The Arizona Orchidist Newsletter 

published by

The Orchid Society Of Arizona, Inc.

Founding Editor Clarence S. Lindsten, 1966


 

Newsletter

 

 

Arizona Orchidist Newsletter January 1998

 

THIS ISSUE OF "THE ARIZONA ORCHIDIST" IS DEDICATED TO THE CREATIVE GENIUS AND GENEROSITY OF C.W. MOODY. HIS VISION OF AN AUTHENTIC VICTORIAN PARLOR AND THE PROPS HE PERSONALLY SELECTED FOR THE VIGNETTE IN OUR HOLIDAY SHOW, WERE PERFECTION PERSONIFIED.

 

OSA ALSO GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE EXPERT ASSISTANCE PROVIDED BY C.W.'S HIGHLY CAPABLE STAFF:

 DANIEL DECOSTER, EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR IN CHARGE OF SCHEDULES/PRACTICAL MATTERS FOR C.W. MOODY PROP RENTALS. DAN IS THE UNSUNG HERO WHOSE ATTENTION TO DETAILS ENSURES THAT PROPS ARE RESERVED, DELIVERED, AND RETURNED TO THE WAREHOUSES ON SPECIFIC DATES. HE IS THE QUINTESSENTIAL "DETAIL MAN"!

 

DALE BARTON, A QUIET BUT CONSCIENTIOUS WORKER WHO, WITH HIS COLLEAGUE, J. DAVID, EXPERTLY PACKED THE PROPS AT THE WAREHOUSE, LOADED THEM ONTO THE MOVING VAN, TRANSPORTED THEM TO THE VALLEY GARDEN CENTER, PLACED THEM IN THE VIGNETTE AT C.W.'S DIRECTION, AND HAULED EVERYTHING BACK TO THE WAREHOUSE AFTER OUR SHOW CLOSED.

 

J. DAVID WAS EQUALLY CONSCIENTIOUS, BUT HARDLY QUIET! HIS COMIC RELIEF (AS USUAL, IN THE FORM OF JOKES) WAS ENJOYED BY ALL OF US WHO LABORED TO CONSTRUCT OUR TWO VIGNETTES.

 

VISITORS TO OUR SHOW WERE AWED BY THE DISPLAYS AND WERE NOT SHY ABOUT EXPRESSING THEIR OPINIONS! HEARTFELT, COLLECTIVE OSA THANKS TO C.W., DAN, DALE, AND J. DAVID FOR MAKING SUCH COMPLIMENTS POSSIBLE!

 

 THE JANUARY 1 MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

 NEXT OSA BOARD MEETING WILL BE HELD FEBRUARY 1, 1998, at the home of Ann Cherny, 6225 E. Keim Dr., Paradise Valley, at 1 p.m.

 

OSA Board meetings are open meetings. Any OSA member may attend and is encouraged to do so. All you need to do is telephone the member who will serve as the host or hostess for a board meeting. If you wish to attend the February 1 board meeting, telephone Ann to let her know you plan to attend. (For those who may not know, some of Ann's orchids are growing in a "double- decker" aquarium and some are growing on windowsills.) Ann has graciously hosted many of our board meetings during the past two years. She always has refreshments available because we think better with food and drink handy!

  

THE GROWER ON CALL FOR JANUARY IS: SUZ CRAMER:

 

OSA's Grower on Call service was designed to help our newer growers find answers to their questions. Most of our experienced growers who have greenhouses, do NOT have greenhouses large enough to accommodate Open Greenhouse Tours. However, they are eager to offer assistance on a one-to-one basis. Some of our experienced growers who simplified their lives and "downsized" to windowsill growing conditions, are nevertheless willing to share their knowledge of orchid culture. This service represents an adaptation to changing lifestyles and a desire to serve the needs of the newer grower. Any member should feel free to contact the grower on call or any other "veteran" grower listed in our membership roster. We want to answer your questions as they arise!

