At the September 11th ODCS Zoom Meeting, guest speaker Brian Kanotz gave us an insider perspective of King’s Mums. Brian showed us the expansion and transformation of the King’s Mums nursery of last two years, from inground raised beds to container culture. He talked about providing plants free of virus to maintain the high quality by having certain cultivars tested for virus. There are virus and virion that affect chrysanthemums, and certain cultivars that are more susceptible to virus infection. Due to mailing issues, King’s Mums will not be mailing out catalogs in the future. An online printable .pdf file of the catalog will be available. King’s Mums will continue to offer Heritage mums to the ODCS members and other NCS chapters only, but will not be offered to the public. With a surge in demand for mums in the last several years, Brian advised that we send in our plant order early. At the ODCS December meeting, we will discuss King’s Mums plants orders.
Please mark your calendar for Saturday, September 11th for the ODCS Zoom Meeting. The guest speaker will be Brian Kanotz of King’s Mums, who will speak to us on King’s Mums Horticulture, Greenhouse and more. Please note our ODCS Zoom Meeting is on Saturday at 11:00a.m. NOT Sunday. We look forward to seeing you on Zoom.
King’s Mums greenhouses.
The National Chrysanthemum Society has announced that the NCS National Convention and Show for 2021 is now canceled. Those of you who have registered should have received an email from Leanne Ortega, the NCS Treasurer. Leanne will be mailing the refund to you. COVID-19 Delta variant is one of several reasons that the National and the Central Carolina chapter decided to cancel the event. Our members’ health is a key factor in the decision – especially for those members who would have to travel by airplanes and then just be in the hotel in North Carolina. A reminder, if you have made hotel arrangements, you are responsible for canceling the reservation directly with the hotel.
For the same health concerns of COVID-19 Delta variant, ODCS will not be holding our chapter show this year either. We feel that this is the right decision as we do not want to place our members at health risk in an indoor environment.
Again, thank you everyone for taking our recent survey to aid us in our planning. We’ve had over 60% of our members responded, which is very impressive! Fourteen members replied that they would show their blooms at an outdoor park pavilion, 19 members replied that they would attend an informal show, and 20 members replied that they would send in photos of their mums for a Zoom show.
As a result of the survey, we have booked Shelter A, the covered pavilion at Burke Lake Park for our informal show. It will be held on Sunday, October 31st, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. Parking is readily available, with easy access. Bathrooms are very close by. As you can see from the photo below,the pavilion is spacious. We will follow safety precautions for the event to include spacing and wearing masks. It will also be an educational learning experience as well. Additional details to follow at a later date.
Since many respondents to the survey replied yes to send in photos, we will host the Zoom Mums Photo Show as we did in 2020. Please start photographing your mums as they bloom, until November 10th. More details to follow on this as well.
We were pleased to have Jeff MacDonald, President of the Bay Area Chrysanthemum Society, to give a presentation on “Bugs” at our June 13thZoom meeting. It was very informative as he addressed both good bugs as well as the ones that are not so good for our mums. He also addressed products to use to help protect our mums from the bad bugs. Jeff also showed some beautiful pictures of Heritage mums that he is trying to preserve.
The Monthly Zoom Meeting on July 11th will feature guest speaker Irene Bernal,President of the Orange County Chrysanthemum Society. The presentation will be “Show Rules and Standards”. Although the show is not till October, the methods we apply throughout the growing season in cultivating the chrysanthemums is based on knowledge on how to bring out their horticultural best. Please join us for this informative and educational presentation. We look forward to seeing you on Zoom.
There will be no meeting in August. We will be taking the month off, enjoy your times taking care of your mums. If there are topics that you would like to see in future programs or newsletters, please let us know by emailing to email@example.com.
The shipping of King’s Mums directly to our homes was convenient during the continued pandemic. King’s did an excellent job in packing, shipping and ensuring the plants arrived safe and healthy to everyone. Next year we will return to have all of orders delivered to one location, to save on the cost of shipping to individual members. By now, your King’s and garden mums should be happily growing in their first pots, ready or almost ready to be pot up to the 6-inch pots.
