look at it, put it back where you found it! Dont carry it around the place and sit it down somewhere else. I cant speak for everyone, but my plants are there because thats where I think they will grow best, and moving them to a spot with different conditions will affect the growth. I dont mind you picking up the non- flowering plants, but I do mind them being put somewhere else. Its like the stuff you see on the wrong shelves at Costco, they picked it up, decided later they didnt want to buy it and just stick any old place in the store. Great! How much of the cost of what I buy is paying to collect and put that stuff back in the right spot? Pat and I once found a real Phalaenopsis at Costco stuck up on the shelf with the silk plants. We knew it would die there, I dont think they water the silk plants, but, we picked it up, put it in the cart and hauled it around till we found the other Phals clear across the store and put it back where it belonged. Show some class in the orchid places, dont move the plants around.
Rule 8. Ask about a culture sheet when you are considering buying a plant. The vendors will frequently have them printed up, and also our society has a bunch available at the front Information Booth. If there is a culture sheet you can help out the vendor if you will not stand there and ask all about how to grow the plant you have a culture sheet in your hand for. After all, its show time, they are trying to serve as many persons as possible. If you still need to know something after reading the culture sheet call the vendor after the show when they have some time to chat. All vendors love to talk about orchids, but not at the busiest show times.
Rule 9. Dont
expect to haggle early in the show or when its
crowded. Haggling over the plant prices I guess is
the name of the game. But most vendors dont like to
do it. They have paid at least $500 bucks for the booth
at our show, invested at least a week in preparation for
the show, purchased a bunch of plants for the show,
shopped around and found what they think will be good
sellers at the
Rule 10. Well, I cant think of one! So, read all the rules again, and just try to be on your best behavior and make me proud of you!!
SHOW COMMITTEE 2000
These hard-working members have volunteered as Committee Leaders to help make their areas of the Show run smoothly. But they dont do it alone. Many other members donate their time, effort, enthusiasm, plants, and can-do spirit to make our annual show and sale a great success.
Show Co-Chairs: Bud Close and Cindy Hill
Committee Committee Leaders
Construction Fred Weber
Corsage Booth Dick Reid, Alma Marosz
Culture Classes Forrest Robinson, Ann & Paul Tuskes, Charlie Fouquette, Bud Close, Harry Tolen.
Display SDCOS Moti Bodner & Species Group
Judging Coordinator Jim Wright
AOS/CSA Registration Ron Kaufmann
Membership Vivian Follmer
Photography Paul and Ann Tuskes
Plant Hotel Esther Sivila
Plant Registration Cindy Hill
Show Program Loren Batchman, Fred Committee Clarke, Siv Garrod,
Cindy Hill, Ron Kaufmann, Helmut Rohrl, Peter Tobias, Paul Tuskes, Jim Wright
Publicity Advertising Cindy Hill
Ranch Catering Sam De Maria
Sales Booth Ron Kaufmann, Siv Garrod
Security Duncan Werth
T Shirt And Gift Sales Joan Close, Pat Tolen
Tear Down Fred Weber, Bud Close
Ticket Sales-Pre-Show Dave & Barbie Mays
Ticket Sales - Door Jackie & Dick Bechtel
Treasurer Edith Galvan
Video Shows Nico Goossens
! VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES !
Did you know our show is the one and only major orchid show on the west coast put on ENTIRELY by volunteers?? Flag down any committee leader on March 7 and tell them when you can jump in!
SECURITY: Take tickets at the door and stamp hands for re-entry; Roving guards protect the displays and plants; and Sales Area guards monitor the exits of the sales area to ensure no sales plants go through show room, all plants have sold stickers, and no one enters sales room without a ticket. CORSAGE BOOTH: Help to make corsages for sale and for door prizes. PLANT HOTEL: Check in visitors purchases in exchange for a claim ticket; guard plants during show from unauthorized removal; return plants when owner presents claim stub. INFORMATION BOOTH AND MEMBERSHIP: Answer questions about the show and basic orchid questions, provide membership forms. RIBBON AND TROPHY JUDGING: Judge registered plants in teams of 4; award ribbons and trophies as merited; assist photographers in assembling trophies and placing them correctly before show opens. T SHIRT AND GIFT SALES: Selling SDCOS Show T shirts and sweatshirts, as well as selected orchid gifts that benefit the Society; helping to keep inventory restocked. ADMISSIONS: Selling tickets at the entrance, taking coupons, answering questions. SHOW SET-UP: In Show Roomtape boundaries of displays according to layout provided; tape plastic on floor; construct backdrops; arrange display tables and cover with plastic sheeting; string electrical wiring where needed; distribute bark and greenery; set up dias and Information booth. In Sales Roomtape boundaries of sales booths according to layout provided; set up tables. PLANT SALES BOOTH: Help to price, arrange and sell plants at the SDCOS booth; answer cultural questions; make suggestions about plants appropriate for customer. PLANT REGISTRATION: Log in plants for ribbon and trophy judging; help registrants with questions; and place plants on judging tables in proper sequence... Please sign up at the March 7 meeting so well know we can count YOU in.
Board of Directors Meeting
Present: Fred Weber, Edith Galvan, Cindy Hill, Duncan Werth, Gary Pierwola , Bud Close, Ann Tuskes, Paul Tuskes, Leno Galvan and Siv Garrod. Meeting called to order at 19:00.
1. Last meetings minutes were read and approved.
2. Treasurer - Edith Galvan - the report for January was read, approved and filed for audit.
3. Second vice president - Gary Pierwola - Dave Reed will do a presentation on Cattleyas and Laelias at the March Novice Class.
4. Show Co-Chairman - Bud Close - The society has rented additional rooms for the show, one for showing videos and the other for novice classes.
5. Show Co-Chairman - Cindy Hill - Ads for our Show has been submitted to local newsletters. Ron Kaufmann, who does the AOS registration at the show, requests that the society buy Wildcatt software, a computer orchid database needed for registration. Ann Tuskes made the motion to purchase the program and Duncan Werth seconded, no one opposed. The society provides culture sheets for free at our shows, to minimize people taking multiple copies. Cindy proposed that we set a small fee for the sheets. They will now be offered for $1. New bonus bucks have been designed, they have room for the name of the volunteer and are also numbered.
1. The Bus trip to The Santa Barbara Spring show April 1 may be canceled due to lack of interest.
2. Marion Allen - AOS liaison - She sent us a letter on her thoughts of San Diego as a site for an AOS Trustee meeting year 2004. She outlined the pros and the cons of holding a meeting and a show at the same location, which they prefer and if the were on separate but close locations.
1. The Pacific South Judging Center asked for a donation from SDCOS. Bud Close made a motion that we give them $400.00 as done in previous years and Ann Tuskes seconded, no one opposed.
2. Peter Tobias had via phone calls asked the board to make some policy one donated collections and how to care for them. Bud Close will submit a article to the newsletter about the need for people to plan ahead in case of being unable to care for their collection any more.
Meeting adjourned 19:46
Submitted by Siv Garrod
"SERVICE TO OUR MEMBERS SECTION"
HELP HOTLINE: The SDCOS offers a service to members who seek cultural information about their orchids. Here are some friendly hobbyists who have a great deal of experience and knowledge about certain types of orchids, and who have kindly volunteered to answer your questions. There are no commercial growers on this list.
Oncidium/Odontoglossum, and Vandaceous, Greenhouse grown,
West SD county Forrest Robinson - (619) 270-6105
San Diego County
These are many of the
hard-working volunteers that keep our Society running.
There are many others with no titles that help these
folks make it happen. You are invited to help. Ask any of
these people how.
Photography ęGreg Allikas