"Integrated Pest Management for the Orchid House"
Monday, February 14, 2017
(Doors open 6:30PM)
Meeting Hall, First Christian Church
221 South Sixth Street, Burbank, California
about our speaker
Douglas Overstreet was born and raised in southeastern New Mexico.
Mr. Overstreet comes by his interest in plants and animals naturally.
His family has been American farmers since 1684. He began growing
orchids at the age of 10. The first orchid he purchased in 1972 was
Cattleya Trimos, a primary hybrid between C. trianaei and C.
mossiae. The first orchid he flowered was a phalaenopsis hybrid.
Doug moved to California in 1975 and continued his love affair
with orchids. In 1984, his collection began to grow by leaps
and bounds with his first professional job. He also became an
active participant in the local orchid community. Over the
years, Doug has served on the Board of the Orchid Society of
Southern California, is a Past President and active board
member of the Southland Orchid Show Committee.
He is a former Ribbon Judging Chair for OSSC and is
an Accredited American Orchid Society Judge in the
Pacific South Region. Doug has written several articles for
Orchid Digest and has served on the Editorial
Committee of that publication as Assistant Editor. In 1998, he
wrote, produced and hosted Anyone Can Grow Orchids…Even You!,
a how-to video about growing orchids in the home. Currently,
he is the orchid specialist in charge of the Thornton
Conservatory of the Huntington Botanical Gardens.
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news in brief
IT WAS A WILD NIGHT: [Submitted by 1st Vice President Carol Beule on November 14, 2016] It was a WILD night, wasn't it? Our monthly November meeting was certainly not staid, prim or proper. But hey…… the mold needs to be broken every now & again. Who else to break it but the OSSC, the oldest orchid society in Southern California? And we certainly made a great big mess that was easily cleaned up with the help of everyone. Thank you all.
And additonal thanks to everyone who helped make this experimantal night a smashing success. It was was exciting and vibrant, something orchid meetings are not often found to be. OSSC Webmaster Ted Augustyn wrote a masterful piece for our website that drew new visitors to our fold last night. I think they will become new members in the future. Krystine Chaparo and Norma Skinner’s help with coordination couldn't have been more generous and positive. I thank all
3 of you again. And lastly, many thanks to Linus, without who's help this never would have happened. I'm sure Linus Bittner will know all about it wherever he happens to be right now! All of his plants have new and happy homes. David Dassey and I have several plants that we have kept to auction off either this winter at one of our monthly meetings when they are in bloom or next June during our annual money making auction for the society.
Art Mendoza, Harry Sinanian, Donna Ballard and David Lafond all must be given kudos for how they all prepared and executed their participation in last night's meeting. Erin Maxick and Wendy Fischer both contributed a great deal to it's success as well. They also helped to rescue Linus’s plants as did David Dassey who was in New Zealand running another marathon instead of being at our meeting. We met over the weekend at Wendy's house
to arrange for items to be delivered and chose what might be needed for the night. Lastly, Alberto Osso stepped in as an additional “orchid expert” to help new members learn how to repot orchids when we realized we needed more help.
It was loud and raucous, if you can ever consider an Orchid Society meeting to be something of that nature. EVERYONE had a great time I believe and thought it was both a cultural and social success. There were calls for more of this in the future.
Ben Boco and Donna Ballard both have connections to people who have Phalaenopsis in need of rescuing. I spoke with both and we will need to coordinate another meeting of this nature. Possibly in May of 2017. We will keep you posted.
My thanks and sincere apologies to any I have forgotten. I doubt last Monday’s meeting can ever be equalled!
NEW MEMBER BENEFIT: [Submitted by
OSSC Webmaster Ted Augustyn on March 2, 2014].
Starting this month, every new member and their sponsor
will each receive a certificate good for one 1-gallon
Cymbidium orchid, courtesy of
Orchids by Art in North Hills, CA, which is owned
and operated by OSSC member Art Mendoza. The society
expresses sincere thanks to
Art for this generous offer. This offer supercedes the
prior offer from
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