AOS Western Canada Judging Centre Results from the Monthly Judging on July 13, 2019

At the AOS Western Canada Judging Center’s monthly judging on July 13, 2019, the following AOS award was granted:

(please note that all awards are considered provisional until paperwork and payment is processed by AOS and published in Orchids Plus)

Phalaenopsis Jungo Amber ‘Bob’

CCM/AOS 80pts (20196611)

(Phal. Sogo Hollywood x Phal. amboinensis)

Exhibitor: Pat van Adrichem | Kingfisher Orchids

Photos courtesy of Alexey Tretyakov

Photos courtesy of Alexey Tretyakov

Podangis dactyloceras ‘H & R’

CCM/AOS 84pts (20196612)

Exhibitor: Poul Hansen

Photos courtesy of Alexey Tretyakov

Photos courtesy of Alexey Tretyakov

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Phragmipedium Joan Montmorency ‘Charlotte’

AM/AOS 84pts (20196614)

(Phrag. Praying Mantis x Phrag. Coral Jewel)

Exhibitor: Joe Chow

Phalaenopsis CTL Cornu Queen ‘Purple Haze’

AM/AOS 80pts (20196615)

(Phal. cornu-cervi x Phal. LD’s Bear Queen)

Exhibitor: Pat van Adrichem | Kingfisher Orchids

Photos courtesy of Alexey Tretyakov

Photos courtesy of Alexey Tretyakov

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Many thanks to Abu Salleh for sharing the results from the AOS Western Canada Judging Centre.

Next AOS Judging will be August 10, 2019 11:30am at Sea Island Community Centre in Richmond.

CVIOS Summer BBQ

Photos courtesy of Melanie Norris

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There was a great turnout for the summer barbecue as many CVIOS members carpooled to Victoria from Nanaimo to enjoy a Sunday BBQ at Bryan’s beautiful home.

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Bryan’s orchid greenhouse was a must see for this group of keen orchid growers. Visitors enjoyed the large and unique collection which were spread among shelves, mounted on walls and hanging from the ceiling. An impressive collection indeed.

The garden spaces were also incredible! Bryan’s passion for unique groupings showed in the vast array of containers and throughout the garden beds. Some of the many other features included a koi pond, stone patio, succulent garden container, and some outdoor orchids to discover. Bryan’s knowledge of all of the plants he grows is inspiring.


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The potluck spread of food was enjoyed by all as we indulged in smoked salmon appetizers, homemade sourdough bread, fresh garden vegetables and delicious salads. Chris did a great job barbecuing for the group so we all enjoyed hot dogs and hamburgers. The dessert table was a real treat as many sampled the cakes, pies, tarts, and fruit. Bryan spoiled us with polished silver and lovely refreshments.

It was a lovely time for the members to catch up and relax after a successful year of caring for our orchid collections, working hard at our various events, and helping with the recent move to our new meeting location.

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Thank you so much Bryan and Chris for hosting such a lovely get together and sharing your gardens with us!

AOS Western Canada Judging Centre Results from the Monthly Judging on June 8, 2019

At the AOS Western Canada Judging Center’s monthly judging on June 8, 2019, the following AOS awards were granted:

(please note that all awards are considered provisional until paperwork and payment is processed by AOS and published in Orchids Plus)

Phalaenopsis LD’s Bear Queen ‘Frosty Cheeks’

(Phal. bellina x Phal. Dragon Tree Eagle)

CCE/AOS 91pts (20196643)

Exhibitor: Pat van Adrichem | Kingfisher Orchids

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Epidendrum parkinsonianum ‘Sydney Mei’

AM/AOS 82pts (20196644)

Exhibitor: Eugene Banziger

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Phalaenopsis LD’s Bear Queen ‘Alma’

(Phal. bellina x Phal. Dragon Tree Eagle)

AM/AOS 84pts (20196645)

Exhibitor: Pat van Adrichem | Kingfisher Orchids

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Dendrobium Etincelle LCDO (clonal name TBA)

(Den. dickasonii x Den. unicum)

HCC/AOS 77pts (20196646)

Exhibitor: Catherine Frutiger

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AOS Western Canada Judging Centre Results from the Monthly Judging on May 11, 2019

At the AOS Western Canada Judging Center’s monthly judging on May 11, 2019, the following AOS award was granted:

(please note that all awards are considered provisional until paperwork and payment is processed by AOS and published in Orchids Plus)

Bulbophyllum pectinatum fma. alboviride ‘TG’s Little Bean’

HCC/AOS 76pts (20196613)

Exhibitor: Calvin Wong | Tropical Gardens Orchids

Photo Courtesy of Judith Higham

Photo Courtesy of Judith Higham

Photo Courtesy of Judith Higham

Photo Courtesy of Judith Higham

Congratulations Joe and Sasha!

