Massachusetts
Orchid Society

Upcoming Events

Monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month at the Sons of Italy Winchester, 117 Swanton Street, Winchester, MA. Meetings begin at 7:30 pm, but many members show up about about 7 pm to grab a cup of coffee, socialize and set up their plants on the show table.

Guests are always welcome!


Please see event descriptions for all other event times & locations.

Upcoming events

    • 12 Feb 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • 14 Feb 2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • Courtyard Marriott, 2200 Southwood Dr., Nashua, NH
    New Hampshire Orchid Society 25th Annual Orchid Show and Sale

    Please note new location:
    Courtyard Marriott
    2200 Southwood Dr
    Nashua NH


    February 12: 1 pm to 7 pm
    February 13: 9 am to 5 pm
    February 14: 9 am to 4 pm

    Radisson Hotel, 11 Tara Blvd., Nashua, NH
    603-888-9970

    Adults $10
    Seniors (65+) $6
    Children under 12 or over 100 Free
    3-Day Daytime Pass $15

    More information: www.nhorchids.org
    • 20 Feb 2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • 21 Feb 2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • Smith Vocational High School, 80 Locust Street (Route 9), Northampton, MA
    Amherst Orchid Society Annual Show and Sale

    Saturday, February 20: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Sunday, February 21: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Smith Vocational High School
    Northampton, MA

    Smith Vocational High School is located at 80 Locust
    Street (Route 9) next to the Cooley Dickson Hospital.

    www.larchhillorchids.com/amherst_orchid_society.html

    Contact info: marc d gray 802-348-7926 or bulbophyllum @ myfairpoint.net

    Admission: $5 (Children under 12 Free)
    • 05 Mar 2016
    • 10:30 AM
    • Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr, Boylston, MA
    This is a publicly-open Judging session of the AOS Northeast Regional Center at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston MA.

    Additional Information
    • 08 Mar 2016
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Sons of Italy, 117 Swanton St, Winchester, MA

    Monthly meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

    Daryl Yeardon, owner of Kelley's Korner Orchid Supply and MOS member, will be our speaker.

    You can preorder your potting supplies at:
    http://kkorchid.com/


    Please bring a snack to share.


    • 19 Mar 2016
    • 12:00 PM
    • 20 Mar 2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • West Hartford Town Hall, 50 South Main St, West Hartford CT
    Nutmeg State Orchid Society 5th Annual Show and Sale
    "Come See Our Bloomers"

    March 19: 12 to 5 pm
    March 20: 10 am to 4 pm

    West Hartford Town Hall
    50 South Main St
    West Hartford CT

    Admission: $5
    Children 12 and under: free

    For more information: http://www.nutmegorchids.org/
    • 02 Apr 2016
    • 10:30 AM
    • Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr, Boylston, MA
    This is a publicly-open Judging session of the AOS Northeast Regional Center at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston MA.

    Additional Information
    • 12 Apr 2016
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Sons of Italy, 117 Swanton St, Winchester, MA

    Monthly meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Coffee and plant sales start at 7 p.m. Please have your plants on the show table by 7 p.m.

    Darrin Norton, owner of Mountain Orchids, will speak on Masdevallia.

    To preorder plants, please go to www.mountainorchids.com.

    Please bring a snack to share.

    • 07 May 2016
    • 10:30 AM
    • Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr, Boylston, MA
    This is a publicly-open Judging session of the AOS Northeast Regional Center at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston MA.

    Additional Information
    • 10 May 2016
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Sons of Italy, 117 Swanton St, Winchester, MA
    Monthly meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Coffee and plant sales start at 7 p.m.

    Please bring a snack to share.

    Topic Cattleya


    Bio: Orchids in Our Tropics - a hobby gone wild!


    In Vandorf, Ontario, the greenhouse full of thousands of orchids offers Doug Kennedy and his wife Terry a little bit of tropics in the midst of frigid Canadian winters. 

