Newsletter December 2022 – Volume 75, Issue 11

December Update With The Society

Steve Dorsey, President, began our meeting by introducing our speaker Peter T. Lin who spoke to us on Neofinetia and its hybrids. Before Peter began his presentation. Steve had Robert Culver speak about the new Plant Table Tag System. This system is being put in place to help both our photographer Sean Hoyt prepare the photographs for our gallery and to allow each of us to identify the plants more easily when we are walking about the Plant Table.

Steve then had Joe Grienauer come up and speak about the 2023 Flower and Garden Festival. Joe spoke about what we will be building this coming year and the need for help.

Peter T. Lin then spoke to us about Neofinetia and its hybrids. Peter covered the history of Neofinetia with its long history in Japan and the current judging system in place there. Unlike here, Neofeinetias are judged not for their flowers but primarily for the shape of the plant, the color of the root tips, how they are potted on mounds of moss, and the containers they are potted in. He showed the great variety of forms that the plants come in as well as the forms that the flowers come in. 

Peter talked about the natural environment of these plants, and in one dramatic picture showed the limbs of a Ginko enrobed in white from Neofentias covering the branches of the tree. Peter covered the culture of Neofentias while covering their natural environment. These plants are very temperature tolerant and adapt well to home living.

He then covered the hybrids that are being made with Neofinetia. There are many delightful hybrids being made with genera such as Vanda, Rhynchostylis, Aerides, Phalaenopsis, and Renethara. These plants will make an excellent addition to a collection for anyone growing in the home or an intermediate to warm greenhouse.

The December Meeting is our annual Holiday Social. There will be Plant Giveaway for NWOS Members, Annual Report, Introduction of new Officers, Orchid Trophy Competitions, and Voting on new Bylaws.

This year will be a no-host catered event by the El Gran Taco.

Unlike previous years we will have a display table. Unlike our standard Display Table, we will not have a discussion of the Display Table plants. We will still have them labeled and photographed and shown on the website as well as in the January Newsletter, but, the focus of this meeting will be our Trophy Tables. You will be encouraged to talk to members about their plants.

The registration for the November Meeting: Zoom Registration. However, this is primarily an in-person event. The Zoom portion is only as a reminder to members for them to reserve their holiday plants prior to the end of the meeting. The details are on the December Meeting page.

There will be no Sales Table, Raffle or Library at this month’s meeting.

The UW no longer has Covid restrictions for gatherings. We will still provide masks and hand sanitizers for attendees for their personal use as they see fit.