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.
The Fall Orchid Auction has been CANCELLED along with all STOS Meetings in lieu of the COVID-19 pandemic until further notice. We hope to resume meetings in 2021 but we will make a decision in the future. Until then all paid up members will receive the monthly newsletter via email. All past newsletters are available on this web site.
Best wishes to you all,
On behalf of the board,
Carol Bayles, President, STOS
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.
C. (Lc.) Long John 'Skyrocket' Cattleya
Photo Credit: Peter M. O'Connell (STOS)
No events are currently scheduled.
Original discovery site of Phragmipedium besseae near Moyobamba, Peru
Photo Credit: Luis J. Matienzo (STOS)
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!