Which is the grander Vanda?

The Judges Vote | The Popular Vote

At most SSOS meetings, members have an opportunity to ‘bench’ their flowering orchids for judging. There are three sections in which members can enter the competition which include: Novice | Intermediate | Open

  • SSOS allows its members to vote for their favourite plant on show at each monthly meeting as well.

On most occasions, what the “people” like is vastly different to what the Judges like, but occasionally everyone agrees!

February 2020 Results are:

 

Our February meeting is the first meeting for 2020. There was a delightful and varied range of flowering orchids on display but the Vanda’s made the greatest impression. The Judges voted for Vanda Somsri ‘Thai Spot’ but the members chose Vanda Mahakkaphongs as their favourite.

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What’s Flowering in February

Orchids grow all year round so it is not difficult to find something flowering during every month of the year. At Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS), members grow a wide variety of orchids and seldom have difficulties finding something to bench each month. Here are some examples of what we exhibited in our monthly competition for judging in 2020.

Our February benching highlights include:

February is our first competition for the year. This is not the time of year for Cymbidiums, but a wide variety of orchids are in flower including many Stanhopeas, some Vandas, a Liparis coelogynoides and a Coelogyne speciosa incarta.

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Category Winners from SSOS Spring Show | September 2019

Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) Spring Show was held in September 2019. The following major award and trophy winners by category include:

  • Champion Orchid of Show (SSOS Award), Champion Paphiopedilum Hybrid Award (Kevin Johnson Artwork Perpetual Trophy) and Champion Orchid by an Open Grower Award to B & M Larkin for Paphiopedilum Norito Hasegawa
  • Reserve Champion of Show (OSCOV Medal) and Champion Any Other Hybrid Award to S & M Early for Clowesetum Brown’s Delight ‘Margaret’
  • Champion Australian Native Species (Jerry Schaack Perpetual Trophy) to B & L Bunning for Dendrobium speciosum
  • Champion Australian Native Hybrid (ANOS Medal) to C & G Trainor for dendrobium Australian Artist
  • Champion Laeliinae Alliance (Vic Pearce Memorial Perpetual Trophy) to  C & G Trainor for Cattleya Jillian Lee ‘Southern Red’
  • Champion Cymbidium (Cymbidium Orchid Society Plaque) to C & A Scerri for Cymbidium Paradisian Ruby Cascades
  • Champion Seedling Flowering for the First Time to C & A Scerri for Cymbidium Kimberly Flame x Kimberly Valley
  • Champion Masdevallia Hybrid and Champion Orchid by an Intermediate grower to T & E Stiles for Masdevallia Tuakau Candy
  • Champion Any Other Species to S & M Early for Cattleya intermdedia v orlata Crownfox
  • Champion Specimen Orchid to S &  Early for Cattleya coccinea
  • Champion Orchid by a Novice Grower to P & H Jeffrey for Cymbidium lowianum grandiflorum lowi
  • Champion Displays of Show Large stand 1st Prize – C & G Trainor
  • Champion Displays of Show Miniature stand 1st Prize – T & E Stiles

Further photos from our Spring Show 2019 are available.

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A Narrative on Natives | Tips for Cool-Growing Native Orchids

Welcome back to all our members and prospective members of Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS). Our first presentation for 2020 is coming soon.

  • Presenter: Our first guest speaker for 2020 is David Cannon, a director of the Australian Orchid Foundation and current President of the Maroondah Orchid Society.
  • Topic: How to grow cool-growing Australian native orchids, such as dendrobiums, sarcochilus and cymbidiums.

When:  Wednesday 5th February, 2020 – 8.00 p.m. start
Where: N.G.Wishart Senior Citizens Hall, 964 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin. (Melways Ref. Map 77: D6)

Tea, coffee and light refreshments are included.

  • This session is suitable for all orchid lovers and growers, from beginners through to experienced growers.

Early session: Bring along your questions and/or problem plants. This session will start at 7:30 p.m. and focus on growing and flowering Masdevallias.

Visitors and interested guests are always welcome, so remember to bring a friend – bring many!

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Advance Notification for First SSOS Members Meeting | February 2020

Welcome back to all our members and prospective members of Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS). Our first presentation for 2020 is coming soon.

When:  Wednesday 5th February, 2020 – 8.00 p.m. start
Where: N.G.Wishart Senior Citizens Hall, 964 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin. (Melways Ref. Map 77: D6)

Tea, coffee and light refreshments are included. Feel free to ‘bring a plate’.

