The Arizona Orchidist Newsletter 

published by

The Orchid Society Of Arizona, Inc.

Founding Editor Clarence S. Lindsten, 1966 



August Newsletter

  The next regular society monthly meeting will be Thursday August 3rd , 2000, at the Valley Garden Center, 1809 N. 15th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona.  Phone: (602) 252-2120.  The meeting, open to all plant enthusiasts, will start at 7:00 PM.

August Program
  Orchids in Baskets!   
There will be a demonstration of the “how-tos” of planting and maintaining orchids in hanging baskets.   We may possibly even have a demostration on how to make baskets.
Also anybody  who is growing orchids in unusual containers, Please bring them in so we could see them.   
The rules are:
1)the container can’t be a conventional plastic or clay pot
2)the container can’t be a prefabricated wire basket
3)the container can’t be a teak or cedar prefabricated wood basket.

 From the President’s Desk
by   Lou Ann Remeikis

I want to send a big thank you to Bob MacLeod for bringing in the video of his growing area!  It was very interesting to see how he manages to successfully grow orchids outdoors without a traditional greenhouse.   Bob, your narrative of the video explained your set-up very well, and we know it works because the membership has seen the blooming plants you have brought into the Show & Tell segment of our meetings.  I also know of a few people who have bought extra raffle tickets trying to get the opportunity to win plants you have put on the raffle table (right Peggy?)  Thank you for sharing it with us!

As I advised at the meeting, the video which was shown at the July meeting, “An Introduction to Orchids” is available to our members by checking it out through the library.  If you would like to borrow the tape, please call me (602-803-6889 or 480-892-0263) and I will bring it to the next meeting for you.   Due to the fact the Valley Garden Center does not maintain a constant temperature when the facility is not in use, I hesitate to leave the tape in the heat of the library.  
I really wish more members could have made the trip to Santa Barbara!  I feel awful that Shirley couldn’t make the trip at the last minute, due to her doctor’s advice.  I’m sure next year she’ll make up for it!  I believe everyone who participated in this year’s field trip had a sensational time.  There were more vendors at this event than ever before, and we had the opportunity to attend the Cal Orchid Festival across the street from the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate.  Cal Orchid had a few extra vendors there, too.  They even had a cute little band that was playing when I was there! 
It is quite fun to walk up to some of the vendors and have them know us.    Several of the vendors have been speakers at our meetings, or recognize our individual names from placing orders with them over the years, and we were greeted with special smiles and deals.   We found out that this is probably the last time we’ll be able to visit Stewart’s Orchids as they are moving their whole operation to Nache, Mississippi!  That’s too far for us to go for a field trip, but they treated our group to some munchies and great deals while we were there.  Did everyone notice the “miles” of blooming vanilla climbing up the walls and across the ceiling beams?  It was pretty amazing!  If you have a chance, ask David Wehrli about the fabulous paphs that were waiting for him when he got there!

I must commend the members who went on the trip.  You made it all worth while for me.  This was the first time I did any more than just go and spend my money.   Willie and I put the whole thing together, after the Board and members voted on going to San Diego.  I really appreciate everyone being on time for everything!   It is amazing that all of us were at the airport with plenty of time to spare, and the schedule was adhered to all day by all participants - thank you!  
For those members who participated in the field trip, I would like to solicit from you any suggestions and/or criticisms of this year’s trip.  With each field trip the Board has learned what we should do, or what we shouldn’t do on future trips.  I would like feedback on what you thought about the trip and how we could make it even better!

I hope everyone has had an opportunity to read the hand-out that was available at July’s meeting on the proposed changes to the CITES regulations.  Please, if you feel strongly enough about the proposed changes, please send your comments  by e-mail ( or by fax to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Arlington, VA.  The deadline for comments to be received is August 7, 2000!

