2018 - 2019


NOVEMBER 26, 2018

ROSS OTTO & BARBARA PODMORE - Discussed how they grow orchids on the windowsill and under lights & focused on the evolution of cultural practices including LED lighting and ProMix.

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 Cattleya maxima “Barbara’s Big Catt” HCC/AOS

Cattleya maxima “Barbara’s Big Catt” HCC/AOS


OCTOBER 29, 2018

HADLEY CASH, MARRIOTT ORCHIDS - Complex Paphiopedilums, Our Newest & Most Exciting Crosses

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2018

GLEN DECKER, PIPING ROCK ORCHIDS - Phragmipediums and their culture

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2017 - 2018

JUNE 25, 2018

SHAWN HILLIS, GARDEN SLIPPERS - Garden Slippers, growing temperate slippers in the garden

 Cypripedium Sabine

Cypripedium Sabine

 Cypripedium Paul

Cypripedium Paul


MAY 28, 2018

CORDELIA HEAD, J & L ORCHIDS - Miniature Orchids

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Flower photos courtesy of Philip Hansen


APRIL 30, 2018

FOS ANNUAL FUNDRAISING AUCTION - DOUG LEVIS, LEVIS FINE ART AUCTIONS & APPRAISALS

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MARCH 26, 2018

PAT VAN ADRICHEM, KINGFISHER ORCHIDS - Phalaenopsis

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FEBRUARY 26, 2018

LEA ROMANOWSKI, DESIGNING ON THE EDGE - Floral Arrangements with Orchids

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JANUARY 29, 2018

TERRY GROSZEIBL, FORESTVIEW GARDENS - Dendrobiums

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DECEMBER 18, 2017

FOS HOLIDAY SOCIAL

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Photo courtesy of Heather, 2017

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NOVEMBER 27, 2017

DAVID FIELDER, NATURALIST & PHOTOGRAPHER - Alberta Native Orchid Species: How to find them

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 Photographed by Mike, June 2017

Photographed by Mike, June 2017


OCTOBER 23, 2017

FRED CLARKE, SUNSET VALLEY ORCHIDS - Catasetinae

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

BILL THOMS, AUTHOR AND GROWER - 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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2016 - 2017

JUNE 26, 2017

SHAWN HILLIS, GARDEN SLIPPERS

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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MAY 29, 2017

SERGIO GARCIA, OLOMPALI ORCHIDS - 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, CO-AUTHOR - Miniature Orchid Species


FEBRUARY 27, 2017

PAT VAN ADRICHEM, KINGFISHER ORCHIDS


JANUARY 23, 2017

GORDON HEAPS - Orchid pests & diseases


DECEMBER 12, 2016

FOS DECEMBER SOCIAL


NOVEMBER 28, 2016

LEA ROMANOWSKI, DESIGNING ON THE EDGE


OCTOBER 23, 2016

AOS JUDGING EVENT: SHAWN HILLIS, GARDEN SLIPPERS & SAM TSUI, ORCHID INN


SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

ALAN KOCHE, GOLD COUNTRY ORCHIDS


2015 - 2016

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