Portland Orchid Society Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 3
FOR THE LOVE OF ORCHIDS. www.portlandorchidsociety.org
Date: September 25, 2007
Get Ready for the Fall Show & Sale
6:30PM: Orchid Culture
Class with Greg Nielsen.
7:00 PM – Tom Ethridge and
Luanne Rolly will present No experience is necessary and it
“Building a cool green-
house for the Willamette The Portland Orchid Societies Fall is a wonderful opportunity to get to
Valley” Orchid Show and Sale is less than a know other members of the
week away and we need volunteers Portland Orchid Society as well as
St. Luke Lutheran Church from our membership to man our local vendors. Volunteers will sell
6835 SW 46th Ave
Portland, OR 97219
Society booth. The Show is October orchids from the Societies sale
4-7 and we need volunteers to man table, sign-up new members and
Inside Content: the booth during all show hours. Be promote the Portland Orchid
President’s Message 2
sure to enter your name on the sign- Society in general.
Judging Center News 3 up sheet at this Tuesday’s meeting.
Awarded Orchid photo &
Lifetime Membership 4
September Membership Meeting Speakers
Fall Show & Raffle News 5
Tom Ethridge and Luanne Rolly will they learned from past efforts with
Dec. meeting date, July
be presenting “A Cool Greenhouse for suggestions from other successful
minutes & VOLUNTEER 6
the Willamette Valley”. Tom has been growers. They focus on cool growing
Genus Changes 7 genera including Odontoglossum,
growing orchids for over thirty years
AOS Corner 8 and is an accredited AOS judge. He Masdevallia, Dracula, Lepanthes and
and Luanne have been growing other Pleurothallids and
Events around the NW &
orchids together in Oregon since miscellaneous paphs and phrags. To
About the Portland
Orchid Society 9 1994 and have built three date, they have received more than
Photos from July meeting greenhouses to date. All three have 40 AOS awards of which more than
10-12 been from kits with various 30 came from plants grown in their
modifications to grow cool-growing new greenhouse.
All material in the orchids. The projects were a 50/50 Although their orchid hobby leaves
Portland Orchid Society effort (with construction help from them with little time for much else,
Newsletter is copyright
friends) with Luanne handling the they are both senior scientists
protected. The articles
and photographs are environmental systems – electrical, employed with Hewlett Packard Co.
the property of the plumbing, cooling; and Tom doing
authors and/or the and they enjoy travel, gardening and
Portland Orchid Society, design and layout – what elements music together.
Inc. Nothing contained are necessary & what goes where.
herein may be
reproduced in any way Their most recent greenhouse is by October Speaker: Sean McMillan of
without permission of the far their most successful and Hana Farms, speaking on “Hardy
represents the convergence of what
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Message From The President
Wow, our second Portland Orchid Society Meeting has come and gone and
what a wonderful crowd we had. The room was full of smiling friendly faces,
and it was truly a fun time. Jim Rassmann, was kind enough to be our
speaker and he chose to speak on: Beginning Orchid Collectors in England
and Europe. His talk was very informative and he had many slides on the
huge collections owned by the very affluent people and royalty of years ago.
He showed us that the very wealthy would have collections of hundreds of
just one variety or species. Times have changed in the orchid world, but they
are now the number two flower in popularity and owned by nearly everyone.
The orchid ranks just behind the poinsettia, which is still the number one
selling plant, but only sold during the Christmas holidays. Today there are
fewer large companies growing orchids, but there seems to be more small
companies doing the growing and the orchid is becoming even more popular
as a plant in homes across the nation. Jim gave us a very enjoyable talk and
he was assisted by his lovely wife Julie. Hal and Rosemary Shrauger
provided the wonderful and tasty dessert.
I don’t know about all of you, but my plants have been very thirsty this
“…what a summer and seem to always need a drink. The air has seemed particularly
dry this summer and one thing that I learned from Jim Rassmann, was the
wonderful importance of a mist or fogging system. He showed me a brand advertised in
crowd we the AOS magazine, which seems exceptional and I have contacted them and
am saving my coins for a new purchase for the greenhouse. My old
had.” humidifier has given up the ghost. Anyone wanting information on the mist or
fogging system, please give me a call.