  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES to our members celebrating birthdays in January: to Nelda Caldwell and Natalie Warford on the 25th; to Jaye Lynn Garrison and Kristin Huisinga on the 28th

  

CONGRATULATIONS! Phillip Liu recently earned his Master of Science Degree in Bioengineering at Arizona State University. We are extremely proud of Phillip, and we share his elation at having completed this chapter in his life.

 

 

FROM THE PRESIDENT'S DESK

Wilella Stimmell

 

REFLECTIONS ON OSA ACHIEVEMENTS IN 1997: Mere words cannot express the pride we can all feel as we ended our 35th year of existence. We continued our community service agenda by presenting nine additional programs for various senior centers in the Valley of the Sun, but two exceptional additions to our program schedule were those presented for the 200 children at the Aguila school and the program presented for the residents at the Arizona State Veteran Home in Phoenix.. The programs presented at the school were made possible by OSA member and school superintendent, Sam Weinschenck. We are anxious to present more programs for schools, and we hope to schedule more such "Orchid Appreciation 101" classes this year. We also plan to return to the ASVH to present another program. Our first program was met with such enthusiasm that we who presented the program, promised the veterans we would return in 1998.

 

OSA awarded its first scholarship! Kristin Huisinga is a graduate student at Northern Arizona University, and she is majoring in botany. She plans a career in tropical biology.

 

OSA presented 4 displays - at the Annual Garden Club Fair Day in March, at Berridge's Nursery also in March, at the Desert Botanical Garden (Desert Bloom - a 3-day event) in April, and our extravaganza holiday show in November.

 

We took a field trip to the San Diego Orchid Fair in September, and following our visit to the Fair and Quail Botanical Gardens, we met with members of the San Diego County Orchid Society at the home of George Kenner in La Mesa, California.

 

In addition to three in-house programs, we "imported" seven speakers, including one from Mexico, two from Florida, one from Texas, and three from California.

 

OSA made a sizable donation to the Orchid Identification Center at Selby Gardens, Sarasota, Florida.

 

At our December 4th annual major fund-raising auction, we raised at least 10% more funds than we raised at last year's auction. If this increase were viewed as interest or dividends being paid on no- risk principal, any investor today would be extremely pleased at such a healthy "return" on capital!

 

And we ended the year with our MEMBERSHIP AT AN ALL TIME HIGH! Our team spirit is so impressive to others that we have been described as a "model orchid society" by Dr. John Atwood, Director of the Orchid Identification Center. Dr. Atwood was our October speaker, and at that time he had the opportunity to observe the interaction of our members. He sought OUR advice on the best way to rejuvenate a Florida orchid society that is fading into the sunset!

 

Our holiday show, November 29 and 30, is a prime example of the widespread cooperation of our membership. The fact that our show was presented DURING the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, did not deter fully one-third of OSA's membership from participating! On Thanksgiving, some of our members had THIRTY people as guests for dinner, but the very next day, they were ready to go to work on our show. That's team spirit!

 

Using the alphabetical order from our membership roster, the following members made significant contributions to the success of "Orchids and Old Lace - a Trip to Grandmother's House": Wayne Baker, Ann Cherny, Joe Civello, Suz Cramer, Anne Durning, Fred Evans, Bernice Ehrlich, Joe Freasier, Ed Gamarano, Ken and Elsye Gettys, Bob Gordon, Suzanne House, Norma Kafer, Isabelle Kast, Jarka Kazda, Alan Ladd, Phillip Liu, Kathleen Luther, Bob MacLeod, Keith Mead, C.W. Moody, Cathy Nelson, Ron Norman, Jesper Osther, Leith Plunkett, Julie Rathbun, Lou Ann Remeikis, Peggy Stejskal, Willie Stimmell, and Natalie Warford. Non-members who contributed time, props, transportation, and labor to ensure the success of our show were: Karl and Mark Ehrlich, Carlo Espinoza, and Gerda Gallob. (Gerda was not an OSA member at the time she volunteered her oil paintings and plants for use in our display!) Thanks to all for your contributions!

