The Long Island Orchid Society meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month.

Knights of Columbus, Joseph Barry Council 2520
45 Heitz Place, Hicksville, NY 11801

(The venue is approximately a 10 to 12 minute walk [0.6 mile] from the LIRR Hicksville Station)

 

 

Culture Corner is at 7:30 pm (except when noted) and the meeting starts at 8:00 pm sharp.

Click HERE to fill out and print a show table entry card.

 

2018 Calendar

January 11 LIOS Meeting
Speaker: Marc Hachadourian, New York Botanical Garden
Topic: How to Grow Great Paphiopedilums
from Species to Specimens

Come in from the cold and join us for our first meeting of 2018! We are fortunate to have Marc Hachadourian from the New York Botanic Gardens to guide us through the world of the slipper orchids and teach us how to grow them into show table beauties. Marc Hachadourian is Manager of the Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections at the New York Botanical Garden and holds a BS in Plant Science from Cornell University. With over 15 years of commercial and specialized horticultural experience, he supervises the care of the botanical collections, including an extensive orchid collection and exhibition plants in the Nolen Greenhouses, a staging area for plants for all the gardens, yearly exhibitions and events at the NYBG.
February 8
    LIOS Meeting
    Speaker: Dennis Whigham, PhD
    Senior Botanist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
    Founding Director, North American Orchid Conservation Center
    Topic: Native orchids – ecology and conservation

    As the founder of the North American Orchid Conservation Center (or NAOCC), Dr. Dennis Whigham has made a personal and professional mission of conserving our very beautiful, and increasingly threatened native orchids. North America is home to approximately 200 native orchid species, many of which can be found on Long Island. To greater or lesser extent, all of our native terrestrial orchid species grow in affiliation with fungal associates. This is one of the key reasons our natives are so difficult to understand, and so famously difficult to cultivate. In a novel parallel, Dr. Whigham working with the Smithsonian Institution, has formed a collaborative model with over forty partners nation-wide, including like-minded societies, government and non-government agencies, and a host of volunteers in order to monitor and study these fascinating plants. Tremendous strides have been made recently by Dr. Whigham and his staff in understanding the requirements of the seeds of our native orchids in the wide variety of habitats where orchids can be found. These discoveries have important implications for the conservation and perhaps even the re-introduction of orchid species throughout North America.

    Join us on Thursday, February 8, when Dr. Whigham presents some of his most current thinking about North American orchid ecology and conservation.


    Orchid-gami!
    Calling out to all our nimble-fingered members. The LIOS will be holding an orchid-gami session at the February meeting at 7:30 PM in place of culture corner. Orchid-gami is a project developed by the Smithsonian’s North American Orchid Conservation Center (NAOCC) and the United States Botanic Garden to raise awareness about native orchid conservation.

    Our February speaker, Dennis Whigham from the NAOCC has generously offered to supply the LIOS with moderate level, perforated, Orchid-gami models that do not require, glue, tape or scissors. LIOS board members will be supervising the session and there will be finished models on hand for inspiration. We’ll only have a half hour for this activity so please arrive at 7:15 PM so we can finish up and take some photos before the start of the show table at 8 PM. RSVP by Friday, February 2 to reserve your model (so we can make sure that we have enough on hand.) Orchid-gami models will also be available for members who can’t make it but wish to have fun on their own at home. More information on Orchid-gami can be found at: https://northamericanorchidcenter.org/orchid-gami/

    We hope to see you there!
March 8

LIOS Meeting
Speaker: Cordelia Head, J & L Orchids
Topic: “Growing Miniature Orchids in the Home”
Cordelia will be selling plants at the meeting

Cordelia Head is one of three previous owners of J&L Orchids and is proud to be associated with the new owners, the Carreno family. She has been growing orchids for more than forty years. Cordelia is on many international orchid committees involving orchid conservation and orchid judging. She is an American Orchid Society accredited judge and served on the Awards Committee for several years. She will be presenting a program on growing miniature orchids in the home. It will be entertaining and informative, suitable for the beginner and long-time orchid grower. It will include tips and insights gathered over her years of growing and transporting orchids around the world. Cordelia has been fortunate to travel extensively throughout Central and South America in search of orchids. She has discovered many new species and has three named for her. Cordelia has lectured both nationally and internationally including the World Orchid Conferences in Miami, France, Malaysia, Vancouver, Glasgow and many others. Pre-orders from J&L Orchids to be delivered to the meeting receive a 10% discount and in addition there will be plants available for sale at the meeting. To place an order go to www.jlorchids.com under the Show Preorder Form.

