Hello and Greetings,


In-person meetings of the Napa Valley Orchid Society take place on the second Wednesday of the month at the Napa Senior Center located at 1500 Jefferson Street in Napa. Doors open at 6:00PM.


All meetings are free to attend and open to the public.





January Feature Presentation


The meeting scheduled for 12 January at 6:00PM has been changed from "in-person" to a ZOOM meeting.  If you would like to attend the ZOOM meeting please contact me at the following:    





Ernesto Sandoval, Director of the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory speaking on  "Plant Hormones in Orchids". 



Ernesto Sandoval has been wondering and seeking questions to why plants look the way that they do for a long time.  Now he explains and interprets the world of plants to a variety of ages and experiences from K-12 to professionals and Master Gardeners.  He regularly lectures to Garden Clubs throughout the year and particularly to Succulent Clubs throughout the State and elsewhere since that group of plants is his particular passion within his general passion for plants.  He describes himself as a Jose of all plants master of none.  Ernesto thoroughly enjoys helping others, and gardeners in particular, to understand why plants do what they do.  Orchids, because of the way they grow are of particular fascination with him.



When he was about 13 he asked his dad why one tree was pruned a particular way and another tree another way. His dad answered bluntly "because that's the way you do it.” Since then he's been learning and teaching himself the answers to those and many other questions by getting a degree at UC Davis in Botany and working from student weeder/waterer to Curator/Manager over the last 24 years at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory. He's long left the "mow blow and go" monoculture landscape gardening world and has immersed himself in the world of polyculture and biodiversity by growing several thousand types of plants at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory, many of them orchids. He loves the technical language but prefers to relate information in more understandable methods of communication! By helping people to understand the workings of plants he hopes to help us better understand how to and why our plants do what they do. 



"Plant people are nice people," says Sandoval. "There's something about working in a garden and nurturing plants and flowers that makes one more peaceful and calm."




February 9th Feature Presentation


Chen-Hao Hsu speaking on "Into the Wilds of Brazil".







About this event

There will be thousands of orchid flowers and plants on display, with judging from the American Orchid Society, as well as plants for sale from members of the San Francisco Orchid Society as well as many local, national & international nurseries. Hands-on demonstrations will be conducted by experts with information about successfully growing and blooming orchids at home in San Francisco, as well as ongoing efforts to promote habitat conservation around the world. Families are welcome, and there will be special activities for kids and people of all ages and interests.


Note that COVID-19 precautions will be in place: ALL ATTENDEES WILL BE REQUIRED to SHOW PROOF OF VACCINATION AND WEAR A MASK, as well as ADHERE TO OTHER HYGIENE MEASURES - HAND SANITATION, SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND AVOID ATTENDING IF HIGH RISK (fever or other symptoms, known recent COVID exposure, ...) consistent with updates from the Dept of Public Health Officer Order C19-07y (see www.sfcdcp.org/covid19) - note as of Feb 1, 2022 booster shots are included in the definition of full vaccination status.


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