Welcome to the

Southern Tier




Spring Online Auction a Big Success

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The auction committee would like to express our appreciation to all who supported our Spring Auction.


All the plants were donated and  financially we exceeded our initial expectations.

Many thanks to Linda Mandeville, Luis Matienzo and John Zygmunt for donating orchids.



Pete, Jane and Carol

056 Blc Solar Flair 'Paradise'

 Speakers at Our Meetings

On May 16 we will have Peter T Lin of Diamond Orchids speaking on "Genus Dendrobium: a family portrait of dendrobium species"

Afterwards, his talk will be on YouTube until June 20 and available to members.  Please email us for a link, STOSorchids@gmail.com.  Not a member? Join below.

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Peter T. Lin, of Diamond Orchids, started growing orchids over 35 years ago, but then stopped due to school and starting a career.  It wasn't until about 15 years ago that the orchid "bug" came back and he is now heavily involved once again!  He is an accredited judge with the American Orchid Society, and a hybridizer of mini-catts.  He enjoys meeting with other orchid enthusiasts and can often be found at various orchid shows and societies around the country.

Due to limited growing space, Peter likes to specialize in miniature orchids, both species and hybrids, and has received numerous AOS awards.  His interests in orchids include Dendrobiums, Angraecoids, and Neofinetias.  He is also known as "Mr Sophronitis" as he has a passion for growing and collecting them.  He maintains a collection of a thousand or more orchids at his home in Southern California in 3 small greenhouses, outdoors, as well as an offsite greenhouse.



 Calendar 2021

January 17     Arthur Katz  'Rare and Unusual Orchids'

February 21   Fred Clarke 'Cycnoches, Mormodes, Catasetums recent trends'

March 21       Carol Klonowski, 'The History of Unifoliate Cattleyas'


April 18         Meeting and start of Spring Auction 

April 21         Auction Ends 8pm

May 16          Peter T Lin, "Genus Dendrobium: a family portrait of Dendrobium species"

May 29-31  Field trip to Hammond Hill State Forest to see blooming Lady Slipper Orchids. Date to be determined.

Leader: Carol Bayles

Summer Recess

August Picnic   tentative

All Meetings are currently via Zoom and start at 2pm.  The link is sent to members the week before the meeting.

Our September Meeting may be in person!  This depends on the nature of the pandemic at that time.  Stay tuned.


Original discovery site of Phragmipedium besseae near Moyobamba, Peru

Photo:  Luis J. Matienzo (STOS)


 For our Members 

Along Route 5N, San Martin Department, Peru

Photo:  Luis J. Matienzo (STOS)

Bassia pumila

Photo:  Luis J. Matienzo (STOS)

Executive Board


Carol Bayles

Vice President

Gail Gunsalus


Jane Trey


Ben Cabot

AOS Representative

Bernice Magee


Luis Matienzo

Sharon Voorhees

Jean Mint

 Committee Chairs

Newsletter Editor

Carol Bayles

Web Master

Carol Bayles

Social Media

Rich Thomas


Paula Palmer

Show Chair

Carol Bayles

Program Coordinator

Carol Bayles

Auction Committee

Pete O'Connell



Jun Jul Aug Break
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Habitat of Phragmipedium kovachi, undisclosed location,

San Martin Department, Peru

Photo:  Pablo Bermudez, Peruvian Orchid Club


Collection of miniatures on a log in situ near Moyobamba, Peru

Photo:  Luis J. Matienzo (STOS)

 Annual Show


The Southern Tier Orchid Society, STOS, will be holding an AOS-judged orchid show at the Roberson Museum and Science Center, 30 Front Street, Binghamton, NY on April 25-26, 2020.  The show is open to the public from 12-5 each day.  


The show will feature displays of beautiful and exotic orchids from STOS, the Central New York Orchid Society (CNYOS) and our vendors:

Main Street Orchids (Michael and Sharon Kauffman)

Wade’s Orchids (Wade Hollenback)

Fair Orchids (Kim Feddersen)


 Vendors will have many orchids for sale on both days.  There will also be educational exhibits, activities for children, and a raffle for orchids in bloom.

 We encourage you to visit the museum while you are there.  The orchid show is free, however the museum has admission fees.    

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