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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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Dennis Whigham, Senior Botanist,
Smithsonian Environmental Research,
Founding Director of the
North America Orchid Conservation Center
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Dennis Whigham NAOCC     The ecology of plants has been Dennis Whigham’s primary interest and his research has resulted in journeys through forest, fields and wetlands around the world. Explorations have led to studies of woodland herbs including orchids, vines, wetland species, and invasive species, and to studies of forests in tropical, and boreal zones. In recent years, studies of interactions between orchids and fungi have moved in new and exciting directions. His current research projects focus on the role of wetlands associated with juvenile salmon habitat in Alaskan headwater streams; the rarest terrestrial orchid in eastern North America; and an invasive wetland species that is rapidly expanding across the country. His current passion is to establish the North American Orchid Conservation Center (NAOCC), an initiative of the Smithsonian and the United States Botanic Garden. NAOCC’s mission is to secure the genetic diversity of native orchids for future generations. The NAOCC model for orchid conservation is based on public/private collaborations and there are currently more than fifty collaborating organization distributed across the continent from Florida to Alaska.
     Dennis obtained an undergraduate degree from Wabash College, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina. He joined the Smithsonian in 1977. He and his collaborators have published more than 250 articles in journals and books and he has co-edited 10 books.

Native Orchids: Ecology and conservation
(February 2019)

     The presentation will begin with an overview of the importance of considering orchid conservation at the international and national levels. This will be followed by a discussion of orchid ecology to introduce the complexities that of orchid life cycles several which are poorly understood. He will present results from Smithsonian research projects to reinforce the finding that orchid conservation must include efforts to conserve the orchid and the fungi that they require. The last third of the presentation will focus on the orchid conservation effort that the Smithsonian has initiated to conserve all native orchids in the U. S. and Canada. Educational efforts related to the conservation program will also be presented. Dennis will not bring plants for sale, but may be able to bring some of the orchid-gami materials developed by the NAOCC (gov’t operations permitting).

2019 Maryland Orchid Society Show and Sale, March 8-10, 2019

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!

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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.

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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   Joan Roderick
Vice President   Laura Sobelman
Treasurer   John Dunning
Secretary   Ellie Martin
John Heinbokel
Marc Kiriou
Committee Chairs
AOS/ODC Rep.   Valerie Lowe
Auction   Aaron Webb
Away Shows   Valerie Lowe
Education/Activities   David Smith, Eric Wiles
Hospitality   Margaret Smith
House   Marc Kiriou
Library   Wanda Kuhn
Membership   Sarah Spence
Newsletter   Barbara Buck
Program   John Heinbokel
Refreshments   Barbara Buck
Show   Joan Roderick
Show Table   Tom McBride
Social Media   Joel Graham
Sunshine   Janice Mazur
Website   Clark Riley
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