February 8th Meeting will be at the Farmington Senior Center

Our February 8th meeting will be at the the Farmington Senior Center @ 321 New Britain Ave, Unionville, CT 06085

Doors will open at 6:30pm and the meeting starts at 7pm. Come early to socialize and help us set up.

Let’s Talk About Cattleya’s with Dave Tognalli and Glenn McGeough

Cattleya’s are one of the most widely grown genera of orchids with a long history of cultivation and hybridization dating back to the early days of the plant collection expeditions. If you are new to orchids these are some of the easiest and most forgiving plants to grow. Get the inside scoop from two of our expert member growers Dave Tognalli and Glenn McGeough on what it takes to make them thrive and learn a bit about the growth habits, cultivation, and history behind some of these incredible plants. Whatever your setup; outdoor growing, greenhouse growing, or windowsill growing Dave and Glenn will share some tips and advice for successfully blooming your plants. Now is the time of year when many plants are pushing out spikes so there should be some nice specimens for show and tell, as well as photos of some of their prize plants. If you are in need of some tropical plant glamour the cattleya certainly delivers. This is a great opportunity to hear from some veteran growers so come prepared with all your orchid questions.

Don’t forget to bring your blooming plants for the show table.

January 11th Meeting will be at the Cheshire Senior Center

Our January 11th meeting will be at the Cheshire Senior Center @240 Maple Ave, Cheshire, CT 06410

Doors open at 6:30pm and the meeting starts at 7:00pm

Come early to socialize and help us set up.

This month’s meeting will feature an orchid mounting workshop lead by Christian Lesage and Sue Kennedy. An orchid and supplies will be provided for a materials fee of $10. If you’ve never tried growing a mounted orchid before, this will be a great beginners introduction to this growing method.

 

Photos courtesy of Christian Lesage

 

December 14th Meeting in Farmington COS Holiday Party!

We will be holding our monthly meeting on Wednesday starting at 7pm

@ the Farmington Senior Center: 321 New Britain Ave, Farmington, CT 06085

 

Join us for our annual COS Holiday Party!

We will be providing the main entree for a $25 per person cover fee.

MENU: CHICKEN MARSALA, STUFFED SHELLS, SALAD, APPETIZERS AND DESSERTS!!! (SALAD, APPETIZERS AND DESSERTS PROVIDED BY MEMBERS) 

You must RSVP with KAREN KUZIEL VIA PHONE, TEXT OR EMAIL 203-710-6114; KARENKUZIEL@PCHIGGINS.COM BY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2022

IF LEAVING MESSAGE OR TEXT, PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU WILL BE BRINGING AN APPETIZER OR DESSERT.

November 9th Meeting will be at the Cheshire Senior Center

This month’s meeting will be held at the

Cheshire Senior Center,

240 Maple Ave, Cheshire, CT 06410

 

Our Speaker will be Cordelia Head , and the topic will be different genreas of miniature and micro-miniature orchids, and how to adapt to growing them in a house.

Meeting format:

The beginner’s corner, manned by TBA

6:30- 6:45 set up

6:45 – 7:15 Socialize & Beginner Corner

7:15- 7:30 Business discussion

7:30-8:30 Repotting Workshop (A small fee of $5.00 for materials will be charged.)

8:30 -9:00 show table & raffle

9:00-9:15 clean up & chit chat

Thank you for helping!!!

 

 

October 12 Meeting Repotting Clinic at the Farmington Senior Center

October 12th Meeting will be at Farmington Senior Center
Farmington Senior Center

321 New Britain Ave

Unionville, CT 06085

 

We have a brand new meeting format!

This month will be our repotting workshop!

 

The beginner’s corner will be manned by Dave this month.

6:30- 6:45 set up

6:45 – 7:15 Socialize & Beginner Corner

7:15- 7:30 Business discussion

7:30-8:30 Repotting Workshop (A small fee of $5.00 for materials will be charged.)

8:30 -9:00 show table & raffle

9:00-9:15 clean up & chit chat

Thank you for helping!!!

 

October 1 st (Saturday) Has been canceled due to weather!

There is no rain date! The picnic is in lieu of our Sept. Meeting.

There WILL be an October meeting on 10/12

Time is from 1 to 5 PM

Bring your own picnic basket for yourself
We will supply water
If you have any dessert you want to bring to share, that is welcome.
If you have any plants in bloom, please bring them!

