Sonoma County Orchid Society

Our purpose is to foster the growth and preservation of native and hybrid orchids in Sonoma County and around the world.

The Society is open to hobbyists and professionals, novice to expert, all are welcome. We are here to learn, share and have fun!

Monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month. Please join us at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave. Santa Rosa. Doors open at 6:30pm, meeting begins at 7:00pm.

January 10th @ 7 PM Zoom Meeting

A Country of Gardeners, Perfectionists & Tradition. The essence of Japan and Fuukiran (Vanda Falcata), i.e. Neofinetia by Carol Beule

Carol Beule is an Emmy award winning costume designer with a Master of Fine Arts in both Costume and Lighting Design from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She was a professional costume designer from 1974 until retiring in July of 2017, and has designed for film, commercials, theatre productions and TV shows. She lived in NYC for the first 15 years of her career.

Growing orchids in NYC was not considered possible, so she has grown orchids only since moving to Southern California in 1992. Growing outside with no greenhouse in Studio City at the edge of the San Fernando Valley was sometimes problematic. With temperatures ranging from 28°F to 118°F, and humidity as low as 7%, it was usually a challenge. It has been her quest to find what will and will not bloom and prosper under these circumstances. She now has two very small greenhouses to help.

In her search to find the perfect plant for her growing area, Carol discovered the Japanese orchid called Neofinetia (Vanda) falcata and various other species that thrive outside in Southern California, depending on the growing medium used. Carol grows various forms of Sarcochilus, Paphiopedilum, Phalaenopsis, Cattleya, Laelia, Dendrobium, Lycaste, Zygopetalum and Asian Cymbidiums.

Carol is a fully accredited AOS Judge, the first VP of the Orchid Society of Southern California and is on the committee that creates the Society’s display for the Huntington’s annual October Orchid Show. When she retired, she started making ceramic pots for the Japanese/Korean/Chinese orchid called the Neofinetia (Vanda) falcata, Asian Cymbidiums and other small plants. She grows in two small greenhouses and outside in her yard in Studio City, CA.

Carol wrote an article for the American Orchid Society magazine on the pots used to display the Vanda falcata in Japan and the plant’s cultural heritage in 2022. Part 1 was published in February of 2022, and Parts 2 & 3 continued through the year.

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