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 May 2015
Sarcochilus Breeding
Finding the Right Pot
C. intermedia in situ
The Genus Embrea

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Proposals for Orchid Conservation and Research Projects


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Orchid Nutrition:
Taking the Mystery out of Feeding your Orchids

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Orchid Nutrition: Taking the Mystery out of Feeding your Orchids
Tuesday, May 27, 2015
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Call for Nominations: Board of Trustees of the American Orchid Society

We are seeking nominations for members of the Board of Trustees of the American Orchid Society. Members may nominate any member in good standing, including themselves. All nominations will be evaluated by the Nominating Committee and a slate will be mailed, in accordance with the by-laws, prior to the election at the Members’ Meeting in the spring of 2015. The following competencies have been determined by the Board and Trustees and will be used in the evaluation:

All nominees shall be:
  • A member in good standing,
  • Exhibit integrity and ethical behavior,
  • Process strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Have board experience with a non-profit organization
Expertise in the following is desirable and will weigh heavily in the evaluation:
  • Finance, business, and/or investment strategies
  • Non-profit governance
  • Development/fund raising
  • Legal background
  • Strategic planning and implementation
  • Marketing
  • Attend monthly conference-call type meetings.
  • Attend two face-to-face meetings annually (trustees must pay own travel expenses.).
  • Trustees receive no compensation for their services.
  • Financially support the organization in a manner commensurate with one’s ability, while seeking additional financial support elsewhere.
  • Advocate on behalf of the organization and be ambassadors to the orchid community.
Nominations should be submitted in writing by e-mail to or to the — American Orchid Society at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables, FL 33156 and must include biographical information as well as a statement of the nominee’s qualifications. Nominations must be receieved no later than October 31, 2015.

Kids' Corner

by Sandy Stubbings, AOS Education Committee

This series of articles was meant to be a resource giving affiliate clubs of the American Orchid Society ideas to create and run a table/area to interest children who attend Orchid Shows. Activities had been pioneered and evaluated by the Houston orchid Society at their show. As I attended shows in our area, I was gratified to see that several clubs had picked up on the ideas and had developed their own Kids’ Corner based on our activities. Cathy Rider of the Heart O’ Texas Orchid Society in Austin had created her interpretation of the Kids’ Corner. Sheila Pappas chaired the set up of the Kid’s activities for the Heart of Dixie Orchid show. This article will report on some of these other Kids’ Corners.

Both of these clubs had most of the activities described previously in this series of articles and improved on Houston’s ideas. Both were set up across from the entrance where people could not avoid seeing the Kids’ Tables. Both had tables set up just for kids to color comfortably. The coloring tables were out of the way of visitors touring the shows and shopping the vendors.

The show in Austin had found stickers of orchids and awarded each child who completed activities with mini ribbons, decorated with orchid stickers. (Insert image 0310 here) Cathy had also organized the coloring pages and materials into attractive plastic containers at the table.

The Baton Rouge Orchid Society added a new and very successful twist. They had a young girl (about 9 or 10) in charge of an educational display and the Kids Corner. We had brought the Kid’s Corner Houston uses and set it up. The young lady was there all day Saturday and Sunday. She had prepared a talk to explain her educational exhibit and set up the Kid’s Corner. She enthusiastically invited adults and children to hear her talk and to try all the children’s activities. We adults just stood there and marveled at how well she set it all up and ran the two exhibits. Kids seem to love to help run the activities and with a bit of explanation, some can do a great job!

Houston Orchid Society Children’s Corner Project Continues

Our Kid’s Corner consists of a table of activities and a hanging vinyl photo (4’ x 6’) of an orchid. The table holds sorting boxes, coloring pages and an orchid hunt for flowers in the show. The vinyl poster hung from a photographers frame and had the center cut out of one of the flowers for children’s (or adult’s) faces. Parents or friends would take photos of their children’s or friends faces in the flowers. We have taken our Photo panel to many orchid shows and it is always a big hit. We think as many adults as children take each other's...

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Pink Lady's Slipper clump.

Magnificant sight of Cypripedium acaule along the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Mt. Pisgah - 5/9/15. I have never seen this dense a clump before & it was a "slam on the brakes" sight!

Photo © David McAdoo
Pink Lady's Slipper clump

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