The April issue of ORCHIDS Magazine (the bulletin of the American Orchid Society) brought some exciting award acknowledgements for two talented growers on Vancouver Island.

Joe Chow from the Victoria Orchid Society received the prestigious CARLYLE A. LUER AWARD. The following is an excerpt from ORCHIDS Magazine (Volume 88 (4) April 2019).

“Each year, the AOS Board of Trustees, upon the recommendations of the Judging committee, bestows 21 special annual awards meant to recognize the best orchids awarded in the previous calendar year. These donor-endowed awards are named for people who have contributed greatly to the knowledge, education, culture and hybridization of orchids. The exhibitors whose orchids were chosen for these awards are a second group of special people. They receive a small monetary award or a trophy, a signed certificate and framed photograph of the winning orchid. Finally, all this would not be possible without the beautiful photographs taken of the awards at the time of initial judging by our skilled photographers.” (1)

“The Carlyle A. Luer Awards is given to the grower of the most outstanding member of the pleurothallidinae.

Masdevallia Minaret ‘Burred Inlet’ CCM/AOS (calocodon × ignea) (85) #20174354; Exhibitor, Joe Chow; photographer, Judith Hingham; Western Canada Judging Center, monthly judging, Richmond, British Columbia, 8/12/17. This beautiful, uniformly flowered plant had 135 pink, magenta-striped “cheery” flowers.

Carlyle Luer is a botanist and physician who, upon his retirement as a physician, took up the study and illustration of orchids in 1975. He is currently in his 90s. His taxonomic work has inspired the explosive interest in pleurothallids in recent years.

Joe Chow has been growing orchids for 25 years as a hobby. He lives near the southern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Summers are cool and a perfect place to grow his masdevallias outside from April to October.” (1)

Photos courtesy of Judith Higham

Photos courtesy of Judith Higham

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Secondly, the April Issue of Orchids Magazine featured an article summarizing all of the 2018 FCC/AOS award winners. Included in this prestigious group is Sasha Kubicek who has been an active and valuable member of the CVIOS and VicOS.

Sasha’s award winning Paphiopedilum wilhelminae ‘Ibn’s Magic Touch’ FCC/AOS was displayed and judged at the Fraser Valley Orchid Show in October, 2018. This is Sasha’s second FCC award!

“An FCC from the AOS is a rare and special thing.” (2)

“The AOS judging score sheet for quality awards has three sections: one each for form and color and a third section based on characteritics such as size, habit, stem, floriferousness, substance and texture. The end result is a number that determines whether the plant is awarded, and if so, how high. A score of 89.5 (rounded to 90) or higher on a scale of 100 receives a First class certificate (FCC).” (2)

Photo courtesy of Sasha Kubicek

Photo courtesy of Sasha Kubicek

On behalf of the CVIOS, we would like to extend our congratulations to Joe and Sasha!


(1).Dusdieker, N (2019, April) Special Orchids, Special People. The 2017 American Orchid Society Annual Awards. ORCHIDS Magazine 88 (4)

(2). Klonowski, C (2019, April) Twice, Think Thrice. The 2018 First Class Certificates. ORCHIDS Magazine 88 (4)

AOS Western Canada Judging Centre Results from the Orchid Society of Alberta Show on April 5th, 2019

At the AOS Western Canada Judging Center’s show judging at the Orchid Society of Alberta Show on April 5, 2019, the following AOS awards were granted:

(please note that all awards are considered provisional until paperwork and payment is processed by AOS and published in Orchids Plus)

Dendrobium cerinum ‘Mellow Yellow’

CCM/AOS 87pts (20196630)

Exhibitor: Darrell Albert

Photos courtesy of Judith Higham

Photos courtesy of Judith Higham

 

Phragmipedium Grande ‘Wesley’s Avatar’

(Phragmipedium longifolium x Phragmipedium humboldtii)

AM/AOS 87pts (20196631)

Exhibitor: Monica De Wit

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Photo courtesy of Judith Higham

Photo courtesy of Judith Higham

 

Phragmipedium Ruby Slippers ‘Dorothy’

(Phragmipedium caudatum x Phragmipedium besseae)

AM/AOS 82pts (20196632)

Exhibitor: Bob Lucas

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Photo courtesy of Judith Higham

Photo courtesy of Judith Higham

 

Phalaenopsis Brother Sara Gold ‘Mellow Yellow’

(Phalaenopsis Sara Lee x Phalaenopsis Taipai Gold)

AM/AOS 82pts (20196633)

Exhibitor: Paul Paludet

Photo courtesy of Judith Higham

Photo courtesy of Judith Higham

 

AOS Show Trophy ‘Orchidstra’

ST/AOS 86pts (20196634)

Exhibitor: Darrell Albert

AOS Silver Certificate ‘Orchidstra’

