General Meeting: Monday November 22, 2021 at 7 pm

Please note that the November meeting, held jointly with COOS, will be held on their usual meeting date and time instead of the usual OSRBG date. Details below.

Our speaker for the November meeting is Tom Mirenda. The title of his talk is Phalaenopsis species! Ecology informs Culture. Prepared for the IPA, this talk covers most of the Phalaenopsis species currently in cultivation and some of the nuances of their culture based on where they came from.

Tom has addressed our two Societies before. Headquartered in Hawaii, he has been growing orchids professionally for over 3 decades and has travelled the world to find both wild and cultivated orchids. He curated the orchid collection at the Smithsonian for 17 years, producing annual educational exhibits for millions of visitors. Currently he is a columnist for the American Orchid Society (AOS Orchids) and a leader of the OGCN (Orchid Garden Conservation Network) He recently co-authored “The Book of Orchids” with collaborators from Kew.

This will be a Zoom meeting. The formal meeting starts at 7 pm with the doors open, so to speak, at 6:30 pm to allow everyone to get settled and socialize a bit beforehand. OSRBG and COOS members will receive an e-Mail invitation in the week preceding the meeting. If you do not receive your invitation, or if you are not a member of either Society and would like to attend as a guest, please contact COOSinfo@gmail.com.

There will also be a virtual Show Table. Members with orchid blooms to brag about should send their photos to Jeff.grows.plants@gmail.com by Saturday November 20 at 9 am. Please include the name of the orchid, its parentage (if known) as well as your own name and any brief pertinent remarks about the plant and its culture. To make it easier for Jeff to assemble the powerpoint, please include pictures of one orchid only per email message with the ID for that orchid.

General Meeting: Sunday October 17, 2021

Bulbophyllum medusae “Windswept’s Whimsical Hair” CCM/AOS
(Copyright Windswept in Time Orchids)

Our speaker for the October 17th meeting will be Edgar Stehli from “Windswept in Time Orchids” in Ohio. (More about him below.) The topic is Bulbophyllum, a huge group of orchids found throughout the tropics.  They are quite varied in shape and size.  Some are fragrant, and some not!  Edgar says they are generally easy to grow once you know the tricks.  There have been lots of taxonomic changes in this group, but we will not be overly concerned with the nomenclature. The presentation will cover a brief history of the group, and its distribution around the world.  There are pictures of many of the more commonly grown species, and lots of cultural information as well.  Edgar has received many awards on his Bulbophyllum plants, and many of these are featured in the presentation.

Here is what Edgar Stehli had to say about himself:

 My interest in orchids began when I was just six or seven years old.  I found a plant growing in the roadside ditch near our house in North East Ohio.  When my father got home from work, I dragged him over to see my discovery.  He said “Oh! That’s an orchid.”  My first orchid find was a Spiranthes (probably cernua).  A few years later my family drove to Alaska and back.  On that trip, I found a Calypso bulbosa in Wyoming and several other orchids in Alaska and Canada. While in high school, I began growing some tropical orchids, and soon had a small collection.  During my final year at Case Western Reserve University my orchid collection moved to Florida with my parents.   Sadly, I never saw them again (the orchids that is!).  Also in my last year, I met Kim Sante who was working at the Cleveland Garden Center, now known as the Cleveland Botanical Garden.  Eventually Kim and I were married and  shortly afterwards we built a sun room on the corner of our house.  This of course allowed my orchid collection to get a little out of hand.  Finally in 1999 we began selling our plants to area florists, then through the orchid shows. We called our new business “Windswept in Time Orchids.”  We now attend close to fifteen shows a year, where our plants and exhibits have won many awards.

The October 17th meeting is a joint meeting with the Central Ontario Orchid Society (COOS) and will be held via Zoom. Invitations to both groups will be sent out the week before the meeting. If you are a member and have not received your invitation, or if you would like to attend as a guest, please contact OrchidataOSRBG@gmail.com. The meeting begins at 2 pm (EDST), but the doors will open, so to speak, around 1:30 to allow everyone to get settled and socialize a bit before the meeting.

