Archive | March 2016

COS meeting – Farmington 4/13/16

Wednesday April 13, 2016

Farmington Senior Center, Room C

321 New Britain Ave., Unionville, CT

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

Marni Turkel (pronounced tur KELL) is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and has been growing orchids since 1980. She grows in three greenhouses in Santa Rosa with approximately 1000 sq ft of growing space. Her main interest is in cool-growing miniature species but plenty of larger plants have crept into the collection as well. Marni has been a contributor to Orchids magazine with her series called ‘Well Worth the Space’ and ‘Give It a Rest’. Her articles have been translated into Dutch, German, Portuguese and Swedish for international publication. Photographs of her plants have been feature in articles noted orchid publications including Orchids Magazine, Orchid Digest, Richardiana, The Orchid Review, and The Australian Orchid Review. For the last few years she has been sharing her photographs and knowledge on

Starting in 2009, Marni has expanded her work with orchids to include propagation of orchids from seed and has set up a flasking lab of her own to take the process from start to finish and sell flasks of many of the orchids species in her collection. After working for over 43 years as a potter, she has retired from ceramics to pursue orchids full-time

Pre orders are for flasks only.  Check Marni’s web site for the list.


COS @ Hollandia Spring Garden Expo 4/9 & 10

COS will be at Hollandia Nursery,  Bethel,  Ct  April 9 and 10, 2016 for their Spring Garden Expo!

The Connecticut Orchid Society will be participating in the Sprint Garden Expo happening at Hollandia Nursery in Bethel, Connecticut.  Members of the society will be on hand all day on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10 to answers questions, offer advice, and share their experience growing and caring for orchids.  The Society will have a variety of orchids for sale that are something different than those typically available in the big box and grocery stores.  All sale plants are blooming or in-bud to bloom soon and are appropriate for all growing conditions and beginner growers. Society members will also be conducting two classes during the event: an Orchid Care and Potting Demonstration on Saturday from noon – 1:30 PM, and Basics of Orchid Growing on Sunday, April 10 from 10 – 11 AM.  Classes are geared towards beginner and hobby orchid growers with audience participation and questions encouraged.  Wondering how to get that orchid you received as a gift to bloom again?  Curious about orchids and how to grow them well?  Looking for an interesting orchid to add to your collection?  Come visit Hollandia Nursery and The Connecticut Orchid Society on April 9 or 10.

Visit the Hollandia Nursery website for more details:

COS March 8 Meeting in Cheshire

Wednesday March 8, 2017

Cheshire Senior Center

240 Maple Ave, Cheshire, CT 06410

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

This month Richard Ho will present on “Chinese Cymbidium – The King of Fragrance” and is bringing plants for sale.