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June 14th Meeting in Farmington

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

321 New Britain Ave., Unionville, Connecticut

Speaker:   Dick Doran

Topic:  Standard Cymbidiums and How to Successfully Grow Them

Dick Doran has been growing orchids for over 30 years and has received over 100 AOS awards!  He will be bringing divisions of plants for sale.

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

COS May 10th Meeting – Cheshire

Wednesday, May 10th meeting will be held at the Cheshire Senior Center

240 Maple Ave, Cheshire, CT 06410

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

This month, we will hold our popular Potting Workshop!

Are you not sure whether your orchid should be re-potted, scared to re-pot, or just not sure what to do?  The “Orchid Docs” will be on hand  to answer questions and help with your re-potting.  Please bring a clean pot or two (one smaller one larger), since you never know what your plant will need.  Material charge of $5 for up to 5 inch pot.  It’s a perfect time to watch and learn different techniques.

 

April 12th Meeting in Farmington

Wednesday, April 12th, meeting will be held at the Farmington Senior Center.

321 New Britain Ave., Unionville, Connecticut

Speaker:   Dr Kristen Uthus from New World Orchids

Topic:  Miniature Orchids

Title:  “Miniatures:  Honey I Shrunk the Orchids”

10% off all pre orders either on the web or, if you do not see what you are looking for, please ask.  Cut off is April 1st.

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

April 12th Meeting in Farmington

Wednesday, April 12th, meeting will be held at the Farmington Senior Center.

321 New Britain Ave., Unionville, Connecticut

Speaker:   Dr Kristen Uthus from New World Orchids

Topic:  Miniature Orchids

Title:  “Miniatures:  Honey I Shrunk the Orchids”

10% off all pre orders either on the web or, if you do not see what you are looking for, please ask.  Cut off is April 1st.

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

 

COS Holiday Party December 14

Connecticut Orchid Society Holiday Party

Wed. evening, Dec. 14th, 2016

Farmington Senior Center

321 New Britain Ave., Unionville, CT

This year, we will also have a “holiday plant giveaway” for all current members.  If you haven’t renewed, be sure to bring your dues to the meeting/party!

 

 

                                                       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

Nov 9th – meeting in Cheshire

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

240 Maple Ave, Cheshire, CT 06410

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

This month, Fred Clarke from Sunset Valley Orchids with the topic: Catasetums

  • PRE ORDER SPECIAL!  10% off any item on the web site and no shipping cut off November 1
  • www.sunsetvalleyorchids.com

COS – October 12 – Farmington

Wednesday October 12, 2016

Farmington Senior Center

321 New Britain Ave., Unionville, CT

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

PRE ORDER INFO BELOW!

Alan Koch – Angraecums and their
Relatives for the Home Grower

Program looks at the many miniature and compact African species, their hybrids that do well in the
home.  Lots of great cultural tips on them also.

The pre order cut of date is Oct 8th

The deadline for pre-orders is October 5.

Alan Koch

Gold Country Orchids

916-645-8600

We have attached our Limited Availability List and our Two Inch List for membership pre-orders.  All pre-orders off these lists and the web site receive free freight and a 20% discount.  In the last 30 days we have spoken to 12 orchid societies including 5 in Canada so many of our plants on these lists are in short supply.  We would appreciate that all pre-orders be emailed or phoned in to the below numbers.

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Alan Koch

Gold Country Orchids

916-645-8600

gcorchids@aol.com

Sept. 14th Meeting in Cheshire!

Welcome back!  Hope you and your orchids had a spectacular summer!

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

240 Maple Ave, Cheshire, CT 06410

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

This month, Greg Griffs returns from Longwood Gardens with the topic: The Wonders of Orchid Roots!

  • The Wonders of Orchid Roots:
    • “The life of the plant is in the new roots.” The roots of an orchid plant determine its health. We’ll talk about the structure and function of the roots, how they interact with the environment, and how to best facilitate good root culture. We also talk a great deal about watering, as watering and potting are two of the most important aspects of orchid growing. This talk is excellent for the beginner and intermediate grower alike, aimed at fine tuning our understanding of orchid culture on the whole.

