The Southern Tier Orchid Society (STOS) was founded in the 1960s and began to blossom in 1986, when an enthusiastic group of orchid growers arrived to the gorgeous Finger Lakes Region of New York and stimulated the society’s growth.  Presently the club membership includes about 80 people who come from a radius of 70 miles to the monthly meetings in Endicott, NY.  These meetings include either an invited speaker, workshops, or twice a year (April and September) a plant auction, to bring orchids to members and funds to the club.  Most years an American Orchid Society (AOS) judged orchid show is held in the spring.  The club also displays in the CYNOS show in the fall and may do other shows if invited to participate in them.

of special note

     It is with sadness, but great joy for having known him, we announce the passing of long-time STOS, life-time member, Bob Rudin.  Bob was a great man and avid Cattleya grower and will be missed from our meetings and for manning the information table at our orchid shows.  Here is one of his favorites C. (Lc.) Long John 'Skyrocket' that he gave me a piece of years ago, still blooming every year.

​NEXT MEETINgs cancelled

sUNDAY, APRIL 19 and 25/26



     Greetings to members of the Southern Tier Orchid Society.  I am sorry to say that due to the pandemic of COVID-19 and the directives from Governor Cuomo, we are cancelling the April meeting/Orchid Auction and the annual Orchid Show in April.  We will decide on the May meeting in the future, but it is likely that meeting will be cancelled also.  We hope you stay safe and healthy during these extraordinary times. 


     Best wishes to you all,

     On behalf of the board,

     Carol Bayles, President, STOS


First United Methodist Church

53 McKinley Ave.
Endicott, NY 13760

Photo Credit:  Peter M. O'Connell (STOS)

C. (Lc.) Long John 'Skyrocket' Cattleya




January 19       Wade Hollenbach - "Orchids to Grow Your Collection On"

February 16     Gregory Griffis - "The Wonders of Orchid Roots"

March 15          Luis Matienzo - "Orchid Show Awards: Ribbons and

                         American Orchid Society (AOS) Judging"

April 19            Spring STOS Orchid Auction (CANCELLED)

​April 25-26       Orchid Show - Roberson Museum (CANCELLED)

May 17             Repotting Clinic

June                 Summer Break

July                  Summer Break

August             STOS Member Picnic - TBD

September 20  Fall Orchid Auction

October 18      Speaker - to be announced

November 15   Speaker - to be announced

December 20   Holiday Party

* All events are tentative, and subject to last minute changes.

Photo Credit:  Luis J. Matienzo (STOS)

original discovery site of phragmipedium besseae near Moyobamba, Peru

     COVID-19 Update

     Both the Spring STOS Orchid Auction on April 19 and the annual Orchid Show at Roberson Museum on April 25 and April 26 have been CANCELLED in lieu of the COVID-19 pandemic and directives spelled out by Governor Cuomo for New York State.









Photo Credit:  Luis J. Matienzo (STOS)

brassia pumila

Photo Credit:  Luis J. Matienzo (STOS)

a place on Route 5N, San Martin Department Peru



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Credit:  Pablo Bermudez, Peruvian Orchid Club

habitat of phrag. kovachi

undisclosed location, San Martin Department Peru

Photo Credit:  Luis J. Matienzo (STOS)

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



     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.


     Below are photos of AOS awarded orchid flowers from past STOS shows. Take some time to enjoy this beauty from around the world!




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