Monthly meetings are held at
the Salem Heights Community Hall
from 7:00 to 9:00 on the 2nd
Wednesday night of every month (except July). The address is
3505 Liberty Rd S, Salem, Oregon 97302. Note that this is at
the corner of Madrona Ave. & Liberty. For further directions
click here - Google Map
Our annual summer (August) and Christmas (December)
potlucks may occasionally be held at an alternate location,
so if you are considering a visit during those months be sure to
confirm the location - usually noted in the schedule at right.
Lc Mem. Robert Strait
© The Cherry City Orchid Society
All rights reserved.
This site and all of its associated media and data are the property of
The Cherry City Orchid Society. No part of this material may be
reproduced or transmitted without expressed written permission from The
Cherry City Orchid Society.
design by: Anna
| About/Contact | Meetings | Membership | Show Info. | Newsletters | Photos | Links | Library
We are always looking for an interesting new topic and a
friendly smile! If you are knowledgeable about some facet of orchids
and/or orchid growing, and would like to share your wisdom with the
group, please communicate this to one of the board members and we will
see if we can schedule you as a speaker.
Note that there are other activities available to members at
meetings besides the monthly scheduled programs.
are encouraged to bring in their own plants for show & tell -
either/and to "show off" their wonderful plants/flowers or to ask
questions regarding growing/culture.
of plants and occasionally other orchid related items are available to
members through the purchase of raffle tickets. Proceeds of the raffle
tickets are in support of the Society.
An area of
the meeting room is available for members to bring in plants for sale
to other fellow members - as a service to its members.
member and small group discussions.
of library of resource materials
Program Schedule Update (as of 4/26/16):
May 11 - plans are to
start another challenge plant growing project together -
mini-cattleyas. We hope to have a good round of discussion
regarding our past years of growing selected genera together.
June 8 - tentatively
this is our hardy orchid meeting/month. What we'll actually cover
here remains open.
July 13 - usually our
month off - we're throwing around the possibility of having another
summer picnic meeting? If this sounds like fun let a board member
We're always looking for good speakers to fill slots for
future - 2016 and beyond! Any and all ideas are
To get an idea of what kind of topics we've covered in our meetings for
the past few years - scroll down this page.
April 13 - Peter
T. Lin did a presentation on mini-cattleyas - covering the species
involved in hybridization and presented many photos of award winning
March - Liana Webb shared her trip down to the POE in San
Francisco. Her slide show made it obvious that this was a show
like none we have in our area.
February 13 - Theresa Hill of Hillsview Gardens gave us a
presentation on the finer points of fertilizing. Why should we
use it and what kind do we use, when and how much.
January 10 - Todd Adams , our only current member that is an
AOS student judge, gave us a good rundown of the complete Phalaenopsis
species genus. Lots of small plants with relatively small flowers
- mostly warm growers.
December 9 - Annual Christmas Potluck. The evening was
topped off with a rousing game of Orchid Bingo including prizes to the
first few rounds of winners.
November 11 - Norman Fang, owner of Norman's
Orchids/Orchids.com was our featured speaker. He shared his
perspective of the International Orchid Show in Taiwan and brought a
wonderful selection of plants for sale.
October 14- Terry Aitken, member of the Portland Orchid Society
and American Iris Society. Terry shared with us the
fascinating process of hybridizing - which he has done with both
orchids and iris.
September 9 - Patricia Harding gave an excellent presentation
on many of the complicated Orchid Name Pronunciations and Taxonomy and
Name Changes in the Orchid World.
August 12 - summer
potluck at the home of Sharon Goin. After
dinner & fellowship we enjoyed an orchid/plant swap.
July - No meeting per
June 10 - Hardy Orchids
is our annual discussion topic for this month - stay tuned for details!
May 13 -
Todd Adams talked
about the genus subsection of Latouris dendrobiums - which was our
challenge plant family for this year - two
hybrids and a species plant were made available to all members.
April 8 -
Joe Grienauer of Emerald City Orchids shared some
interesting facets regarding the "seedy" side of orchid history.
March 11 -
Tom Valente discussed how to prepare plants for
show and explained general orchid nomenclature.
February 11 - Liana
Alter showed us how to put up a good sized hoop greenhouse in the dead
of winter - fast!
January 14, 2015 -
Mike shared slides from a forum friend -
Taiwan Orchid Show and show about orchid growing in Taiwan in general.
December 10 - Annual
Christmas potluck. All paid up members received one of Becky
Thompson's cymbidiums as a wonderful remembrance.
November 12 -
Jim Snyder, CCOS Member, led an excellent discussion about pest control.
October 8 - CCOS board members shared about their trip to
Growiser last spring.
- Todd Adams, CCOS Member, discussed growing orchids in terrariums
and we also shared orchids purchased for the state fair display.
August 13 - summer potluck at the home of Sharon Goin. After
dinner & fellowship we enjoyed an orchid/plant swap.
July - No meeting per
June 11 - Dr. Nevin
Aspinwall talked to us about his work with cypripedium (primarily)
culture and other hardy orchids.
May 14 - group discussion on greenhouses for orchids in our area
led by Jim Snyder
April 9 - Our
"challenge" plant month - encyclias. Patricia Harding shared
expertise on how to successfully grow these.
