From the editor


  I would really like to give the members a place to have an input for our society meetings.  If you have a favorite orchid that you want to tell the members about and perhaps even a picture please let me know and I will publish your pictures on our newsletter.
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Oklahoma Orchid Society Newsletter

June 2019

Hello everyone, I hope you all are doing well.
Sunday June 16th at 1:00 pm is our next meeting at the Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center 3400 NW 36th St. OKC, OK.  (room 1)
Brian Truong will be doing the presentations:
Green Growers: "Orchid Repotting Fun" and instead of a presentation, we will have a "Hands-on Dividing and Repotting Orchids"
**Please bring your orchids to practice on.
There will be some orchid media and pots available if you don't have any on hand.
(otherwise feel free to bring a pot and media)
Here you have a link to the AOS Orchid Care Checklist for the months of May-June


April 2019

Hello everyone!
As we were told on past meetings, o
ur April meeting is this coming Sunday the 14th at 1:00 pm at the Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center.
We are NOT meeting on the 21st, which is Easter Sunday.

For Green Growers: "Registering and Displaying our Orchids for the Annual Show" will be presented by Jana Butcher and Carolyn McCabe followed by Hands-on experience for registering and displaying our show orchids.
**Members are encouraged to bring several orchids for this practice on how to display orchids properly

This month I got an email from a new OOS member (or potential new member?), Marie Mihara who submitted a couple of pictures of one of her orchids. 


Pleurothallis grobyii
Marie Mihara   

To read last month's minutes please click on the link below.

Y'all have fun!
Gabriel Guerrero-Savage
OOS Webmaster

March 2019
AOS Magazine March's Cover 

Hello everybody.
Our next meeting is this coming Sunday 17th at the Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center at 1:00 pm
Nancy Capps will be presenting
"Corsages - How-to and hands-on training for Annual Show" for Green Growers and "Orchid Arrangements training for Annual Show" for this month's meeting. 
I forgot to add a link to an online free course last month so I'm adding it here:

"Everything About Orchids"
(Available through May 6 2019) 

 In case you missed this very important message from Jana:

"Hello OOS Members……OOS is sponsoring a 2 hour class on basic orchid care as part of our community service/rental agreement with the parks department.  Please share the below with friends and family.  It does require that they register so we know how many to plan for……but it is free.  Thanks!  Jana"


And the links shared by Doug from last meeting:

          Hanna Instruments pH/EC/TDS meter HI98129


I will not be able to attend to our meeting again.
Have fun y'all!

Gabriel Guerrero-Savage



February 2019

Our next meeting is this coming Sunday 17
Douglas C. Needham will be presenting "Water Quality and Media Relations" so don't forget a sample of your tap water to get it tested.
Doug is also presenting "Integrated Pest Management"
Douglas C. Needham Ph. D., V.M.M 
Doug is a new OOS member. Doug was formerly professor of floriculture at OSU Stillwater, where he taught many horticulture courses, including Greenhouse Management, during his tenure of nearly 20 years.
Doug will be featured on Oklahoma Gardening February 16; doing a segment on Phalaenopsis general care.
Everyone please tune in or set your DVRs to record.

Our Meeting Schedule has been updated so visit that page on our OOS website and don't forget to read January's minutes before our meeting.
Click on the link below to read January's minutes
See you soon!
OOS Webmaster 


January 2019


Hello fellow Orchid growers!
I hope everybody had a wonderful time during the Holidays.
As you know our next meeting is this coming Sunday 20th at 1:00 pm. 
I heard that we might get bad weather all weekend.. but it's Oklahoma, so who knows, right?!
So I suggest y'all stay tuned and check your email the day before our meeting just in case that our OOS officers decide to cancel our meeting.

Here you have the Monthly check list for January and February from the American Orchid Society's website. 
Visit the AOS website, there's a lot of great information you can read there.

Our friend Brian Truong sent me a few pictures of his beautiful orchids in bloom and asked me to share them with you all.
Aren't they beautiful?
Hope to see you soon!


November 2018

I woke up Monday morning and noticed that all of a sudden Fall was over.  I looked outside my window and my yard was covered with snow..
Hello everyone! 
I hope everybody is doing well and I hope that all your cool growing orchids are getting happier and maybe ready to bloom. 
Here you have a link to visit the AOS  Orchid Care "Monthly Checklist for November and December"        

This month we are doing our annual Greenhouse Tour visiting Gerry Holland's greenhouse at 1:00 pm  then we need to drive to Johnita's home where we are having our November business meeting.

We are encouraged to bring a dish for our potluck meal before our meeting where we are going to vote for next year's officers and choose our favorite poster for next year's Orchid Show 
and Sale.
I'm not sure if we are going to have a raffle or plants to sell but you can bring your plants for Show and Tell.
I hope to see you all next Sunday!

