Monday October 23, Fred Clarke will be our monthly speaker and he will have a wide selection of plants available for pre-order, including his famous Catasetinae, Cattleyas, Australian Dendrobiums and Paphiopedilums.   Fred always gives an interesting presentation and offers amazing plants for pre-order to FOS members. His hybridizing program has resulted in some very sought-after orchid hybrids such as Fdk After Dark Sunset Valley Orchids CCE/AOS (photo below).

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Monday September 25, our speaker is Bill Thoms a well-known author and grower of award-winning Bulbophyllums.  Bill grows his plants in shallow cedar baskets rather than on cork bark mounts.  Bill believes that because they are easier to keep moist in a basket than a mounted specimen, his plants grow bigger and have more flowers.  In his book called “Bulbophyllums”, Bill describes the technique and the results are amazing.  It is not unusual for Bill's plants to have more than 100 flowers with unblemished leaves and overflowing a wood and wire 16 cm x 30 cm basket.  In his presentation, Bill will tell us about best growing techniques as well as recommend species and hybrids that will thrive in different growing environments that we have in Calgary.

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In June, we will hear from our very own Shawn Hillis, of Garden Slippers.  As we all know, Shawn is a member of FOS and his Calgary nursery specializes in temperate orchids that are hardy in Calgary gardens.  Garden Slippers has been in business for 10 years and has gained a loyal following for the wonderful selection of rare cypripedium orchids that thrive outdoors in Canadian gardens. Shawn will tell us all about growing cypripedium orchids outdoors in Calgary as well as the latest new plants available in Canada. Shawn’s cypripediums have been awarded a number of AOS Awards of Merit, including Cypripedium Pixi ‘Pop’, Cypripedium Pixi ‘Purple Haze’ and most recently Cypripedium guttatum ‘Spot’.  Check out Shawn’s website at http://www.gardenslippers.com/ for a full list of the latest cypripediums available in Canada.

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In May 2017, we will be welcoming Sergio Garcia of Olompali Orchids.  The topic of Sergio’s presentation is “Laelia purpurata and its Varieties”. When I spoke to him, he said: “Yes, I do know that Laelia purpurata has been renamed as a Cattleya, but make the choice to continue calling it a Laelia”.  Sergio has given presentations at the American Orchid Society Annual Meeting as well as many prestigious orchid shows around the world.  It should be an interesting evening. 

 

Olompali Orchids specializes in Laelia and Cattleya species as well as selected clones and hybrids.  Below are pictured some of the featured orchids available at Olompali Orchids.

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MARCH 27, 2017

MARY GERRITSEN

FEBRUARY 27, 2017

PAT VAN ADRICHEM, KINGFISHER ORCHIDS

JANUARY 23, 2017

GORDON HEAPS

DECEMBER 12, 2016

FOS DECEMBER SOCIAL

NOVEMBER 28, 2016

LEA ROMANOWSKI, DESIGNING ON THE EDGE

OCTOBER 23, 2016

FOS JUDGING EVENT - SHAWN HILLIS, GARDEN SLIPPERS and SAM TSUI, ORCHID INN

SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

ALAN KOCHE, GOLD COUNTRY ORCHIDS

JUNE 27, 2016

FRED CLARKE, SUNSET VALLEY ORCHIDS

Ctsm. Dentigrianum, Cl. Rebecca Northen 'Grapefruit Pink'. Photos courtesy of Sunset Valley Orchids.

MAY 16, 2016

GLEN DECKER, PIPING ROCK ORCHIDS

Phragmipedium Haley Decker 'Piping Rock', Phragmipedium kovachii ('Laura' x 'Ana'). Photos courtesy of Piping Rock Orchids.

APRIL 25, 2016

ANNUAL FUND RAISING AUCTION & DINNER

MARCH 21, 2016

LYNDON PENNER

FEBRUARY 29, 2016

BEN ROSTRON, OSA

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JANUARY 25, 2016

TERRY GROSZBEIL, FORESTVIEW GARDENS