We will also have a virtual Show Table which, this month is being assembled by Jeff Steele from COOS. OSRBG and COOS members may send photographs of their orchids in bloom to Jeff.grows.plants@gmail.com before 9 am on Saturday October 16th. Please include the name of the orchid and its parentage (if known) as well as your own name and any brief pertinent remarks about the plant and its culture. To make it easier for Jeff to assemble the powerpoint, please include pictures of one orchid only per email message with the ID for that orchid.

General Meeting: Sunday September 19, 2021

Our speaker for the September 19th meeting is Darlene Thompson, PhD. Darlene lives in Cleveland Ohio and is the vice-president of the Greater Akron Orchid Society. She has won multiple awards from the American Orchid Society. Like so many of us, Darlene started her orchid adventure when she received an adorable Phalaenopsis as a gift…and when it perished, she was determined to understand what went wrong and to learn how to grow these wonderful plants. Over the last decade plus, her dedication to orchids has blossomed into a full-blown obsession. Today she maintains a diverse collection in her home on windowsills and under lights. While her collection is highly varied, her primary focus is on Paphiopedilum and Phragmipedium. Her topic for September is “Curating an ever-blooming orchid collection” — a subject on which she is obviously well-qualified to speak.

This meeting is a joint event with the Central Ontario Orchid Society. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, this is a Zoom event and invitations will be sent to both OSRBG and COOS members in the week preceding the meeting. If you do not receive your invitation, or if you are not a member of either Society but would like to attend as a guest, please contact OrchidataOSRBG@gmail.com. The meeting beings at 2 pm (EDST), but the doors will open, so to speak, around 1:30 to allow everyone to get settled and socialize a bit before the meeting.

We will also have a Virtual Show Table which, this month, is being assembled by Jeff Steele from COOS. OSRBG and COOS members may send photos of their orchids in bloom to jeff.grows.plants@gmail.com before 9 am on Saturday September 18th. Please include the name of the orchid and its parentage (if known) as well as your own name and any brief pertinent remarks about the plant and its culture. To make it easier for Jeff to assemble the powerpoint, please include pictures of one orchid only per email message with the ID for that orchid.

General Meeting: Sunday August 15, 2021

Polar Bear photographed by Wendy Hearder-Moan

Did you know? Orchids and Polar Bears are not mutually exclusive!! Tom Mirenda, our speaker for the August 15th meeting has been to Churchill, Manitoba (the Polar Bear capital of the World, they say) in July. He assures us that this environment yields a bounty of incredible orchids and other short season spring ephemerals that he will introduce us to at the meeting. This is a Zoom experience, so you don’t need to worry about running into any real bears along the way!

Tom Mirenda has travelled the world to find both wild and cultivated orchids. He also organizes orchids trips through his travel network “Trips with Tom”. Headquartered in Hawaii, he has been growing orchids professionally for over 3 decades. He curated the orchid collection at the Smithsonian for 17 years as their Orchid Collection Specialist, producing annual educational exhibits for millions of visitors. Currently he is a columnist for the American Orchid Society (AOS Orchids) and a leader of the OGCN (Orchid Garden Conservation Network. He recently co-authored “The Book of Orchids” with collaborators from Kew.

The formal meeting begins at 2 pm but, as usual, the site will be available from about 1:30 to allow everyone to get settled and socialize beforehand. OSRBG members will receive an e-mail invitation in the week preceding the meeting. If you do not receive your invitation or if you are not an OSRBG member but would like to attend as a guest, please contact OrchidataOSRBG@gmail.com.

There will also be a virtual Show Table. Members with orchid blooms to brag about should send their photos to OrchidataOSRBG@gmail.com by 6 pm on Friday August 13th to be included in the powerpoint.