The weather was perfect for the Potting and Plants/Supplies pick-up. All went smoothly because of the many helping hands. A big hand goes to Van Avondolio, Farhad Nourbakhsh and Shuntai Zhou, who helped with table and tent set up and returned to help with potting the next morning. Thank you to Carol Goulding, Judy Goulden, Janice Chan, Mei Wuand Doris Shen for volunteering to pot also. We were able to finish the potting by noon since we did not have pot mums and King’s mums to pot.
Special thank you to Tim Moore for his hospitality in hosting the potting event, accommodating our need and sharing with us his garden of many delightful flora.
We thank Dick Waldschmidt, and Gary Holliday for getting our supplies orders filled. The scheduled curbside pick-up of plants and supplies went very well. We will do the same next year. The supplies service is one of the many benefits of the club, savings to members in buying in bulk. We thank Gary and Ed Mascali for helping with dismantling and stowing away the tables. Tim’s backyard was returned to its charming natural state.
Last but-not-least, a big thank you to Galen Goss for ordering the garden mums and supplies, coaching the potting event, printed plants and supplies order labels, and planned and executed a method to the madness. Long after the volunteers have departed, Galen stayed to box up the plant shipments for out-of-town members and other chapters. It is by Galen’s tireless coordination with other chapters and out-of-town members that we were able to order our plants in quantity as required by the wholesalers. Galen is our man with many hats.
Without everyone’s volunteer efforts we could not have had such a success with potting and getting the supplies to our members! Thank you everyone, for making this year’s Potting and Supplies event fun and ran like a charm!
We were quite blown away by Ivor Mace’s presentationat our Zoom Meeting on April March 11th on “Growing Large Exhibition Blooms”. Most of us have not seen such humongous blooms or know how to grow the size AA cultivars. The Zoom meeting was well attended as ODCS was again joined by members of the Bay Area, Sacramento, Orange County, Long Island, and the CentralCarolina chapters,and NCS President Dan Schadler.
There will not be a Zoom Meeting in May. We will resume our monthly Zoom meeting in June. Please be sure to save the date June 13th. Jeffrey MacDonald’s presentation on “Bugs” is one you should not miss.
We had quite an awe-inspiring talk by Rita Rover at our Zoom Meeting on March 14th on “Cascades”. ODCS was joined by members of the Bay Area, Sacramento, Long Island, and the Central Carolina chapters, NCS President Dan Schadler and Ivor Mace of Wales. If you were unable to attend the Zoom session, Rita has graciously agreed to share the recorded video of her talk with our members. Attached to the newsletter email, please see the article “Chrysanthemum Cascade Culture”, authored by Ted King, as recommended by Rita.
The special speaker for our April 11th Zoom Meeting is Ivor Mace. Ivor is a specialist in growing late flowering chrysanthemums and in the large Exhibition cultivars. He is a grower of chrysanthemums for over 48 years. Ivor has exhibited blooms at the National Chrysanthemum Society’s Championships continually since 1975 and has won the championship 25 times. Invitation to the Zoom Meeting will be emailed to members on the morning of April 11th. We look forward to seeing everyone then.
Camilla Ng and Rosemary Smith, Co-Presidents ___________________________________________
Photos of Ivor with some of his large exhibition blooms.
The talk given by Dan Schadler at our Zoom Meeting on February 13th on “Fertilizers for Fabulous Mums” was very informative. ODCS was joined by members of the Long Island chapter and guest Ivor Mace of Wales. Dan’s fertilizer recipe file was attached with the Zoom invitation email.
The special speaker for our March 14th Zoom Meeting is Rita Rover. Rita has been a grower of chrysanthemums for over 30 years. She is a National Chrysanthemum Society Accredited Judge and a member of the Long Island Chrysanthemum Society. Rita has won many top awards for her cascades at both local and national shows. She will share with us her knowledge on growing cascades. Invitation to the Zoom Meeting will be emailed to members on the morning of March 14th. We look forward to seeing everyone then.
