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March 2017

Hello OSSC friends,

What a great February meeting! Doug Overstreet gave a well rounded and in depth talk on integrated pest management. I'm sure we all learned so many practical things and more than a few of our greenhouses with be thoroughly cleaned this spring! Doug will once again be our auctioneer for our yearly orchid auction. Don’t forget to pencil in June 17th, and come join in the bidding fun!

This month we welcome Scott Barrie, owner and manager of Barrita Orchids in Australia, for a talk on Sarcochilus and Cymbidiums. We will be purchasing two of his flasks for a deflasking talk later in the year. Charles and Norma Jean Johnson are currently paring down their Cymbidium collection and as their plants will surely be gracing our raffle table this month, come prepared to buy extra raffle tickets. Their plants are truly lovely!

 March is a fabulous month for orchid lovers with the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show happening March 17th-19th. A trip to the show wouldn’t be complete without also stopping in to visit the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate and Cal Orchids open houses the same weekend. I always stock up on mounting supplies on top of adding to my collection.

 I’m wishing you all the very best in this beautiful rainy season and will see you all soon!

Erin Maxick

Orchid Quote of the Month:

“When two friends understand each other totally, the words are soft and strong like an orchid's perfume.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.


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