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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.

The next MOS board meeting will be Thursday, April 17 at Marilyn Lauffer's home (thank you Marilyn for your flexibility). Any member of the MOS is welcome to attend the quarterly board meetings. Light supper will begin at 6:30 p.m. Please let Marilyn know if you will be coming for dinner and what you may be bringing. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014, 7 p.m.
Clark Riley -- Building the 21st Century Hobby Greenhouse

Clark Riley - Building the 21st Century Hobby Greenhouse     Clark Riley has been an active orchid grower since 1957. At the age of six, he got his first plant, a [probably collected] Cypripedium pubescens from a perennial nursery. The plant died a miserable death in a short time, but not before blooming and cementing a love of orchids that has lasted over half a century. He has labored ever since to make amends by promoting the sound cultivation of Cypripedia. He grows a wide range of orchids, including several thousand terrestrials, hardy species, and ladyslippers, Brazilian Laelias, and specialty Phalaenopsis, often from seed. He was the producer for the book and CD of Proceedings of the North American Native Terrestrial Orchid Conference. He is a member of the Maryland Orchid Society, the American Orchid Society, the International Phalaenopsis Alliance, and a frequent contributor to the Orchid List Digest. He can be reached at or visit his Cypripedium web site.
     Clark’s first half century of growing was indoors, under lights. After 50 years of planning and 5 years of badgering all his greenhouse-owning friends, he finally made the leap to a greenhouse. His talk,“Building the 21st Century Hobby Greenhouse,” will illuminate why you may or may not want to make the leap yourself, costs involved, and tips on avoiding mistakes.
     The photo on the left, says Clark, “was at the entrance to the Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park, Cincinnati. It is to this day one of my favorite spots on Earth. I have made it a point to cultivate as many orchid species as I can remember from their orchid room.”
     Clark will have a small selection of orchids and companion plants for sale from his collection.

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
2012 - 2014

President   Dr. Eric Wiles, DVM
Vice President   Sarah Spence
Treasurer   Chip Hiebler
Controller   Mary Chiu
Secretary   Sarah Hurdel
Chris Zajac
Gregg Custis
Committee Chairs
Show   Bill Scharf, Joan Roderick
Auction   Aaron Webb, Sarah Spence
Program   Deborah Dade
Membership   Marilyn Lauffer
House   Gregg Custis, Jamie Riegel
Library   Norma Lynch
Show Table   Tom McBride
Hospitality   Margaret Smith
Education   David Smith
Mentoring   Sarah Hurdel
Sunshine   Janice Mazur
AOS/ODC Rep.   Valerie Lowe
Away Shows   Valerie Lowe
Website   Clark Riley
Newsletter   Laura Sobelman

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