  • This session is suitable for all orchid lovers and growers, from beginners through to experienced growers.

Early session: Bring along your questions and/or problem plants. This session will start at 7:30 p.m.

Visitors and interested guests are always welcome, so remember to bring a friend – bring many!

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Southern Suburbs Orchid Society | Find Out More About Us

Membership to the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) provides great value. During the year, there are 10 Members Meetings which include knowledgeable guest speakers, opportunities to show off your flowering orchids, win raffle prizes and purchase plants to add to your growing collections.

  • The night starts at 7.30 p.m. with ‘The Early Session’ for members.
  • The main meeting begins at 8.00 p.m.
  • Features include an invited guest speaker, talking on advanced Orchid culture.
  • A flowering competition is held at each meeting. with members bringing in their flowering plants to exhibit.
  • Presentation of bench winners is the last part of the meeting.
  • At the conclusion of the meeting members and visitors enjoy light refreshments.

Learn more About Us from our Vision, Mission Values and Objectives pages.

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2019 was a very good year for Southern Suburbs Orchid Society

Southern Suburbs Orchid Society offers congratulations to all of the 2019 Trophy winners:

  • Perpetual Trophy for Open Division – Herbert Aberl
  • Intermediate Division – Elena & Terry Stiles
  • Novice Division – Linda Bunning
  • Winner of 2019 Lobb Trophy – Craig Trainor

Other highlights of Awards, Trophies and Accolades awarded during 2019 can be viewed here.

In 2019 we learned of Club member Craig Trainor’s success with his Cattleya Jillian Lea ‘Coral Red’ which won the category of Laeliinae Hybrid Orchid in the Victorian Orchids of the Year Award in 2018. This award was sponsored by the Mid-Murray Orchid Club

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John Pascoe Fawkner Award, Gold level to Robert Harrison

Our July 2019 meeting was a special occasion for our club as our longest serving member and life member Robert Harrison was very deservedly awarded a John Pascoe Fawkner Award, Gold level for his ongoing and outstanding service to Southern Suburbs Orchid Society over 25 years.

  • On the night, we were delighted to welcome Don & Jennifer Rickerby, President and Honorary Secretary respectively of the Royal Horticultural Society of Victoria. Don graciously awarded gold level of the John Pascoe Fawkner Award to Robert.

At a time when the world appears to be getting increasingly self serving and divisive, it’s great to know we have people like Robert in our club. He has missed only one committee meeting in 25 years, is there setting up before and packing away after every meeting and has run the flowering competition for almost all that time. We strongly value Robert as a friend, contributor, advisor and role model of human kindness and generosity.

  • Thanks to Alan Randle for bringing this award to our attention and for seeing through the application. Well deserved Bob!

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Mon 2 December – SSOS Christmas Dinner – bring a plate

Ho, ho, ho, Christmas is approaching and SSOS will celebrate its December meeting with a wonderful festive feast. Members and their guests are invited to the End of Year Annual Dinner on Wednesday, 4th December, 2019 commencing at 6:30 p.m. for a 7.00 p.m start.

The night begins with pre-dinner drinks and nibbles, followed by dinner provided by SSOS and its members.

The Club will provide hot roast lamb, chicken, potatoes and vegetables. Members are encouraged to supplement the feast by providing salads and sweets for all to share.

  • Please remember to provide your own crockery, cutlery, drinks and drinking glasses.

Bring a friend, bring many

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Popular Vote vs Judges Vote – November 2019

At most SSOS meetings, members have an opportunity to ‘bench’ their flowering orchids for judging. There are three sections in which members can enter the competition which include:

Novice | Intermediate | Open

  • SSOS allows its members to vote for their favourite plant on show at each monthly meeting as well.

On most occasions, what the “people” like is vastly different to what the Judges like, but occasionally everyone agrees!

  • November 2019 results are:

The Judges voted for the Capanemia superflua on mount; but the members voted for Cymbidium Cricket ‘Judith Anne’ which had received an HCC/OSCOV award. Both were worthy of choice. Such is the diversity of the quality orchids SSOS members grow.

Orchids grow all year round so it is not difficult to find something flowering during every month of the year. At Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS), members grow a wide variety of orchids and seldom have difficulties finding something to bench each month.

  • For further examples, from this meeting see our Flowering Now – November 2019 page.

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