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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.

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Wayne Roberts, Roberts Flower Supply
Growing Under Lights
Thursday, June 15, 2017, 7 p.m.

Wayne Roberts, Robert's Flower Supply June 15, 2017          Wayne Roberts has been growing orchids for over 44 years, when he and his wife Nancy purchased 3 orchids as a remembrance of their Florida honeymoon, of which two died soon after in their too drafty windowsill conditions.
          Determined to succeed, they built a light cart, then multiple light carts, then a lean-to greenhouse, then a two-story greenhouse, and lastly an additional free-standing model they dismantled from 120 miles away and re-erected over a period of 3 years.
          Presently they are expanding the older greenhouse with lighting and vertical growing. They started Roberts Flower Supply over 30 years ago as a family owned business, operated from their home.
          It began on a local scale, as a cooperative attempt to reduce costs by combining media purchases with other growers to save money, and gradually grew to the full-time operation it is today.
          As Wayne listened to experienced growers and learned about their successes and failures with various potting mixes, he began to develop mixes that were unique to the market and successful with most growers. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with others about many types of orchid media.
          Wayne has degrees in Chemistry and Physics. He had a lot of chemical mixing experience in earlier jobs that he uses in making his own orchid mixes. He is a member of the Native Orchid Society and is passionate about conserving and propagating endangered native plants of all kinds, especially orchids. His collection includes all the American cyps plus 15 other natives and over 30 hardy Asian orchids.
          Check out Wayne’s website at to find out details of what he sells.
          Pre-orders may be sent to him by mail, phone or to and need to be received by June 12th to make sure he can bring them.

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!