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Welcome to the

Southern Tier

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at our Next Meeting December 17, 2023

Free Orchid for all members*

Bring Dish/Beverage to share if you can

Ham and rolls/some beverages provided

Meeting is 2-4 pm, come at 1:30 for social time.

Meeting location is our regular meeting place:

Vestal United Methodist Church, 328 Main St, Vestal, NY 13850.

Come to ‘The Belfry’ on the 2nd floor. Elevator available.

We will also have our Show Table! bring your blooming beauties. 

*You must attend to get your free orchid, exceptions made for health reasons. One orchid per family please.

Clark Riley on "Native Orchids in New York"

Clark Riley has been an active orchid grower since 1957. At the age of six, he got his first plant, a probably-collected Yellow Ladyslipper (Cypripedium pubescens) from a perennial nursery. The plant died a miserable death in a short time, but not before blooming and cementing a love of orchids that has lasted over half a century. He has labored ever since to make amends by promoting the sound cultivation of Ladyslippers.


Clark grows a wide range of orchids, including several thousand terrestrials, hardy species, and ladyslippers, Brazilian Laelias, and specialty Phalaenopsis, often from seed. He was the producer for the book and CD of Proceeding of the North American Native Terrestrial Orchid Conference. He is a member of the Maryland Orchid Society and the American Orchid Society. He can be reached at or visit his web site at

Clark spoke at our meeting on November 19, 2023

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 Calendar 2023-2024

 Meetings are in person except for January and February,  which will be via Zoom, to avoid possible bad weather. When in person, they are  at the Vestal United Methodist Church, 328 Main St, Vestal, NY.

Use the main entrance, which is in the back. Take the elevator to 2F 'The Belfry.'

The meetings  are 2-4 pm with an optional 'social time' 1:30-2:00.

January 15  Zoom only meeting

  1pm Executive Board Meeting

  2pm General meeting, speaker: Ed Weber:

   “Hey, I’ve Grown that Orchid, Part 2.”

Februay 19    Zoom only meeting: Speaker   Tim Choltco “Sex, Lies and                            Orchids”

March 19   General Meeting Spring Online Auction   Kickoff


March 31- April 2 GROS Show

April 16   General and Show planning meeting 

                Luis Matienzo presents an introduction to AOS-judged shows.

April 22-23     STOS Orchid Show 

May 21         General Meeting, Repotting Workshop

June-July-August   Summer Recess

August 20        Picnic at Hickories Park, 2-5 pm

Sept 17       Fall Auction, nominations for officers 

Oct 22       Question and Answer Session, Vote for Officers

Nov 19       Speaker: Clark Riley, Native Orchids

Dec 17       Holiday Party, Dish to Pass

Jan 21 2024      Zoom only.

Feb 18 2024     Zoom only.  Speaker: Ron McHatten



Original discovery site of Phragmipedium besseae near Moyobamba, Peru

Photo:  Luis J. Matienzo (STOS)


Photo by John Zygmunt

For our Members 

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Phragmipedium besseae  -- Carol Bayles


Executive Board


Carol Bayles

Vice President

Ruth Allen


Angelina Caoile


Linda Mittel

AOS Representative

Bernice Magee


Colin Dimon

Loi Tran

Gail Gunsalus

 Committee Chairs

Newsletter Editor

Carol Bayles

Web Master

Carol Bayles

Social Media

Loi Tran, Renee DePrato


Laurel Shaefer

Show Chair

Carol Bayles

Program Coordinator

Jean Mint

Auction Committee

Pete O'Connell

Jane Trey

IT Specialist

Melissa Bennett



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
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"Orchids at the Museum"

Annual  Orchid Show 2023 

*A Great Success*

The Southern Tier Orchid Society held their AOS-judged orchid show:

Sat - Sun April 22-23, 2023.

Roberson Museum and Science Center, 30 Front Street, Binghamton, NY

The show featured displays of beautiful and exotic orchids from STOS, the Central New York Orchid Society (CNYOS) The Genesee Region Orchid Society (GROS), the Central Pennsylvania Orchid Society (CPOS) and our vendors:


Fair Orchids (Kim Fedderson)

Fragrex Orchids, Ithaca (Scott Creary and Jesus Madrid)

J & L Orchids (Ines and Lucas Carreno)

Wade’s Orchids (Wade Hollenbach)

All Results

List of Classifications


STOS had 2 exhibits at the show, tying for 3rd place in the Society Exhibit category

AOS Awards at our 2023 Show

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Meiracyllium trinasutum var. album 'Ghost Gail' CHM/AOS (83pts.) Gail Gunsalus (STOS)

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Papiopedilum Vexillarium 'Fair Orchids' AM/AOS (83pts) Kim Fedderson 2023

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