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.