    Forty years ago Doug fell in love with Paph Winston Churchill ‘Indomitable’ FCC/AOS.  For a while his collection did stay pure (as far as Paph growers are concerned).  However, over the years Terry kept introducing new genera and Doug just couldn’t resist them.  So the collection kept growing.  .Most of these genera are still well represented in their greenhouse, and his present obsession is much more omnivorous. Oncidium intergenerics, Brassias, Miltonias, Lycastes as well as Mini Cats and Pleurothalids continue to delight him.  

    Terry and Doug have exhibited their plants in numerous shows from coast to coast including the 11th. World Orchid Conference in Miami in 1984 and the 16th World Orchid Conference in Vancouver.  Numerous AOS show trophies, AOS quality and cultural awards and the countless other trophies document the success of their participation in these shows.  Travel to exotic places like Hawaii, Thailand, Ecuador, Guatemala, Columbia, Brazil , Japan, Singapore and South Africa has further expanded their acquaintance with many species and hybrids as well as their intricate requirements.

    Take a look at their website orchidsinourtropics.com to get a flavor of what is in their greenhouse.  

    Terry is an accredited judge with the American Orchid Society.  Both Terry and Doug are past presidents of the Southern Ontario Orchid Society, and have been on the organizing committee for the society's annual show since its inception. 

    Having taken early retirement, Doug now devotes full time to family and his avocation - orchids. 

    Both Terry and Doug lecture on a variety of orchid topics including several genera, culture, and travel logs.  The travelogues not only are exciting adventures to exotic places but also offer insights into native orchid habitats and thus explain what species really need.. With their enthusiastic presentations both have shared their passion with orchid growers all across North America.


    • 04 Jun 2016
    • 10:30 AM
    • Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr, Boylston, MA
    This is a publicly-open Judging session of the AOS Northeast Regional Center at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston MA.

    Additional Information
    • 14 Jun 2016
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Sons of Italy, 117 Swanton St, Winchester, MA

    Monthly meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Coffee and plant sales start at 7 p.m.


    Peter Lin, owner of Big Leaf Orchids, will speak on Phal. species. He will have plants for sale.

    To preorder plants, please go to http://www.bigleaforchids.com/store/

    Please bring a snack to share.
    • 02 Jul 2016
    • 10:30 AM
    • Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr, Boylston, MA
    This is a publicly-open Judging session of the AOS Northeast Regional Center at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston MA.

    Additional Information
    • 12 Jul 2016
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Sons of Italy, 117 Swanton St, Winchester, MA

    Monthly meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

    Topic: TBA


    • 06 Aug 2016
    • 10:30 AM
    • Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr, Boylston, MA
    This is a publicly-open Judging session of the AOS Northeast Regional Center at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston MA.

    Additional Information
    • 09 Aug 2016
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Sons of Italy, 117 Swanton St, Winchester, MA

    Monthly meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

    Jason Fischer, of Orchids Limited, will be our speaker. 

    Topic: Phragmipedium Hybrizing

    He will have orchids for sale and is offering a 10% discount on preorders. To preorder go to:
    www.orchidweb.com

    If you place a preorder online, please put "MOS" in the notes section. If you call, please let them know you are preordering for MOS.

    Jason Fischer works and helps manage Orchids Limited in Plymouth, Minnesota USA with his father Jerry Fischer.  Orchids Limited opened in 1978 in Minnetonka in a small retail greenhouse off of Highway 12.  In 1983, Orchids Limited moved to Plymouth where they have grown into a mid-sized operation of 4 greenhouses with 15,000 square feet of growing space, a shade house, and laboratory.   

    Jason has had a life-long education in orchids mainly from the opportunity to be raised in a family orchid business.  Jason’s educational interests were strongly influenced by Japan. He studied the Japanese language and culture for 6 years in high school and at the University of Minnesota. Jason lived in Kyoto, Japan from 2001 to 2003, and upon return decided to import Japanese orchid species and add a new niche to the business. 