SC/AOS 86pts (20196635)

Exhibitor: Darrell Albert

Photo courtesy of Judith Higham

Photo courtesy of Judith Higham


AOS Western Canada Judging Centre Results from the Vancouver Orchid Society Show on March 23, 2019

At the AOS Western Canada Judging Center’s show judging at the Vancouver Orchid Society Show on March 23, 2019, the following AOS awards were granted:

(please note that all awards are considered provisional until paperwork and payment is processed by AOS and published in Orchids Plus)

Pleione formosana ‘Meetings at CVIOS’

CCM/AOS 87pts (20196640)

Exhibitor: Alexey Tretyakov

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Phalaenopsis Cindy Li ‘Paige’

(Phalaenopsis gigantea ‘Paul van’ x Phalaenopsis Marie’s Delight ‘Patrick’)

AM/AOS 80pts (20196641)

Exhibitor: Pat Van Adrichem | Kingfisher Orchids

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Paphiopedilum Franz Glanz ‘Tak Fai’

(Paphiopedilum armeniacum x Paphiopedilum emersonii)

HCC/AOS 77pts (20196642)

Exhibitor: Calvin Wong | Tropical Gardens Orchids

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The AOS Western Judging Centre results are prepared and distributed by Abu Salleh - many thanks for his permission to post the results.

All photographs are courtesy of Judith Higham.

Post published by Melanie Norris.




CVIOS Orchid and Garden Market (April 13, 2019)

All photos courtesy of Roger Norris

After a busy few months participating in local orchid shows, the CVIOS held one of the final events of the 2018/2019 year, with their local “Orchid and Garden Market”.

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Suzanne’s beautiful home in Nanaimo provided a wonderful backdrop for the society’s colourful orchid plant display, silent auction, and sales table. Various members were on hand to answer visitor’s questions and provide information about how to grow orchids successfully in this region. Many guests attended the event, despite the cool temperatures, and enjoyed chatting with volunteers and browsing the various tables.

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I was particularly impressed with the variety and quality of plants displayed by this small but talented (and patient) group of orchid enthusiasts! CVIOS president, Dora, brought her beautiful blooming cattleyas , one of which was displayed at the VicOS show which was held 6 weeks ago - an lovely plant indeed.

Please stay tuned as there are still a few meetings left in the 2018/2019 year. Guests are always welcome if you would like to attend to learn more about the CVIOS.

2019 Vancouver Orchid Society Show and Sale (March 23 - 24th, 2019)

Written by Leslie Milne

All photographs courtesy of Alexey Tretyakov

After last year’s difficulties of cancelled ferries, the set up for the Vancouver Show this year went relatively smoothly.  Suzanne and I each loaded our vehicle with 15 plants and then filled in every nook and cranny with staging, cloth, driftwood, moss, branches, lichen and anything else that we might need.  Darlene met us on the ferry and helped with the paperwork so that set up would be quick on arrival at Van Dusen.

CVIOS display - Best Visiting Society display (Congratulations Leslie, Suzanne, and Darlene)

CVIOS display - Best Visiting Society display (Congratulations Leslie, Suzanne, and Darlene)

For those that have been to the Vancouver show before, the floorplan was changed this year and it allowed for better viewing around the show tables and more room for the vendor tables. Our two-table set up was against a wall which was somewhat different than we have had before, but it worked out well and allowed for a good display without crowding the plants.  I am proud to say our table was voted the best visiting society display.

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Plants on the table were from Alexey, Dora, Laurie, Mike, Robert, Sheila, Suzanne and myself.  Thank you to all.  Our plants did very well, overall 9 ribbons, Mike a third, Laurie a second, Sheila a first, Dora two firsts and a second and Alexey two firsts and a second as well as an AOS award of Certificate of Cultural Merit with 87 points for his Pleione formosana “Meetings at CVIOS”.  Fantastic!

Leone formosana “Meetings at CVIOS”. Grown and photographed by Alexey Tretyakov Awarded AOS/CCM

Leone formosana “Meetings at CVIOS”. Grown and photographed by Alexey Tretyakov Awarded AOS/CCM

Best in Show - Dendrobium Noble Hybrid

Best in Show - Dendrobium Noble Hybrid

The show was incredibly busy with visitors, and Saturday morning the 7 vendor tables resembled a wild feeding frenzy.  Note for next year… pre order if you can as plants sold quickly, particularly the miniatures.  Quite a few of our members managed to come over for the show and all in all it was an excellent weekend. 

Vancouver Orchid Society display

Vancouver Orchid Society display

Okanagan Orchid Society display

Okanagan Orchid Society display

Note - The results of the AOS judging will be posted when received. If you would like to add to your orchid collection or outdoor garden, CVIOS will be holding it’s annual Orchid and Garden Market on April 13. More info on our events page.