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2021 NCOS Monthly Meetings

September 2021

man holding flowering orchids in greenhouseOur September speaker is Arthur E. Chadwick presenting his talk The Large Flowered Cattleya Species. He founded Chadwick & Son Orchids, Inc in 1989 with his father who has been growing orchids since 1943. ‘The Classic Cattleyas’ is widely considered to be the definitive book on large-flowered Cattleya species and was written by Art and his father. Martha Stewart favorably reviewed the now-sold out book and had both Chadwicks on her TV Show.



May 2021

man in greenhouse holding orchid plant

Our May speaker is Dr. Clark Riley who presented his thoughts on deflasking orchids based on 50 years worth of experience. Clark has been an active orchid grower since 1957. He grows a wide range of orchids, including several thousand terrestrials, hardy species, lady slippers, Brazilian laelias, and specialty phalaenopsis.



April 2021

Tom Mirenda holding a purple Cattleya orchidOur April speaker is Tom Mirenda, featuring his talk Tom’s African Adventure highlighting the orchids he encountered while exploring parts of Africa.



March 2021

Photo of Greg Griffis

Our March speaker is Greg Griffis, who will speak about 12 Orchids Everyone Should Grow.  In 2015, he began working as the orchid grower at Longwood  Gardens. There he grows all of the major genera of orchids, and has been part of cultivating a collection  of terrestrial orchids from around the world, as well as many other rare and unusual orchids. 


February 2021

NCOS is pleased to present on this month's Program, Fred Bess, who will share information with us on Chilean Orchids. Chile has many rare and wonderful plant species, some found nowhere else on the planet. His main passion are plants from the southern hemisphere with emphasis on terrestrial orchids. He is currently growing a number of Chilean orchids from seed in his basement laboratory. 


January 2021

Charles G. Wilson is our speaker this month and will provide an  introduction to Bulbophyllums, their history and cultivation, with a wee bit of science, and a colorful photo romp along the way. He currently volunteers with the American Orchid Society as a member of the Species Identification Task Force and chairs the Conservation Committee. He retired as Director of the Memphis Zoo in 2001.