Yesterday I went to my first "real" orchid society meeting at the Newport Harbor Orchid Society. I went once before but it happened to be during their Christmas party so more of a social event. It was a blast looking at all of the growers plants and learning a lot from the speakers. Meeting a whole bunch of new orchid friends was also really awesome! But the highlight of the night came at raffle time!
Me and my gf (who came with me) piled together $10 worth of raffle tickets and crossed our fingers and hoped for the best. There were about 40ish plants being raffled, species and hybrids and a few noids. The meeting was composed of maybe around 50 people so we were hoping for a plant or two and we would go home happy campers for sure.
5 plants later and i could feel my face getting red with delight (and a little embarrasment for winning so many plants) but everybody was happy for us. I walked away with Dendrochilum wenzellii, Dendrochilum tenellum, and a Bulbophyllum maximum. My gf got a very nice cymbidium hybrid, a board mounted hybrid, and she won a Brassia/intergeneric hybrid in the silent auction.
All in all the meeting was a blast. I learned a lot from the bulbo culture class and got to see a slideshow a members trip to the World Orchid show that was held in Singapore this year i believe. The people there are amazing and i look forward to joining as a member. Thanks again to all associated with the Newport Harbor Orchid Society!
Now does anybody have any tips for the Dendrochilums or the bulbo maximum? Can the dendroc's be grown outside here in mission viejo, southern CA?