General Meeting: Sunday June 13, 2021

Dr. Kristen Uthus with her husband Dr. Kevin Wehrly and sons Henry and Gus

Honey, I shrunk the orchids! This is the engaging title for our talk at the June 13th meeting by Dr. Kristen Uthus, who says “Eventually everyone runs out of room for more orchids—unless they’re really small. While their size intimidates some people, miniatures are just as tough as their larger relatives. What makes them so appealing is their variety of form in addition to flower, and they are just plain cute! The fact that they take up so little space means that you can have a lot of different kinds of orchids in a limited area. Bigger definitely is not better.”

Dr. Uthus studied both plant and animal ecology and evolution at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and the Ohio State University (OSU). She then taught biology and ecology at several colleges including VCU, OSU, University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. The daughter of a plant fanatic, Kristen has been growing orchids for over 20 years, and in 2014 she fulfilled her dream of making orchids a full-time commitment by purchasing NWO (New World Orchids). Although she enjoys growing many varieties of orchids, miniatures remain her passion. She and her family, pictured above, live in Manchester, MI, about an hour west of Detroit.

In addition to learning about miniature orchids, OSRBG members in attendance at this meeting will be invited to vote for the 2021-2023 Executive as this is also the OSRBG Annual General Meeting. Members are thus strongly urged to attend.

The meeting, as has become the norm, will take place via Zoom, with invitations being sent out in the week previous to the meeting. If you have not received yours, please contact OrchidataOSRBG@gmail.com. The meeting begins at 2 pm (Eastern Daylight Saving Time) with doors opening, so to speak, at 1:30 for those wishing to get settled and socialize with others. Potential guests may also request an invitation by contacting OrchidataOSRBG@gmail.com.

General Meeting: Sunday May 16, 2021

Our May 16th meeting will be a two-part programme. In Part 1 our speaker will be Sandra Micucci. She will talk about the Angraecum sesquipedale and how it came to be called Darwin’s orchid. Many of us have heard only the bare bones of the story; Sandra will take us back to Madagascar in 2004 with Dr. Philip DeVries of the University of New Orleans to witness the exciting proof of Charles Darwin’s 1862 prediction that an insect pollinator existed with a proboscis long enough to suck the nectar from the nectary of the Angraecum sesquipedale. It was with this observation that Darwin argued his coevolution model.

Sandra is known to OSRBG members for her role on the Executive Board of our Society. You may NOT know that Dr. Micucci is an Epidemiologist, specialized in evidence-based medicine. She retired from her position as Associate Director of the Evidence-based Medicine Centre at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee in 2010 and returned to Canada, where she and her husband Andrew started an engineering company in Brantford. Although company business takes a good portion of her time, Sandra developed an interest in orchids and joined the OSRBG in 2013. Last year she was accepted as an AOS student judge. Sandra is interested in many genres of orchids, but orchids of Madagascar and especially Angraecoid orchids are quickly becoming her favourites.

Clowesia Afterglow ‘B-C II’ AM/AOS
Photo by Rob Vanderheyden

In Part 2 the speaker will be Rob Vanderheyden, our current Vice-President, Orchidata editor and Zoom-master. Rob will give his presentation on how he grows orchids from the Catasetinae family and cool growing orchids at home. Rob’s presentation has been deferred twice due to a lack of time and we are looking forward to finally hearing from him and seeing photos of his growing area. Rob bought his first Catasetum in February 2018 at the OSRBG show and his Catasetum collection has grown to about 68 plants since then!

As usual, the meeting will take place via Zoom, with invitations being sent automatically to OSRBG members. Potential guests (or anyone with questions about this process) may contact Rob Vanderheyden at OrchidataOSRBG@gmail.com. The meeting starts at 2 pm (Eastern daylight saving time); doors will be open, so to speak, at 1:30 for those who want to get settled and socialize a bit in advance.

