Orchid Events - 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. Augustine
Dave Off

January 7 - Oncidium Intergenerics
Phillip Hamilton, Bredren Orchids

What a great way to start off the new year with a program on oncidium intergenerics presented by Philip Hamilton of Bredren Orchids. Oncidiums and their hybrids are floriferous and long lasting, with long sprays of colorful flowers. Philip has been growing orchids since he was 8 years old under the tutelage of his dad, Claude Hamilton of Hamlyn Orchids. He was raised on the island of Jamaica, surrounded by orchids, and has managed commercial orchid production nurseries in Central Florida before focusing on his own nursery.
Gene Crocker

February 4 - Rare and Unusual Orchids
Arthur Katz, Hobbyist and AOS Judge

Arthur Katz will talk about rare and unusual orchids. Arthur has been growing orchids for over 35 years and he appreciates the orchids that are unique and unusual. He is an accredited orchid judge, was Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Judging Center and also most recently Chair of the Florida North-Central Center. Since 1994, he has taken groups of orchid enthusiast to Ecuador, exploring for orchids in Southeast Ecuador. Apart from Orchids and socializing with orchid folk, he enjoys traveling and photography. Arthur was a clinical psychologist in private practice in his pre-Florida life
Daryl Venables

March 3 - Growing and Showing Specimen Plants
Bill Thoms, Bulbophyllums.com

Bill will talk about Growing and Showing Specimen Plants. Bill Thoms and his wife, Doris Dukes, have been growing orchids around Central Florida for 40 years and have received almost every award granted by the AOS as well as more Awards for Culture than anyone else in the world. His talks are spiced with funny stories and funny associations. Whether you grow thousands of orchids or only a few, you will have a wonderfully entertaining time and be able to grow anything better.
Dave Off

April 7 - Potting and Mounting Orchids
Tony Millet, Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

Tony will be showing us his special methods of mounting and repotting orchids, with emphasis on techniques and the use of different materials including cork, driftwood, plaques, baskets and mounts. Proper sterilization of tools will also be discussed in order to limit spread of virus to your collection. He breeds and grows unusual hybrids in the large Cattleya alliance, and also performs all hybridizing and flasking activities. Many of Tony’s hybrids have been AOS awarded.
Dave Off

May 5 - 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 installations in efforts to provide better quality water to their orchids.
Daryl Venables

June 2 - African Orchids
Daryl Venables, Tezula Plants

Daryl is 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

July 7 - Ask the Master
Andy Easton, New Horizon Orchids

Andy Easton is an orchid legend in the orchid world with an incredible knowledge base about growing and hybridizing orchids. We will be having an open dialogue, so bring any and all questions you might have about growing your orchids. Andy started growing orchids when he was 10 in New Zealand. With his Masters Degree in Plant Pathology, he has managed commercial nurseries for exotics and orchids all over the world. He is now in Colombia working with Colomborquideas, and will take the time to talk to us during his trip to visit son John and family in Jax.
Dave Off

August 4 - Brazilian Catasetums
Francisco Miranda, Miranda Orchids

Francisco Miranda is a world renowned Brazilian taxonomist that will be talking to us about Brazilian Catasetum species. Their distribution and habitats will be discussed, many from the Amazon, to help us understand where and why the plants live where they do. He will also discuss flower dimorphism, a very interesting feature of the genus, showing both male and female flowers.
Dave Off

September 1 - You Bred What?
Dave Off, Waldor Orchids

Dave and his family will be vacationing in St. Augustine, and he will take the time to talk to our group. 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.
Allen Black

October 6 - Home Orchid Sex
Allen Black, Allen Black Orchids

Our featured speaker, Allen Black, will give us his Home Orchid Sex presentation, talking about orchids from pollination to flowering. Allen is a very entertaining speaker as well as a novelty orchid breeder, specializing in the genus Brassavola. Hands-on activities will be included, as well as plenty of time for questions and answers. Allen will be bringing seedlings of some of his most recent crosses.

November 3 - 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 1 - 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 2021 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.
When:   Tuesday, December 3, 6:30 til 9 pm
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
3375 US 1 South, St. Aug 32086