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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.

The Maryland Orchid Society Calendar is Online (just a click away)!



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The Maryland State Fair 2017

Enter your orchids in the Maryland State Fair!
Monday, August 21st, 3–8 PM, and Tuesday, August 22nd, 10 AM–8 PM

-> Download your Maryland State Fair rules and timetables here.<-

          The Maryland Orchid Society will again participate in the Maryland State Fair Flower Show.
          This is a Maryland Orchid Show sanctioned Show Table event. Members who exhibit at least one plant will receive a show table point toward their annual total. In addition, ribbon winners receive Maryland State Fair cash awards!
          Plants must be entered at the Maryland State Fair Horticulture Hall, just off York Road in Timonium. There is no admission for entering plants. Plants can be brought to Horticulture Hall Monday, August 21st, 3–8 PM, and Tuesday, August 22nd, 10 AM–8 PM. Plants may be picked up at the end of the Maryland State Fair Tuesday, September 5th, 2017, from 9AM to 7PM. Exhibitors must present the "Claim Check" from their computer entry tag to claim exhibits.
          Complete information about the Maryland State Fair Horticulture exhibits can be found on the web at
          The Maryland State Fair orchid classes are as follows

Novice Grower (NOT a current member of the Maryland Orchid Society)
More than one entry per class permitted, only one premium awarded per class.
  • J84 Orchid, any variety
  • J85 Phalaenopsis
  • J86 Cattleya
  • J87 Lady Slipper
Experienced Grower (A current member of the Maryland Orchid Society)
More than one entry per class permitted, only one premium awarded per class.
  • J88 Orchid, any variety
  • J89 Phalaenopsis
  • J90 Cattleya
  • J91 Lady Slipper
          The Maryland State Fair is an excellent way to introduce our fellow citizens to orchid growing and the Maryland Orchid Society. We distribute membership information and membership forms all during the exhibit. Don't miss this excellent chance to show your orchids.

Another Spectacular MOS Display at the Susquehanna Show in Hershey

Congratulations to Valerie and Sarah H and their dedicated crew and to all the Maryland Orchid Society members who contributed plants to the Maryland Orchid Societies display at the Susquehanna Orchid Society Show and Sale in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It was spectacular!

Maryland Orchid Society display at the Susquehanna Orchid Society Show 2017

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

The vitality of our society is a direct result of the efforts of all our members.
Volunteer, sign up, participate!