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 July 2014
Gene Crocker, continued
Myrmecophila exaltata
Orchids in Art
Orchid Parts II


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August 2, 2014 at 11:00 am EDT

Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton

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Please join Ron McHatton, American Orchid Society Director of Education, for a Q&A session on how to grow and care for your orchids. Everyone is invited! If you have a question, please submit your questions by July 31 to

American Orchid Society: Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton

Saturday, August 2, 2014

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New Digital Membership Level


Our membership has welcomed the digital edition of ORCHIDS magazine. Now AOS is pleased to announce our new digital-only membership level. Today there are many options for having editorial content delivered to our home or office. While for some, the feel of a paper magazine in-hand cannot be replaced, the convenience of an archive of magazines on a device that fits in a pocket cannot be denied. For those who want both, our regular membership continues to fill that need. For those people on the go who want to be able to catch up on the latest ORCHIDS as time permits, our new digital-only membership is perfect. The digital edition includes robust tools that allow notation, bookmarks, different viewing options and pdf download. You can search a single issue or an entire volume. Perfect for students and researchers! Add an Orchids Plus® subscription to your membership and you have access to a wealth of orchid information - anytime, anywhere, on any device. Join or renew today, or click here to learn more about AOS membership benefits!

We are preparing text and images for our fifth annual magazine supplement. What started as a way to publish an article that was too big for a regular issue of ORCHIDS (Phil Spence’s comprehensive look at the Latouria section of Dendrobium) has become an eagerly anticipated bonus issue of the year. A separate publication gives us the opportunity to present a monograph to our members each year without compromising the general interest of the monthly issues. We continually strive to improve the quality of the supplement giving AOS members a valuable addition to their orchid libraries.

We have an excellent subject* for the 2014 edition that we will announce here in due course. Once again we appeal to our members for a small (or large) donation to underwrite the expense of the project. Your donation serves as a vote of confidence that you want us to continue producing an annual supplement. Please select "Annual Magazine Supplement" as donation type. Thank you.

Introducing the Total Solution for Awards Research

Now available in a new stand-alone version, Orchids Plus® is the official awards and research program of the American Orchid Society. For several years AQ Plus® subscribers have enjoyed the convenience of Orchids Plus® Online. This new version replaces AQ Plus® and installs on your computer giving you access to the award database with or without the internet. Updates are done with the click of a button over your broadband connection.
Now you can research AOS awards back to 1932 from anywhere.

Need to quickly find out whether a grex has received any awards? Launch Orchids Plus® Online on your smartphone. Researching awards at venues without internet access? Use the new stand-alone version on your laptop. The familiar user interface of both makes it easy to quickly get the information you are looking for. A single subscription lets you research award descriptions, measurements and photos anywhere in the world, anytime, on any device.

Easy installation of the stand-alone version will have you up and running in no time. A digital user manual covers the basics plus tips to enhance the user experience. Our online help desk provides answers to many frequently asked questions. Competitively priced annual subscription plan costs less than $5 per month.

Orchids Plus® is a must for the dedicated orchid grower! Visit our information page for screenshots and a video, or buy now here...

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 Photo of the Week


Cypripedium reginae

During Lady Slipper season, I spend a lot of time on the Lady Slipper Scenic Byway in northern Minnesota, photographing orchids. I inevitably encounter all kinds of insects, from mosquitoes and ticks to crab spiders and dragonflies, like this one. Photographed with an Apple iPhone 5.

Photo and text © Susan Nygaard
Showy Lady Slipper with dragonfly, July 1, 2014

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