Gabriel Guerrero-Savage
OOS Webmaster

October 2018


Hello fellow orchid enthusiast!
Not long ago I got surprised by a cold front and found myself bringing all my outside orchids in in the middle of the night, now some of them are in my utility room where they get some west afternoon sunlight; most of them are my Dendrobiums Nobile and Dendrobium aggregatum.  I stopped watering them, and I'm also keeping the temperature low hoping to trigger their blooming spikes like it did last year. 
Daylight length it's very important for a lot of orchids, so be aware of different light sources. Outside or inside our homes, light sources can affect our orchids' natural blooming cycle.
At this point we can also start watering and fertilizing our orchids less often than we do during the time when they're actively growing.

This month for our Green Growers and Presentation Manuel Aybar will be talking about "Dendrobiums and Dendrobium Culture"

** Manuel Aybar has been growing orchids for more than 20 years and the genus that got him started was Dendrobium in which he specializes (phalaenopsis type).
He is an accredited judge of the American Orchid Society's Judging program and member of AOS since 1997, member of the Greater North Texas Orchid Society since 2000 and affiliated to the Southwest Regional Orchid Growers Association (SWROGA) where he also serves as the webmaster of the website.
Manuel Aybar is originally from the Dominican Republic and He works in the Technology Industry.

Sounds like we're having a very interesting meeting!
I hope to see you all this coming sunday 21st at 1:00 pm and remember that we're meeting in the small room number one.

OOS Web Master



September 2018


September is a month of changes, it starts the end of the summer growth season and we start hoping that we'll see some fall blooms.
Some orchids need cool temperatures, like the phalaenopsis, and others like the cattleyas that need shorter days in order to start growing their spikes.  so don't forget to provide them with what they need and you will be rewarded with beautiful blooms!

For this month's Green Growers we're having Fred Clarke talking about "Catasetinae Species and their Cultivation" 
and for the presentation he will talk about "Cycnoches, Mormodes, Catasetum Recent Trends"
Mr Clarke will bring pre-ordered and extra plants to sell.

Also, we are having visitors from Tulsa, OK. and Mr. Jack Heflin president of the Tulsa Orchid Society will bring Kiwi bark, New Zealand long stranded sphagnum moss and cedar baskets to sell.

Don't forget that our meeting will be in room number one, not in the big exhibition room were we were meeting until last month. We start at 1:00 pm but there's a big event/party in the exhibition room and you might need extra time to find parking space, so make sure you get there earlier.
See you soon!

OOS Web Master


Happy 4th of July!!

Hello Everyone!
High temperatures are not very comfortable for us. but so good for our orchids! and that means that a lot of them are actively growing, right?! 
woohoo..!  heat and humidity! :D
Now it's time to meet again my friends, and this month for Green Growers we will be watching the AOS video
"Diseases of Orchids Part 1" and for the main program, Carolyn McCabe will be talking about Vandaceous orchids on her presentation called "What's Up with Vandas".
See you soon!

OOS Webmaster.


Oklahoma Orchid Society Newsletter

March 2018

Hello orchid enthusiasts! I hope everyone is doing great.
Spring is here, daffodils and hyacinths are already putting up a show, flowering trees are waking up as well.. and at this time of the year, I know that a lot of us have beautiful Phalaenopsis orchids blooming in our homes and/or greenhouses. Aren't you excited about our next show? and it's almost here! Well. less than two months away from today. 
Our next meeting is this coming Sunday 18th at 1:00 pm at the Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center.
For our Green Growers we will have a power point presentation about "Equitant Oncidium Species" and Bill Parker will do the presentation "Growing Equitant Oncidiums - Tolumnias"
Don't forget that you can watch videos from some of our past meetings!
 Go to the menu bar, above this page's window, and click on the last tab called "Presentation Videos"
Have a nice rest of the week and I hope to see you all soon!

OOS Webmaster.


February 2018 

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

We had great weather for Valentine's Day, so I hope you all had a lovely day with your spouses/significant others, friends and family.
For our February's meeting we will be watching a webinar from the American Orchid Society, followed by a panel discussion with Brian, Burrel, Lowell and Bill.  This is a great opportunity to ask our panelists any questions you have about orchid culture, diseases, etc.
Suggestion: Make a list with all your questions, that way you don't forget what your questions are by the time we meet this coming Sunday.
Feb. 18th  1:00 pm at the Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center.
See you soon!

OOS Webmaster


January 2018
Well, the holidays are over and I hope everybody had a good time!
Our first meeting of 2018 will be on Sunday 21st at 1:00 O'clock.
We will be watching the PBS documentary "Orchids Behaving Badly". the video will start at 1:00 sharp, so try to be a little early.
 Keith Warren will be in charge of the presentation for this meeting and the subject he will talk about is 'Using Orchid Board for Information, Advice and Fun".
Our meeting schedule has been updated all the way through June, but keep checking for new updates every month.
See you all soon!
Gabriel Guerrero-Savage.


Hello everyone.
Our Christmas party is just around the corner!
December 16th 5:00 pm at Johnita's home.
27 Oakwood Drive, Oklahoma City, OK. 73121
(scroll down to see a map)

I hope everybody is ready to have some good time this coming Saturday. Don't forget to bring an orchid related gift for Dirty Santa and some of those delicious dishes that you all always bring.. YUM!!
See you soon!

Hello everybody here's an invitation from Bill and Jackie Parker.

