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 October 2014
Build an Orchid Tower
Repotting Bifoliates
Mini Dendrobiums

Now Accepting:
Proposals for Orchid Conservation and Research Projects


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American Orchid Society Fall Members' Meeting
October 29 - November 2, 2014

Paph. Macabre 'Miami' AM/AOS
Exhib: Krull-Smith Landscapes
. . .

It's still not too late to register for the American Orchid Society Fall Members' Meeting! This year meetings will be held at the Sheraton Orlando North in Orlando, Florida in conjunction with the 16th International Slipper Orchid Symposium. Registrants will be able to attend meetings of several orchid specialty groups as well as a full program of exciting lectures. Unlimited entrance to the spectacular AOS judged show is included in full registration. More than a dozen vendors will be selling orchids for every taste. If you have limited time or live locally, consider choosing events á la carte. Don't miss this opportunity expand your network of orchid friends. If you have never been to an AOS Members' Meeting, take the plunge. You won't regret it!

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the updated program and
registration form here.

Our next webinar:
October 22, 2014 at 8:30 pm EDT

Ctsm. Alexa 'Arnie' AM/AOS. Photo ©A.Gum

Reserve your seat now, space is limited!
 (members only)


Catasetum species and hybrids have become quite the rage in some parts of the country thanks to Fred Clarke. Once you learn how easy they are to grow, you'll want to try a few yourself! Join Fred as he highlights what species are easy to find and good to start with and what the latest and greatest hybrids are. Of course, there will be extended information about how to grow them too!

Catasetums (members only)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

8:30 AM - 9:00 PM EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees: Required - Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac®-based attendees: Required - Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees: Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet
Click here to learn how webinars work.

What are webinars? Webinars are an internet conference where you can hear the speaker and view his presentation, ask questions, and hear interactions from other members of the audience. You can join either on your computer or by phone. You can join from anywhere, via your Mac, PC or even your mobile device. Audio is included, so attendees can phone in or use VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). You will need a microphone for your computer to use VoIP. If you cannot make the actual presentation, there will be a link on the website where you can view the webinar at your convenience.

Call for Nominations: Board of Trustees of the American Orchid Society

We are seeking nominations for members of the Board of Trustees of the American Orchid Society. Members may nominate any member in good standing, including themselves. All nominations will be evaluated by the Nominating Committee and a slate will be mailed, in accordance with the by-laws, prior to the election at the Members’ Meeting in the spring of 2015. The following competencies have been determined by the Board and Trustees and will be used in the evaluation:

All nominees shall be:
  • A member in good standing,
  • Exhibit integrity and ethical behavior,
  • Process strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Have board experience with a non-profit organization
Expertise in the following is desirable and will weigh heavily in the evaluation:
  • Finance, business, and/or investment strategies
  • Non-profit governance
  • Development/fund raising
  • Legal background
  • Strategic planning and implementation
  • Marketing
  • Attend monthly conference-call type meetings.
  • Attend two face-to-face meetings annually (trustees must pay own travel expenses.).
  • Trustees receive no compensation for their services.
  • Financially support the organization in a manner commensurate with one’s ability, while seeking additional financial support elsewhere.
  • Advocate on behalf of the organization and be ambassadors to the orchid community.
Nominations should be submitted in writing by e-mail to or to the — American Orchid Society at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables, FL 33156 and must include biographical information as well as a statement of the nominee’s qualifications. Nominations must be receieved no later than October 31, 2014.

Text and images for our fifth magazine supplement on Stanhopea written by Rudolf Jenny, are at the printer! We thank all the many contributors who vote with their donations for continued publication of this special feature. What began as a way to publish an article that was too big for a regular issue of ORCHIDS has become an eagerly anticipated bonus issue of the year. A separate publication gives us the opportunity to present a monograph to our members each year without compromising the general interest of the monthly issues. We continually strive to improve the quality of the supplement giving AOS members a valuable addition to their orchid libraries.

Our 2015 supplement is already in the planning stages and we hope to be able mail it sometime next summer. We appreciate your continued support. Please select "Annual Magazine Supplement" as donation type.

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 Photo of the Week


Phalaenopsis gigantea

This spectacular Phalaenopsis species always grabs attention in or out of bloom. FOund at low elevations in Sabah, Borneo, and Sarawak. Nicely grown by Ramon.

Photo © Ramon de los Santos
Phal. gigantea

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