March 12 - Michael Jenne
from OOS spoke about Growing Orchids
February 12 - Tom
Etheridge gave a talk and showed beautiful photographs on/of
Masdevallias - many of which he grows in his own greenhouse..
8, 2014 -
A brief discussion or Orchid Conservation was followed
by a conservation related talk by Kathryn Theiss - her orchid
conservation related work
midwest as well as in the country of Madagascar.
December 11 -
Annual Christmas Potluck - dinner together , show & tell & gift
November 13 - an AOS
judges presentation was given to explain the judging process.
They used the plants that were brought to the meeting
for show & tell as a portion of their presentation - with one plant
receiving an AOS/HCC award.
October 9 - Chris
Howard, who has served for a number of years on the board of the Oregon
Orchid Society and is currently the organization's webmaster spoke on
orchids native to the northwest.
11 - Patricia
Harding gave a presentation from a trip she and her husband made
Nov 2012 to
Colombia, in both warm and very cool habitats, with an emphasis on the
need for orchid related ecotourism to help in orchid conservation.
August 14 - Annual
potluck at Laurie Nielsen's. Orchids were available once
again for all members - both as a gift and a large collection
of plants for sale.
July - No meeting per
June 12 - Norm
Kalbfleisch spoke on hardy orchids - this was an
unusual meeting in that we carpooled up to
Norm's place in Portland to see his hardy orchids in situ. We were
thrilled to see some of the best stands of hardy orchids ever while
enjoying food & fellowship! Plants were available for
sale at the meeting and will be later.
May 8 - Challenge
plant month again! We shared some of the results from plants of
the past few years and started out on another genera - brassavolas.
Mike Ayres had compots available for those willing to give it a
go and a few seedlings as well. Additional plants are avaiable
upon request. Also Tom Valente briefly covered the art of
- Theresa Hill gave us a presentation on miltonioposis. She
shared with us some of the history of breeding in general and also
covered many of the prize hybrids that have come out of her breeding
March 13, 2013 - Marsha
Romick reviewed with us a significant list of "little
orchids", plants that are good
options for those who have space constraints. You might be
surprised just how many orchids you can successfully grow in a
windowsill or two.
Feb 13, 2013 - Jim
Snyder talked about repotting techniques primarily related to cattleyas
& Mike Ayres discussed use of terra cotta saucers and other
potential mounting structures with emphasis on in-the-home windowsill
January 9, 2013 - a
new concept in "round table" discussions for our group.
Previously we've tried doing this as one large group. This
time we split the group up into four sections, which gave
everyone more opportunity to share about themselves AND their orchids!
Dec 12, 2012 - we had a great potluck, lots of good plants were
available for purchase and all 2013 paid-up members good first
crack from a select group of plants that were procured from Jason O at
his going out of business sale early summer. Thanks to Laurie
Nielsen for holding them over all this time.
Nov 14, 2012 - we had an interesting time sharing a
modified version of an AOS slide presentation on pests and diseases.
October 10, 2012
- Tom Etheridge spoke to us about Odontoglossums.
Tom also had a companion article to his talk in the
national AOS magazine this month.
2012 - we had a greenhouse presentation given by the
local distributors of solexx greenhouse covering -
www.greenhousescatelog.com, a company located just north of Keizer on
Brooklake road. Also, we had lots of orchids for sale from a
variety of sources.
August 8, 2012 - the
weather, food, and friends came together once again for a super
evening potluck at Laurie Nielson's place. Orchids were dispersed
and others were available for a good price, with additional plants
leftover that will carry over to the next monthly meeting.
July - No regular
meeting per normal yearly schedule.
June 13, 2012
- we had a group "round table" discussion. A majority of members
got an opportunity to "talk orchids" with the group, each giving their
own personal "twist". There were a few questions asked and
quite a few tips & ideas given by the membership for making the
orchids growing experience easier
or more effective. There should soon be a link HERE that will give you a
summary of many of those ideas for additional thought or follow-up.
May 9, 2012 - Tobias
Policha, a phD candidate in 2013 from the University of Oregon, shared
with us his study of dracula orchids and their interaction with insects
and mushrooms in the forests of Ecuador - fascinating. Click here to
a link to Tobias' blog to follow his work.
11, 2012 - Greg Nielsen, aka the
"air plant man", shared a wealth of orchid growing facts and culture
techniques that he's been able to pick up over the years of growing,
vending and has picked up from others in the orchid growing
community. This month was also challenge plant month!
Sharing of our phrag hybrids from last year and a new
start on three new species for next year - a mounted cattleya luteola,
dendrobium spectabile and phalaenopsis mariae.
March 14, 2012 - Craig
Williams, long time orchid grower and OOS member spoke on "Complex
Paphiopedilums: Some History, Some Mystery and Some More".
February 8, 2012 - We
shared in viewing a portion of a DVD titled
"Fantasy Orchids", put out by Fantasy Orchids, Inc. of
Louisville, Colorado and discussed our annual show &
sale, including asking for volunteer sign-ups .
11, 2012 - Bergen Todd, a long-time member of our society and
one of our northwest AOS judges, shared with us a super overview
of the Miltoniopsis genus - including discussion and photos of where
hybridizing was 20-30 years ago and some of the exciting new hybrids
coming out recently - some of which are more heat tolerant. Click
here to read her orchid bio .
Summary of Meetings from