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 February 2016
Orchid Disease Control
AOS Awards Gallery
Cattleya coccinea
Cypripedium species of Yunnan

Now Accepting:
Proposals for Orchid Conservation and Research Projects


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Judging Seminar:
How do I say that?
Writing Award Descriptions
Tuesday, February 16, 2016; 8:30 PM EST Members Only

Please join Laura Newton, AOS Awards Registrar, who will answer the question: How do we say that? How to write award descriptions. This is the second in a monthly series on AOS judging and will qualify to fulfill one hour of the requirement of 12 education hours required annually for AOS judges.

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


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Mac®-based attendees: Required - Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees: Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet
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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.

National Capital Orchid Society presents
the 36th Annual Paphiopedilum Forum   

On Saturday, February 13 the 36th annual NCOS Paph Forum will feature internationally-renowned speakers, an unparalleled selection of Paphiopedilum and Phragmipedium plants for sale by leading vendors, a show table featuring hundreds of slippers in bloom, ribbons and trophies for outstanding show plants, door prizes, a silent drawing to benefit the Slipper Orchid Alliance (SOA) and American Orchid Society judging.  The event is held at the U.S. Arboretum, 3501 New York Avenue NE, Washingtom, DC 20002. For registration see



The 2016 Spring AOS Members’ Meeting
& 2016 Asheville Orchid Festival

From April 14–17, 2016 the main festival event take place at the North Carolina Arboretum. The location allows attendees to enjoy not only stunning orchid displays, but to also explore the arboretum’s 434-acre grounds. A hand-picked lineup of vendors and lectures assure orchid aficionados this event will be one not to be missed!
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Kid's Corner

A Continuing Report from the American Orchid Society Education Committee by Sandy Stubbings, AOS Education Committee

What can the AOS do to interest the youth of today in orchids? That is the question that has been consistently addressed by the Education Committee of the AOS. This series of articles is our attempt to involve AOS affiliates in an exchange of ideas that can be used at shows, meetings, and other society activities to engage children in the world of orchids.

In this article I want to tell you about Elizabeth and Julia Borne of the Central Louisiana Orchid Society (CLOS) who were very involved in participating in the Fall CLOS show this past October. Elizabeth and Julia are the 11 year old twin daughters of Eron and Anna Borne, who have been encouraging them to be involved in the orchid hobby. Eron has been a long time member of the CLOS and is very involved in their society, currently serving as Vice-President. I first met Julia and Elizabeth at a previous CLOS orchid show in Alexandria, LA two years ago. They were outgoing and eager to help in any way they could. I was delighted that they were still interested in orchids and this time participating in the 2015 show!

The Central Louisiana Orchid Society had a very successful fall show on Oct. 2-3, 2015. They rented billboards around Alexandria and had a record turnout! They had a variety of activities for children: a Kid’s Corner and an educational exhibit created by Julia and Elizabeth, 2 youth exhibits with trophies, and Eron’s girls helped other societies and vendors unload, carry in their plants, and sell.

Eron’s two girls spearheaded and pioneered the first Kid's Corner for a CLOS show, and it was well attended. They provided orchid coloring pages, mazes, as well as made their own Orchid Hunt. They referred to the articles here on this website for ideas and directions. The Orchid Hunt was very well received!

Both 11 year old girls also entered their very own exhibit. Elizabeth entered hers in the new Youth Category in the SWROGA schedule. The orchids in Elizabeth’s exhibit were all her plants. She won the Best Youth Exhibit trophy and earned 8 ribbons: 5 blue and 3 red. One of her plants also won the Best Small Flower in the Miscellaneous Genera Trophy.

The CLOS added a new Youth Exhibit Trophy to their show schedule. Here is the language for its entry in the Judging section at the beginning of the schedule:

  • “Youth Exhibit. Exhibitor must be under 18 years of age. The exhibit may consist of plants, cut flowers or collectibles. Items used in the exhibit should be from the household of the youth.”
  • They also added the "Best Youth Exhibit Trophy" entry under the 900 series classes where it lists all the exhibits


Julia entered her exhibit in the Novice category, and she won the Best Novice Exhibit trophy and 12 ribbons. She got 5 blue, 5 red, and 2 yellow ribbons. One of her plants, entered in the main CLOS exhibit, won the Best Dendrobium Flower trophy.

Elizabeth and Julia also won the Best Educational Exhibit trophy for their joint educational exhibit titled "What Makes an Orchid an Orchid," and Elizabeth stayed and clerked her first show!

When I asked Eron about the girls’ orchid plants, he said, “Their orchid plants all grow together in my one greenhouse, and they help with their care. They enjoy helping with watering and repotting and learning the basics of orchid growing. Every year for their birthday and Christmas, I let them pick out a favorite orchid from books, catalogs, or online to buy them for these occasions. In addition, they get to pick out any raffle plants we win at our local society meetings and a favorite orchid at each show they attend. They now each have many plants marked as "theirs" and they are very proud of them when they bloom.”

Every year, Elizabeth and Julia help Eron present when he does his presentations to their orchid society. After watching Eron create his own PowerPoint presentations, Elizabeth is now making her own PowerPoint presentation. Eron was very excited when she said she wanted to do one, and he encouraged her to go for it! She is eager to present it at one of their upcoming meetings.

This is the kind of wonderful participation the AOS Education committee hoped for when starting the Kid’s Corner project. It is our goal to motivate and educate today’s youth to grow, appreciate, and conserve the diverse world of orchids. The Bornes sharing their love of orchids with their girls is enriching both their lives and the world of orchids. We thank the Bornes for sharing with us and for allowing us to write about their experiences.

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!

Find whatever you are looking for!


 Photo of the Week


Cypripedium sichuanense

A relatively small flower, (but very interesting) with large, patterned basal leaves (actually 1 leaf and an enlarged bract).

It was a thrill to see them in the wild... we had to work hard for these: up a steep cliff, through thick brush, in the pouring rain.
I'll never forget it!

Northern Sichuan Province, China.

Photo © Ben Rostron
Cypripedium sichuanense

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