April 12 LIOS Meeting
Speaker: Francisco Miranda, Miranda Orchids
Topic: Rupicolous Orchids
Francisco will be selling plants at the meeting

Whether you call them Cattleyas or Laelias, there is no denying that these are orchids of great beauty with elegant, finely honed form and exciting color. Many of the species plants formerly known as Laelias have sometimes unjustified reputations as challenging subjects, but once their cultural preferences are understood, can be rewarding and cooperative greenhouse subjects. What is often not discussed, is that their relatively small size, ability to endure low humidity and tolerance for high light levels can make them perfect plants for a sunny windowsill. I can personally testify to the quality of Mr. Francisco Miranda’s plants,
having purchased many at the Greater New York Orchid Shows. Miranda
Orchids specializes in stunning, select clones of species native to Brazil and other parts of South America, and not just Cattleyas and Laelias, I recall one Oncidium jonesianum I purchased which was one of the best I’d ever encountered.

Born in Brazil, but living in the United States since 1999, Francisco and Maria Cristina Miranda transplanted their Brazilian business, Boa Vista Orchids, to Florida. Mr. Miranda is a renowned lecturer who has traveled internationally, thrilling audiences with presentations about the native orchids he has often taken great pains to study in situ. Mr. Miranda is a recognized taxonomist and naturalist and will be speaking about the genus Laelia and its culture to the Long Island Orchid Society on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience one of the orchid world’s most charming and accomplished experts.—Dave Taft
May 10 LIOS Meeting
Speaker: Carri Raven-Reimann, Orchidphile
Topic: Growing in Sphagnum Moss

Click HERE for Orchidphile's pre-order list for our May 10th meeting

Ask ten growers about growing in sphagnum moss, and you will get eleven opinions. Sphagnum moss is a useful medium for plants which prefer a little more moisture at the roots than fir bark or other mixes can afford. Always considered a bit of a challenge, it is still a very viable option for growers in the home or in the greenhouse. Ms. Carrie Raven Reimann will be speaking about the finer points of growing in sphagnum at this coming Long Island Orchid Society meeting.

Carri Raven Reimann has developed Orchidphile into one of the best sources for the latest in Phalaenopsis plants, but there are also many unusual species and sophisticated hybrids in her catalog which can be found almost no place else. Ms. Reimann is a frequent speaker, well known for her outstanding presentations about Phalaenopsis culture and breeding, but she also ranges into “how to grow” programs frequently – these are full of new ideas and unusual approaches.
Ms. Raven-Reimann has been a stolid supporter of the orchid world for many years. Her credits include stints as a board member of the Greater NY Orchid Society, and the International Phalaenopsis Alliance (she is a founding member of the IPA). She has been an active participant in several American Orchid Society (AOS) Committees – perhaps best known for her role in that organization’s Education Committee.
As an accredited judge with the AOS, Ms. Raven-Riemann has had the privilege of judging many national and international orchid shows – most recently assisting with the Taiwan International Orchid Show in 2016. In 2004 she was recognized with the IPA Award of Distinction for her contributions to the world of Phalaenopsis Orchids.

If you have had your heart on one of the newest novelty or specialty hybrids, or perhaps want to try your hand at growing a species Phal, or have simply graduated from the run of the mill orchids found at the large package stores, this is your opportunity to find well grown plants of unusual backgrounds. Ms. Reimann always offers a discount for pre-orders, so be sure to check her website before the meeting.

See you Thursday!—Dave Taft
June 1-3 Long Island Orchid Festival 2018

The Long Island Orchid Society
in conjunction with
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
presents the first annual

Long Island Orchid Festival 2018
Orchids and Vendors from Around the World
9 AM to 5 PM

Planting Fields Arboretum
State Historic Park

Conference Center
1395 Planting Fields Road
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Admission is Free
(Planting Fields Arboretum Parking $8 per car)

June 14 LIOS Meeting and Spring Auction

Each member should bring in a dish (appetizer, main course, or dessert) large enough for at least 6 people. LIOS will provide the wine, beer and soda, along with the paper goods. The dinner will begin at about 6:30pm with the auction starting at 7:30-7:45.

For the June Special Show Table bring your best plant (one only please) for a chance to win a gift.
(For our new members: a show table entry should be an orchid that you have brought into bloom not a flowering plant you recently acquired.)

Bring Orchid Loving Friends--All plant sales help pay for the speakers we have at our meetings each month, so let’s be generous and get great plants & great programs in return! The auction features flower photos & culture notes on the big screen so you can learn how to grow each orchid from our master auctioneer & orchid guru Rich Heeseler!

No Culture Corner.
July 12 LIOS Meeting
Speaker: Alan Koch, Gold Country Orchids
Topic: Cattleyas 365
Alan will be selling plants at the meeting
Preorder List

If you’re interested in Cattleyas, especially compact and miniature
varieties, you already know Alan Koch of Gold Country Orchids – or should.

