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COS Annual Picnic is Saturday, Aug 25, from 12-5pm, Rain or Shine!

COS Annual Picnic held rain or shine on Saturday, August 25th, from Noon – 5:00

Please join us at COS member, Sue Kennedy’s, residence in the lovely hills of Litchfield, to share a picnic meal and visit Sue’s Lord and Burnham Green House (full of orchids), and the shade house!

The COS will provide hamburgers and chicken based on the number of guests who have RSVPd.  Attendees are asked to bring a starter, side dish, salad, or dessert to share and a beverage of their choice.

To be sure we include you in the count for meal planning purposes, RSVP by Saturday, August 18th, to Karen Kuziel at KarenKuziel@pchiggins.com.

Directions to Sue’s:

266 Norfolk Road, Litchfield, CT 06759

Take Route 63 North toward Goshen. Just under 1 mile after turning onto Route 63 (North Street) the road forks. Take right fork past Forman School.  Driveway is about 2 miles north.  A lady bug flag will be hung at the driveway on the right.  Drive past the brick house straight back to the residence, which is located in a wooded area.

 

June 13th Meeting at Farmington Senior Center

Wednesday, June 13th, meeting will be held at the Farmington Senior Center.

321 New Britain Ave., Unionville, Connecticut

Doors open at 6:30pm. Meeting starts at 7:30pm.

Speaker: Jason Fisher from Orchids Limited will be presenting!

THANK YOU to everyone who donated plants, and to the auctioneers and guests, for making our Orchid Auction on May 5th a success!

May 5th, The Connecticut Orchid Society is hosting an ORCHID AUCTION at the Cheshire Senior Center.  All are welcome!  Free Admission!

240 Maple Ave, Cheshire, CT 06410

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Preview of Plants to be Auctioned

12:30 – 3:30 pm:  Auction (Please note: end time of event could vary.  Event ends when auction has been completed.)

Click on the link below for a list of auction plants.  There will be some very special old divisions!

2018 Auction Members Flyer

2018 Auction List

June 18th Saturday – Hike into Black Creek Bog to see Native Orchids.

June 18th Saturday – Hike into Black Creek Bog to see Native Orchids.

We will primarily be looking for Cypripedium reginae plus other orchids.  The bog is an alkaline, sphagnum peat bog, dominated by black fir in a late successional stage of development.

The cattails are now invading and will smother the cypripediums.  There are also many ferns and mosses, sundews, (bear and deer droppings), pink pyrolas, and twinflowers.

This will be a long day starting in Sprakers, NY.  We will gather at 9:30 a.m. and proceed on our adventure.  There are several motels and B&B’s in the area, or camping in the field of Thyme.

Make sure to bring wet-able shoes, sandals or boots, Insect repellant, hat, long sleeves, and a high collar shirt and long pants.  Plus of course your camera.

There will be a stop in the afternoon at Paul Serano’s, a former orchid enthusiast who now runs the family African violet business, Lyndon Lynon Greenhouses.

Please contact Cheryl Mizak ASAP if you are interested or need more information.  CMizak@alcher.com

June 4th REPOTTING WORKSHOP!

Coming up June 4, 2016 we will be holding one of our popular Orchid Repotting Workshops! 

Need some suggestions on pot size or correct medium to use?  Or just afraid to tackle the repotting task alone?

NO WORRIES!!  The COS Repotting Doctors will be here for you from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.:

Larson’s Nursery, 26 Covey Road, Burlington,  CT

Everyone who owns an orchid that needs to be repotted is invited!

Bring your orchid and a clean pot…for $5.00 we will supply the rest.

SEPOS Orchid Show – BUS TRIP!!

Bus Trip to SEPOS Annual Show & Sale and Longwood Gardens

http://www.sepos.org/annual-show.html

Bus Trip to SEPOS Annual Show & Sale and Longwood Gardens:

We are planning a three-day, April 1-3, 2016 bus trip to the famous Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania — close to Philadelphia.

These famous gardens were created by Pierre du Pont in the 19th century. The gardens are composed of 1,077 acres with many paths that wind through extraordinary gardens, woodlands and meadows. In addition there are fabulous greenhouses full of orchids and other magnificent flowering plants. Our group will be given a private behind-the-scenes tour of the gardens.

The itinerary is as follows:

Fri., April 1st Leave Waterbury approx. 12—1:00 pm.

Spend the night at Homewood Suites Hotel near Kennett Square.

Sat., April 2nd Spend the day at SEPOS Southeast Pa. Orchid Society Annual Show & Sale with option to leave mid-afternoon and go back to hotel for your own free time (King of Prussia Mall is only 3 miles away). SEPOS has fabulous vendors, seminars and free guided tours.

Sun., April 3rd spend the morning at Longwood Gardens with a special behind-the-scenes tour of the gardens. Sunday afternoon return trip home to CT.

Cost: Single (inc. bus ) 2 nights + breakfast, admiss. to SEPOS $421.00—does not include Longwood Gardens, food and purchase of any plants.

Couple (inc. bus) Hotel room for two + breakfast, admiss. to SEPOS $608.00 — does not include Longwood Gardens, food and purchase of any plants.

(Prices based on 18 participants.)

Deadline= Feb. 1st (50% deposit by Feb. 10 at COS mtg. and bal. due by Feb.29.)

COS Meeting – Feb 10th – Farmington

Wednesday February 10th, 2016

Farmington Senior Center

321 New Britain Ave., Unionville, CT

doors open at 6:30pm, meeting starts at 7:30pm

POTTING 101 – What do you need, what do you do….Tips & Tricks on repotting your orchids.

We will have demonstrations on potting techniques.

You can bring in your plant for diagnosis and recommendations (BRING IN PLASTIC BAG to protect against the cold and pests!)

Potting supplies will be available for sale at the meeting.

COS Meeting – Jan 13th – Cheshire

Wednesday January 13, 2016

Cheshire Senior Center

240 Maple Ave, Cheshire, CT 06410

doors open at 6:30pm, meeting starts at 7:30pm

POTTING 101 – What do you need, what do you do….Tips & Tricks on repotting your orchids.

We will have demonstrations on potting techniques.

You can bring in your plant for diagnosis and recommendations (BRING IN PLASTIC BAG to protect against the cold and pests!)

Potting supplies will be available for sale at the meeting.