When: November 21, 2021 - 1:30 pm
Where: NTI, 709 S. Old Missouri Rd., Springdale, AR)
**November 21, 2021**
Our November meeting will be this Sunday, the 21st, which is our usual meeting day, and at our usual meeting place, NTI in Springdale. This meeting will be in the Continuing Education building at the north end of the campus (see map in the November 2021 Newsletter), as were our last couple of meetings. (If we should receive the OK from NTI to resume using the Student Center by then, we’ll let everyone know with a special email.)
This is an important meeting with a lot of end-of-year business to conduct – our by-laws require that we nominate officers for 2022 at this meeting, and this is the time when we usually propose and vote on various donations. Please attend if you can!
**March 4-6, 2022**
OSO 11th Annual “Orchids in the Garden” Show & Sale, Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, 4703 N. Crossover Rd, Fayetteville, AR
**October 17, 2021**
Yes, we’re having the auction! Different month, different location, but it’s on. This Sunday, October 17, at Agri Park in Fayetteville. Please note that while Agri Park has been known by that name for at least 50 years, on Google Maps you will need to search for “Agricultural Park, Fayetteville, AR”. See the map on page 2 of the October 2021 newsletter.
We will have to scoot the preview down to 1 pm and the auction start to 1:30 pm because we have a fixed time slot for the Park and need some setup time. We’re planning to run for 2 hours or until we run out of plants, whichever comes first. Please note that parking is along Knapp Street, which borders the park on the north, and N. Morrill Street to the east, not on the grass or along the road which goes to the pavilion, which must be kept clear. Parking is marked in red on the map on page 2 of the October 2021 newsletter.
We have donation plants from OSO members, and some great plants from vendors. Please spread the word! We’ll post more details on Facebook as we the plants arrive and we see what we have. The extended weather forecast is perfect – sunny and 70 F – but please monitor and dress appropriately. We will be in the pavilion, and there is a sheltered area for the plants if it’s windy.
**July 18, 2021**
We are having an in-person meeting again this month, things having gone pretty well last month. It’s in a different location at NTI (see details below), but it’s on our usual meeting day (3rd Sunday) and the usual time (1:30 pm). We’re not having refreshments so please bring any snacks or drinks you’d like for yourself. We will do plant judging, so bring those blooming plants! It’s taking a while to get programs going again, with the Delta covid variant surging, so bear with us on that please.
Please note the location change! The NTI student center (on the south side of the campus, just off Ford Ave) is closed for some work, so we will be meeting in a different building on the opposite (north) side of the campus.
**May 16, 2021**
Meeting time: 1:30 p.m. at Lois and Collis Geren's Home
Program: Potting Demonistration and discussion of Potting Materials
Our May meeting will be in-person! But we want to be as Covid-safe as possible so we are meeting outdoors (with a large garage as backup for bad weather) and our hosts have asked that we continue to mask. Please bring a folding chair if you have one!
The meeting will be at our usual date and time, which will be Sunday, May 16, at 1:30 pm, at Lois and Collis Geren’s home. In addition to a short potting demo, and some discussion of various potting materials you may not know, we have permission to tour the Chotkowsky peony farm next door, and even though they are not orchids the peonies should be spectacular! There will be a table for judging, which may be informal this month as our judging materials are in the cabinet at NTI.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all indoor in-person OSO events are cancelled until further notice. Sunday (our normal 3rd Sunday) is our next meeting which will be in person, but outdoors. See page 1 of the newsletter for more information.
If you are a dues-paying member you will recieve an email with an invitation to the virtual meetings each month. If you do not, please let Steve know!
We hope lots of you will attend our next virtual meeting, because we want to discuss upcoming programs.
2021 Meetings: With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s hard to make any plans for in-person meetings. The responsible thing for OSO to do is to not try to hold any face-to-face events until it’s safe. We know of other societies who have already decided to cancel all meetings for the remainder of 2020. Many are investigating virtual meetings through use of teleconferencing facilities like Zoom. Cathy and Steve attended a virtual meeting of one of our sister societies to which they also belong, OSGKC, a couple of weeks ago, and it went very well, especially considering that so many attendees were learning how to use Zoom at that meeting!
All of our memebers are encouraged to like the OSO Facebook page and to post your orchid pictures and comments there. It’s not the same as a normal meeting, but we can still share our love of orchids and show off our blooming plants. We will miss those members who aren’t able to use those facilities, but … it’s really about all we have right now!
New OSO Facebook Group
We’ve added an OSO Group on Facebook along with the OSO page we already had. If you liked the page, we encourage you to join the group – it will be easier for you to post pictures of your plant, questions, etc. there. Search Groups for “Orchid Society of the Ozarks”, or use this link:
2020 - 2021
President - Trudy Pickett
Vice President - Laura Wilkins
Secretary - Susie Miller
Treasurer - Lois Geren
Board Members - Paul Bowen, Bradley Martin
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
See you all at the meeting! Come early and if you have the chance, bring a guest! See you there!
The Orchid Society of the Ozarks is an active group of orchid enthusiasts in Northwest Arkansas. We meet monthly, usually the third Sunday afternoon, to share information and blooming orchids with each other. Most months we have around 30 orchids which members enter into an informal judging. A “Plant of the Month” winner is chosen. Winners accrue points and prizes are awarded at the end of the year.
Our society is an affiliate member of the Mid-America Orchid Congress, the Southwest Regional Orchid Growers Association and the American Orchid Society. We are also a sponsor of the North American Conservation Center (NAOCC), and are a sponsor of one of the
orchid-gami orchids, the Large Whorled Pogonia, Isotria verticillata. We were happy to sponsor this orchid as it is a native orchid found in Arkansas.
We have speakers for most meetings with a selection of those coming from a group of nationally known orchid experts. Speaking topics range from orchid culture and best practices to current breeding trends. Most speakers bring plants to sell and many offer discounts for members that pre-order. Some speakers in the last couple of years are: Glen Decker of Piping Rocks Orchids; Alan Koch of Gold Country Orchids; Nathan Bell of College of the Ozarks; Blanche Wagner of Missouri Botanical Garden, Fred Clark of Sunset Valley Orchids.
We have a monthly plant raffle at meetings where members can acquire plants. One of our main fundraisers is our auction in September with lively bidding on orchids donated from members and vendors. Our second fundraiser is our show and sale
Orchids in the Garden held the first weekend in March at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.