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!
General Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month with the exception of September (Annual BBQ & Auction) & December (Holiday Dinner). The location for all General Meetings is the Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa (across the street from the Sonoma County Fairgrounds). There is abundant & free parking.
Doors open at 6:30pm with plant sales and skill sessions (if scheduled) starting at 6:45. The meeting ends between 9:00 and 9:30pm.
Members may attend all meetings and guests are always welcome.
Upcoming Meetings & Events:
Tuesday, August 13th – Doors Open at 6:30PM & Meeting Begins at 7:00PM
Guest Speaker – Alan Koch: Cattleya Sincorana – Line Bred at Gold Country Orchids for over 40 Years.
Alan Koch owns and operates Gold Country Orchids where he specializes in miniature and compact Cattleyas. He started growing orchids in 1969 with 3 Cymbidiums given to him by an aunt. While in college, he became interested in other orchids and discovered many would grow outdoors in Southern 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, CA for his 250,000 orchids.
He is recognized as an expert in the Brazilian Cattleya alliance and a trend setter in miniature Cattleya breeding.
Alan has been published in the Orchid Digest, the American Orchid Society magazine, as well as many international publications. He has also been published in several proceedings of the World Orchid Conference. He is an internationally known speaker.
He is a past member of the AOS Judging Committee, the Research Committee, is an Accredited Judge, and is Training Coordinator for the California Sierra Nevada Judging Center. Alan also served two terms on the Orchid Digest Executive Committee and three terms on the Board of Directors, as well as two terms as a Trustee for the AOS.
Alan is offering free shipping & 10%discount on pre-orders which he’ll bring to the meeting. To view available plants and pre-order instructions, click HERE.
Speaker ‘s Dinner: Join us for dinner with Alan at Kirin Restaurant, 2700 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa on Tuesday the 13th at 5 pm. Please RSVP by 5PM on 8/12.
Saturday, September 21st, 11:00 – 3:00
Annual Orchid Auction & BBQ
No Regular Monthly Meeting in September.