Our wonderful society seems to be really growing and we are really looking
forward to our show and sale with the Expo Home and Garden Show on
October 4 through October 7. Mark your calendars for the October dates and
we will have sign up sheets for volunteers to work in the Portland Orchid
Society booth. The sign up sheets will be available at our next meeting. Our
goal is to man the booth with volunteers from the society with a goal of
increasing membership, handing out growing instructions, orchid information,
and selling society plants as well as society member’s plants. So, if you have
a few extra plants that you want to sell on the society table, get them ready
with your plant tags and your name tags in the pots, so we can identify who
they belong to.
Don’t forget that Susan Heuer has made arrangements to order our bark and
perlite by the pallet, and we will be completing our order forms at the next
meeting. The bark will be #1 grade and in all three sizes. The prices we have
been quoted are very good, so plan on ordering your bark and perlite at the
next meeting so you can stock pile it for winter. (continued pg.3)
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President’s Message (continued from page 2)
The prices we have been quoted are very good, judged about 15 plants in all and it was nice to get
so plan on ordering your bark and perlite at the to know and communicate with the various AOS
next meeting so you can stock pile it for winter. judges, who are very supportive of our new
You will need to write a check to the Portland society.
Orchid Society for the preorder in October and
Once again I want to thank everyone for their
delivery in November.
support of our society! The board has been
We made a consolidated effort of members and fantastic, the newsletter is great, and the website
took plants down to the AOS judging on Sunday, is terrific. Please remember that this is your
September 2, 2007. Thea Riggs was my copilot, society and we want your ideas and questions. It
and I drove. We took plants from myself, Susan is you, the membership that will make this society
Heuer, and Annette and Bob Rodgers. Thea and I even greater, and we thank you.
both sat in on the judging and we really learned a Sincerely,
lot about what goes into the perfect orchid. We Rob Lucas
want to take plants every month, so if you have President
plants for the October judging, let us know. They
September Oregon Judging Center News
There were plenty of beautiful orchids to see at this month’s judging session in Silverton. All in all,
eighteen plants were entered, seven were nominated for awards and one awarded was granted. Nadine
Gindhart of Eugene, Oregon received a HCC/AOS (79 pts.) for her stunning plant of Vasco. Tham Yuen
Hae 'Tropical Blue’ with densely-flowered inflorescences of intense purple-blue blossoms. There were
many visitors both from the Garden and from Portland and Willamette orchid societies. Additionally,
there was a wedding set to take place on the green just outside the greenhouse and the Schmidt
Pavilion was set up for a banquet, each table adorned, appropriately, with a potted, blooming
Believe it or not, the Oregon Judging Site has now completed one year’s worth of judging sessions!
Over the course of this year there were 148 plants submitted for judging, 64 of which were nominated for
award consideration and, of those, 25 were granted AOS awards. The awards include 12 HCC, 7 AM, 1
FCC, 4 CCM, and one CHM. Mike and Joni Sielaff of Waldport and Susan Heuer of Portland each
received their first AOS award this past year on plants they submitted at the site. Keep in mind that all of
these submissions, nominations and awards are in addition to the plants judged at shows across the
state and represent plants that, in general, would not have been judged without the site’s presence.
To celebrate the success of our first year, we will have a small party immediately following judging on
Sunday, October 7. There will be plenty of snacks and drinks, a small auction of plants and other
donated material and, perhaps, a raffle. Several of the Pacific Northwest judges from Washington and
British Colombia will be there too. As always, there is no fee for admission to the Oregon Garden for
people attending orchid judging. Everyone is welcome – bring your friends, neighbors and anyone
interested in beautiful flowers – and come enjoy an afternoon of orchids with friends. Judging starts at 1
pm in the greenhouse adjacent to the Schmidt Pavilion at the Oregon Garden. Submitted by Tom Etheridge
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The Portland Orchid Society encourages all
members to support the
Oregon Judging Center
Due to our Fall Show we will be unable to send
members to the Oregon Judging Center in October.
However, we hope to have several representatives
from the Portland Orchid Society present at the
November Judging. If you would like to coordinate a
car pool please let any member of the board know.
Photos Judging Center courtesy of Tom Etheridge.
Above: The awarded Vasco. Tham Yuen Hae 'Tropical AOS Orchid judging is held the first Sunday of
Blue’ HCC/AOS grown by Nadine Gindhart of Eugene every month at 1:00 pm in Silverton, Oregon, just
15 minutes east of Salem off I-5. See map to above.
