The Long Island Orchid Society meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month.

Knights of Columbus, Joseph Barry Council 2520
45 Heitz Place, Hicksville, NY 11801

(The venue is approximately a 10 to 12 minute walk [0.6 mile] from the LIRR Hicksville Station)

 

 

Culture Corner is at 7:30 pm (except when noted) and the meeting starts at 8:00 pm sharp.

Click HERE to fill out and print a show table entry card.

 

2018 Calendar

January 11 LIOS Meeting
Speaker: Marc Hachadourian, New York Botanical Garden
Topic: How to Grow Great Paphiopedilums
from Species to Specimens

Come in from the cold and join us for our first meeting of 2018! We are fortunate to have Marc Hachadourian from the New York Botanic Gardens to guide us through the world of the slipper orchids and teach us how to grow them into show table beauties. Marc Hachadourian is Manager of the Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections at the New York Botanical Garden and holds a BS in Plant Science from Cornell University. With over 15 years of commercial and specialized horticultural experience, he supervises the care of the botanical collections, including an extensive orchid collection and exhibition plants in the Nolen Greenhouses, a staging area for plants for all the gardens, yearly exhibitions and events at the NYBG.
February 8
    LIOS Meeting
    Speaker: Dennis Whigham, PhD
    Senior Botanist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
    Founding Director, North American Orchid Conservation Center
    Topic: Native orchids – ecology and conservation

    As the founder of the North American Orchid Conservation Center (or NAOCC), Dr. Dennis Whigham has made a personal and professional mission of conserving our very beautiful, and increasingly threatened native orchids. North America is home to approximately 200 native orchid species, many of which can be found on Long Island. To greater or lesser extent, all of our native terrestrial orchid species grow in affiliation with fungal associates. This is one of the key reasons our natives are so difficult to understand, and so famously difficult to cultivate. In a novel parallel, Dr. Whigham working with the Smithsonian Institution, has formed a collaborative model with over forty partners nation-wide, including like-minded societies, government and non-government agencies, and a host of volunteers in order to monitor and study these fascinating plants. Tremendous strides have been made recently by Dr. Whigham and his staff in understanding the requirements of the seeds of our native orchids in the wide variety of habitats where orchids can be found. These discoveries have important implications for the conservation and perhaps even the re-introduction of orchid species throughout North America.

    Join us on Thursday, February 8, when Dr. Whigham presents some of his most current thinking about North American orchid ecology and conservation.


    Orchid-gami!
    Calling out to all our nimble-fingered members. The LIOS will be holding an orchid-gami session at the February meeting at 7:30 PM in place of culture corner. Orchid-gami is a project developed by the Smithsonian’s North American Orchid Conservation Center (NAOCC) and the United States Botanic Garden to raise awareness about native orchid conservation.

    Our February speaker, Dennis Whigham from the NAOCC has generously offered to supply the LIOS with moderate level, perforated, Orchid-gami models that do not require, glue, tape or scissors. LIOS board members will be supervising the session and there will be finished models on hand for inspiration. We’ll only have a half hour for this activity so please arrive at 7:15 PM so we can finish up and take some photos before the start of the show table at 8 PM. RSVP by Friday, February 2 to reserve your model (so we can make sure that we have enough on hand.) Orchid-gami models will also be available for members who can’t make it but wish to have fun on their own at home. More information on Orchid-gami can be found at: https://northamericanorchidcenter.org/orchid-gami/

    We hope to see you there!
March 8

LIOS Meeting
Speaker: J & L Orchids
Topic: TBD

April 12 LIOS Meeting
Speaker: Francisco Miranda, Miranda Orchids
Topic: TBD
May 10 LIOS Meeting
Speaker: Carri Raven-Reimann, Orchidphile
Topic: Growing in sphagnum moss
June 1-3 Long Island Orchid Festival 2018

The Long Island Orchid Society
in conjunction with
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
presents the first annual

Long Island Orchid Festival 2018
Orchids and Vendors from Around the World
9 AM to 5 PM

Planting Fields Arboretum
State Historic Park

Conference Center
1395 Planting Fields Road
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Admission is Free
(Planting Fields Arboretum Parking $8 per car)

June 14 LIOS Meeting and Auction

Each member should bring in a dish (appetizer, main course, or dessert) large enough for at least 6 people. LIOS will provide the wine, beer and soda, along with the paper goods. The dinner will begin at about 6:30pm with the auction starting at 7:30-7:45.

For the June Special Show Table bring your best plant (one only please) for a chance to win a gift.
(For our new members: a show table entry should be an orchid that you have brought into bloom not a flowering plant you recently acquired.)

Bring Orchid Loving Friends--All plant sales help pay for the speakers we have at our meetings each month, so let’s be generous and get great plants & great programs in return! The auction features flower photos & culture notes on the big screen so you can learn how to grow each orchid from our master auctioneer & orchid guru Rich Heeseler!

No Culture Corner.
July 12 LIOS Meeting
Speaker: Alan Koch
Topic: TBD
August 9 LIOS Meeting
Speaker: TBD
Topic: TBD
September 13 LIOS Meeting
Speaker: TBD
Topic: TBD
October 11 LIOS Meeting
Speaker: TBD
Topic: TBD
November 8 LIOS Meeting
Speaker: TBD
Topic: TBD
December 13 LIOS Meeting and Auction

Each member should bring in a dish (appetizer, main course, or dessert) large enough for at least 6 people. LIOS will provide the wine, beer and soda, along with the paper goods. The dinner will begin at about 6:30pm with the auction starting at 7:30-7:45.

For the December Special Show Table bring your best plant (one only please) for a chance to win The Claire Buschel Memorial Award Prize.
(For our new members: a show table entry should be an orchid that you have brought into bloom not a flowering plant you recently acquired.)

Bring Orchid Loving Friends--All plant sales help pay for the speakers we have at our meetings each month, so let’s be generous and get great plants & great programs in return! The auction features flower photos & culture notes on the big screen so you can learn how to grow each orchid from our master auctioneer & orchid guru Rich Heeseler!

No Culture Corner.