The Windsor Orchid Society meets each month from September through May. Meetings are held on the last Sunday of each month (except in Sept & Oct, due to our participation in Orchid Shows). Other dates may be affected by holidays, so refer regularly to our website.
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Location: St. Clair College, Room 192A (next to the greenhouse on north side of building) and parking in Lot "L" gives ready access to the meeting room (access through Lot "M"). Though marked for Handicap Parking, please ignore this during meeting times as allowed by the College.
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Windsor Orchid Society
(clockwise from top left) The first WOS Orchid display at the London Show on 3/29/86 - Ted Gray, repotting demo at the 2/23/86 meeting - Ruth Neily and CN Gibbons set up the display at the St. Clair College "Gardening and Landscape Show" on 5/3/87 (WOS' first Orchid Show) - Ray McCullough, Past President of the AOS, reviews the plant table at our meeting on 2/22/87 with the assistance of our first President, Dr. John Doherty (right).
Take a look at the November, 2009 Newsletter of the Canadian Orchid Congress. A full page has been devoted to recognizing the longevity of our Society. Follow this link: COC
The Windsor Orchid Society is proud to announce that it is now an affiliated society with the Orchid Digest. The announcement of the affiliation of the Windsor Orchid Society and the Ottawa Orchid Society was published in the Orchid Digest (Jan-March, 2010)
(From left) John Doherty showing the T-shirt gifted to him during his visit in March, 2011. Mario Ferrusi visited in January, 2013 and spoke to the WOS members about precautions in the greenhouse. Lynn O'Shaughnessy spoke to our membership in April, 2010 about the "Basics of Orchid Photography" and Jean Ikeson supported the WOS at "Winter Blooms" and spoke to our membership on Cattleya hybridizing in the Fall of 2011.
The Windsor Orchid Society was officially formed in the fall of 1985. Founding members included Dr. John Doherty, Peter Smith and Ed Cott. The first meeting was held at the Optimist Centre on Ypres Rd. in Windsor. John, Peter and Ed met each other through the diligence of Dick & Mary Kock of Huronview Nurseries in Sarnia and Alexis and Ted Linder of Great Lakes Orchids in Romulus. Dr. John Doherty was the first acting President, Peter Smith - Vice President, Chuck Lefaive - Secretary, Ed Cott - Treasurer and Bernie Butts - Assistant Secretary and Newsletter Editor.
Thw Windsor Orchid Society is proudly affiliated with the Canadian Orchid Congress, the American Orchid Society, the Orchid Digest and the Mid-America Orchid Congress.
There are a number of AOS judged Orchid Shows that are held within reasonable driving distance of Windsor and Essex County. This includes the Michigan Orchid Society Show, Ann Arbor Orchid Society Show, London Orchid Society Show, Southern Ontario Orchid Society Show, RBG Show and the Central Ontario Orchid Society Show to name a few. Refer to the Coming Events section regularly for show announcements.
It takes six years or more to become a fully accredited judge under the American Orchid Society. Judging standards in North America are based on AOS rules and procedures.
The Canadian Orchid Congress (COC) is an association of Canadian orchid societies dedicated to serve the Canadian orchid-growing public. It is federally registered as a non-profit society. The COC represents affiliated societies and their members on Canada wide issues and promotes the cultivation of orchids through exhibitions, publications, lectures and seminars; it supports the conservation of orchids and it makes awards in the form of medals or trophies for excellence in the development and culture of orchids.
The September, 2009 issue of the National Geographic magazine included an excellent article on orchids. Here is the link to read that article - Orchids - Love and Lies
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