Below: Nadine Gindhart (left) Connie and Phil Endicott
(right) of Eugene admiring plants on the submission
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The Portland Orchid
Help the Society and Never Pay Society
Dues Again!!! Officers
President – Rob Lucas
The Portland Orchid Society is currently offering Lifetime firstname.lastname@example.org
Memberships. A one time payment of $200 will buy you a family
membership for life with no additional dues EVER!!! If you have Vice President – Frank Gorretta
already paid your dues for this year any payment made will be credited email@example.com
to the $200 if you pay the balance immediately.
Treasurer – Beverly Kile
December Membership Meeting Secretary – Thea Riggs
The December Membership Meeting will be held on December 11th firstname.lastname@example.org
(the 4th Tuesday is Christmas!)
This meeting will be a potluck and will be held at the normal location.
Be sure to mark you calendars since we want to see each and every 503-244-3146
one of you there! email@example.com
Order Your Bark & Perlite firstname.lastname@example.org
and is available in Small, Medium Hal Shrauger
The Portland Orchid Society will
be placing an order for small, or Large for $9.00 per bag.
medium and large bark as well as The Horticultural Grade Perlite Other Volunteers:
horticultural grade perlite for Newsletter Editor
will be available in large bags for Beverly Kile
orchid potting in October (for $14 per bag. email@example.com
delivery in November). Webmaster
Good bark has been very difficult Charles Powne
As a new society our funds are to obtain over the past year and firstname.lastname@example.org
limited, consequently we need to many of us have had to purchase Beverly Kile
have the bark preordered and small bags at garden shops at email@example.com
prepaid to enable us to obtain a Publicity Chair
high prices so be sure to stock up Susan Heuer
large order discount. for the winter. firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to sign-up for the type If you are unable to attend the Annette Rogers
and amount of bark you need at September or October email@example.com
the September or October Refreshment Chair
membership meetings, but want Hal Shrauger
membership meetings. Also, be to order either bark or perlite,
sure to prepay for your order with contact Susan Heuer at
Rob, Susan or Beverly. firstname.lastname@example.org to place your
The bark is #1 grade, kiln dried order and arrange payment.
and sterilized in 2 cubic foot bags
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Member to Member
hydroponically in his collection. Jan
Thank you to the orchid
repotting volunteers! Anderson was the last volunteer and
she and I worked for about 5 hours,
Recently, I asked for volunteers to
and again an entire shelf got done
help me repot orchids in my phrag.
and back up on the shelves to start
collection. In payment for their growing. I gained a third tray for the
valuable help, I offered divisions of upcoming sale and Jan took home
over 150 overgrown pots of several starts for her collection. I
Message Regarding phrags., some were species and think everyone was pleased and we
One of our Very others were hybrids. Thea Riggs had a lot of fun.
Important Members was the first volunteer and we
I want to thank all of my volunteers.
For those of you that worked for over 2 hours repotting.
Greg Nielsen and I will finish the
do not know, our We had 28 plants back up on my
phrags, probably next week and
wonderful and loyal tables, several in trays to go to the
member Bob Rogers then I am off to another type of
October Expo sale, and Thea took
has been very ill and is orchid to start repotting. This is an
home several for her hard work. It
now out of the hospital excellent way to get to know our
was fun and a good way to get to
and in a rehab center. fellow members, to share our many
know a fellow member.
Bob had a stroke a few plants, and mostly to learn from
days after our last Bill Steiner was the next volunteer each other various potting
meeting and was and he worked with me another day techniques and tips that we can
immediately for nearly 4 hours. From that share. I want to thank you all again
hospitalized. Annette potting I put back almost 40 on my and I am so glad to have had the
tells me that he is
benches, had another tray of plants privilege of sharing time with our
working very hard on
for the sale and Bill took home members. Sincerely,
his recovery and is up
walking and showing several plants that he will grow
Your cards and well
wishes can be mailed Volunteers Needed!!!!
to: Bob Rogers at
8890 SW Borders St., The Portland Orchid Society is operated on a volunteer basis and there are always
Portland, OR 97223. jobs that need to be done. We are currently looking for people to fill the following
We are all praying for Membership Committee: Two people needed to assist the Membership Chair
Bob and sending our Beverly Kile. The time requirement is less than two hours per month.
well wishes for a Responsibilities include making contact with existing members making everyone
speedy and complete feel involved and wanted; brain-storming to develop new ideas to obtain new
recover. members; helping to implement programs to obtain new members; etc.