"The RROS Christmas Party will be at  Bill and Jackie's 1276 Bus. 287 J, Iowa Park, TX 76367. All OOS members are invited. Greenhouse open about 10/11. Eat about 12/12:30.  Meat, drink and bread furnished. bring side dish or dessert and a diirty Santa-orchid related gift. We have a great crop of bluebonnets if anyone wants to dig some up to take home with them. Party is December 9. "



Hello everyone!
I know that we've been sending a lot of emails lately. But we're jut a few days from our monthly meeting and we don't want you to forget that our November meeting, this time, will be on a Saturday, not Sunday.  Saturday the 18th we will be going on a Greenhouse tour  which will be in Chickasha, at the Burrel's place, not at the Will Rogers.
Details about the meeting, transportation, and the map with the location of our meeting can be found below.
And as always, don't forget to read last month's minutes.
See you soon!


November Meeting

The Oklahoma Orchid Society 2018 Greenhouse Tour will be at the greenhouse of Burrel Gambel on Saturday, November 18th,  starting at 1:00 PM.  Following the tour we will have a Pizza lunch provided by OOS and our business meeting at the First Presbyterian Church  - all in Chickasha.   Burrel’s greenhouse address is  2305 Lakewood Drive, Chickasha, 73018.   The First Presbyterian Church address is 428   6thStreet in Chickasha.

Please RSVP if you are coming to Jana at 478-5789 or by Thursday, November 16th. If you need a ride, please let Jana know as there will be car pool available leaving from the Will Rogers Garden Center lower parking lot at 12:00 noon.
 Here's the map:



September Meeting 

Hello Everyone. Can you believe Fall is almost here?!
Our next meeting is September 17th.
At 1:00 pm for Green Growers we have "Don't Throw Away that Orchid" with Dr. Dotty Woodson.
And the main program is "Growing Paphiopedilums" also by Dr. Dotty Woodson.

Our last meeting was feature on The Oklahoman section of Home and Garden 'Oklahoma City area home and garden notes' on
Seems like we have a new option to find information about our meetings and other societies in the newspaper.

The shirts with the OOS logo are $23.00, cash or check.  Talk to Johnita to place your order if you have not done so yet.
*Our Meeting Schedule is complete and has been updated, check the
OOS Meeting Schedule page listed above.
and please don't forget to read last month's meeting minutes.
See you soon,



August Meeting

Hello fellow orchid enthusiasts!
We are having our next meeting this coming Sunday, the 20th, at 1:00 pm.
For Green Growers, we're going to be watching a great video from the PBS series called Plants Behaving Badly. The episode about Orchids is called "Sex & Lies".
Jana will not be available this time, so Allen Koch will be leading our meeting.
If you want to order a shirt with the OOS logo, remember to bring $23.00, cash or check, and talk to Johnita to place your order.

We have been updating our meeting schedule, so make sure you go check our page every month,
and don't forget to read last month's minutes before our meeting day! 
See you soon,




July's Meeting

Hello everyone, I hope y'all had a very happy Fourth of July!
This month Kay Backues is going to talk about how to divide and repot a HUGE orchid specimen for our Green Growers Session and how to grow a specimen orchid for our main program.

Please check the OOS Meeting Schedule and Minutes pages listed above.

This schedule will be updated as information becomes available so check every month.
See you soon,


Red River Orchid Society's Picnic

Bill and Jackie Parker will be hosting the RROS picnic at their place this coming Saturday June 10th.

Greenhouse opens at 10:00 ayou soonm, lunch between 12 and 1:00 pm.

Potluck- meat, drinks and bread provided.

The address. 1276 Bus. Hwy. 287 J, Iowa Park, TX. 76367.

Take I-44 to Wichita Falls, then turn right on 287 toward Amarillo. Exit right onto Highway 369 and turn left (south) going under 287.  Go south 1 mile to business 287 (also known as Iowa Park Rd.)  Turn right and go 3 miles west. Look for a two story house with 1276 on the mailbox.
Phone numbers are (940)-592-2508, (940)-704-5331 and (940)-642-0752.
If you're planning to attend, please email Jackie at to let her know you are coming so she can make sure that there's enough seating.



April's Newsletter

The OOS meeting this Sunday, April 30th, will be held at our house and will be all about exhibiting at an orchid show.  Linda Lawson will give a presentation on putting in an orchid arrangement, Lowell and I will give a presentation on putting in a 1 to 5 plant orchid exhibit.  There will be a hands-on practice.
 Attached is the map to our house and the results for the Tulsa Show.
 Hope to see you all there.

Tulsa Orchid Show

April 2017


I will be posting pictures of some of the awarded plants on the Orchid Show's page.


For the full year, please check the OOS Meeting Schedule page listed above.
This schedule will be updated as information becomes available so check every month.
See you soon.

Oklahoma Orchid Society Newsletter

March's Newsletter
We're going back to our previous location!
The OOS will be meeting again at the Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center
Our next meeting is this coming Sunday 19th at 1:00 pm.

   March's Picture Submission
No ID Miniature green Cymbidium
By Gabriel Guerrero-Savage

All members are invited to submit pictures of their orchids in bloom

If you want a picture featured on our newsletter please email it to me to: