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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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David Off of Waldor Orchids Presents,
Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m.

David and Sarah Off, Waldor Orchids     David Off is trying to bring back some of those old-time, pre-virus favorites with his Classic Cattleya program. Scouring the country for these antique species, he’s chosen 36 to clone and hopes to eventually clone as many as 100. Waldor will clone 1,000 of each, making available plants that were once “almost endangered,” Walter says. It’s preservation, but it’s also lucrative.
     One of Waldor’s crosses, the Laeliocattleya Elizabeth Off, was awarded the highest honor from the American Orchid Society, the First Class Certificate, in 1961. The orchid was named for George’s wife, who at age 86 still works at Waldor almost every day. Another cross, the Sophrolaeliocattleya Hazel Boyd, once sold as a single plant for $3,000. (More typically, orchids like Phalaenopsis sell for $25 to $30 a plant.)
     Dave has been surrounded by orchids almost since birth. He has a deep knowledge of the Cattleya and their care that he will share with us. The exhibits he has composed and constructed have won many, many awards over the years. He has an extensive collection of ‘legacy plants’, many of which his family had a hand in creating or popularizing. Now married with keikis, Dave still manages to find time to travel and talk with societies, as well as monthly orchid judging sessions in Philadelphia, where he often brings in ‘show and tell’ plants to appease the judges’ appetites. Dave will have plants available for sale. Please check out his website ( and e-mail him directly with your requests.

Boost Your Orchid Skills with the MOS Orchid Workshop
Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Maryland Orchid Society Orchid Workshop 2015
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Demonstrations, discussions, hands-on training in repotting, media, and growing techniques.

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

The vitality of our society is a direct result of the efforts of all our members.
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