April 10 Meeting in FARMINGTON

Wednesday, April 10th, meeting will be held at the FARMINGTON Senior Center located at 321 New Britain Avenue, Unionville, Connecticut.

Doors open at 6:30pm.

Guest Speaker: Steven A. Frowine, Professional Horticulturist, Author, and Lecturer- Author of Orchids for Dummies, Fragrant Orchids, Gardening Basics for Dummies, and Miniature Orchids and Moth Orchids, the Complete Guide to Phalaenopsis

Topic:  Although orchids are not plagued with as many problems as some plants, they can still be haunted with pests that can mar their beauty, or in some cases, can threaten their lives. In this program, Steve will give a presentation of the most common disease, insect, varmint, and cultural problems, and will give safe, effective ways to eliminate or control them. After the presentation there will be time for members who have brought in troubled plants to have these plants diagnosed and for questions to be answered about individual plant growing or pest problems

Steve is a former member of the Connecticut Orchid Society.  We welcome him back to Connecticut.



March 13 Meeting in CHESHIRE @ 6:30PM

Wednesday, March 13th, meeting will be held at the CHESHIRE Senior Center located at 240 Maple Ave, Cheshire, CT 06410

Meeting Start Time: 6:30pm (setup) and socializing begins at 7:00pm

Topic:  Annual Potting Workshop:

When to repot. Tips, tools & tricks of repotting.

Bring your questions. Bring your plants and clean pots.

The “Orchid Docs” will be available for diagnosis.

Now, as the days are getting longer it triggers new roots to start to grow, so this is the perfect time to focus on repotting chores.

*If you think you have a sick or buggy plant please bring it in a plastic bag.

**There will be a $5.00 material fee for all plants under 4 inches. Larger size plants fee t/b/d.

++++++++ note we will be at the Cheshire Senior center ++++++++

Please note instructions below for pre-orders from vendors:

*Ecuagenera- Anyone wanting to pre-order plants for delivery at our show from Ecuagenera should place their order by MARCH 15th and it should be side marked for delivery at the Connecticut Orchid Society Show.

*Andy’s Orchids- 10% discount for pre-orders. Cut-off for pre-order is MARCH 15. Make sure to note the order is a pre-order to be picked up at the COS show March 30-31. To place pre-order, put your order in the “Basket” on Andy’s website at, then copy and paste the “Basket” to Word and email it to

*Daddodils & More- Pre-order cutoff date is March 15th .http://  Contact is David Burdock at



February 13th Meeting in CHESHIRE

Wednesday, February 13th, meeting will be held at the CHESHIRE Senior Center located at 240 Maple Ave, Cheshire, CT 06410

Guest speaker: Beth Davis from Waldor Orchids

Topic: “Welcome to the Weird, Wacky, World of Orchids”

“What is a Beth Plant?” We will take a world tour as “Beth Plants” include the following families: Bulbophyllum, from Africa, Asia and Latin America; Stanhopea, from Central and South America; and Dendrochilum from Southeast Asia.

Spring is coming and we will all be working with our plants. Beth Davis will do a re-potting demonstration along with a demonstration of proper grooming and staking of your orchid plants.

Beth will bring plants for sale and take pre-orders on supplies. Waldor sells everything they use on their own orchids; potting mixes, plastic and terracotta pots, fertilizers, green string, wood and plastic baskets, hangers, etc. If there is an item a member is looking for that they don’t see on the list, or if there is a plant on a member’s wish list that they think Waldor might have, they can email Beth with their request. Here is a link to the Waldor website: and below are links to the Waldor supply lists.

About Beth: Beth Davis is a third-generation orchid grower from Waldor Orchids located in Linwood, NJ. Waldor is a family owned business in operation since 1925. Beth has worked at the greenhouses for over 20 years in a variety of capacities. She joined the AOS judging program as a student.


Supply ListWaldor_

Orchids Supply Price List



January 9th Meeting at FARMINGTON

Wednesday, January 9th, meeting will be held at the FARMINGTON Senior Center located at 321 New Britain Avenue, Unionville, Connecticut.

Doors open at 6:30pm.

Guest Speaker: Cordelia Head of J & L Orchids

 Topic: “Growing Miniature Orchids at Home” – This program  will be entertaining and informative, suitable for the beginner and the long-time orchid grower. It will include tips and insights gathered over  years of growing and transporting orchids around the world. (Speaker bio is below.)

J & L Preorders: use the J & L website at, and if COS members prefer to pay in cash, they can use the money order option. The coupon code is “CTOS2019” for 20% off preorders, and use the “Connecticut Orchid Society talk” option for delivery.

Cordelia Head is one of three previous owners of J&L Orchids and is proud to be associated with the new owners, the Carreño family. Cordelia has been growing orchids for
more than forty years and is on many international orchid committees involving orchid conservation and orchid judging. She is an American Orchid Society accredited judge and served on the Awards Committee for several years.
Cordelia has been fortunate to travel extensively throughout Central and South America in search of orchids. She has discovered many new species and has three named for her. Cordelia has lectured both nationally and internationally including the World Orchid Conferences in Miami, France, Malaysia, Vancouver, Glasgow and many others.


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 or visit his web site at

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.




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

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.