Rosemary Smith, and Camilla Ng, Co-Presidents
________________ SIGNUP GENIUS FOR POTTING EVENT AND PICK UP (Members only): Please click on the link below to access Signup Genius to volunteer and to schedule your Supplies Order pick up appointment. Plants and Supplies will be available for curbside pick up on Saturday, May 8th from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., strictly by appointment. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4da8a92fa1f85-maypotting
We like to thank all our members for your patience and understanding with the many date changes for the plant order! With everyone’s assistance and attention given to the changes, we were able to place our order on January 13th. Just moments after placing our order, King’s Mums on-line order was shut down. That is just one of the benefits of being a ODCS member, we were able to have a filled date saved for us. Mums, the word has gotten out! The demand for exhibition mums has greatly increased as more people are gardening while staying at home.
We are still working on the Garden, Pot and Belgium Mums order.
The special speaker for our February 13th Zoom Meeting is Dan Schadler, the President of the National Chrysanthemum Society (NCS). Dan has been a member of NCS for 40 years, with much experience as a chrysanthemum grower. Dan will share with us his knowledge on the types of fertilizer and their applications. Please note that the Zoom Meeting date is on Saturday, FEBRUARY 13th, at 2 p.m., NOT on Sunday. Invitation to the Zoom Meeting will be emailed to members on the morning of the 13th.
Happy and healthy New Year to you and your family. Hope 2021 will be a better year for everyone!
While the 2020 stock is wintering over, growers are making a wish list of cultivars for the 2021 season. You should be receiving the King’s Mums 2021 catalog in the mail. You may also visit the website www.kingsmums.com to view the selection.
In addition to the catalog cultivars, King’s Mums offers ODCS a special list of Heritage cultivars, which is not offered to the general public due to limited quantity. The Heritage mums are older cultivars that are seldom available commercially. We will feature this Heritage list as well as Garden, Pot and Belgium mums at the Zoom Meeting on January 10th, 2021, 2:00 PM. Please save the date and plan to attend this eye candy preview of Heritage Mums. Instruction to Zoom session will be emailed separately. If you need assistance with Zoom, please ask Rosemary Smith or Camilla Ng prior to January 10th.
We look forward to seeing you on Zoom.
Mums order forms will be sent out before the Zoom invitation. Orders must be postmarked to Rosemary Smith by Saturday, January 16th, 2021.
REMINDER: 2021 RENEWAL MEMBERSHIP NOTE: Please send in your dues along with the membership form to Galen Goss by January 10th, 2021. Please write your check made out to ODCS and mail to: Galen Goss 10107 Homar Pond Drive, Fairfax Station, VA 22039-1650
Our first ODCS Zoom Meeting on November 15th was a great success with 17 participants. The Meeting featured a slide show of our Members’ blooms. Thank you to all who sent in your photos. We received over 170 photos submitted from many members. We have photos from growers of a range of experience, from first year growers to members with many seasons of experience. The slide show of the chrysanthemum blooms brightened our day and inspired us to dream of next year’s planting. We also held our election of Officers for 2021. The Members voted to keep the same Officers, thus ensuring the continuity of ODCS. This year has been an unprecedented challenge for all of us. In 2021, we plan to host monthly Zoom Meetings until the pandemic is abated. Don’t miss our January 10th Zoom Meeting at 2:00 PM. This will be the preview for our 2021 mums order!
On behalf of the ODCS Board, we wish you and your families a safe and beautiful Christmas and New Year!
Membership renewal time!
DISCOUNTED 2021 RENEWAL MEMBERSHIP: ODCS is offering a discount on renewal of membership. The usual $30 membership is discounted for renewal membership for 2021 to $10. ODCS will pay the $20 for each renewing membership to the National Chrysanthemum Society. This is a one-time only offer for 2021. New Membership is still $30. The 2021 membership forms are attached in this emailing of December newsletter.