 

Suz Cramer, Show Chairperson, and Bob MacLeod deserve special mention for their skills as expert cabinet makers! None who beheld the humongous kitchen cabinets/tile counter tops used in the "Now" vignette, could believe that the entire structure was a fake! It was unfortunate that we could not find someone who could use the unit after the show concluded.

 

Thanks to Leith Plunkett for transporting the majority of our sale plants from the airport to their temporary greenhouse homes. (When the forklift appeared from the bowels of the air cargo facility at Sky Harbor, Leith's comment upon seeing NINE HUGE cartons - which we dubbed "poor man's caskets", was "Oh, my God!")

 

Three greenhouses were pressed into service for storing sale plants. Thanks to Bernice Ehrlich for allowing us to commandeer two-thirds of her greenhouse, to Suz Cramer, and to Ken Gettys.

 

Thanks to Judi Mead for being a really good sport and letting Keith take a day off from work to "play" with his orchid "family" on the day we set up our displays. Keith did a variety of chores for us, and we appreciated all his efforts!

 

Thanks to Ann Cherny and Lou Ann Remeikis who appeared in Victorian costumes during our show. The costumes really added another dimension to the show! (Visitors enjoyed seeing the lace worn by Ann and...Lou Ann's cleavage!) Several of our workers during the show were sorry that they had not worn period costumes, but...there's always next year! (Hint: next year's costumes might feature grass!)

 

Thanks to all members who dismantled in an hour-and-a-half the vignettes which had taken us an entire day to create. I believe we could hire out as a superb demolition team! So many members helped in our "demolition derby", it is quite possible that tools and props could have gone astray. Please check to ensure that all items you took to the VGC were returned to you. Let us know if we need to search for an item that was not returned.

 

 As I mentioned earlier, our December 4th auction was a very successful fund-raiser. Thanks are due our able auctioneers, Joe Freasier and Joe Civello, and their assistant, Ken Gettys.

 

Listed alphabetically, the following businesses generously donated items for our auction:

 

Agave Books, P.O. Box 31495, Mesa, Az. (e-mail: agavebks@interloc.com)

 

Baker Nursery, 3414 N. 40th St., Phoenix, Az.

 

Chula Orchids,* 230 Chula Vista St., Chula Vista, Ca. (e-mail: HTolen6066@aol.com)

Desert to Jungle Nursery/Pacesetters, Unltd., 3211 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello, Ca.

 

Donald Hahn, Natural History Books, P.O. Box 1004, Cottonwood, Az.

 

Mary Odette Books, 3831 N. Cherry Creek Pl., Tucson, Az. (e-mail: odette@azstarnet.com)

 

The Orchid Bench,* 32531 Rhoda Lane, Fort Bragg, Ca. (e-mail: paphlady@aol.com)

 

Sunswept Laboratories, P.O. Box 1913, Studio City, Ca.

 

Susan Barken Art, 3500 E. Lincoln Dr. #39, Phoenix, Az.

 

Windy Hill Gardens, 4500 Boles Rd., Labadie, Mo. (e-mail: ledoux@usmo.com)

 

The Orchid Society of Arizona, Inc., thanks the owners for their support of our community service agenda. If any OSA member wants to contact any of the above businesses, ask any board member for additional information.

 

* Note: If any OSA e-mailer is not already on Harry Tolen's list of correspondents, you need to telephone him BEFORE you e-mail him so that he can add your name to his list of correspondents.

 

Also, Regine Plows, owner of The Orchid Bench, included a note with her donation of plants for our auction. She apologized that she had no plants in bud to send for our auction, hoped that none of the leaves on the plants she sent arrived broken, wished all of us "a Happy Holiday Season", and hoped that she "made a worthwhile contribution" to OSA. Other donors enclosed similar good wishes for the success of our auction.