COS Meeting-June 8th-changed to CHESHIRE

Wednesday June 8, 2016

CHANGED to Cheshire Senior Center

240 Maple Ave, Cheshire, CT 06410

 

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

The June meetings speaker will be Dr Matt Opel from UConn.   

Topic is “Flowers of the Fairest Cape.” He will present a sample of the diversity of flowering plants from the Cape region of South Africa, including proteas, pelargoniums, crassulas, lithops and other succulents, bulbs and of course orchids.

Matthew R. Opel PhD

Matthew Opel grew up in Westchester County, NY, where he developed an early love of plants, gardening and the natural world; one of his first words was “pachysandra.”  He became interested in Lithops—the “living stones”—and other desert plants after visits to the New York Botanical Garden, and eventually went on to study biology and botany at Cornell University. Matt received a doctorate from the University of Connecticut after completing studies of the anatomy, morphology and evolution of the genus Conophytum. In the course of his research he spent three winters in western South Africa. Tylecodon opelii, a dwarf succulent plant that he found on the quartz fields of the northern Knersvlakte was named in his honor in 2011.

Matt is currently employed as a horticulturist at the University of Connecticut, at the Biodiversity Education and Research Greenhouses. He has written about South African desert plants for the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Haseltonia, Bradleya, Veld & Flora and the Mesemb Study Group Bulletin, and given lectures on botanical topics to plant societies throughout the Northeast and in California.

Matt enjoys gardening, exploring the local woods and bogs, and beekeeping. Lately, he has taken an interest in the history of early glass works in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner. He occasionally posts musings about plants and horticulture on his blog, Burger’s Onion.

COS May 11 meeting – Cheshire @ WAVERLY INN

Wednesday May 11, 2016

THE WAVERLY INN – Right next to Cheshire Senior Center

286 Maple Ave, Cheshire, CT 06410

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

Doug & Terry Kennedy of Orchids In Our Tropics will be discussing Lycaste

Orchids in Our Tropics – a hobby gone wild!

In Vandorf, Ontario, the greenhouse full of thousands of orchids offers Doug Kennedy and his wife Terry a little bit of tropics in the midst of frigid Canadian winters.

More than forty years ago Doug fell in love with Paph Winston Churchill ‘Indomitable’ FCC/AOS.  For a while his collection did stay pure (as far as Paph growers are concerned).  However, over the years Terry kept introducing new genera and Doug just couldn’t resist them.  So the collection kept growing.  .Most of these genera are still well represented in their greenhouse, and Doug’s present obsession is much more omnivorous. Paphs, Oncidium intergenerics, Brassias, Miltonias, Lycastes as well as Mini Cats and Pleurothalids continue to delight him.

Terry and Doug have exhibited their plants in numerous shows from coast to coast including the 11th. World Orchid Conference in Miami in 1984 and the 16th World Orchid Conference in Vancouver.  Numerous AOS show trophies, AOS quality and cultural awards and the countless other trophies document the success of their participation in these shows.  Travel to exotic places like Hawaii, Thailand, Ecuador, Guatemala, Columbia, Brazil , Japan, Singapore and South Africa has further expanded their acquaintance with many species and hybrids as well as their intricate requirements.

Take a look at their website <orchidsinourtropics.com> to get a flavor of what is in their greenhouse.

Terry is an accredited judge with the American Orchid Society. Currently she is Chair of the Toronto Judging Center.  Both Terry and Doug are past presidents of the Southern Ontario Orchid Society, and have been on the organizing committee for the society’s annual show since its inception over 35 years ago..

Having taken early retirement, Doug now devotes full time to family and his avocation – orchids.

Both Terry and Doug lecture on a variety of orchid topics including several genera, culture, and travel logs.  The travelogues not only are exciting adventures to exotic places but also offer insights into native orchid habitats and thus help explain why particular species and their hybrids require specific conditions.. With their enthusiastic presentations both have shared their passion with orchid growers all across North America.