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The Orchid Greenhouse Tour was a success again! Thank you to Dana Seelig for organizing the tour and to Nancy Benay who organized the delicious lunch! We enjoyed visiting the fun and eclectic garden of Alf and Simone Friend, the amazingly large and varied orchids, begonias and more at Norm and Candace Nakanishi’s, and the beautiful and bountiful blooms of Roberta Fox’s garden!

It was a nice (although a record breaking hot day) for touring Sherman Gardens. There wasn’t a lot in bloom at that time but now there are lots of blooms from the Cattleyas, Laelias, Vandas, Dendrobiums, and more. The orchid wall in the Tropical Conservatory at Sherman Gardens is almost complete! I hope you can stop by and say hello, and I’ll take you on a tour.

At home, my poor little outdoor orchid collection was thrashed by the Santa Ana winds. I need to work on a better system to keep my orchids from crashing to theground when those harsh winds kickup!

October’s speaker, Alfredo Manrique, traveled all the way from Lima, Peru to speak on “Growing Orchids of the Andes Range.” His talk was fascinating as well as informative. He also spoke at the culture class and gave helpful tips for growing the famous Phragmipedium kovachii. These are now posted on our website:

By the way, did you see the article in the LA Times on October 30, 2015, about the arrest of someone trying to sneak 200 protected orchids from Australia to Peru??? He was busted on a stopover at LAX! A very strange coincidence after having Alfredo here! We are happy to support people like Alfredo who follow the international laws to support responsible orchid trade.

This month we host Peter Lin who will be speaking about Wild, Weird and Wonderful Orchids! We are looking forward to welcoming him and hearing about this fun and interesting topic!

Next month we have our annual Holiday Party. We can’t wait to see what Phil Duke comes up with his magical chef wand! One last and important reminder: February we will need your bloomin’ orchids for our Expo and lots of volunteers for setup and fun positions throughout the event! Watch for the signup sheets that will be coming around soon.

Best Regards

Darla Miller

President, Newport Harbor Orchid Society

Peter Lin

Peter Lin

Diamond Orchids

Peter T. Lin’s fast-paced PowerPoint presentation will take you on a journey of some of the world's most strange, bizarre, yet wonderful orchid species! From Bulbophyllums to Zootrophion, there is much diversity in Orchid flowers. We’ll take a look at Orchid flowers that have wild colors, have crazy lips, or are fringed, hairy, or just alien-looking!

Peter started growing orchids over 25 years ago, but then stopped due to school and starting a career. It wasn't until about 11 years ago that the orchid “bug” came back, and he is now heavily involved once again.

He is an accredited judge with the American Orchid Society and a hybridizer of mini-catts. He enjoys meeting with other orchid enthusiasts, and can often be found at various orchid shows and societies around the country. He also has hundreds of photos of his orchids that he maintains on Flickr. The images can be viewed at

Due to limited growing space, Peter likes to specialize in miniature orchids, both species and hybrids, and has received numerous AOS awards. His other interests in orchids include Dendrobiums, Angraecoids, and Neofinetias. He maintains a collection of a thousand or more orchids at his home in Southern California in 3 small greenhouses, as well as in the house under fluorescent lights.

Peter will be providing the plants for this month's raffle table. There will be a nice selection of orchids, so be sure to buy your tickets! 


Dinner with the speaker

Please RSVP Alex Allen by Monday, October 19th if you plan to attend dinner with the speaker. Questions and RSVP Note: Location may change. Dinner reservations are at 5:30 p.m.  Please be prompt so we can get the speaker to the meeting on time. See you there, Alex Allen First Vice President

“The Many Faces of Orchids” Newport Harbor Orchid Society Orchid Expo

Yes, the Newport Harbor Orchid Society’s 2016 Orchid Expo is coming up, February 12-14, at the Westminster Mall. The hours are: Friday, February 12 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, February 13 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, February 14 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Parking is free. Potting workshops are $5.00, which includes an orchid plant. This year’s theme is “The Many Faces of Orchids.” Plans are well underway, and we need all of you great volunteers to help make it a huge success. Volunteers who work six hours will receive a free t-shirt with the show design, created by Winn Winnmaw, printed on the back.

We need volunteers!

  • Wednesday, February 10 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. For set up.
  • Thursday, February 11 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Three-hour shifts for set-up of displays and vendor tables.
  • Friday, February 12 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Saturday, February 13 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Sunday, February 14 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Three-hour shifts at the info desk, plant hotel, and display rooms.
  • Sunday February 146:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. For clean up.

Anyone wishing to volunteer, please contact:

Rosemary Krumme

John Cox 

Thank you,

Rosemary Krumme

NHOS Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month.

Culture Class at 7:00 p.m.

General Meeting at 7:45 p.m 

Costa Mesa Community Center

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month. Culture Class at 7:00 p.m. General Meeting at 7:45 p.m 

Officers 2015 - 2016

President Darla Miller

First Vice President Alexandra Allen

Second Vice President John Cox

Corporate Secretary Rosemary Krumme

Membership Secretary Laura Perry

Treasurer Richard Hara

Ex-Officio Tom Harrison

Board of Directors Three-year Term (expires 2018): Joe Rupp, Chitsaya Winmaw, Winn Winmaw

Two-year Term (expires 2017): Nancy Benay,  Bill MacCorkell, Michael Miranda

One-year Term (expires 2016): Earl Hare, Jan Hennessey, Dana Seelig

Membership Corner

It is always so encouraging to see so many members and guests at the meetings. We have a renewal for Andrea Stafford and a brand new member, Trish Newhard. We welcome both and hope to see them often!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
Laura Perry
Membership Chairman

Orchids Aweigh

Orchids Aweigh is published monthly. News deadline is the 25th of each month.

Editor: Paula Butler

Designer/Editor:  Christine Aschan

Web Designer: George Allen

Orchid photos courtesy of Tina Coombe.


Members from Robert Hubert to Laura and Ken Perry are asked to provide refreshments for the meeting.

Thank you!

The NHOS award-winning display at the Huntington Library show.

huntington displayPNG     Ha awards    various huntington awards