Orchids for Amateurs

What You'll Discover At Our Monthly Meetings

Our monthly meetings are open to everyone, members and non-members alike.

Meeting Dates and Place:
Meetings are normally held on the 3rd Friday of each month and we meet at:

South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Boulevard
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274

During the Course of the Evening:
The evening begins with an educational Cultural Session at 7 PM and runs approximately 45 minutes. Topics include:

  • Collecting orchids
  • Growing, watering, light, and fertilization
  • Repotting, pot types and potting media
  • Pest control and pesticides
  • Virus identification and testing
  • Orchid awards, names, descriptions
  • Planning your greenhouse
  • And many other varied topics

Members may bring in their own orchids to be judged in a competition. There are two ribbon judging categories: Amateur and Advanced Amateur. Click the following link to download a tag for plant entry.

Monthly Meeting Plant Judging Tag

At 8 o'clock we get started with a few announcements and introduce our guest speaker who presents his/her topic for the evening. This generally includes some show and tell and/or a slide or Power Point presentation. Speakers include local, national, and internationally recognized experts, authors, growers, or researchers in the field of Orchids.



  • During the intermission we have refreshments courtesy of our members.
  • Meeting attendees may place their final bids on orchids in our silent auction. The auction is called at the end of the intermission. (Great bargains here.)
  • Attendees may buy raffle ticket for the plant raffle table which is held at the end of the evening.
  • Peruse the orchids on display for the ribbon judging competition and see gorgeous bloomers.
  • Check out books from our orchid book library. Books are to be returned at the following meeting. (You must be a current active member to borrow books)

The Plant Raffle
Following the intermission we have a plant raffle. Orchids are provided by speakers and/or vendors and consists of a variety of blooming and out of seasoned orchids. The raffle is a fun and spirited way we end the evening. Tickets are pulled from the hopper and winners may select any orchid on the plant table.

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