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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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Hadley Cash, Marriott Orchids, How to Grow and Bloom Paphs
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7 p.m.

How to Grow and Bloom Paphs May 18, 2017     Hadley began growing his first orchids over thirty years ago, and formed Marriott Orchids in 1985. By this time, he had begun growing Paphiopedilums almost exclusively. In the early 1990’s, he built his first greenhouse, of approximately 2,500 square feet. Shortly after that, he started a breeding program focused on producing Paphiopedilums of the highest quality. Hadley married his wife Deborah in 1997, and in 1998, just before the birth of their son Austin, he began the orchid business as a full time career. Marriott Orchids expanded its growing area in 1998, to 6,000 square feet of heated greenhouse.
     As of early 2015, Hadley has received over 400 American Orchid Society awards, including 15 FCC’s (First Class Certificate’s). He has had six crosses awarded AQ’s (Award of Quality) from the AOS, and won both the W.W.Wilson Award and the Merritt W. Huntington Award (Best Paphiopedilum and Best FCC of the year). In May of 2015, Hadley received the highest distinction of his career … he was awarded the AOS Award for Excellence in Hybridizing. This award is given for a lifelong commitment to hybridizing excellence.
     Mr. Cash has written a number of published articles on the genus Paphiopedilum and its hybrids for the AOS, Orchid Digest, and the Slipper Orchid Journal. He has lectured throughout the US and internationally, sharing both his love and expertise of Slipper Orchids.
     Hadley encourages pre-orders, for anyone wanting him to bring specific divisions off of the Divisions Listing on the website. If you are interested in specific seedling crosses please contact Jean Hedrick at: and request the seedling list be sent to you.
     Orders need to be placed by Monday May 15th. Place your order by phone at 336-655-5883. You can also place them by email at, but you must include a contact phone number to be able to go over order details.
     He will bring a nice mix of seedlings and multi-growth previously bloomed plants which will bloom this Fall/Winter with one to two spikes of various color groups.

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.
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