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 December 2015
Photo of the Week Roundup
Virus in Cattleyas
Orchids in Alaska

Now Accepting:
Proposals for Orchid Conservation and Research Projects


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Deadline is November 30!

Time to sharpen up those pencils and put on your thinking caps! The deadline is approaching for the annual Gordon W. Dillon - Richard C. Peterson Memorial Essay Contest. Don't wait until the last minute. The contest is open to all persons except employees of the American Orchid Society and their immediate families. You do not need to be an AOS member.

The winner receives a cash prize and a certificate suitable for framing. The contest was established in 1985 by the AOS Northeast Judging Center to honor the memory of two former editors of the AOS Bulletin (now Orchids). Gordon Dillon served as editor from 1943 through 1968 and again from 1970 through 1973. Richard Peterson's name first appeared on the masthead of the AOS Bulletin in April 1971 as associate editor. In 1973, he was named editor and, upon Dillon's retirement in 1977, he became the executive director, retaining his position of editor through 1984.

The theme for 2015 is: Phrases that Confuse me the Most and What They Really Mean.
Be it a name, process or concept, tell us how you finally saw the light about something related to the orchid hobby. Membership in the American Orchid Society is not necessary to enter the contest. The deadline is November 30, 2015. The winning entry, if any, is published in the June issue of the following year.

Contest Rules
  • The essay must be an original, unpublished article.
  • The contest is open to all persons except employees of the American Orchid Society and their immediate families.
  • Submissions must be no more than 5,000.
  • Manuscripts must be submitted in English and may be submitted electronically as MS Word or compatible word processor file.
  • Submissions will be judged without knowledge of the identity of the author. The decision of the judges is final. If no entries meet the expected criteria of excellence, the award will be withheld.
  • •Artwork is not necessary for entering this competition.
  • Nonwinning entries will be returned to the contestant if requested. Such entries are eligible for resubmission in subsequent contests. These nonwinning entries will also be considered for publication by the editor of Orchids and may be used in Orchids or other AOS publications with the written permission of the author. Published entries will not be eligible for consideration in subsequent contests.
•For a list of previous winners, see Submit all entries to the Dillon/Peterson Memorial Essay Prize: Jim Watson, American Orchid Society at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156, email:

Our next webinar:
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM EST

Greenhouse Chat

Please join Ron McHatton, American Orchid Society Director of Education, for a Q&A session on how to grow and care for your orchids. As one of the most knowledgeable orchidists, he is currently the American Orchid Society’s Chief Operating Officer and the Director of Education. In addition to his professional position, Ron is an accredited American Orchid Society judge. Ron's "greenhouse chats" are among our most popular webinars. Everyone is invited!

Greenhouse Chat
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM EST

Reserve your seat now, space is limited!

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Send questions to Sandra Svoboda at by December 1.

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Mobile attendees: Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet Click here to learn how webinars work.

What are webinars? Webinars are an internet conference where you can hear the speaker and view his presentation, ask questions, and hear interactions from other members of the audience. You can join either on your computer or by phone. You can join from anywhere, via your Mac, PC or even your mobile device. Audio is included, so attendees can phone in or use VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). You will need a microphone for your computer to use VoIP. If you cannot make the actual presentation, there will be a link on the website where you can view the webinar at your convenience.

New AOS Awards Page Captures
the Brilliant Imagery of Orchids

Van. Azure 'Blue Eyes' AM/AOS, Exhib: Antonio Romani

For more than 90 years the AOS has documented the best-of-the-best of the world’s most popular flower through its premier judging system. Each awarded orchid is meticulously described, measured and photographed. The AOS is pleased to announce that these awards and the stunning photographs that accompany them—previously accessible by AOS members only—are now open to the public at large thanks to a newly designed awards page on the Society’s website.
“AOS awards are a recognized measure of quality the world over and coveted by hobbyists and commercial growers alike,” explained Frank Smith, president of the AOS. “As the orchid’s popularity has grown, demand for accurate information about the flower has increased. And nowhere is their more precise information than in the AOS’ vast award repository. People will love the award photographs, not only for their beauty but from what they can learn from them. This is a great way to advance their knowledge and appreciation of orchids.” Six things you will absolutely love about the new awards page...

  1. It’s free! Gaining access to orchid awards previously required a subscription to the AOS’ Orchids Plus award registry platform.
  2. You don’t have to be an AOS member. These breathtakingly beautiful photographs haven't been available to non-paying visitors until now.
  3. The page shows the 30 most recent orchid awards, including its name, parentage, description, award, score and photograph. This information can help make you a better orchid grower.
  4. Clicking on any photo in the page opens up a larger photo with a gallery feature, allowing you to click through all of the large photos for the latest awards.
  5. The page also includes a social sharing function to allow you to share the page with your friends via your favorite social media or bookmarking site, as well as by email.
  6. You can start exploring now – click here!

 Photo of the Week
Lc. Mildred Rives 'Orchidglade' Fcc/Aos C. Mildred Rives 'Orchidglade' FCC/AOS
Classic semi-alba hybrid.

Photo © Kevin Fuego

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