 

Our Annual Fund-raising Auction focuses on the auction, but that does not mean that the blooming plants placed on the display table by OSA members were not greatly admired and appreciated! Perhaps next year members who bring display plants will have the opportunity to make brief comments about their prized plants BEFORE the auction begins.

  

Attention veteran OSA orchid growers: With so many new members and quite a few of them with limited growing experience, we have our work assignments for the new year! Some new members may be too timid to ask questions. They may not realize that "the meek shall inherit"...little growing information! If WE ASK newer growers if they have any questions they would like to have answered, we send a message that we want to be helpful. Not to worry if you approach a "new" member only to discover that he or she is a veteran OSA member. If you don't recognize the name on a name badge, don't be embarrassed. Use the opportunity to become acquainted!

 

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHEDULE: Our first community service program for the year has been scheduled for January 21, at 9:30 a.m. It will be presented for the Saguaro Garden Club. ALL OSA members are encouraged to approach groups who might be interested in free orchid program presentations. Simply tell the group's contact person to telephone any OSA board member so that a program can be added to our schedule.

 

 

OSA'S DISPLAY/EVENT SCHEDULE FOR 1998 WILL APPEAR IN THE FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER.

 

NEW COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS for 1998: Ken Gettys is the new Publicity Chairman, and Kathleen Luther is the new Librarian. Kathleen will open the library at the VGC fifteen minutes before the start of each meeting, and members may check books out of the library at that time. All new members receive copies of the contents of OSA's library, and you might save yourself time if you know before you arrive at the meeting, which book you want to check out.

 

 

 

ACTING EDITOR OF "THE ARIZONA ORCHIDIST": Carol Clapp, Editor of the Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs' "Greenleaf Bulletin" (and several other newsletters), is serving as our Acting Editor for the January, February, and March issues. This allows us to maintain the continuity of our newsletter while we search for an OSA member who will serve as our Editor. Our sincere thanks to Carol for her efforts on our behalf! Our deadline for submitting material is the 15th of the month.

 

SUBMISSIONS NEEDED FOR "THE ARIZONA ORCHIDIST": We need original articles, newspaper clippings, and any other material you think our members might find interesting - even cartoons! If special events happen in the lives of our members, we want to share such news with our members. But if we don't know about such events, we obviously can't report them. If you submit material from another publication, state your source and include any copyright information. If you have nothing to submit but you have a subject you would like to read about in our newsletter, let us know. We'll gladly search the literature for articles relating to the subject.

 

 

NEW ON THE INTERNET: OSA member and author,Bob Gordon, has a web site! The URL for Bob's Laid-Back Publications is: http://www.js-net.com/orchid (Note: The gent pictured on the cover of GARDEN WRITING is NOT Bob as a boy!)

 

You may find it hard to believe, but the USDA has actually SIMPLIFIED the procedure for applying for an import permit! The URL for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Plant Protection and Quarantine web site is: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppq/bats/permits/ Click on Download Forms and when the various possible form numbers appear on your monitor, click on Form 587. Note: you will need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and then print the form. Reader is FREE and can be accessed from "forms at www.aphis.usda.gov" For OSA members who are not "wired", there will be additional permit forms available at our monthly meetings. Applicants for import permits submit the completed forms to the USDA, APHIS, PPQ Permit Unit in Riverdale, Maryland. The complete address is printed on the form.

 

For Your Information: As of 12/14/97, there are 27 OSA members using e-mail, and most of them can also "surf the net". We strive to include something for everyone in our newsletters. Any information acquired via the internet that sounds interesting to a non-wired member, IS available. We share all information!

  

IS THIS YOUR LAST ISSUE OF "THE ARIZONA ORCHIDIST"? If you have not yet paid your membership dues AND completed your application/renewal form, you will want to submit your dues and form BY January 15, or you will not receive the February issue.

