Hello and Greetings,
On June 14, 2019 starting at 6:45PM, the Napa Valley Orchid Society will host Jon Robbins from Floriculture (formerly known as "Cal West Tropical" - the west coast's largest on-line vendor for orchid supplies that can be delivered to your house). The June meeting will take place at the Las Flores Community Center located at 4300 Linda Vista Ave in Napa (see map below).
|Featured Speaker||Jon Robbins from Floriculture|
|Opportunity Table||Jon Robbins from Floriculture|
|Social Break||Last names beginning with "Phi" through "Sand"|
Save the Date! - July 12 @ 6PM
Napa Valley Orchid Society will host it's annual BBQ along with featured guest speaker George Vasquez. Mr. Vasquez will present on an interesting topic - the large displays for orchids at international orchid shows such as Taiwan. These are fabulous displays that mimic the natural settings of a region featuring numerous types of orchids in bloom. This is indeed a special opportunity to meet a well established orchid grower from southern California that is an accredited AOS judge an extensive background with the Phalaenopsis. He even has a few named after him due to his background in breeding. ( https://www.orchids.org/grexes/phalaenopsis-george-vasquez )
This BBQ / Meeting will start at 6:0PM to allow all attendees the opportunity to enjoy the BBQ and pot-luck offerings as well as a chance to socialize. Not just the time is new for this meeting, but we will be returning to the original senior center located at 1500 Jefferson Street as well.
If you are a member of another orchid society, please invite your friends to hear what Mr. Vasquez has to say regarding the construction and process of building these marvellous displays.
Thanks to all who donated for last month's auction and a even bigger thanks to all the winning bidders for supporting Napa Valley Orchid Society and the goal of bringing the best featured speakers throughout the year. The auction raised over $2,000. You made it happen!
Although details of the location for this month's speaker dinner have not been finalized as of yet - you can still contact Kathleen to attend. These casual gathering take place at an affordable Napa local restaurant, and allows a chance to socialize and enjoy a light menu before the meeting
If you would like to attend this month's speaker's dinner, please let Kathleen Ohlson know before NOON on Wednesday (April 10th) so that reservations can be made to accommodate everybody by calling her at 707- 484 - 5138.
Asking the right questions to become your own orchid expert
Jon Robbins has turned his passion for orchids into the orchid supply business with Flori-Culture located in eastern Sacramento. (Formerly known as Cal-West Tropicals)
The top Photo from this month's newsletter is a sneak peak at his "walk through" tropical display featuring a variety of plants including plenty of orchids to admire while shopping his show room for just about any supplies you need. (web store:
Mr. Jon Robbins has been a long time member of the Sacramento Orchid Society including having served on the executive board.
This month's opportunity table will be provided by Jon Robbins will include orchids, plants other than orchids and potting supplies. All proceeds go towards the general operating fund of the society so that they can continue to bring you featured speaker's like this month's Jon Robbins and Next month's George Vasquez.
Jon Robbins will also have a selection of supplies available as well. If you are in need of something, feel free to browse his web site and make a request at
(web store: https://flori-culture.com/ )
Show and Tell Table
Members are encouraged to bring their blooming orchids for the Show and Tell Table and take credit for bringing an orchid into bloom. A randomly chosen judge (or judges) will have the tough choice to decide First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention from among all the outstanding orchids you bring in to show off. Points are earned for the Mel Ditmer Trophy to be presented at the end of the year. If your orchid is in bloom, it can earn points!
Social Break (Between presentation and Show and tell Table)
A chance to stretch the legs and mingle with friends and seek out help from others about orchids is the social break.
Each month the Society depends upon and spreads the responsibility of it's members to provide simple snacks for the break during the meeting. This month, members with last name beginning with "Phi" through "Sand". This does not mean others cannot provide a snack, you are more than welcome to and a sign of appreciation to all who provide snacks is a special opportunity table ticket entitling you to second pick of the table.
2018 Membership Dues
Remember those membership renewals for 2019 at $20.00 cash or check payable to The Napa Valley Orchid Society. If you are unable to pay in person, they can be mailed to:
Napa Valley Orchid Society
P.O. Box 2152
Napa, California 94558
Las Flores Community Center
SELECT, GENERAL FLOWERING CALENDAR
|BASIC FLOWERING PERIOD|
It is important to note that the data in the above table has not been absolutely proven. Keep in mind that orchids themself, determine when they bloom, and this is dependent upon environmental factors. The biggest factor is indoor versus greenhouse growing. To best determine the flowering season, one must research the orchid of interest.