|OSA will be showing the American Orchid Society's video entitled, "An
Introduction to Orchids". I first saw this video at the 16th World
Orchid Conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada and purchased it for our membership.
This is a spectacular videotape, a portion of it being filmed on location
in Costa Rica, explaining the biology, cultivation and history of orchids
for the novice and the experienced orchid grower. We will have a
big screen TV for the viewing of the video. If anyone is interested
in borrowing the tape in the future, please contact me and I can make arrangements
for the tape to be obtained.
I am getting so excited about the field trip to Santa Barbara.
I can hardly believe it is just a couple of weeks away by the time you
get this newsletter. I now have in my possession the airline tickets
and Willie has made the arrangements for the bus transportation.
All we need is for everyone who is participating in the trip to NOT sleep
past their alarm clock that day! I know it is a VERY early day, but
the whole experience will be worth it. Look for the itinerary and
additional information regarding the field trip in this newsletter.
I will also have copies of the itinerary available at the July 6th regular
OSA's membership is very grateful for two cash donations received at
the June meeting. Gardener's World gave us a cash donation, and so
did one of our members, Kelly Thomas. Kelly has just embarked
on a new venture. Her own business named Picasso Dreams. Kelly
specializes in decorative painting and garden design and has graciously
offered to donate 5% of her commission when the job is for an OSA member
or if the job was obtained through a referral from an OSA member.
Kelly does some spectacular faux painting, and she described to me a wonderful
fireplace that she helped dress up with her artistic talent. Keep
Kelly in mind for those home improvements you have always wanted but have
never found the time to do. Thank you Kelly and thanks
to Gary Peterson of Gardener's World for your generosity!
I know it sounds a bit premature to mention, however at the last Board
Meeting a unanimous decision was made to setup a sales table during the
Encanto Homeowner's Tour. This event is scheduled for March 25, 2001.
There will be additional information in future newsletters and at the
meetings as this event is finalized.
The Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs has also announced their fund
raiser is scheduled for March 17th, 2001. It looks like the calendar
for 2001 is starting to fill up! We even have Community Service Programs
booked for next year! Anyway, I digress. AFGC's fund raiser
will be $25.00 for the dinner and featured guest speaker. There will
also be a regular sales table, a silent auction and a live auction during
this event. More information will be forthcoming in the future.
The Board of Directors also discussed and approved the Question and
Answer period that will be conducted during each monthly meeting.
It was decided not to set the Q&A session on a set schedule at each
meeting, as there are times when our guest speakers may need to make
their presentation and leave.
At times such as this, we will conduct the Q&A period after the
speaker's presentation. The Board and I received a lot of positive
feedback from the Q&A segment which we had at the last two meetings
and some good questions were put forth. It is very beneficial for
you, as members and guests, to not be shy and ask pertinent questions and
provide feedback by answering these questions with your suggestions or
experiences. We all have the same goal - achieving success
in our orchid growing endeavors.
Did anyone see Anne Connor in the newspaper (Arizona Republic) on Saturday,
June 10th? Anne, it was a great photo of you and the roses!
The article that accompanied the photo focused on the Valley Garden Center
and the attempts being made to keep the center alive and available for
garden clubs like ours.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting on July 6th, and hope
you all have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July holiday. Fly the
Happy Growing -
Thank you the donations to the Raffle Table from:
Aaron Hicks (May and June), Pam Albright, Shirley Engberg, Keith Mead,
Julie Rathbun, Bob MacLeod, Willie Stimmell, and OSA.
to Kelly Thomas for
for starting her new business.
We wish you luck!
OSA COMMUNITY SERVICE REPORT
by Wilella Stimmell, CSP Coordinator
At midday on Thursday, May 18, in a van rented by OSA, school program
team members SHIRLEY ENGBERG, NORMA KAFER, JULIE RATHBUN, and I began our
journey to Joseph City. The traveling time from Phoenix to Joseph City
is approximately 4 hours. Since we needed to be at JOSEPH CITY ELEMENTARY
SCHOOL at 8:30 a.m. on the 19th, we decided that it was prudent to drive
up the previous day.
Since we were driving in daylight hours, we decided to take the scenic
route - through Winslow from Camp Verde. Julie served as our navigator.
Dark clouds gathered and rain fell as we traveled through forested areas.
Steam arose from the highway. Julie assured us that we need not be concerned
about the "watch for deer" sign because deer emerge from the woods at dusk
- feeding time - and it was only 3 p.m. As we rounded a bend in the road,
4 deer that apparently could not tell time, were standing in the roadway.
Luckily they were fleet of foot; otherwise, we would have had LOTS of venison
We spent the night in Holbrook and continued on to Joseph City, a 10
minute drive, the next morning. BOB MACLEOD, one of our program team members,
had arrived (unbeknownst to us until he arrived at the school) in Holbrook
at 2 a.m. and slept in the cab of his truck. PAM ALBRIGHT, another program
team member, had business to conduct in Flagstaff before she drove to Joseph
City. Our van, Bob's truck, and Pam's SUV all converged at the same time
on the school.