Please remember to clean out those closets and donate anything you can to the Northern Arizona Veteran’s Administration Health Care residents.  OSA’s Board of Directors will be taking all donated items to the residents on August 27th where we will be assisting in the greenhouse, touring the greenhouse, and conducting a short business meeting before returning to Phoenix.  They are in need of so many things, and every item taken to them is so very appreciated!   Many of these individuals do not have family and live only by what the government provides them or through donations - and they deserve so much more for what they have done for our country!
I’ll get off my soapbox for now.  I hope to see you all at the August meeting and until then I wish you…
Happy Growing!
Lou Ann   

Selby Vignettes 
 An orchid for Mid summer
John T. Atwood, Director
Orchid Identification Center
 Mid summer rings in the flowering doldrums for orchid collections along the Heat Belt. At Selby, stanhopeas and gongoras help fill summer's void, but we constantly seek to broaden diversity of our late summer flowering cattleyas. Part of the answer may have been accidentally developed right here.
 We have frequently promoted our Cattleya *hardyana, a 1984 remake of the natural hybrid once encountered in Colombia among C. dowiana var. Aurea and C. warscewiczii. The Victorians loved it, but it was lost to horticulture for decades. We enjoyed a spectacular flowering of at least 15 clones this year, but none as promising as a late flowering clone with garnet red lip and large well defined yellow eyes. The growths are larger than those of other clones producing up to five flowers each while the others produced two to very rarely four flowers. But more importantly, this clone flowers later in the summer with several sheaths showing buds promising an August display. I estimate this plant will be in flower again about the second week of August and when it should again be on display. If you wish to see it, come to the Tropical Display House about 12 August, or look for an image of it on Selby's Webb site at

by Wilella Stimmell, CSP Coordinator
On Monday, June 19, SANDY ALLEN, LOU REMEIKIS, KELLY THOMAS, and I met at 9:30 AM at the Encanto Park Clubhouse, 2121 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix, and presented our "Orchid 101" program for the children who are enrolled in Camp Sunrise, a summer camp for children ages 3-7 who have cancer. The camp is co-sponsored by the City of Phoenix and  the American Cancer Society.

The children were curious as they watched our program team members spread newspapers on the long tables in front of them, fill basins with water, place large piles of fir bark on each table, and begin cutting large pieces of plastic from the empty water jugs that OSA member, ANNETTE HURST, had delivered to the Clubhouse. Thanks Annette!
During our brief discussion that always precedes the hands-on portion of our programs, the children admired our blooming plants. Matthew, age 7, could correctly answer all the questions we asked. According to Camp Director, Judy Poel, Matthew is a frequent viewer of nature and science programs on the Discovery Channel.   Following the program, the children sent us notes of thanks which we will put on display at our November orchid show. 

Thanks also to NELDA CALDWELL for donating a scoop with serrated edges for use in our programs. By using the scoop to remove lava rocks from buckets, we no longer suffer "rock scrapes" on our hands.

by Wilella Stimmell
Rarely do we have the privilege of participating in a 96th birthday celebration, but on July 9th, 4 OSA members were honored to help OSA life member, Deacon Bell, celebrate his 96th birthday.  Keith Mead came to Santa Fe from Albuquerque, and Norma Kafer and Jim Gordon came from Taos to join in the festivities.  
Several days before I arrived in Santa Fe, I had ordered a birthday  cake from a Santa Fe bakery. Although Deacon suffers from macular degeneration, he sees more than many people with normal vision, see! Using one of his favorite foods which requires refrigeration, as a diversion, I was able to get the cake safely hidden without his knowledge that a cake was in his house.
We took Deacon to lunch at Bishop's Lodge, a historic inn about 3 miles outside of Santa Fe. The other diners on the patio applauded after our waiter announced to everyone that Deacon was celebrating his 96th birthday. After lunch, our "party of 5" returned to Deacon's home where we presented him with his cake. He was truly surprised, which was fun for the rest of us. 
For benefit of our newer members who have no knowledge of the  "Dean" of our society, you might be interested to know that Deacon donated all of his orchids to us last year. During the past 60 years, he had grown orchids in Dallas, New Orleans, Phoenix, and Santa Fe. (He was first introduced to orchids when he was stationed in Hawaii in 1941, immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.)   In July, 1999, Deacon declared that he no longer wanted the responsibility of caring for orchids. His decision was most likely predicated on the fact that a very serious blood infection had left him in a weakened condition, more than on a loss of enthusiasm  for orchids. But a year later, he is much stronger and definitely "on the mend". The good news is that as his health returned, his interest in orchids also returned! He intends to grow a few orchids in "bell jars", and the plastic domes he will use for a growing environment have already been ordered from a catalog company. Deacon is proof positive that orchid "addiction" is a lifelong joy that is sorely missed if a grower attempts to "exorcise" orchids from his life!

For those who knew that Deacon had been growing his orchids in an indoor greenhouse of his own design and manufacture, you might be interested to know that he placed the framework in his small garden, and it is being used to support bean vines. (Deacon practiced  recycling LONG before recycling became fashionable.)

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