There will also be a virtual show table. Members should send photos of their blooms to OrchidataOSRBG@gmail.com by 7 pm on Friday May 14 so that they can be put into a powerpoint. Please include the name of the orchid and its parentage (if known), as well as your name and any remarks you wish to make about it.

General Meeting: Sunday April 18, 2021

Photo credit: Eric Sauer: Maxillaria saueri

Our speaker for the April 18th meeting will be Eric Sauer from River Valley Orchids in Ohio and he will be presenting on the topic of Maxillaria. Eric has spoken to our Society before, but here is a quick review of his bio to refresh your memory: Eric has been growing orchids for 30 years and specializes in South American Species.   He has several of his Maxillaria photos published in Eric Christenson’s book on Maxillaria.   Eric has received over 85 awards from the American Orchid Society and has three orchids named after him including two species from Ecuador.  He regularly works with other Maxillaria aficionados around the world to better understand the genus. Eric’s real job is as a registered landscape architect and is the planning manager for Five Rivers MetroParks in Dayton, Ohio.

As has become the norm, our meeting will be held via Zoom, and as usual, members will receive an invitation during the week prior to the meeting. Non-members who wish to attend may request an invitation by contacting orchidataOSRBG@gmail.com. The formal meeting begins at 2 pm (Eastern time zone, DST) but the doors will be open, so to speak, around 1:30 for those who wish to get settled and socialize in advance.

There will also be a virtual Show table. Members can send photos of their orchids in bloom to orchidataOSRBG@gmail.com before 7 pm on Friday April 16. Please include the name of the orchid and its parentage (if known) as well as your own name and any pertinent remarks about the plant and its culture.

General Meeting: Sunday March 28, 2021

Our March meeting will be a continuation, in a sense, of the January meeting which was very well-received. This time, Sandra Micucci, Rob Vanderheyden and Wendy Hearder-Moan will present photos of their orchid-growing areas and answer questions about their techniques and challenges. (The above photo is a sneak-preview of one of Rob Vanderheyden’s spaces.) This is a Zoom meeting, of course, and members will be receiving an invitation via email. Prospective guests should contact the Society at OrchidataOSRBG@gmail.com to find out about obtaining an invitation. The formal meeting starts at 2 p.m. and doors will open, so to speak, around 1:30 for members to get settled and socialize a bit before the meeting.

There will also be a virtual Show Table. Send your photos of orchids in bloom to OrchidataOSRBG@gmail.com by 7 pm on Friday March 19 to allow time for the power point to be assembled. Be sure to include your name and the name of the orchid, and if you like, some information about its parentage or how you grow it.

Memories of 2020 Orchid Show

If there were no pandemic, we would be setting up our show at the RBG about now with all the busy-ness that that entails. Here’s a google picture album that Rob Vanderheyden put together last year with the help of Pat Vuurman: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMXYYqRTHOygCU5FbqU5xUp8ztG1rGWD07p_Oxvupu8_dqr1ZoFpgdVjFrwkXqLWw?key=bjdWYlBpVkZORVZBNzFzMFhDRklFNU1qcVhLaXZ3
Enjoy the memory and let’s hope that next year will be better and we can set up and hold a show again.

General Meeting: Sunday February 21, 2021

Jason Fischer with Phragmipedium Jason Fischer

Our February meeting, taking place via Zoom (as has become the norm) is a joint meeting with the Central Ontario Orchid Society (COOS) and the featured speaker will be Jason Fischer of Orchids Limited. His topic is one on which he is an acknowledged expert: Phragmipediums.

The meeting is set to begin at 2 pm. Those who wish to do so may sign on a bit earlier (1:30 or later) to socialize. Members with plants for the Virtual Show Table should send their photos by 6 pm on Friday February 19 to Rob Vanderheyden at OrchidataOSRBG@gmail.com.

Zoom invitations will be sent out to members the week before the meeting. Non-members who may wish to attend should contact Rob at the address above.