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December 12 Annual Holiday Pot Luck in Farmington @ 6:30pm

Wednesday, December 12th, meeting and Annual Holiday Pot Luck will be held at the Farmington Senior Center.

321 New Britain Ave., Unionville, Connecticut

Doors open at 6:30pm.

Take a breather from all the running around this holiday season! We will be having our annual pot luck dinner meeting.

Please Note:  Food will be available  from 6:30 on.  Hostess, Karen Kuziel, will be organizing, so please give her a call at tel. 203 710 5114 to let her know what you would like to bring. 

Rumor has it that the Orchid Santa may stop by with mystery gifts for members whose 2019 dues are paid!

We will also, be holding our annual elections at this meeting.  Information regarding the slate of officers is forthcoming.  If you are interested in running for office or a position on the board of directors, please contact our Nominating Committee chairperson, David Tognalli.  The COS welcomes new ideas and suggestions, so please consider joining the board!

November 14 Meeting at Cheshire Senior Center

Wednesday, November 14th meeting will be held at the Cheshire Senior Center

240 Maple Ave, Cheshire, CT 06410

Topic: 60 Years of Orchid Growing Mistakes (Including the Top Ten Orchid Growing Mistakes — and how to fix ’em)

Speaker:  Dr. Clark Riley

Clark Riley has been an active orchid grower since 1957. At the age of six, he got his first plant, a probably-collected Yellow Ladyslipper (Cypripedium pubescens) from a perennial nursery. The plant died a miserable death in a short time, but not before blooming and cementing a love of orchids that has lasted over half a century. He has labored ever since to make amends by promoting the sound cultivation of Ladyslippers. He grows a wide range of orchids, including several thousand terrestrials, hardy species, and ladyslippers, Brazilian Laelias, and specialty Phalaenopsis, often from seed. He was the producer for the book and CD of Proceeding of the North American Native Terrestrial Orchid Conference. He is a member of the Maryland Orchid Society and the American Orchid Society. He can be reached at DrRiley@aol.com or visit his web site at http://cyps.us

Clark will be bringing a mixture of orchids and companion plants for sale as well as some of his books.

Doors open at 6:30pm, meeting starts at 7:30pm.

CLARK RILEY – NOV. 2018 SPEAKER

 

 

October 10th Meeting at Farmington Senior Center

Wednesday, October 10th, 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: Tom Sampliner from Cleveland, Ohio

Topic:  “Orchids of Borneo, in the Footsteps of Alfred Russell Wallace” (Wallace was a contemporary of Darwin and co-discoverer of the natural selection theories credited to Darwin)

September 12th Meeting in Cheshire

Wednesday, September 12th meeting will be held at the Cheshire Senior Center

240 Maple Ave, Cheshire, CT 06410

Speaker:  Joe Silva of Silva Orchids

Topic: “Getting Orchids Ready for Winter with Correct Potting and Mounting”

Anyone that needs orchida or moss please pre-order by noon September 1ST

To place order, please call 203 264 6096 or email Cheryl Mizak cmizak@alcher.com

Now is your chance to stock up –  2 cu ft bags (not a ¼ bag of dust)

Any size $43.65 all usable

New Zealand Moss 1 cu ft bale

If the sizes are to large consider sharing with a member.

 

 

COS May 9 Meeting – Cheshire

Wednesday, May 9th meeting will be held at the Cheshire Senior Center

240 Maple Ave, Cheshire, CT 06410

Topic:  Native American Orchids

Speaker:  Jean Stefanik

Jean Stefanik will be speaking on Native Orchids with a focus on the species.  Since it is almost warm it will be good to have a fresh eye on where and how to fine these native treasures.

Jean is an educator and naturalist as well as an accredited AOS (American Orchid Society) judge.    Her primary passion is for species orchids, and the habitats to which  have adapted  throughout the world.  She enjoys traveling,  photographing orchids and other plants and animals in nature, and meeting people from other cultures.    North American travels have ranged from the Arctic in Canada to California, from New England and the Maritimes, from Arizona to the Florida swamps including extremely rare ghost orchids. She has also spent several trips and many months in Costa Rica,  Ecuador, New Zealand and Australia, all including touring for orchids.   Conservation of orchids means conservation of native habitats, a theme which permeates her talks.     Jean also serves on the Boards of the Native Orchid Conference and Orchid Digest.       Jean’s talk this meeting will be “Temperate North American Native Orchids”.

Doors open at 6:30pm, meeting starts at 7:30pm.

 

 

April 11 Meeting – Farmington Senior Center

Wednesday, April 11th, 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.

Topic:  GROWING SEMI HYDROPONIC

No time to water?
Water too much?
Semi hydroponic might be the answer for you!
We will demonstrate what is needed and the how-to’s.
Members will be given a chance to pot a plant semi hydroponically.
Take the plant home, and bring it back blooming!

 

 

COS March 14 Meeting in Cheshire

Wednesday March 14, 2018

Cheshire Senior Center

240 Maple Ave, Cheshire, CT 06410

Doors open at 6:30pm, 7:00pm socializing, and meeting starts at 7:30pm.

This month’s meeting is a POTTING WORKSHOP preceded by a basic orchid growing talk.

Afraid to tackle or maybe just not sure how to repot your orchid?  This is your chance to have the orchid docs do it for you. Bring your orchids that need repotting and a clean pot.  For a material fee of $5.00, the orchid docs will repot your orchid.

Please note:  Potting supplies and orchids will be available for purchase at this month’s meeting.

February 14th Meeting in Farmington

Wednesday, February 14th, meeting will be held at the Farmington Senior Center.

321 New Britain Ave., Unionville, Connecticut

Speaker:  Rebecca Schwartz

Topic:  How to Create a Vivarium

What to do when you want more orchids but have no more room…

Make a vivarium!   You will be shown step by step how to build your own!

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

January 10th Meeting in Cheshire

This month’s meeting is Wednesday, January 10th, and will be held at the Cheshire Senior Center

240 Maple Ave, Cheshire, CT 06410

Doors open at 6:30pm, meeting starts at 7:30pm.

Speaker:  Will Wilson

Topic:  “The Orchids of Puerto Rico and El Yunque”

The island of Puerto Rico is home  to the only rain forest in US territory, El Yunque.  Come explore the island and its orchids in their natural habitat and in pre-hurricane times, only months before Hurricane Maria’s devastating impact on the island and its people.