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Southern Tier




 Speakers at Our Meetings

In December we had Gregory Griffis speak on 'Achieving Orchid Excellence.'  He emphasis was on going from simply healthy orchids to really exceptional orchids.  His talk was well received and generated many questions which were all answered. 

His talk is on YouTube until January 17 and available to members.  Please email us for a link, STOSorchids@gmail.com.  Not a member? Join below.

For January we will have Arthur Katz speaking on 'Rare and Unusual Orchids.'  And in February we will have Fred Clarke speaking on 

'Cycnoches, Mormodes, Catasetums, recent trends'

Odontonia Claire 'Big Girl' -- Geoffrey Gould

Arthur Katz


Arthur Katz has been growing orchids for over 35 years. His orchid interests range from the pleurothalidinae to the phragmepidiums, from the maxillarias to the laelias. In particular, he appreciates the orchids that are unique and unusual.

Arthur is an accredited orchid judge, was Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Judging Center and Chair of the Florida North-Central Center. Since 1994, he has taken groups of orchid enthusiast to Ecuador every year, exploring for orchids in Southeast Ecuador.

Apart from orchids and socializing with orchid folk, he enjoys traveling and photography. Arthur was a clinical psychologist in private practice in his pre-Florida life.

Fred Clarke owns Sunset Valley Orchids in Vista, CA and is offering a special Zoom discount of 20% on top of the normal volume discount, so with a group order you can expect a 25% discount and minimal shipping charges. Check out their website and start planning your order.  Details to follow. This offer is limited to members of STOS.


Orchid Opportunity


 Calendar 2021

January 17     Arthur Katz  'Rare and Unusual Orchids'

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

March 21       TBA


April 18         Spring Auction (tentative)

May 16          Virtual Potting Clinic (tentative)

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



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.    


Culture Sheets from AOS

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Contact us at STOSorchids@gmail.com

We meet at the First United Methodist Church, 53 McKinley Ave, Endicott, NY

In Person meetings  CANCELLED until further notice

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