February 2017 Meeting of the Jacksonville Orchid Society – 14 February 2017

The Jacksonville Orchid Society meets on the second Tuesday of each month (except in May and December) at the Garden Club of Jacksonville, 1005 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32204. The doors open at 7 pm. Guests and visitors are always welcome! If you decide to join after coming to a few meetings, membership is $25.00 for a family and $20.00 for individuals.

We conduct an Orchid Culture Class for beginner and new growers needing assistance beginning at 7 pm. This is a good time to ask questions from an expert grower and get tips for what to do when there is a problem. The class covers a wide variety of topics including species and hybrids that are good to grow in this area, identification of pests and diseases, watering and fertilizing, and where to grow your orchids.

Our general program with guest speakers begins at 7:30. During the program, we hold a general business meeting, serve refreshments, listen to an inspiring presentation by an orchid expert, participate in a raffle, and look at many beautiful and exotic orchids brought in by our members on the “Show Table.” As a general rule, guest speakers often bring orchids for sale to members, guests and visitors before or after the meeting.

This month we’ll be talking about the upcoming 2017 JOS Orchid Show. This month’s featured speaker will be Graham Ramsey. He is a representative from Orchiata and his program topic is “Repotting with Orchiata.” Graham will not have any Orchiata with him for sale, so the club will be taking orders if there is enough interest and will pick it up for delivery. The price is expected to be about $20 per 40 liter bag and you can sign-up at the meeting.

Orchid Sales. Since our speaker does not have plants to sell we encourage members to bring plants for sale either as silent auction plants or a table full of plants for sale. We ask 20% either way. If you do bring orchids for sale, please insure they are bug-free. It may be early in the season, but the bugs don’t care and are always looking for a new home.
Members are welcome to bring blooming plants for a friendly judging at the Show Table. Here are the Show Table Instructions and a link to the interactive Show Table Forms:
http://jaxorchidsociety.org/showtableentryforminstructions-3/
http://jaxorchidsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/ShowTableEntryFormInteractive-1.pdf
At selected meetings, members are invited to bring plants for a silent auction. The JOS receives 20% of auction receipts and the grower receives 80%. Here is the Plant Auction Seller Sheet:
http://jaxorchidsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/AuctionPlantsSellerSheetInteractive.pdf