Virtual Librarian: Compile a list of Orchid books various members own and are
Rob Lucas willing to lend to other members and keep the list updated; assist with questions
members have concerning the virtual library; make forms available to enable
President checkouts; etc.
For further information contact Beverly Kile at email@example.com or call
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19th World Orchid Conference and Show announces
Unique Trophy and Medal List For Worlds Greatest
Largest Orchid Event in the World to Honor Best Orchid Plants from
Across the Globe
MIAMI, FL. – After a quarter century in exotic locations such as Dijon, France; Shah Alam, Malaysia;
and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the World Orchid Conference® and Show will return to another exotic city for
its next global show, sale and educational symposium – Miami. The “blooming” extravaganza’s host
committee has recently announced the much anticipated list of distinguished awards and trophies that
will be distributed at the conference in January 2008.
Collector’s item ribbons will be given for first, second and third place “bests” in a multitude of categories.
These ribbons will hold the 19WOC® logo and will be awarded in categories that recognize beautifully
designed displays, quality flowers, rare orchids and excellent orchid culture. Exquisite lead crystal
trophies will be awarded to the “Best of the Best” in each category. Made up of two crystal stylized
cattleya leaves holding a globe of the world on a beautifully proportioned base and etched with the
19WOC® logo, the crystal trophies are guaranteed to become a collector’s item. Each trophy will be
displayed on a wooden stand with a brass plaque designating the name of the trophy, the19WOC® logo
and the name of the trophy sponsor.
19WOC® medals will be presented at three levels: bronze, silver and gold. Designed by renowned
graphic artist and sculptor Fred Caravetta, each medal will display the19WOC® logo with the scenic
design of South Florida’s signature coconut palms on the reverse. All medals will be cast in bronze;
silver medals will be plated with sterling silver and gold medals with 18K gold. Each medal will include a
commemorative rosewood box that will also serve as a display base.
The crowning glories of the 19WOC® will be the awards given to the Grand and Reserve Champion
orchids and displays. These four winning entries will garner spectacular one-of-a-kind trophies designed
exclusively for the 19th World Orchid Conference® by nationally renowned glass artist Larry Mayse of
Nature’s Glassworks. Each of these works of art will be signed by the artist. They will be presented to
the lucky winners at the Tropical Night Gala on Saturday, January 26th.
The opportunity to sponsor a trophy is available and open to the public. This is a wonderful opportunity
to demonstrate support for the production of high quality orchid flowers or to recognize a loved one. To
sponsor a trophy contact the 19WOC® office at 786-621-9962 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register as a vendor or attendee for the 19th World Orchid Conference® or for more information on
the Conference and a complete schedule, visit www.19woc.com or send an e-mail request to:
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This is an exciting and challenging time for our American orchid Society!
Many new things are in progress, including Board approval for
establishment of the American Heritage Collection of orchid plants and the
creation of an endowment fund to manage the collection. This action will
help to bolster the mission of the AOS in it work for orchid education,
research and conservation. (Reported by Carlos in the July 2007 issue of
Orchids magazine; and in more detail on pages 528 and 529 of the article
by Jeff Bradley – don’t miss it!) As both a cost
Plans also call for the establishment of an orchid library on the AOS site for
the many valuable books and numerous orchid items needing to be housed
and properly maintained and cared for. Currently the books and other items between the
are of little use, stored away. Portland Orchid
Another program, set up regionally, is in progress by the AOS Membership Society and its
Committee to make contact with AOS reps and presidents to assure them members will be
that their societies are being supported by the AOS. These societies are conducted via
also being invited to express any and all concerns for the betterment of the email and our
society and to report any corrections to the AOS Web site having to do with website.
their own organization and any other corrections to the Web site in general.
