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The Maryland Orchid Society meets the third Thursday of the month beginning at 7 p.m. See the Meetings page for a full timetable.

Inclement Weather Policy:

     If a snow emergency is declared or in effect in either Baltimore City or Baltimore County as of noon or later on the day of our meeting, the scheduled meeting will be cancelled. Snow emergencies lifted before noon will not cancel a meeting. Refer to the Maryland Coordinated Highway Action Response Team (CHART) website for the latest snow emergency information.
     We will distribute an email message to members confirming a cancellation as soon as it is known. Information may also be posted on the MOS website.

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The February 2015 Meeting has been
Postponed Until Thursday, February 26.

Because of plant-damaging extreme low temperatures, the February meeting has been postponed one week.

Clark Riley Presents 50 Years of Orchid Growing Mistakes, Thursday, February 26, 7 p.m.

Maryland Orchid Society Clark Riley February 19, 2015     In something like April of 1957, Clark’s mother’s friend sent him her spent orchid corsage because she knew the six-year-old was intensely interested in nature. Clark enthusiastically dissected it, remembering over half a century later that it was a lavender Cattleya. He acquired his first orchid shortly thereafter, a Cypripedium pubescens from a wildflower nursery. It went into a small clay pot with field dirt and took a short residence in a west window. It perished (mistake #1 – 3), but not before blooming and cementing a love of orchids that would endure and grow from that point forward.
     Fifty-seven years later, he successfully grows Cypripedium pubescens and a host of other species. His senior plant is a Paphiopedilum Maudiae given to him in 1972. He has had a chance to visit growers, commercial and private, around the northern hemisphere and learn from their successes and mistakes. Beginners and veterans alike will find “aha” moments in this talk and discussion.
     Clark has been a member of the Maryland Orchid Society since 1988 and serves as webmaster and frequent auctioneer. There will be no plant sales, so save your dollars for the auction!

On with the Show! March 3 - 8, 2015!

Get ready for a spectacular 2015 Maryland Orchid Society Show and Sale!
Maryland Orchid Show 2006
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Complete Awards for the 2014
Maryland Orchid Society Show and Sale!

Click here to download a copy of the complete show results (44 pages!).

Maryland Orchid Society Membership Flyer The MOS brings together people interested in orchids to promote and encourage orchid culture, preservation, education propagation, hybridization, and all other orchid-related activities of interest to its members. Benefits of membership include a subscription to the Newsletter (email and web), voting rights, borrowing privileges from the MOS Library, monthly guest speakers, local judging, valuable door prizes, and much, much, more!

Click here to download a copy of the Maryland Orchid Society Membership Flyer, a beautiful full color poster to place wherever there are people needing the benefits of our fellowship!

If you are interested in orchid culture and would like to meet others with similar interests, we cordially invite you to join the ranks of Marylanders already enjoying the benefits of membership in the Maryland Orchid Society.

To join, mail an application form.

We invite articles, notices, etc. for inclusion in our monthly newsletter, deadline for inclusion is first Sunday of the month.

The official MOS official address is P.O. Box 5651, Baltimore, Maryland 21210

The Missions Statement of The Maryland Orchid Society

Mission Statement of the Maryland Orchid Society

Maryland Orchid Society - Board of Trustees
2014 - 2015

President   Sarah L. Spence
Vice President   Joan M. Roderick
Treasurer   Aaron Webb
Secretary   Suzanne Gaertner
Jennifer Hildebrandt
Michael Moran
Committee Chairs
AOS/ODC Rep.   Valerie Lowe
Auction   Aaron Webb, Joan Roderick
Away Shows   Valerie Lowe
Education/Activities   David Smith, Eric Wiles
Hospitality   Margaret Smith
House   Gregg Custis, Ernest Drohan
Library   Norma Lynch
Membership   Marilyn Lauffer
Newsletter   Laura Sobelman
Program   Deborah Dade
Refreshments   Barbara Buck
Show   Bill Scharf, Joan Roderick
Show Table   Tom McBride
Sunshine   Janice Mazur
Website   Clark Riley

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