A perennial at the Greater New York Orchid shows, Mr. Koch’s plants are interesting, well grown, and carefully bred – a winning combination anywhere. Gold Country Orchids’ initial inspiration was innocent enough. Growing up in Southern California, Mr. Koch found he could grow several Cymbidiums his aunt had given him outdoors. Over the course of several years, and several moves, Gold Country Orchids’ became established in Lincoln, California, having grown to include 250,000 orchids on ten acres.

Mr. Koch is renowned for his engaging presentations about a wide range of orchid related subjects. His history with American orchid growing is equally extensive. He has served three terms as an American Orchid Society trustee, and twice on the Executive Committee of the Orchid Digest. He has been published in a wide range of Orchid related magazines, and he is the training coordinator for the California Sierra Nevada judging program.

Mr. Koch will be speaking to the Long Island Orchid Society on Thursday July 12, 2018 about breeding and growing Cattleyas with an emphasis on the compact and miniature varieties.

Find out how best to accommodate your own Cattleyas, and potentially even add a few more to your collection. Mr. Koch will be bringing plants for sale, so take a look at Gold Country Orchids’ pre-order list to save a
few dollars on Mr. Koch’s swing through the Long Island area.
—Dave Taft
August 9 LIOS Meeting
Speaker: Kim Feddersen
Topic: Cool Orchids, which can be grown outdoors 6+months (Bletilla, Aussie Dendrobiums, Dendrobium nobile hybrids, Cymbidium, Laelia anceps & reedstem Epidendrums)
Kim will be selling plants at the meeting
September 13 LIOS Meeting
Speaker: Tomas Bajza, The Tarzane Group
Topic: Giant World Of Miniature Orchid & Simple Orchid Setups
Tom will be selling plants at the meeting

From his first experiences with a standard Cymbidium which his mother ultimately bloomed better than he did, Tomas Bajza’s biography reads like the classic example of unrequited “orchid love.” Boy sees plant, boy likes plant, boy pursues plant, boy wins plant over. Mr. Bajza abandoned his first orchids for college, and moved from the Czech Republic to the United States, where he eventually met his first miniature orchid species, and it was love at first site.

Mr. Bajza has now been growing miniature orchid species in Southern Florida for almost 10 years--Miami specifically. He classifies his progress this way: quickly going from the amateur level (for Mr. Bajza – under 10 orchids killed) to professional grade orchid grower - over 1,000 killed – (“but who’s counting?”).

Fortunately, through it all, Mr. Bajza is stubborn, and does not give up easily. He gradually learned to make these miniatures thrive in the heat and humidity of Florida. As any professional “killer” of miniatures will tell you, many of the most desirable of these plants have reputations for being cooler growers, or for being demanding, unforgiving subjects. Along the way Mr. Bajza learned a great deal about their biology and culture, particularly about how to acclimate them to home settings like windowsills and balconies. He also had to learn where to find these plants commercially, and what he discovered were new sources for these difficult to find miniatures outside of the United States. Growing his own orchids eventually resulted in his business “Tarzane Group, Inc.”
(https://tarzanegroup.com/)

Mr. Bajza will be sharing what his years of orchid growing has taught him about these plants and their cultural needs during his presentation “The Great Big World of Miniature Orchids” for the LIOS on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 8pm. He will be bringing many of these hard to find plants to sell at the meeting, but he is also offering a significant discount for those interested in pre-ordering from his website along with pick up at the meeting for society members. —Dave Taft
October 11 LIOS Meeting
Speaker: Peter T. Lin, Diamond Orchids
Topic: Favorite Fragrant Orchids
Peter will be selling plants at the meeting and taking preorders until Oct 6th at a 10% discount. Members will need to email Peter at lin.petert@yahoo.com to order plants
November 8 LIOS Meeting
Speaker: Joe Silva, Silva Orchids
Topic: Growing Cymbidiums in the Northeast
Joe will be selling plants at the meeting
December 13 LIOS Meeting and Winter Auction

Each member should bring in a dish (appetizer, main course, or dessert) large enough for at least 6 people. LIOS will provide the wine, beer and soda, along with the paper goods. The dinner will begin at about 6:30pm with the auction starting at 7:30-7:45.

For the December Special Show Table bring your best plant (one only please) for a chance to win The Claire Buschel Memorial Award Prize.
(For our new members: a show table entry should be an orchid that you have brought into bloom not a flowering plant you recently acquired.)

Bring Orchid Loving Friends--All plant sales help pay for the speakers we have at our meetings each month, so let’s be generous and get great plants & great programs in return! The auction features flower photos & culture notes on the big screen so you can learn how to grow each orchid from our master auctioneer & orchid guru Rich Heeseler!

No Culture Corner.