When:          Sunday August 20, at Preview at noon - 1:00 pm Auction

Where:          NTI     709 S. Old Missouri Rd     Springdale, AR

Program:   Annual Orchid Auction


**Sunday, September 15, 2017**:
 Program: Annual Orchid Auction

September 17, 2017
NTI, 709 S. Old Missouri Rd., Springdale, AR
Preview of Orchids:Noon (12:00 pm)
Orchid Auction: 1:00 pm September is always our annual auction, one of our two major fund-raising events. Following recent custom, the auction will be this coming Sunday, September 17, with the preview beginning at noon and the auction promptly at 1 pm and stop more or less promptly at 3:30 pm, whether everything has been sold or not.

Despite the logistical problems caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, our faithful vendors have responded and as always we're very grateful for their support. We already have some plants in hand and more are on the way. And, as always, some of our members are contributing excellent plants too, so things are well under way. We're going to try to post periodic updates of the auction list on the OSO web site this year that you can download to keep up with what's going to be available and allocate more dollars for bidding. If you're planning to donate plants for the auction, we're grateful, and we encourage you to start now looking them over, cleaning them up, repotting if necessary, as appearance counts when it comes to the bidding! We also encourage you to let us know what you're donating as early as possible so we can get it into the auction preview. That doesn't mean you're locked in – you can still decide at the last minute not to donate something, or to bring an extra plant or two.

November 19, 2017
NTI, 709 S. Old Missouri Rd., Springdale, AR
Program: Alan Koch of Gold Country Orchids.

December ??, 2017 (Usually the 1st or 2nd Sunday)
NTI, 709 S. Old Missouri Rd., Springdale, AR
Meeting: NOON!
Program: OSO Holiday Celebration!

Please note our website now has a slide show / photo section devoted to the SWROGA 2008 we hosted in Rogers, Arkansas. Scroll down to take a look.

For people interested in becoming members of the OSO, please feel free to contact Trudy Pickett, our Membership Committee Chair. You can reach her at: email

OSO SWROGA 08 Exhibit During Setup on Friday, May 1.

With the proliferation of orchid related websites, you can now purchase just about any orchid you want from the convenience of your own home. But how do you know what you're getting? Will the plant's quality and size measure up to your expectations? The Orchid Society of the Ozarks puts on several mini-auctions over the course of the year where only plants of the highest quality, donated by our supporting vendors, are offered for sale. By purchasing at one of our mini-auction events, you not only see exactly what you're buying, you can come across grexes to which you may never have been exposed--plants with which you may just fall in love!

These auctions are the society's primary means of raising money to fund speaking engagements and shows, so besides the chance of acquiring orchid plants at incredibly reasonable prices, you will be helping the Orchid Society of the Ozarks continue its mission and work.

See you all at the meeting! Come early and if you have the chance, bring a guest! See you there!

SPOTLIGHT ON: Spring SWROGA, April 2008!

‘Twas an event the OSO can be most proud of! (text by T. Larkin)

One Hundred and Fifty-Three Registrants and hundreds of showgoers showed immensely favorable interest in the OSO
SWROGA Show and all the events staged in the 3-day time period at the Embassy in Rogers. This, our second SWROGA,set many records over our last effort in 2005. The show itself was quite a bit larger, contained more exhibits, moreplants, more exhibitors. There were a total of 829 entries for ribbon judging. Many more plants were in exhibits and not entered. AOS judges pulled 32 plants for AOS consideration and gave 12 ards.

The auction and breakfast raffle netted $4,817.00 for the SWROGA which included the jewelry/digital library ticket sales. The Affiliated Societies Breakfast, the NWA luncheon and the Banquet were all well attended with 36/114/116 respectively. The Banquet highlights included our own Jamie Holden on the piano, with some classical umbers he composed himself. Following dinner a Fayetteville-based band ‘Crossfire’ entertained us with their bluegrass style favorites. Special recognition was given by Dr. Ron McHatton, Director of Education & Research for the AOS, at the banquet for the four Educational exhibits that were at the show, saying they were among the finest he had ever seen. Two of the exhibits were from our own members Olin Karch and Doug & Beth Martin. Many accolades from many corners of the country have been bestowed on our group and folks look forward to us doing it again.

Several OSO winners included Suzanne Hobbs, Sarah Waddoups, Doug & Beth Martin,Bruce Brown and Tom & Barbara Larkin (winnings defined later in this article). Of course, a really big winner, was Nellie Yount, winner of the Jewelry Raffle. The AOS Show trophy and The Orchid Digest Trophy went to the exhibit staged by the Orchid Society of Greater Kansas City. The Slipper Alliance Trophy went to Paph. St. Low ‘Windy Hill’, HCC, Windy Hill Gardens, The IPA trophy to Dtps. Musick Surprise, Bryon Rinke. The John Fugedy Trophy for Best in Show went to Max Thompson & Bryon Rinke for their magnificent Angraecum Lemforde White Beauty 'Max' AM/AOS.

Photos in this slide show were provide by Art Evans


The Orchid Society of the Ozarks is a group of orchid lovers in Northwest Arkansas. Our group includes all levels of orchid growers—from the newest beginner to growers with decades of experience. We meet monthly to share orchid knowledge and enjoy the company of others who share our interest in orchids. Our meetings include a half-hour segment dedicated to teaching basic orchid care to newer growers. This "green growers" class provides an opportunity for members to bring in their plants or questions for expert advice. We also have a monthly program which may be more in depth instruction on a particular area or a guest speaker with plants to sell. And, of course, no meeting would be complete without orchids themselves. At every meeting, members bring in blooming plants to share and show off.

We also host regular events throughout the year where the general public may purchase orchids or attend classes. One of these "Orchids in the Garden" will take place at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks the first weekend in March, 2012. Please see the link above or visit for more information. The third Sunday in September, we host our annual plant auction. A wide variety of orchids—many of them unusual and quite different than those available in big box stores—are donated either by national orchid vendors or local members. We have also in the past hosted large, regional orchid shows. There are links above to the most recent of those shows.

The Orchid Society of the Ozarks welcomes you to join us at a meeting, or even better, join us as a member. Annual dues are only $10.00. If you are interested in becoming a member, please click the link above. We hope to see you at a meeting in the near future.

Sarah Waddoups
Past President 2012-2013

Orchid Society of the Ozarks

The Orchid Society of the Ozarks is an Arkansas not for profit corporation.