Welcome to the

Southern Tier




 Speakers at Our Meetings

In March we had Carol Klonowski talk about 'The History of Unifoliate Cattleyas.' She told us about the early orchid crazes and described the many species of Cattleya.

Her talk is on YouTube until April 18 and is available to members.  Please email us for a link, STOSorchids@gmail.com.  Not a member? Join below.

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Spring Online Auction

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At our April 18 meeting we will kick off our online Spring Auction.  All of the orchids have been donated so we are offering plants at bargain prices. The auction is limited to STOS members and their family and friends.

The auction begins at 4pm after the meeting.  The link will be provided at the meeting and to members via email.

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

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In Memoriam - Gary Stensland

Gary had been an active member of our club and the Central NY Orchid Society. He put together exhibits for our mall shows that incorporated miniature vignettes. His love of orchids led him to create miniature copies of his plants. His best was probably in the STOS 2008 show, where he put together a miniature greenhouse along with 3/4" tall orchids in pots, a miniature water garden and all the structures. He was a real artist and will be missed. 

--Peter O'Connell

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 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          Potting Clinic (tentative)

Late May-early June    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 via Zoom and start at 2pm.  The link is sent to members the week before the meeting.


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)

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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



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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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