Our programs were conducted in the gymnasium where the children sat
at long work tables. The principal divided the 100 students in the
1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades into 3 groups, and during the last class, she
helped our program team members, parents, and other teachers fashion the
mini-greenhouses out of the milk jugs that the children had saved and brought
This was the first time a principal helped us during a program. Another
"first" happened when students found two slugs lurking in the sphagnum
moss in which the Phalaenopsis seedlings had been potted. One of the teachers
placed the slugs in a jar and passed the jar around so that all the children
could see the slugs. It surprised us that the students were fascinated
by the slugs. (Based on our experience, at least one "city" student would
have been repulsed by the very sight of the slugs.) Alec, a 1st grade student,
greatly admired the algae covering the outside of a pot of one of the display
plants. He thought it was "so cool"! Students in rural areas appear
to be more in tune with nature than students in urban areas.
Boys and girls alike eagerly unpotted their orchid seedlings, washed
the roots of their plants, and patiently waited until a program team member
could assist them in the repotting of their seedlings. Chance, a
3rd grade boy, made no attempt to contain his enthusiasm. As he thrust
his hands into the pile of fir bark close to him, he repeated several times,
"This is such fun! I love this! THANK you for coming to our school!"
By the time we had concluded the last program in the afternoon, the
students from the 3rd grade morning class had already composed their "Thank
You" notes and presented them to us. A few days after we arrived back in
Phoenix, we received a large envelope containing more notes of thanks.
We will display some of the artwork done by the students at Joseph City
Elementary, at our November orchid show.
Thanks to BOB MACLEOD for purchasing and donating several huge bags
of lava rocks and for hauling them to Joseph City and also for donating
pots. Thanks Bob!
Thanks to NELDA CALDWELL for the loan of her heavy-duty soil scoop (Trying
to retrieve lava rocks from buckets can split fingernails. We've tried
using several different methods to retrieve the rocks, and the soil scoop
worked best.) Since our trek to Joseph City, Nelda purchased and donated
to OSA, a soil scoop for use in our programs.
Thanks Nelda! Thanks to PAM ALBRIGHT for furnishing lunch for all program
team members. We thoroughly enjoyed the food. Thanks Pam!
SPECIAL THANKS TO JAY MULLEN, ASSISTANT BRANCH MANAGER OF ENTERPRISE
RENTAL, 3230 N. SCOTTSDALE RD., SCOTTSDALE, FOR ONCE AGAIN GIVING OSA A
SIZABLE REDUCTION IN THE USUAL DAILY RENTAL RATE ON THE VAN AND FOR INCLUDING
UNLIMITED MILEAGE IN THE RENTAL CONTRACT. (For those of you who did not
receive our June newsletter, you might not know that we mentioned that
Jay gave OSA the same reduced rate and consideration when we rented a van
for the trip to Alice Byrne School in Yuma). Thanks Jay!
(A report on the June 19 Camp Sunrise program will appear in our August
NEWS FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
If you use DURSBAN as a pesticide control for aphids and mealybugs,
you should know that the EPA intends to stop the production of and phase-out
chlorpyrifos. Dursban (chlorpyrifos) "is one of the most widely used organophosphate
insecticides in the United States".
(Dursban 50 wettable powder was registered for use on orchids, and
is listed in ORCHID PESTS AND DISEASES, published by the American
Orchid Society, 1995 Revised Edition, page 36.)
The agreement to eliminate Dursban was posted on the EPA's web site
on June 8. According to the information on the site, the manufacture of
chlorpyrifos will be halted by December this year.
Additional information on the action taken by the EPA on June 8, can
be found on the EPA web site at: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides
For those of you who do not have access to the internet, a copy of
the details of the agreement to eliminate Durbans will be available at
our July meeting.
Also under discussion by the EPA: assessment of the risk factors
involved with the use of the pesticides Malathion and Diazinon. (These
two products are also registered for use on orchids.)
It's unwise to stockpile the chemical in anticipation of its withdrawal
from the market. This is because most chemicals have a shelf life, and
many companies do not put a date on bottles of pesticides or at least not
one that a person can decipher. Several years ago when Kelthane was withdrawn
from the market, there was sufficient advance warning so that growers had
time to stockpile the stuff, and they did. However, Kelthane was marketed
in small bottles, and one bottle didn't last long - especially if several
growers "split" a bottle.
DID YOU KNOW?
At the Canelo Hills Cienega Preserve in southern Arizona, the Nature
Conservancy used FIRE to save the Canelo Hills ladies' tresses orchid.
Thirty years ago TNC became the stewards of Canelo Hills and fenced out
cattle so they could not graze on the land. Without the cattle grazing
on the land, a thick mat of spikerush grew and crowded out the ladies'
tresses orchid. The lesson TNC learned was that "A simple absence of cattle
does not guarantee a return to Eden." Read the article "Good Cow,
Bad Cow" in the July/August issue of NATURE CONSERVANCY, pages 12-19. This
publication is available to OSA members in our library.
This month's website comes to us from
Bergstrom Orchids was one of the generous vendors at the Pacific Orchid
Expo in San Francisco. GO SEE THIS SITE!! I went to view it
and spent quite a while there. It is easy to navigate, fun, and they
have a question and answer forum/board, deals for under $20, a large array
of plants separated by species with photos, and much more. It is
a bit graphic intensive but loads pretty fast. Any cat lovers should
check this page out too.Arizona Orchidist Newsletter January 1998
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