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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.

COS Holiday Party December 9th

Connecticut Orchid Society Holiday Party

Wed. evening, Dec. 9th, 2015

Farmington Senior Center

321 New Britain Ave., Unionville, CT

This year, we will also have a “holiday bazaar”: Jan Lesnikoski, Moss Farm Studio will have his beautiful handmade pottery and orchid pots for sale.  

Roger Heigel will be offering beautiful jewelry, decorative display boxes and holiday ornaments.

The COS Sale Table will also have spiking orchids for sale.  

                                                        Note time change: Appetizers served at 6:00 pm

                                                       Main dishes served at 6:30 pm

 

Food Assignments:  Members with last names beginning with “A – H”, please bring an appetizer

Members with last names beginning with “I – P”, please bring a main dish 

Members with last names beginning with “Q – Z”, please bring a dessert

 

COS April 8 meeting – Farmington

COS monthly meeting: Wednesday April 8, 2015 – doors open 6:30 pm

Farmington Senior Center 321 New Britain Avenue, Unionville, CT

Dr. Kristen Uthus will speak about what makes Japanese orchids stand out in a crowd and what may make Neofinetia falcata the perfect houseplant.  Visit her website for a 10% discount on all pre-orders!!  Click here for the current price list:  NWO-Plant-list-03-2015


Dr. Kristen Uthus is the owner of New World Orchids which specializes in orchids from Japan including Neofinetia falcata, Dendrobium moniliforme, Sederia japonica, and Asian Cymbidiums.  In addition, she is a plant evolutionary ecologist who has taught ecology at the University of Michigan and EasternMichiganUniversity.

Extended bio:

Dr. Kristen Uthus studied both plant and animal ecology and evolution at VirginiaCommonwealthUniversity and The Ohio State University.  She has taught biology and ecology at several colleges including the University of Michigan and EasternMichiganUniversity.  Kristen has been growing orchids for over 20 years, but recently fulfilled a lifelong dream to make orchids a full-time commitment by purchasing New World Orchids from Dr. Glenn Lehr.  Although she enjoys growing many varieties of orchids and other plants, New World Orchids specializes in Japanese species including Neofinetia falcata, Dendrobium moniliforme, and Sederia japonica as well as Asian Cymbidium species.  Kristen is supported in these pursuits by her husband, Dr. Kevin Wehrly, her two sons, Henry and Gus, and a veritable menagerie of loving animals.

Japanese Orchid History and Culture

Japanese orchids are not typical in the orchid world.  Dr. Kristen Uthus will speak about what makes Japanese orchids stand out in a crowd and what may make Neofinetia falcata the perfect houseplant.

New World Orchids

New World Orchids was founded by Dr. Glenn Lehr and his wife, Maria, over 20 years ago.  Located in Manchester, MI, NWO specializes in Japanese orchids, especially Neofinetia (Vanda) falcata, Dendrobium moniliforme, Sederia (Phalanopsis) japonica, and Asian Cymbidiums.  Glenn was recently joined by Dr. Kristen Uthus who has purchased the business and is working to maintain NWO’s reputation for excellent plants as well as knowledgeable and personalized service.  For more information, visit the website (www.newworldorchids.com) or the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/newworldorchids).

 

 

AOS Webinar – Demystifying AOS Judging

AOS logoWEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 25, 2015

 

Demystifying AOS Judging

When:  8:30pm EST

Register now!

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5371963488689802497

Want to know what it takes to get an orchid awarded by AOS judges? Join Dr. Harry Gallis, whose plants have received over 40 AOS awards. Harry is an Accredited Judge and has served as past Chair of the Carolinas Judging Center, national training coordinator for AOS judges, and served as Chair of the AOS Judging Committee from 2010-2014. He will discuss what those criteria are for getting an orchid awarded.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

AOS Webinar – Greenhouse Chat/Ron McHatton

 

AOS logoWE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE OUR WEBINAR IN FEBRUARY AND EVERYONE IS INVITED

 

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 19, 2015

Join Us for a Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton

When:  8:30pm EST

Register now!https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1840270567949819649

Please join Ron McHatton, American Orchid Society Director of Education, for a Q&A session on how to grow and care for your orchids. If you have a question, please submit your questions by Tuesday, February 17th to stillisch@cox.net.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

COS January meeting – Cheshire

Joanna Eckstrom: “Orchid Mermaids”

Joanna’s talk at the January meeting will be about culture and care of Vanda … “Orchid Mermaids” will feature a Powerpoint presentation and if you have a vanda in your collection, bring it along for a Q&A – be sure to protect the WHOLE plant from January in New England weather.

