NEXT EVENT

When: May 15, 2022 - 1:30 pm

Where: Regular meeting place: NTI, 709 S. Old Missouri Rd., Springdale, AR)

Program: TBA

UPCOMING EVENTS....

**May 15, 2022**
- our usual meeting place at NTI (709 S. Old Missouri Rd., Springdale). Program – Our May meeting will be this coming Sunday, May 15. It will be in our usual venue, the Student Center at NWTI in Springdale. Please remember that we’ve decided not to do full meals at the meetings. Finger food snacks – cookies, brownies, etc. are fine, but we won’t have any of our usual hospitality supplies. There are vending machines with beverages at NWTI, or you can bring any beverage you want for yourself (within limits, of course!).
This month, in addition to our business meeting and monthly judging, we’ll be planning for our sales event at the Master Gardener’s State Conference this week, and going over some logistics for the Tulsa show which will be the following weekend. We’ll also be offering a few more books that are being removed from the OSO library. As we did last month, we’ll have a silent auction, with the minimum bid being what we see for that book online.

**June 12, 2022** - our usual Meeting place at NTI (709 S. Old Missouri Rd., Springdale), but a week earlier than usual to avoid Father’s Day. Program – TBA

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.

 

 

 

 

2022 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 will keep you updated on virtual meetings as we learn more about the omicron surge. Hopefully, by our OSO 11th Annual “Orchids in the Garden” Show & Sale we will be back to meeting in person again!

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:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2640406932837737

2022 - 2023
President – Cathy Marak
Vice-president – Tim Kral
Treasurer – Lois Geren
Secretary – Suzanne Miller
Board members: Paul Bowen, Bradley Martin (elected), Trudy Pickett (Past President), Steve Marak (Newsletter Editor)

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.