Virtual Monthly Meeting through ZOOM
Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00 pm
will speak on “Vandaceous Orchids for the Home Grower”
“Vandaceous Orchids for the Home Grower” is a colorful and informative talk that will describe a number of mini Vandaceous species and hybrids and help orchid growers select the right plant for their specific growing conditions. These mini Vandaceous orchids are easy to fit into a crowded collection and are very rewarding in that most bloom more than once a year with long lasting flowers. If you are growing outdoors, under lights or a greenhouse this talk helps you pick the plants that are right for you. More importantly this presentation is filled with cultural tips and orchid nutrition pointers to make you a successful grower.
Alan Koch owns and operates Gold Country Orchids where he specializes in miniature and compact Cattleyas. Alan started growing orchids in 1969 with 3 Cymbidiums given to him by an aunt. From his original nursery in Newbury Park, California he has moved five times as his orchid obsession has led to the need for more growing space. With the last move, he purchased 10 acres of land in Lincoln, California to house his 250,000 orchids in 3 modern greenhouses with rolling benches and computer controls.
Alan is an internationally known speaker and is recognized as an expert in the Brazilian Cattleya alliance and a trendsetter in miniature compact and Cattleya breeding. He has published extensively in the Orchid Digest, in AOS’s Orchids magazine, in many international publications as well as in several proceedings of the World Orchid Conference.
Alan is a past member of the AOS Judging Committee, and the Research Committee. He served as an Accredited Judge and is Training Coordinator for the California Sierra Nevada Judging Center. He also served two terms on the Orchid Digest Executive Committee and 3 terms on the Board of Directors, as well as two terms as a Trustee for the AOS. In short, Alan is an orchid powerhouse and we are honored to have him present to our societies.
As an added feature for this Zoom meeting we have invited the Conejo Orchid Society members to join us in an effort to forge relationships among orchid growers that will strengthen our respective groups. When we send out the Zoom invitation, you will receive the Gold Country Orchids’ Limited Availability List of orchids for sale. All members of both Societies will receive a 10% discount; orders over $150 will receive a 20% discount. Alan will ship at cost, which isn't too much as it is within California.
Come join us this month VIRTUALLY to hear this excellent speaker through ZOOM. Instructions on how to access the meeting will be provided to MOS Members just before the meeting.
We are an award winning, volunteer run, 501(c) (3) non-profit organization formed in the spring of 1963 to develop interest in orchids; to aid and assist members with orchid growing and culture; and to provide educational information, which shall benefit its members and the community.
During non-Covid times, we meet at 7pm on the third Tuesday of every month (except for December and August when no meetings are held), at the Pacific Palisades Woman's Club, 901 Haverford Ave.
At each meeting members benefit from expert speakers who present illustrated talks on various orchid genera and their culture. Members display orchids for ribbon judging each month and share tips on how their plants are grown. The Society also holds a silent plant auction as well as a raffle table for orchids. Upcoming events are announced and fellow orchid enthusiasts consult with each other on the culture of various orchid species.