Pacific Central Judging Center
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Meets at the Lakeside Garden Center by Lake Merritt. 666 Bellevue Drive, Oakland, California.

Meetings are on the third Monday of each month, coinciding with the Orchid Society of California.

Plant entry is from 7:00 - 7:30 PM.
AOS Judging begins at 7:30 PM.

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Pacific Central Judging Center
San Francisco
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Meets at the SF County Fair Bldg/Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park at 9th and Lincoln, San Francisco, California.

Meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month, coinciding with the San Francisco Orchid Society.

Plant entry is from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.
AOS Judging begins at 7:00 PM.

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NOTE: All parcels of cut orchid flowers sent to regional judgings in California must be marked on outside of package: "Cut Orchid Blooms." Otherwise the post office opens and inspects the package and in doing so often damages the flowers.

Suggestions for Shipping Cut Flowers

The AOS does still accept cut flowers for judging. That's the first and most important point. The problem, of course is getting them to the judging center in their best condition. There are several methods, depending on the time of year and the type of flower.

If you have a one-sided flower, such as a Paph, you can put it face up in the box and pack around it. However, a flower such as a Cattleya, or a stem with many Dendrobiums or Cymbidiums would be a different matter. You should start with looking at one of the USDA websites:

I found this and it has almost too much information, but if you read it, you can glean some good hints. The first one is to put the stem of the flower in a tube of water (maybe even water with some floral preservative in it). Then the flower should be cushioned in lots of shredded cellophane (from the florist supply, or even some paper supply places). Then you have to secure it in a box that is big enough that the flowers won't be damaged by hitting the sides of the box. Then, depending on the time of year, I would include a cold or hot pack, not next to the flowers, but in the box to keep some cool or warm air around the flowers. It should probably be taped down so it doesn't shift during shipment. Make sure everything in the box is secured so it can't move!!

You should then ship your flowers overnight to arrive in time for judging. Many judgings are on Saturday, so you should probably have the flowers arrive the day before. If the judging is on a weekday, you could arrange for them to arrive the day of judging. Choose a center that has judging at the proper time for your blooming flowers and go for it!!

Taylor Slaughter

Send cut flowers to Maynard Michel, 1733 Tourmaline Ct., Livermore, Ca. 94550


 Upcoming Event Judging Schedule

Thursday, 2/22/2018 (9:30 AM) - Pacific Orchid Exposition
San Francisco County Fair Building (Hall of Flowers)
1199 9th Ave., San Francisco
Judging Chairman: Japheth Ko

Saturday, 3/31/2018 (8 AM) - Sonoma County Orchid Society Show
Santa Rosa Veteran's Memorial
1351 Maple St., Santa Rosa
Judging Chairman: Amy Chung

Saturday, 4/21/2018 (8 AM) - Gold Coast Cymbidium Growers Show
Community Activities Center
1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City
Judging Chairman: Carol Zoltowski

Saturday, 5/12/2018 (9 AM) - Orchid Society of California Mother's Day Show and Sale
Lakeside Park Garden Center
666 Bellevue Ave, Oakland
Judging Chairman: Carol Zoltowski