 

 

WINTER WATERING TIP: If you use tap water on your orchids, warm a portion of the water before you use it on your orchids. Most of us, unless we have overactive libidos, do not appreciate bodily contact with ice-cold water. Orchids do not appreciate it, either. If you use a Hozon siphon to water/fertilize your orchids, you most likely also use a bucket in which you place a concentration of fertilized water. Warm approximately one gallon of unfertilized water in a microwave oven or other heat source, pour the heated water into the bucket, then add about 3 additional gallons of room temperature water to the bucket. You can use a thermometer to test the temperature of the water OR your hand. Using a thermometer the first time to find out if the water mix is between 85-90 degrees is probably wise so that you do not scald yourself. Add the fertilizer AFTER the hand-temperature-test. Hot water might change the chemical composition of the fertilizer.

 

The Hozon mixes at a ratio of 16 parts tap water to one part warmed water. The water that comes out of the hose on a very cold day is then in the 60-70 degree temperature range. If you don't use such a siphon, then you need to figure out a way to take the chill off the water. Your orchids will thank you!

 

HAPPY 1998 TO OSA MEMBERS from Lou Ann Remeikis, OSA Ist Vice·President

 

The year of 1997 is over, and we are now embarking on the new year - are we all ready! I am asking for your help with the success of 1998. I am requesting YOU provide me with suggestions on what you would like to see during our in-house program presentations. What would you like to learn! What would you like more information on! Are there particular aspects of orchid care you feel you are deficient in, and that we would be able to do a presentation on! Are there particular orchids you would like more information on! Answering these questions, or making suggestions will provide me with ideas for presentations that will REALLY interest YOU! Please see me at the meetings with any ideas you may have for in-house presentations for the year.

 

I wish to personally thank Joe Freasier and Joe Civello for their assistance with the December auction. Keith Mead was also instrumental in assisting with keeping the records straight and taking in the money for the highest bidders. Other members were just as important to the success of the December auction, but space is limited in the Newsletter to acknowledge each and every one of you. You know who you are! And...what do you think of that cute little gal, Ann Shaffer, and her mother, Mary! Ann sure got into the spirit of holding that hand up to bid on items she wanted! What a joy it was to see everyone having so much fun!

 

Due to the fact we will have no January meeting because of the holiday, I thought I would provide an overview of the hygiene program from a few months back. Hygiene practices in growing orchids starts with you - your hands! If you are in contact with virus-infected plants and touch healthy plants, guess what! Yes, you've contaminated your healthy orchids. One of the most important things you can do for your orchid collection is to care for them with clean hands.

Your work surfaces, potting equipment, and pruning equipment should also be free from bacteria and germs. To do this, clean your surfaces and equipment with a solution of chlorine bleach and water (1 to 10 ratio). You can soak your tools, cutting/pruning equipment, and pots in this solution to kill any virus or bacteria, which can affect the health of your plants.

 

As a reminder, even watering your orchids collectively can be a hazard. If you are watering an infected orchid near your other orchids, the spray from the water can splatter to your healthy plants.

 

Obviously if you have a large collection of orchids, it is not practical to individually separate your plants for individual watering. Even for the small collector, it can be a tedious and time-consuming chore. You should definitely inspect your plants on a regular basis, maybe while watering them. Separate the ones you feel are questionable in health from the plants you know are healthy. It is much easier to place a plant or two in "solitary confinement" rather than subject your entire collection to something which may destroy them. If you can successfully nurse these plants back to health, you can then return them to the growing area with the rest of your orchid collection.

 

Common sense goes a long way when it comes to hygiene practices in the care of your orchids - or any plants you may have. Observation and inspection of your plants, keeping your growing area as clear from debris as possible, removing dead or dying blooms and leaves as needed, and keeping your hands germ·free are good ways to practice good hygiene.

 

Have a safe January, a happy beginning to 1998, and a year full of orchid blooms to reward you for your efforts!

 

Lou ann

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