Late February 2008 Orchidaceae Newsletter

This is just a final reminder to those subscribers who live within driving or traveling distance of San Francisco THIS weekend, starting tomorrow night.

The San Francisco Orchid Society hosts the Pacific Orchid Exposition in February of each year. The Pacific Orchid Exposition (POE) is considered one of the 10 best worldwide orchid shows. I have attended this show for many years. Initially I went as an orchid enthusiast, to learn, admire and purchase orchids. They have a benefit night on the Thursday, February 28, 2008 (tomorrow night) before the main show opens with food and wine, music and incredible orchid displays and vendors. I used to go with friends and make an event of it. We would stay over in a bed and breakfast, dine out in San Francisco and just have fun together and with orchids the show. But the wine they served years ago was definitely not up to my standard. Winemakers can be fussy folk!

After taking to the organizers of the event they realized that they could have great wine to go with their otherwise great evening experience, that high quality wineries would be willing to come and pour their wines and show their wares at their Gala Event. That it could be a win/win for all involved.

Fast forward to the future (Now) and Voila! The POE hosts a select group of 20 high quality wineries that pour their wines at the Benefit Event the Tomorrow evening before the main part of the orchid show. Great wine, good food and music and the fabulous displays and booths of orchid vendors from around the world. Talk about Heaven! Bringing the Gems of Nature down to Earth.

So for those of you lucky enough to live close enough to come to the POE here are the details:



Gala Benefit Preview:

WHEN: Thursday February 28, 2008 6:30p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Join us for an Evening of Wine and Orchids Wine Tasting, Hors d'oeuvres, Live music (and of course wine by Casa Carneros (Me!) and others). 150,000 Exotic Orchids! Fabulous Plant Displays and Plant Sale.

Tickets $30.00 Advance Purchase, $35.00 at the Door

Show and Plant Sale

Friday February 29, 2008 and March 1 and March 2, 2008 General $14.00 ($12.00 online) Seniors (65+) Disabled $8.00 Children 12 and under free with an adult, except at Gala Benefit Night

Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco California

Visit for more information. Or call 415 665-2468

I encourage you all to go if you can. It is a fabulous show.

And if you make it to the benefit night stop by Casa Carneros wine table and introduce yourself and taste some of our wines.

As to the future, you can expect a report on the show and any really memorable orchids, ideas or vendors. I am hoping to use it as a fact finding mission to help continue to add to the wealth of information available to Orchdaceae subscribers.

I am also working on a section that I will eventually post to the site of "Frequently Asked Questions". Hopefully to help streamline your getting answers to your pressing orchid questions. Thanks to all of you who have contacted me so far. It helps me know where to direct content for the site.

Also there is another report I am working on called "Easy Orchids". I just love the ones that are easy to grow and consistently flower. What a great combination! Hope this is all of interest. Good luck and Happy Growing!!!


The "how to" on growing great orchids. Bob Roy's electronic-book, Mastering Orchids for those who want to learn more about orchids and have the best looking orchids around. It a great deal for you as subscribers for just $9.95.



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Orchid Picture of the Month

This is a picture of a lovely, fragrant Laelia-Cattleya that I received from a friend 18 years ago. She had almost killed it. I rescued it and brought it back to health and have rebloomed it many, many times. I have also divided it to make more of this lovely creature.

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