    Having worked for his father since the age of 5, Jason has learned the orchid world from the business and hobbyists perspective.  He took interest in orchid hybridization and lab work around 14 years of age, and first started breeding with phalaenopsis, which later on lead to paphs, phrags and miscellaneous hybrids.

    Jason’s first lecture on Neofinetia falcata at the Minnesota Orchid Society in 2004 was the kick-off for an amazing journey of lectures across America and Canada.  He has a passion for orchids, and the communication skills he developed in Japan as an English teacher have helped him create interesting lectures that won’t put the audience to sleep.

    Jason enjoys photographing orchids in situ, and has photographed orchids in situ in Japan, North America, Singapore, Malaysia and Western Australia.

    Experience: 

    • Has lectured for over 30 different orchid societies in the US, Japan and Canada.
    • Speaker for the 19th & 20th World Orchid Conferences
    • Speaker at 19th Australian Orchid Council Conference, Perth
    • Speaker for the 7th New Zealand National Orchid Expo
    • Coordinated the Orchids Limited laboratory from 1998 to 2000
    • Currently in management, breeding and marketing for Orchids Limited  

    • 03 Sep 2016
    • 10:30 AM
    • Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr, Boylston, MA
    This is a publicly-open Judging session of the AOS Northeast Regional Center at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston MA.

    Additional Information
    • 13 Sep 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Sons of Italy, 117 Swanton St, Winchester MA

    Please note 7 p.m. start time!

    View the auction site http://massorchid.org/auction as plants come in from the following vendors:

    • A&P Orchids
    • Big Leaf Orchid
    • Cal Orchid
    • Carter and Holmes
    • Mountain Orchids
    • New World Orchids
    • Seed-Engei Orchids
    • Sunset Valley Orchids

    It's Auction time again! The Auction is the September Massachusetts Orchid Society Meeting on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015! Please note there is no show table this month.

    This year we'll be having a potluck and cash bar. MOS will provide the finger sandwiches, and as we do our picnic and holiday party, please bring an item to share based on the list below. If you would prefer to bring another type of dish, that would be most welcome, too.

    If you have a division of insect- and disease-free you would like to donate, please email auction@massorchid.org to have it included in the online catalog. All plant donations are tax deductible, and plants that go for over the fair market value can have the excess deducted (I believe this is correct but please check with your tax professionals to verify...). 

    This is the society's biggest fundraiser and your help is essential! If you have plants you're planning on donating, please let me know in advance so that we can get some lists up on the website. Thanks!

    Contact auction@massorchid.org

    • 01 Oct 2016
    • 10:30 AM
    • Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr, Boylston, MA
    This is a publicly-open Judging session of the AOS Northeast Regional Center at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston MA.

    Additional Information
    • 11 Oct 2016
    • 7:30 PM
    • Sons of Italy, 117 Swanton St, Winchester, MA
    Monthly meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.


    Topic to be decided.




    • 05 Nov 2016
    • 10:30 AM
    • Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr, Boylston, MA
    This is a publicly-open Judging session of the AOS Northeast Regional Center at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston MA.

    Additional Information
    • 08 Nov 2016
    • 7:30 PM
    • Sons of Italy, 117 Swanton St, Winchester, MA
    Monthly meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

    Fred Clarke, owner of Sunset Valley Orchids, will speak on a topic to be announced.

    Fred is offering a 10% discount for pre-orders with free shipping. Go to Sunset Valley Orchids to place your order.
    • 03 Dec 2016
    • 10:30 AM
    • Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr, Boylston, MA
    This is a publicly-open Judging session of the AOS Northeast Regional Center at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston MA.

    Additional Information
    • 13 Dec 2016
    • 7:00 PM
    • Sons of Italy Winchester, 117 Swanton St, Winchester, MA
    Let’s have some fun. Bring your food, your orchids, and holiday cheer. Please note the 7 pm start time.

    Turkey, ham and drinks will be provided by MOS. The rest is up to you!


    Potluck by first letter of your last name, but if you have a favorite dish please bring it!
    A-F: Salads
    G-L: Desserts
    M-Z: Appetizers

    We will we have a show table.

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