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 and the meeting starts at 8:00 pm sharp.

 

2017 Calendar

January 12 LIOS Meeting
Speaker: Diana Van Buren
Topic: “Orchids found on Newfoundland"

Diana Van Buren set off for a week-long Dragonfly workshop at the Eagle Hill Institute in Steuben, Maine in July of 2015. Two weeks later she found herself on a ferry heading to Newfoundland in search of wild orchids and other botanical wonders.

Join us for Diana's virtual tour of the west coast of Newfoundland, where it’s hard NOT to see wild orchids in bloom in July.

Diana recently completed a one year internship with the Long Island Native Plant Initiative (LINPI), and is a past President and Program Chair of the North Fork Audubon Society. She recently moved back to Manhattan where she donates some of her time to helping with maintenance of the Heather Garden in Fort Tryon Park in Washington Heights.
February 4 The Long Island Orchid Society is happy to announce that it will be presenting a lecture in The Learning Center at Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury.

Topic: All About Orchids
Time: 11AM-12PM*

If you were ever tempted to buy an orchid but didn’t think you would know how to take care of it – this is the seminar for you! The Long Island Orchid Society will explain the different types of orchids and what it takes to keep them thriving and flowering.

*Join us before the seminar at 10AM for a FREE orchid potting demonstration by the Long Island Orchid Society.

February 9
    CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

    LIOS Meeting

    Speaker: Peter Stegemann, LIOS President*
    Topic: Cold Growing Orchids

    Pete will also include some images of his recent trip to Madagascar

    * Originally schedulled speaker Isabel Lopatin had to cancel for February. We hope to reschedule Isabel with her topic "Growing Hot and Cold" for a future month


March 9

LIOS Meeting
Speaker: Guillermo A. Salazar
Topic: Easy and Tropical Epidendrums
Guillermo will be selling plants

Guillermo Salazar was born in Miami and grew up in El Salvador in Central America, as a child of a nursery owner Father and a interior and floral designer Mother, Guillermo was able to develop his natural design ability and appreciation for plants and flowers even before attending college. Later he followed his dream of becoming a professional landscape designer in Florida, receiving his degree in Landscape Design & Management, later he received a Master’s in Science in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Florida. As a 9 year old living in El Salvador, Guillermo found orchids were the most attractive plants in this tropical environment and he started collecting them. He became the youngest member of the San Salvador Orchid Society, which is the largest orchid society in San Salvador the country’s capital. During his college years back in Florida, he learned the importance of protecting natural resources especially orchids in nature. He is part of the judging team of Miami for the Florida Caribbean Judging Center of the American orchid Society; board member of several orchid societies. A Florida Master Gardener, Guillermo has worked for several years as a professional Landscape Designer in private, municipal and governmental capacities in the South Florida area. He currently works as a private landscape designer & consultant for several municipalities in South Florida, Horticulture & Orchidology Instructor for Fairchild Botanic Gardens in Miami and Adjunct Faculty for the Landscape Technology Department for Miami Dade College. His work entails reviewing all landscape projects of the city and teaching residents how to design a garden successfully with the use of adequate plants and orchids to create functional & environmentally conscious environment. He has published several articles on home gardening, design and orchid articles for South Florida and international magazines. His credentials include: ISA certified Arborist, Certified Landscape Inspector and Certified Horticulturist. His specialty in orchids is Angraecoids, Bulbophyllums, and rare and miniature tropical species. In his spare time, Guillermo is a breeder of pedigree Persian and Himalayan cats, enjoys gardening & exploring tropical regions of the world.

April 8 The Long Island Orchid Society is happy to announce that it will be presenting a 1pm lecture at:

The Dees' Nursery & Florist
69 Atlantic Avenue
Oceanside, NY 11572

How to Keep Your Orchids Happy
The Long Island Orchid Society will provide invaluable information about watering, potting, sunlight and feeding.
April 13 LIOS Meeting
Speaker: Elaine Grega and Fred Plant , Woodstock Gardens
Topic: "Redland International Orchid Festival"
Elaine and Fred will be selling plants

This festival has grown to be the largest international orchid festival in the world. It is held at Redland Fruit & Spice Park in Homestead, Florida each year mid-May. A trip to Redland should be on every orchid lover’s bucket list. It’s not too late to plan for 2017. Our presentation includes:

- Why you should go
- Helpful information to plan your trip
- Area vendors and suppliers worth visiting
- A special pictorial tour of RF Orchids
- A humorous review of our Redland experience

Elaine Grega resides in Woodstock, NY and owns Woodstock Gardens, which specializes in orchids. She sells her mounted and species orchids at shows and will have orchids available for sale at the presentation.

Her collection includes over 100 mounted plants. The primary focus is Phalaenopsis and small Laelia species. In addition, she has a wide variety of other species and hybrids totaling almost 400.

Fred Plant started, as many have, with just one orchid. His collection has grown to 90 to date. His interest is in Dendrobium species and primaries. He resides in Saugerties, NY.

Elaine and Fred enjoy traveling the East Coast to attend orchid shows. So far Redland has been the best.
May 11 LIOS Meeting
Speaker: Mark Margolis
Topic: Growing Catasetums
Mark will be bringing paid for, pre-ordered plants

If you wish to pre-order
email Mark at: sam81997@comcast.net
May 21 Long Island Horticultural Society Spring Plant Sale
The Long Island Horticultural Society will hold its first open to the public Spring Plant Sale on Sunday, May 21 from 11:00am to 3:00pm, rain or shine. The sale will take place in the Greenhouse Classroom of Planting Fields Arboretum. Other organizations joining in the sale are the Long Island Regional Seed Consortium, Long Island Cactus and Succulent Society, Long Island Daylily Society, Long Island Orchid Society and the Mid-Island Dahlia Society.

