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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.

Last month's and previous newsletters is available in PDF (acrobat) format (about 1 megabyte) online. CLICK HERE! You should receive a link to the current newsletter in your email if you are a paid up member.

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Tom Mirenda’s “Big Island Orchid Scene”
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7 p.m.

Tom Mirenda, Maryland Orchid Society April 19, 2018
          Tom knows he is most fortunate to have been able to return to the Hawaiian Islands (with a GREAT job) after spending almost a decade there in his youth in the 1980s. Then a Marine Biologist at the UH Manoa, Tom was a Scuba Diver and lab technician for the Hawaii Cooperative Fishery Research Unit, where he spent many months diving in remote northwest Hawaiian Island locations such as the French Frigate Shoals and Midway. While living on Oahu, Tom was a lab technician by day and a rock musician by night, playing for years at the now demolished Wave Waikiki night club. During this time, Tom became enchanted with orchids and emerged from the ocean to pursue a horticultural career.
          Family ties brought him back to the New York area where he took horticultural positions at the New York Botanical Garden and Brooklyn Botanic Garden before accepting the role of Estate gardener at Greentree Estate (500+ acres) in Long Island where he cultivated all types of plants, but solidified his interest in orchids with a truly world class collection that he tended there. During this time (1990s), Tom was also the floor manager of the Greater New York International Orchid Show, of the greatest in the world. Sadly, when Greentree’s owner passed it was decided that the collection be sold off.
          Heartbroken, Tom looked for another orchid position, and found that Smithsonian Instituion was looking for some one like him. At SI, Tom expanded an already fantastic orchid collection and developed annual educational and ornamental exhibitions often 4 or 5 months in length! Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of visitors have enjoyed these exhibitions over Toms 17 years there.
          For the past 12 years, Tom has written two monthly columns (Tom’s Monthly Checklist and Genus of the Month) for ORCHIDS magazine and recently (2017), along with two scientists from Kew, published The Book of Orchids for the University of Chicago Press which contains very intriguing and unusual information about 600 orchid species.
          Most of all, Tom is most happy and truly proud to have returned to Hawaii as the Director of Horticulture Education and Outreach for the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden just north of Hilo. Already an exceptionally beautiful place, Toms intention is to make this garden THE Orchid Destination of the World!

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 50097, Baltimore, Maryland 21211

The Missions Statement of The Maryland Orchid Society

Mission Statement of the Maryland Orchid Society

Maryland Orchid Society - Board of Trustees
2016 - 2018

President   Sarah L. Spence
Vice President   Joan M. Roderick
Treasurer   Aaron Webb
Secretary   Suzanne Gaertner
Lee Lundy
Joel Graham
Committee Chairs
AOS/ODC Rep.   Valerie Lowe
Auction   Aaron Webb
Away Shows   Valerie Lowe
Education/Activities   David Smith, Eric Wiles
Hospitality   Margaret Smith
House   Clark Riley
Library   Norma Lynch
Membership   Marilyn Lauffer
Newsletter   Barbara Buck
Program   Jean Hedrick
Refreshments   Barbara Buck
Show   Joan Roderick
Show Table   Tom McBride
Sunshine   Janice Mazur
Website   Clark Riley
If you have MOS expenses, a blank reimbursement form is available ⇨here⇦.

If you have MOS expenses, a fillable PDF reimbursement form is available ⇨here⇦.

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