My husband Bob bought our first orchid plant in 1988.  Cymbidium Peter Pan ‘Greensleeves’ HCC/AOS flowers lasted nearly four months, convincing us that we could grow orchids.  Twenty-seven years later, Peter Pan is still in the collection – it is so vigorous that it breaks out of its pot every two-three years and never stops blooming, making it hard to find a good time to divide and repot.

We’ve tried many genera and now have 50 Vandae and a few other genera for variety.  Besides being an AOS member, we belong to six local societies whose meetings we try to attend as we are able.  When we do get to a meeting, Bob is credited as ‘grower’ of plants we exhibit; Joanna is the ‘Shower’.  Joanna became an AOS Accredited Judge (Northeast Region) in 2012.   She’s chaired at least one show a year for various societies for twenty+ years and was honored with the Orchid Digest Diamond Award of Excellence for doing something that she loves.

AOS Webinar 9/27 – ROOTS

American Orchid Society Presents:  ROOTS: IT IS ALL ABOUT THE ROOTS!
Join us for a Webinar on September 27
Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/796144778

 

Please join John Salventi as he presents a topic near and dear to every orchid grower: how to take care of those precious roots! Roots are the lifeblood of our orchids. He will discuss all the methodologies for taking care of our orchid root systems. One of the founders and owners of Parkside Orchid Nursery in Pennsylvania, John began as a hobbyist in 1986 and entered the commercial orchid world. John is now part of Salventi-Purviance Enterprises, LLC which provides orchid consultation, lectures and teaching, and sales of greenhouses.

 

Title: ROOTS: IT IS ALL ABOUT THE ROOTS!
Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

 

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

 

System Requirements PC-based attendees Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac®-based attendees Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

COS Annual Picnic August 16

COS Annual Picnic, Sat., Aug. 16th  1:00 p.m.  

 (rain date Sun.,  17th)

 Jones garden

COS Annual Picnic, Sat., Aug. 16th  1:00 p.m. (rain date Sun., 17th)

This year members are in for a special treat.  Members George Jones and Dean Delgiudice have kindly offered to hold our picnic at their home. George and Dean are award winning gardeners in addition to orchid growers. Their home is located at 124 Norton St., Plantsville

Pot Luck:  Please bring your favorite picnic dish with a little extra to share with others. Contact Dottie Kern who is coordinating the food to let her know what you are bringing. 860-283-8956.

COS will provide utensils, paper goods and refreshments. Electric will be available for crock pots.  Grill will be be available for anyone who wants to barbeque and is ready from 2:00 on. Extra lawn chairs would also be a big help. Access to George & Dean’s home will be limited. Guests are expected to use a sparkling, clean and fresh, portable bathroom available on the premises.

Directions: George Jones’ and Dean Delgiudice’s Home, 124 Norton Street , Plantsville, CT

From Waterbury:  Take 84 to 691 (Meriden) Take exit 3 (Cheshire) Left over bridge . At second light bear left.  124 Norton Street is 1/4 mile down on left just past Janazzo Plumbing and Heating.  House is behind 118 Norton, go down long driveway, all the way to the back through set of gates.

From Hartford:  Take 84 to exit 29 (Plantsville) Take right onto route 10. Bear left at next light. 124 Norton Street is behind 118 Norton, go down long driveway, all the way to the back through set of gates.

From New Haven:  Take 91 to 691 (Meriden) Take exit 3 (Cheshire) Take right onto route 10. Bear left at next light. 124 Norton Street is behind 118 Norton, go down long driveway, all the way to the back through set of gates.

Hope to see you there!

Woodbury Earth Day, April 26

Saturday, April 26, 2014        11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Woodbury Middle School, Woodbury, Connecticut

Celebrate wholesome and sustainable living by joining us for the 20th annual Woodbury Earth Day. There will be demonstrations, local craftsmen, unique vendors, activities, live music and more!  Free admission.