Garden enthusiasts will be able to purchase a myriad of treasured plants including annuals, perennials, herbs, heirloom vegetables and much more! The LIHS Spring Plant Sale offers buyers the opportunity to obtain beautiful plants to enhance their personal garden or home chosen from a curated assortment of specimens, many not commonly found in garden centers. Our sellers are extremely knowledgeable about their plants and can answer questions regarding proper care to ensure their future health and beauty. Sellers accept cash or checks only.

The LI Horticultural Society meets monthly at Planting Fields Arboretum and offers year-round educational programs, events and tours of gardens here and abroad. Membership is open to all LI gardeners whether they are professionals, enthusiastic amateurs, or just like to stop and smell the roses. For more information, visit the LIHS website at www.lihort.org.
June 2-4 Long Island Orchid Festival 2017

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

Long Island Orchid Festival 2017
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 8 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 13 LIOS Meeting
Speaker: Michael Coronado, RF Orchids
Topic: Vandaceous culture
Michael Coronado quite literally grew up around orchids, having started with R.F. Orchids at the age of 13. At first, he worked in the greenhouses staking, repotting, packing and shipping, but he gradually worked his way up to other aspects of the orchid business including exhibitions and shows. When R.F. Orchids incorporated, Michael was ready, and stepped into the role of vice president in charge of many aspects of orchid cultivation and hybridization. Though he has traveled extensively - including several months working at the business in Thailand, and setting up exhibitions at several World Orchid Conferences – his great love of the plants finds him back in Florida developing new ideas and presentations for his signature “Orchid Camp.” This series of instructional sessions is dedicated to growing orchids in South Florida and covers a wide range of topics related to Mr. Coronado’s interest in garden design. These designs, of course, incorporate orchids. Mr. Coronado is an accredited orchid judge and lifetime member of the American Orchid Society, he has served on the Board of Directors of the South Florida Orchid Society. Please join the Long Island Orchid Society as we welcome Mr. Michael Coronado north to discuss the culture of Vandaceous orchids. Mr. Coronado will be bringing a selection of plants for sale.–Dave Taft
August 10 LIOS Meeting
Speaker: Dick Doran
Topic: Australian Dendrobiums
Dick will be selling plants

An exceptionally astute grower, Dick Doran has been growing orchids - and amassing awards - for more than 30 years. Among his best known awards - the prestigious Butterworth Prize from the American Orchid Society – is awarded for the best species or hybrid orchid to already have been selected for a Certificate of Cultural Excellence or of Cultural Merit during the previous year. He has won the Roy T. Fukumara Award for his Vandaceous orchids, and the Benjamin Kodama Award for excellence in growing Dendrobiums, in fact, Dendrobiums were Doran’s passion when I was first introduced to him. Mr. Doran’s particular skill in raising Dendrobiums and Vandas does not interfere with his love of Cymbidiums. He is winner of the coveted Ernest Hetherington Award which is given to the grower of the finest hybrid or species Cymbidium awarded that year. In short, Dick hasn’t met an orchid he couldn’t grow – and he grows them to award caliber.

If you want to learn the correct way to raise a plant to its fullest potential, do not miss the chance to speak with Mr. Doran.

These days, Dick has turned his attentions to Australian species. He is particularly engaged in growing Australia’s native Dendrobiums and Sarcochilus sepecies (and their hybrids). His upcoming presentation to the Long Island Orchid Society will detail the culture and ecology of these species. Needless to say, he will also be talking about their sheer beauty and great variety.

Perhaps best of all, Mr. Doran will be bringing some of these plants for sale. –Dave Taft

September 14
LIOS Meeting
Speaker: Maria Avrutsky
Topic: Amazing Orchid Science: 10 stories from nature, medicine and technology

The world of plants is truly remarkable. Perhaps it is even more astounding that people do not generally even pay attention to the green “stuff” that surrounds them. Comfortably ensconced within the many thousands of plant species lies the very large family of plants known as orchids. Some of the most remarkable adaptations plants display are represented, perhaps even disproportionately, among this beloved group of plants Maria Avrutsky is biomedical research scientist at Columbia University. Having started her career studying gene regulation in an obscure plant in the mustard family, her focus began to slowly shift to all things “orchidaceaous.” Maria has a lifelong fascination with the many ways things grow and change, and it only made sense that her passion for orchids eventually led to a collection of species and hybrid orchids. Perhaps it follows too that she began to curate her blog site “Maria’s Orchids” shortly after beginning her collection. “Maria’s Orchids” is a wonderful source of observations about orchids and their cultivation, and includes updates about what’s new in the world of orchid research. All this is well illustrated by her original photographs. If you think you know everything about your passive little windowsill plants - to take a line from Betty Davis - “fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night” on Thursday, September 14. The fun begins at 7pm for socializing, Rich H’s “corner,” and 8 pm for Maria Avrutsky’s presentation as she dissects and explains ten of the latest findings in orchid research. –Dave Taft



October 12 LIOS Meeting
Speaker: Tomas Bajza, Popow Orchids*
Topic: Growing orchids in terraria
*Tomas will be selling plants
November 9 LIOS Meeting
Speaker: Isabel Lopatin*
Topic: "Growing Hot and Cold"
*Isabel will be selling plants

• Definition of temperature-tolerant orchids
• What's great about them
• What conditions you need to grow them
• Description and photos of my cold area
• Balancing the major cultural factors of light, temp and water, because what we think is logical doesn't always apply
problems to watch out for
• Maps of the world showing where temp tolerant orchids grow and more…
December 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 December Special Show Table bring your best plant (one only please) for a chance to win The Claire Buschel Memorial Award: a gift certificate from Carter & Holmes.
(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.