 

Directions:

 

Black Rock State Park

Park Location

US Route 6
Watertown

Directions

From Route 8 north: take Exit 38. Turn left at the end of the exit ramp to first traffic light. Turn left at traffic light onto US Route 6 west. Park entrance is a 1/2 mile on the right on US Route 6.

From Route 8 south: take Exit 38. Go straight ahead at the end of the exit ramp to US Route 6 west. Park entrance is on the right.

 

Symbol for Handicapped Accessibility ACCESSIBILITY

This park offers:

Symbol for Handicapped Accessibility Bathrooms

Symbol for Handicapped Accessibility Parking

Symbol for Handicapped Accessibility Bathrooms

HOURS:

The park is open from 8 am to sunset. Gates are open on weekends only, from the second Saturday in April until Memorial Day, 8 am to sunset. From Memorial Day to October 1st, they are open daily between 8 am and sunset.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES:

Alcohol-free park.  Please do not bring alcoholic beverages.

June 8th Meeting will be at Farmington Senior Center

Our June 8 th meeting will be in FARMINGTON at the Farmington Senior Center located at 321 New Britain Ave in Unionville, CT 06085

Doors open at   6:30 pm and the meeting starts at 7:00  pm

Come early and help us set up.

Our speaker will be Tim Culbertson.  (A short bio is below)  Also, he will be bringing plants for sale!!!!

Bio for Tim Culbertson

Although I teach middle school kids for a living, one of my passions has always been plants.  I began growing orchids as an offshoot from working at Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia just after college.  From the very beginning it was all about Paphs, particularly awarded and select clones of historic importance, of which my collection numbers nearly 3000.  While I love finding old, rare stepping stones in Paph. breeding, I also do a little hybridizing of my own, and growing up my own babies is a blast.  I am an accredited judge with the American Orchid Society, and have served in various capacities with various orchid societies in California and on the East Coast.  I love meeting other people who like orchids too, and doing so often finds me traveling to shows, vendors, and peoples’ greenhouses to see the latest and greatest in new hybrids and to get the best orchid gossip.  I like to be involved in plants as much as possible: in addition to Longwood, I’ve worked at the Smithsonian Institution tending to their orchids, and for years for the United States National Arboretum, collecting rare plants and documenting cultivated species and hybrids for their herbarium.  In short, I really like plants.

 

 

 

Hope to see everyone there!

April 13th Meeting will be in Farmington!

Our April 13th meeting will be in FARMINGTON at the Farmington Senior Center located at 321 New Britain Ave in Unionville, CT 06085

Doors open at    pm and the meeting starts at   pm

Come early and help us set up.

Our speaker will be Francisco Miranda.  A short bio is below.  Also, he will be bringing plants!!!!

Hope to see everyone there!

 

Bio: Francisco Miranda was born in Rio de Janeiro on February 6, 1956. He got his degree
in Biology and began his taxonomic studies in the orchid family in 1981. During the
next 4 years, he lived most of the time in Manaus where he studied Amazon orchids
and began his Master’s degree. Shortly after returning to Rio de Janeiro, the Master’s
was completed on “section Cattleyodes of the genus Laelia”. Since then, the main
interest has been on the Brazilian laelias and cattleyas. He is the author of several
papers ranging from species descriptions to subjects of growers’ interest in Brazilian,
German and U.S. publications. He is also the author of two books. Since 2000, he lives in
Haines City, Florida, where he operates Miranda Orchids, an orchid nursery
specializing in Brazilian species and the Cattleya alliance. He also guides trips to
Brazil and frequently visits Brazilian habitats to find new and/or interesting orchid
species.

March 9th Meeting will be Virtual!

Hi Everyone,

We have an exciting meeting planned!

Meeting opens at 7:00 PM

Presentation will begin at 7:30 PM

Bill Thoms will be the presenter.

His talk will be about the Philippines.

Topic and bio to follow.

Connection info will be in your newsletter.

Hope to see you there!!

February 9th Meeting will be Virtual!

Hey Everyone!

 

Due to the ongoing Covid19 pandemic, we will temporarily have meetings virtually.

The details will be included in an email with the link to the newsletter.

The meeting will start at 7:00 pm to give everyone time for chatting, etc.