NEXT EVENT

When: Feb 16, 2020 - 1:30 pm

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

Program: Orchid Show Prep!

UPCOMING EVENTS....

**Sunday, February 16, 2020**
Program: Orchid Show Prep

February 16, 2020

NTI, 709 S. Old Missouri Rd., Springdale, AR
Meeting: 1:30 Program: Show Prep!
Final preparations for our 10th Annual "Orchids in the Garden" show and sale, March 6-8.

March 6-8 will be our 10th annual Orchids in the Garden show and sale. Our yearly show is usually our Society's biggest event, and one of our two money-making events each year, which pays for our speakers, raffle plants, and other expenses. Our show has been so successful in the past because you, our members, pitch in and make it successful, so please consider when and how you could be available to help. We need exhibits, plants for the Society exhibit, goodies for hospitality, people to help our exhibitors unload and load their vehicles, and of course people to work the sales tables! You don't have to work long hours: even a couple of hours at busy times makes a huge difference. This is a classic case of many hands make light work. If a bunch of us do a little, then no one has to be overloaded.

Since we put so much effort into the show, we won't have a regularly scheduled March meeting.

April TBD, 2020

NTI, 709 S. Old Missouri Rd., Springdale, AR
Meeting: 1:30 Program:
We’ll move this meeting to avoid conflicting with the Tulsa show April 19 – decision about when to be made at the February meeting.


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 butchandtrudy@cox.net

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

SOCIETY INTRODUCTION:


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.

Photos in this slide show were provided by Steve Marak

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