CJOS Orchid Society News

March 2018 Meeting

Bob Sprague is returning for another talk at CJOS. This time he will be testing your skills about orchid trivia. It is be sort of light Trivial Pursuit. We will be divided into competing teams to see who comes up with the most correct answers. I should be lots of fun and very entertaining. Put on your thinking caps for the meeting

My trivia question is the flower in this picture really an orchid???????

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February 2018 Meeting

Our February speaker will be Dennis Whigham. Dennis is the Senior Botanist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and Director of the North American Orchid Conservation Center. His goal is to secure the genetic diversity of our native orchids for future generations. His talk will focus on these goals and how his organization hopes to achieve success. It should be a very informative evening. Please try and attend. Dennis will be coming a considerable distance from Maryland to give this talk.

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January 2018 Meeting

Our January speaker will be Lawrence Elkin, curator of the orchid collection at Duke Farms in Sommerville, New Jersey.
Lawrence has been involved in orchids for 40 years and most recently has been at Duke Farms for the past 13 years. The orchid collection is overwhelming with an staggering number of specimen orchids all in superb condition. I am sure his talk will be historical and well as cultural. Should be an informative evening.

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November 2017 Meeting

Our speaker will be accredited orchid judge John Sullivan. John is the chairman of the Northeast regional judging center.He will discuss what characteristics make a "good" orchid flower. Certainly desirable attributes will be not be the same for different orchid genera. The talk will give everyone insight into recognizing when an orchid flower is of high quality.

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October 2017 Meeting

Michael Bowell, orchid judge and an expert in constructing a orchid exhibits will be our speaker. Michael will be using the orchids you will be bringing to the October meeting to demonstrate the best way to produce an attractive display. Since we are planning to put in our first exhibit in many years at the January NJOS his expertise should prove invaluable.

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September 2017 Meeting

Our September speaker will be Kim Feddersen of Fair Orchids. He will be speaking on how to grow different types of vandaecous orchids in our New Jersey climate. These orchids are native to the hot and humid regions of South East Asia. Kim will describe how you can grow these warm growing orchids in our area and suggest certain genera and hybrids that are most adaptable to our climate.

Click to view the slides of the presentation.

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February 2017 Meeting

Our February speaker will be Greg Griffis. Greg is the orchid curator at Longwood Gardens. He received much of his training from Tom Purviance and John Salventi when they were the owners of Parkside Orchid Nursery. He later worked for Hilo Orchid Farm in Hawaii before leaving for his current post.
His talk will be focused on orchids roots and how they reflect the health of your plants. This should be a very informative talk that will provide incite on how to grow your orchids more successfully.

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January 2107 Meeting

Your president will be speaking at our January meeting. My topic will be "Growing for Perfection: Secrets Shared to Help Garner Cultural Awards". Over the past 10 years I have embraced the challenge of growing species or hybrids to "perfection". When an orchid is grown unusually well the AOS can give that plant a cultural award. This a growers award and honors the individual for his achievement. In this talk I will show you how you can strive for these awards.

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November 2016 meeting

Robert Sprague has had a long time interest in native orchids. For several years he has coordinated and edited a series of native orchid articles for the AOS publication ORCHIDS. He has worked closely with the North Branch Land Trust and Longwood Gardens on a project to preserve a unique population of native orchids in Pennsylvania. Bob is currently President of the Southeatern Pennsylvania Orchid Society.

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September 2016 Meeting

Our speaker John Rogan of the South Jersey Orchid Society has been growing orlchids for almost 40 years. John is a very accomplished grower with 35 AOS flower and cultural awards. He as also receive many show trophies and ribbons. John has been using the growth enhancer Superthrive for several years and will discuss his experience and how it has improved the vigor of his orchids.

Attached is a photo of one of John's highest awards:

Cattleya warneri 'Rogan's Gold' FCC.

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