This includes the
We only have room to mention examples of “some” of the work that is taking Portland Orchid
place within the AOS. If you haven’t yet become an AOS member, what are Society Newsletter.
you waiting for? All of you are encouraged to join us, please, and
become members of the American Society! Let us all do more to promote If you don’t have an e-mail
address please consider
orchids through education, research and conservation. obtaining a free one from
Susan Taylor ew
If you change your e-mail
address or prefer to use a
Orchid Trivia about LARGE flowers provided by different address, please
contact the membership
Dot Henley of Fort Lauderdale: chair, Beverly Kile at
- Sobralia xantholeucea flowers are 10” in diameter and Paph Sanderianum
has 40” twisted petals. Botanica’s Orchids. 2002. San Diego, Ca. Lauren
Glen. Pub. Page 12
- Phrag. Grande petals hang down as far as 18 inches, making it the longest
orchid flower. If you hold the petals horizontally, you have a 36” wide orchid.
Rittershausen, B and W. 2003. Growing Orchids, Hermes House, London
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Fall Orchid Show and Sale at Expo Information
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Orchids and Dinos!
A bee with ancient orchid pollen attached to its back was trapped in Miocene amber from the Dominican
Replublic. Biologists at Harvard University found the treasure and determined the extinct bee lived 15-
20 million years ago.
By using the fossil lead researcher Santiago Ramirez was able to calibrate changes in the plants’ DNA
to estimate that orchids first appeared 76-84 million years ago. This is much older than previously
The orchid the pollen came from is related to Ligeophila from the Amazon area, and the new orchid
species identified from the pollen has been called Meliorchis caribea.
A stingless bee trapped in amber carries pollen belonging to
Meliorchis caribea, the first unambiguous fossil orchid known to
science. Image: Santiago Ramírez
My sincere apologies for the tardiness of this issue of the
Portland Orchid Society Newsletter.
I promise to be more prompt in the future.
Beverly Kile – your newsletter editor.
Show Table & Orchid Sales
All members of the Portland Orchid Society are encouraged to bring their favorite currently blooming
orchids to the monthly membership meetings to display on the Show Table. Please note your identity
as well as the orchid’s identity on a legible paper or note card with your orchids.
Members may also bring orchids they wish to sell to the monthly meetings. The plants should be
disease free, legibly labeled and priced. It is your responsibility to collect payments for your plants. Also
please keep the area clean and only sell and purchase plants before the meeting or at the break.
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Photos From the August Membership Meeting.
Photos courtesy of Charles Powne and
Upper Right: Jim Rassmann discussing
show table orchids.
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Newsletter Editor Q & A: What is your favorite orchid?
P O Box 482 read about other to have answered in a
West Linn, OR 97068
What is your favorite
members favorite future edition submit it
orchid and why?
Phone orchids in the next along with your answer
(503) 656-2609 (Day)
Please submit your
edition of the Portland to this month’s
(503) 656-9968 (Evening) answer to the
Orchid Society question.
(503) 656-2611 pdxos- Send you submissions!
email@example.com Also, if you have a Please don’t make me
pdxos- by October 4th and question you would like beg!!!
Events Around the Northwest
Oct. 4-7, 2007 Portland Orchid Society Show and Sale, at the Portland Fall Home
and Garden Show. For information see page 9 of this newsletter.
Oct. 6-7, 2007 Sunset Empire Orchid Society Show and Sale, 1120 Broadway,
Seaside, OR. Contact: Monica Aursland 503-861-1344
Oct. 13-14, 2007 Tacoma Orchid Society Orchid Sale, Windmill Gardens 5823
160th Ave., East, Sumner, WA 98390
About the Portland Orchid Society
The Portland Orchid Society was established in June 2007 by a group of local
orchid enthusiasts with the common goal of creating an orchid society that is
fun, friendly, community minded and welcoming to all. The Portland Orchid
We’re on the Web! Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3)(pending) association for the preservation and
See us at:
www.portlandorchidsociety.org education regarding orchids; by the extension of knowledge concerning the
ecology, conservation, preservation, science, cultivation, hybridization,
appreciation and uses of orchids, and to carry on such activities as may be
necessary or desirable to effectuate such purposes.
To further these goals we need the support of each and every member. We
hope to involve all members in volunteer positions for permanent committees,
special event committees, board and officer positions as they become
available, etc. If you have a particular interest please let one of the board
Be sure to order your bark and perlite and sign up to volunteer at the Fall
Show and Sale. We need each and every one of you.
Your Editor-Beverly Kile