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Photo of OSSC President Erin Maxick

September 2018

Greetings friends,

Vandas and sunflowers and oranges oh my! What a fantastic time we had at the OSSC summer garden party, held at Alfred Hockenmaier's fabulous home, earlier this month! It’s always a real treat to visit Alfred’s greenhouses and the custom mocktails made by his nephew (using fruit from his trees) and the sandwiches made by Marissa Mitchell were a real treat. And! Let’s not forget the bounty of homemade cookies so lovingly made by Alfred’s mom. Congrats to member Ryan Langton who won our raffle and received a gorgeous Cattleya donated by Doug Overstreet (thanks Doug!!). Such a beautiful way to spend a summer day!

Hopefully you’ve all been managing through the heat and your plants haven’t taken too much of a toll. Here is a great article from the American Orchid Society which may offer a bit of helpful advice:

Let’s get through this heat!

Looking toward our upcoming September meeting, we’re so excited for the return of AOS judge and President of the San Fernando Orchid Society Arthur Pinkers. He will be speaking on Laelias and will surely have some great information to share!

Next, we’re setting our sights on the upcoming orchid show and sale at Huntington Gardens, October 19-21 This is one of our largest events of the year. 1st VP Carol Beule dreams up a beautiful display vision and she, along with a team of OSSC volunteers bring it all together with great dedication and class. We won numerous awards last year and while the awards aren’t the reason we do what we do, they’re still lovely to receive. We need volunteers so please come join us in helping bring the vision to life!

Thanks to you all for keeping the passion for orchids alive!

All the best,

Erin Maxick

erin’s fun fact:

Orchid perfume? Yes indeed. American singer songwriter Beyoncé added a perfume to her line in 2014 called “Heat Wild Orchid”! According to her perfumer, “emphasis was placed on the Butterfly Orchid and the perfume emits a fierce feminine energy”. The scent is described as a combination of “pomegranate, coconut water and boysenberry, with a bold floral bouquet of Butterfly Orchid, blooming magnolia, and honeysuckle. Woods, musk and amber contribute to the overall impression …”

 Hmmmmm. I’ll let you decide!

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