Meetings of the Sacramento Orchid Society

Sacramento Orchid Society has FREE monthly meetings open to everyone. Plenty of free parking is available in the Odd Fellows Hall parking lot.  Please DO NOT PARK at Chik-fil-A.   Meetings are held the FIRST WEDNESDAY of each month at 7 pm. 

The next meeting will be
Wednesday,  June 7, 2017
Odd Fellows Hall, 1831 Howe Avenue, Sacramento, 916-921-0569
Doors open at 6 pm and the meeting begins at 7 pm

The "Plant Doctor" will be available in the kitchen from 6:15-7 pm. Our AOS Judges have generously offered to provide this service while they are sequestered prior to the judging session. If you have an ailing plant in need of diagnosis, please bring it enclosed in a plastic zip-top bag to prevent any transmission of pests or diseases.

Meeting will be our Strawberry Social and Awards Presentation --

In addition to our awards, we will have Bill Thoms who is going to give us a Spectacular Show and Tell Table Discussion!! Plants on the Show and Tell table are discussed at greater length with tips on culture as well as extra information on history, genetics, pronunciation and a whole lot more. There will be no severe criticism. Often viewers like this better then they imagined. Humorous. So bring in your rare and weird species and challenge his expertise. Can he really discuss any and every flowering plant we bring in? We are known to display the most amazing show and table in the US. Let’s prove it!

Who is Bill Thoms? Bill has been growing and showing orchids for the last 45 years in the central Florida area. He has more awards for culture in just the Bulbophyllum genus than anyone else in the world has in total (47 so far) – and he and his wife Doris Dukes together have 105 Cultural Awards in 30 different genera. The American Orchid Society has added a new Annual Award for the Bulbophyllums, the Bill Thoms Award.

Bill gives talks all over the world on a wide range of topics, ranging from his specialty, “Bulbophyllums”, to GeneralOrchid Culture. They all are presented in a funny style that helps growers understand how the plants work and they all revolve around the Culture of Orchids. He helps the beginner grower with lots of advice about fixing problems and has a wealth of accumulated information for the more advanced grower, too! Whether you have 1000s of orchids, just a few, or only one, Bill will give you tips to make them grow and bloom better. Many people say he is the best speaker they have ever heard. Come and see for yourself.

He has a book, Bulbophyllums; the Incomplete Guide, From A to Why? Which you may purchase from him. His web site ( has lots of information about his plants.

The plant table will be provided by Bill. It will have an assortment of hybrids he has created and a variety of other stuff (pieces of his stud plants, etc.).

Visit Bill’s website and view his offerings. Pre-sale orders may be placed between now and June 3. If you purchase 3 or more plants you will get 1 free of Bill’s choice. To make sure your order arrives at our meeting, add a comment in the “NOTES” section as you are completing your order, noting “California Groups - Sacramento"

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THE ODD FELLOWS HALL 1831 Howe Ave., Sacramento



The Odd Fellows Hall is near the intersection of Howe and Alta Arden.  It is nestled behind Cost Plus Imports and Chik-fil-A, next to Exotic Plants.


The meeting begins at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:00 pm for socializing, viewing the Show and Tell table, raffle ticket purchases, membership renewals, plant purchases, and AOS judging at the California Sierra Nevada Judging Center.  Meetings typically adjourn by 9:00 pm but occasionally go as late as 9:30 pm.


Meetings feature expert speakers from around the world that cover topics from greenhouse management to species culture to orchid propagation.  Each meeting also includes a plant raffle, a Show & Tell table to display your blooming orchids, refreshments (desserts).

The "Plant Doctor" will be available prior to the meeting in the kitchen from 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm. Our AOS Judges have generously offered to provide this service while they are seque stered prior to their judging session. If you have an ailing plant in need of diagnosis, please bring it enclosed in a plastic zip-top bag to prevent any transmission of pests or diseases. 

Plant Raffle:  Our guest speaker often supplies plants for the evening's raffle table but we occasionally use other sources. This is a fantastic opportunity to obtain great plants at a very low cost!  Raffle tickets cost $1.00 each   You can earn FREE raffle tickets by bringing in plants for the show & tell table, for bringing in a dessert, or for helping in the kitchen. 

Show & Tell:  Our members bring plants to each meeting for display. This is an opportunity to brag and show off your personal achievements. For every plant you bring to Show & Tell, you receive one free raffle ticket which is put into a special drawing for the FIRST plant off the raffle table as an incentive to get people to bring plants in for show and tell.

Refreshments:  Refreshments are provided by the membership on a sign-up basis (usually desserts). When you bring snacks to a monthly meeting, you receive two free raffle ticket.

Plant Sales Table:  The plant sales table is provided for members to bring in extra plants from home that they wish to sell. This is an opportunity for all members to obtain nice orchid plants at very reasonable prices.  The society collects 15% of the sale price of each plant.

Past Programs:

June 2017 - Bill Thoms - Strawberry Social & Awards
May 2017 - Steve Beckendorf on Why are there so many Orchids?
April 2017 - Dr Lynn Kimsey - Insects & Orchids
March 2017 - Ron Parsons - An Orchid Adventure in Columbia
February 2017 - Carol Klownoski - Orchids of Japan
January 2017 - Ron Midgett - Cattleya Breeding
December 2016 - Annual holiday party
November 2016 - Ken Jacobsen - Cymbidiums
October 2016 - Annual auction and potluck
September 2016 - Dan Newman, Dendrobiums
July/August 2016 - Speakers' Day
June 2016 - Strawberry Social and awards
May 2016 - Peter Lin, "Wild and Wonderful Orchids"
April 2016 - Mary Gerritsen, "Miniature Orchids"
March 2016 - Ron Parsons, "Adventures in Southeastern Australia"
January 2016 - Carol Klonowski - Sarcochilid Orchids
December 2015 - Holiday Party
November 2015 - Cynthia Hill on "My Ten Favorite Orchids and Why I Love Them"
October 2015 - Annual Potluck and Auction
September 2015 - Guillermo Salazar - Orchids of Equador
August 2015 - Speakers' Day
July 2015 - Koch, Tyler, Sorokowski - Growers' Panel
June 2015 - Roy Tokunaga - Blossom Boosting
May 2015 - Strawberry social and awards
April 2015 - Nick Burnett, How Not to Kill Orchids
March 2015 - Denis Olivas, How Hardy are Orchids?
February 2015 - Jonathan Robbins, Orchid media, pots, & care
January 2015 - AOS Judges, 2014 Awarded orchids
December 2014 - Holiday Party
November 2014 - Carol Klonowski, Chinese Slipper Orchids
October 2014 - Annual Orchid Auction
September 2014 - Peter T. Lin, Angraecoids
August 2014 - Speakers' Day
July 2014 - Ricky Wong, Neofenitias
June 2014 - Awards & Strawberry Shortcake Social
May 2014 - Sebastián Vieira, Neooreophilus
April 2014 - Raymond Prothero, Native California Orchids
March 2014 - Jeff Tyler, Bulbophyliums
February 2014 - Dave Sorokowski, Multifloral Papiopedalums
January 2014 - George Hatfield, Cymbidiums
December 2013 - Holiday Party
November 2013 - Cindy Hill, Dendrobiums
October 2013 - Annual Orchid Auction
September 2013 - Francisco Miranda, Laelias