NEXT EVENT

When: January 23, 2022 - 1:30 pm

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

Program: Virtual Discussion

UPCOMING EVENTS....

**January 23, 2022**

Due to the record high numbers of Covid cases and hospitalizations in NW Arkansas this week, the Board has decided that our January meeting (this Sunday, 1:30 pm) will be virtual.

**February 20, 2022**
either virtual or in our usual meeting place at NTI (709 S. Old Missouri Rd., Springdale), as the pandemic situation allows. Word will go out by email prior to the meeting

**March 4-6, 2022**
OSO 11th Annual “Orchids in the Garden” Show & Sale, Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, 4703 N. Crossover Rd, Fayetteville, AR. We are planning to have our annual Show & Sale at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks at our usual time (first weekend in March, March 4-6, 2022). Obviously, this is contingent on Covid, but we are hoping the predictions that the Omicron surge will be largely past by then are correct. As usual, we’ll need lots of help. We don’t want anyone to take risks that make them uncomfortable – this is a public event that has drawn over 500 people in good years - but if you are willing to help, especially if you are fully vaccinated and boosted, we could really use you! We’ll need people to help our guests unload and load their exhibits and plants, contribute plants for and work on the OSO exhibit, and work the sales tables.

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.