What’s On in 2018

Here are some of our regular and special events that the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) will be celebrating in 2018.  If you are interested in attending, keep these dates and events in your diary or calendar so that you will not be disappointed. For further information, see our Events page.

Our Monthly Members Meetings:  are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month commencing at 8.00 pm (early session 7.30 pm) – (except January).

  • Venue: N.G. Wishart Senior Citizens Hall, 964 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin

Advance notice for our first meeting for 2018

Monthly Members Meeting | Wednesday 7th February 8.00 pm (early session 7.30 pm)

  • Venue: N.G. Wishart Senior Citizens Hall, 964 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin

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A Dose of Spring Fever – Champions of SSOS Spring Show

The Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) hosted its Annual Spring Show on September 16-17, 2017, showcasing all things orchid, including our Champion orchid displays as well as plants and orchid accessory items for sale.

  • For an example of club winning plants, visit our page celebrating our 2017 Spring Show Champions.
  • Looking forward to doing it all over again this year.

To keep informed about our Spring Show dates for 2018 – bookmark our website, follow our blog; or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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To Experience the Beauty of Orchids

As a member of the Orchid Societies Council of Victoria (OSCOV), the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) participated in OSCOV’s 24th Annual Melbourne Orchid Spectacular  – “Experience the Beauty of Orchids“, which was held from Friday 25th – Sunday 27th August, 2017 at the Boxhall Pavilion, KCC Park, 655 Westernport Highway, Skye.

Below: SSOS won two prizes and a Champion prize for Cymbidium Sarah Jean ‘Jennifer’. These included:

Champion Cymbidium – Small Flower – Hybrid (Non-commercial),

1st Prize – Small Cymbidium Flower – Hybrid Pure Colour Type; and

1st Prize Small Cymbidium Flower – Hybrid Specimen (min 6 interflorescences)

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Champion Cymbidium Sarah Jean ‘Jennifer’

Congratulations go to our winning and successful grower and member Tess.

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Vox Pop or the Judges – Who is Right?

At most SSOS meetings, members have an opportunity to ‘bench’ their flowering orchids for judging by a panel of accredited OSCOV judges. 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. This is an informal and fun competition on the night where the vox populi (voice of the people) aka vox pop decide who they think is the winner for the night.

  • On most occasions, the vox pop decision is vastly different to what the Judges like, but by the last meeting of the year everyone agreed!
  • Could it have been due to tips and advice provided by the guest speaker for the night – Barry Larkin (an accredited OSCOV judge) whose topic was “What Judges Look For”, or was it just a coincidence? – You be the judge!

See the SSOS monthly winners for 2017 on the Judges Vs People 2017 page.

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Three Cheers for the 2017 Three Club Event Winner

One of the highlights of the 2017 calendar for three south-eastern Melbourne orchid growing clubs was the annual Three Club Invitational Challenge which is held between Mornington Peninsula Orchid Society (MPOS), Dandenong & District Orchid Club (DDOC) and Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS).

On Wednesday 3rd May, 2017, SSOS hosted the Three Club Invitational Challenge, to which the ‘Away’ Clubs sent a strong contingent of members and wonderful flowering orchids which added to the vibe and success for the night.

The judges were extremely complimentary about the event and praised everyone for the immense efforts which went into this fabulous one-night event.

  • Below is the Champion Orchid of the Show, Champion Any Other Species, and  Champion Orchid by an Open Grower – Prosthecea cochleata (MPOS – S&M Early)

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    Prosthechea Cochleata Champion Orchid of the Three Club Invitational Challenge 2017

Further photos of category winners and flowering orchids are located on Three Club Invitational Challenge 2017 page.  See also our Trophies and Awards page.

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Winners Are Grinners

During 2017, Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) celebrated its 25th Anniversary with many events, successes and awards and extend gratitude to those who won Club Awards, Annual Trophies, Cultural Certificates of Merit and Medals for well-deserved service.

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Simply having a wonderful Christmas Time

Normally SSOS says before each monthly meeting to ‘Bring a Friend – Bring Many’ but when it comes to our End of Year/Christmas dinner this became ‘Bring a Plate – Bring Many’ and undoubtedly we did.

The December meeting was celebrated with style and enthusiasm on Wednesday, 6th December, 2017 at the N.G. Wishart Hall in Moorabbin.

  • The night commenced with pre-dinner drinks and nibbles, before members and their guests enjoyed a memorable feast which included roast lamb and chicken, ham, roast vegetables and potatoes, sumptuous salads, bread sticks, antipasto and stuffed eggs.
  • The dessert menu included perennial favourites such as cheesecake, banana cake and chocolate goodies.

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When:  Wednesday 7th February, 2018, 8.00 p.m. start (early session 7.30 p.m.)
Where: N.G.Wishart Senior Citizens Hall, 964 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin. (Melways Ref. Map 77: D6)

Bring a friend – bring many!

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Orchid of the Month | Lycastes

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Lycaste hybrid Lasioglossa x Kooleana

These cool-growing orchids are found mainly in temperate regions of Mexico and South America and are therefore well suited to Melbourne’s climate… By contrast our winters are wet and therefore protection from rain and a reduction in watering during winter is essential to simulate the Lycaste’s natural growth cycle”.

Learn more about these orchids and their culture on our Lycaste Orchid Culture page.

See images of Lycastes in our Other Genera photo gallery.

  • For further information about orchid care at Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) or membership enquiries, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.

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25 Years On, and We Are Still Celebrating

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Cymbidium Kimberley Splash ‘Tee Pee’

Ho, ho, ho, Christmas is approaching and SSOS will celebrate the December meeting with a wonderful festive feast. Members and their guests are invited to the End of Year Annual Dinner on Wednesday, 6th December, 2017 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.
  • After dinner, the presentation of the major competition winners for 2017 will be announced including the:

Winners of Novice, Intermediate and Open categories along with the winner of the Lobb Trophy for 2017.

  • There is no cost to members (including all our new members) for the dinner. Friends of members are most welcome to attend at $10 per head.

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SSOS 25th (Silver) Anniversary Dinner

We had a wonderful night at Piazza Vercelli on Thursday 17th August to celebrate 25 years since the formation of Southern Suburbs Orchid Society, (SSOS), a member of the Orchid Societies Council of Victoria (OSCOV).

Our esteemed guests for the night were Julian Coker, the founding President and now Patron of OSCOV; and his wife and business partner Frances; who were able to join us, as was their son and current OSCOV President Michael Coker. Julian was also a founding member of SSOS and several other Victorian clubs.

We also took advantage of the 25th Anniversary occasion to award our esteemed original SSOS member Robert Harrison, with an OSCOV Medal for his outstanding contribution to our Club over the past 25 years. Bob joined in December 1992 and has been a committee member for over 20 years.

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