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June 2011
Volume 64, Issue 11

About the June Meeting

June 13, 2011
7:00 P.M.
University of Washington
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street
Seattle, WA 98105

Annual Potluck, Gary Baker Service Award and Culture Clinic

June is traditionally a potluck to welcome the new board members and thank the ones who are retiring. 

We will also announce the winner of the Gary Baker Service Award.  This award is given annually to the person who has contributed the most to the overall goals of the society in the prior year.  The recipient is selected by the board from nominations made by the general membership.  Honorees are presented with a crystal perpetual trophy engraved with their name.

Along with your food items, bring your Orchid culture questions for discussion.


What should you bring?

This year, due to budget constraints, the society will not be providing a main dish or drinks, but we will have plates and utensils.

We are always short on the main dish, but if you want to bring an item based on your last name:

A - H salad or vegetable dish.

I - R  main dish.

S - Z  dessert or beverage.


Display Table:
Bring your blooming Orchids so everyone can enjoy them.

Sales Table:
Members may bring up to 10 plants to sell. Include a tag with your name and the price in the plant.

We will have the raffle as usual.  Win a new orchid for your collection while supporting our Scholarship Fund.


Report from Northwest Flower & Garden Show

(editor's note: to see a photographic display of our many fine volunteers at work creating our exhibit, what it looked like, and how it was taken down please click here.)

Our garden at the NW Flower & Garden Show this past February was a roaring success!  We were awarded a Silver Medal and received many positive comments from the public.

As usual, many people worked in the background as well as the foreground to build this award winning garden.

- Chris P, Jamie N, and Mike and Sheila C wrote, edited and produced the informative storyboards detailing the “Orchid Hunters” and their patrons.

- Art and graphic layout of the posters was expertly done by Georgia Brown-Clutter.

- Printing was supplied by Carolyn & Bob McGarvey of NW Playground Equipment Inc.

- Allan and Michelle K built the simple, yet elegant black electrical conduit frames from which the posters were hung.

- Katrina L and Justin S of the Woodland Park Zoo supplied the gorgeous foliage plants which provided a dramatic backdrop to the posters.  They even delivered and picked them up!

- Doug E of the University of Washington Botany Greenhouse loaned us a diverse array of specimen orchid plants.  These were transported by Jamie N. 

- Mark B and Jennifer R (Out On A Limb Orchids, Camano Island WA) supplied well over 100 blooming orchids for the garden.  Their colorful Cymbidiums on the front island were a hit.  Thank you for the generous donations of plants to the Society after the Show.

- Alan M and Brian S (, Seattle WA) provided a mix of Oncidiums, Miltoniopsis, and miniature Cymbidiums.   They also donated the non-blooming orchids which we used throughout the display as “packing material” in support of the storyboards.

- Moss, ferns, and dead tree limbs were “sustainably harvested” from Grantham property outside Monroe by George and Cylvia G, and yours truly, on the Thursday before the Show.

- Swenson’s Bamboo of north Seattle provided the variety of bamboo against our backdrop.  Mike F transported these plants.

- Marenakos (Preston WA) provided the four pallets of granite brick, two basalt columns, and various two-man landscape rocks used throughout the garden.

- Sawdust Supply Co loaned us the dark sawdust mulch used to fill our garden, and the expert driving skills of Bobcat loader “Steve.”

- Then there is all of our member volunteers!  And even some of their neighbors and friends who helped us setup on the three days before the Show.  Those who volunteered to work a shift (or five!) answering countless questions.  I wonder how many orchids were “saved” from being watered with ice cubes?  And then there were the volunteers who helped tear down the display after the Show in a record two hours!  Absolutely amazing.

A heart-felt “Thank You!” goes out to each and every one of you.  This garden could not have been produced without your efforts, time, and skills.

~ Joff


P.S.  For some laughs, read the “2011 Judges Notes” on our garden below.  After all these years building gardens for this Show, I still don’t know what the judging criteria are.  Bear in mind these are “garden” judges, not “orchid” judges.

“Great educational element”

“Like the story”

“Not a conventional garden”

“No progression in arrangement of orchids”

“Outstanding display – the story should be played out in the way plants are arranged .. not just boards (ie, separate or segregate new & old world orchids)”

“Nice idea – beautiful plants, but does not tell the story in a dramatic way”

“One of the most artistic displays of orchids ever seen”

“Not sure if orchids grouped by geography?”

“Signage good – Without signage it wouldn’t really tell a story”

“Nice range of different orchid floral types”


**REMINDER: NWOS Membership Dues Notice**

Please contact Mike Cory for questions about your dues.

The NWOS fiscal year is July 1 through June 30 so unless you joined recently, please complete the Membership Form and either send it in with your check (payable to NWOS) or pay at the June meeting. Dues are $25 for one person or $30 for two people at the same address. If you pay now, your check will not be cashed until July 1. Members who joined at or after the Flower & Garden Show in February are paid through June 2012. Dues are kept low to encourage membership but they cover only a small portion of the society's expenses.


Schedule of Upcoming Events

The Annual Picnic plus plant swap, give away and sale.

Details will be in a special August announcement.