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Southern Tier




Speaker for November Meeting
Nov 19 2pm via Zoom

Sarah Hurdel, "Orchids Under Lights"

Sarah will take us on a tour of her growing space and show how she grows her collection of over 600 orchids in her basement. Highlights include: the art of finding room for one more, watering, flood prevention and best of all proof that most orchids can be grown with a cheap and simple setup.

Sarah is a grower, exhibitor, and accredited AOS Judge. She has received AOS award recognition for culture, flower quality, and exhibit design.


Her presentations combine her love of orchids, photography, and illustration with experienced advice and a sense of humor. She also has a Facebook Blog Page Something About Orchids
facebook.com/ askmeaboutmyplants .

Sarah also sells Habenaria clones, we may put in a group order. I am sure Sarah will answer any questions about these beautiful orchids.


Habenaria Orchids, not to be confused with Habanera Peppers!


 Calendar 2021

September 19    General meeting and social time. Officer nominations.  Webinar "Travels in Peru with Ken Jacobsen"

October 17          Fall auction kickoff.  Officer voting. Zoom


November 21      General Meeting,  Sarah Hurdel "Orchids Under Lights".  She will also talk about her Habenarias. Zoom

December 19      In person Christmas Party at the church

All Meetings are currently via Zoom and start at 2pm

The link is sent to members the week before the meeting.



January 16    Meeting TBA  

February 20  Meeting TBA  

March 20       Meeting TBA  

April 17          Meeting TBA  

April 23-24     STOS Orchid Show (tentative)


Original discovery site of Phragmipedium besseae near Moyobamba, Peru

Photo:  Luis J. Matienzo (STOS)


 For our Members 


Bassia pumila

Photo:  Luis J. Matienzo (STOS)

Pay for your membership with PayPal after filling out the membership form

Along Route 5N, San Martin Department, Peru

Photo:  Luis J. Matienzo (STOS)

Executive Board


Carol Bayles

Vice President

Gail Gunsalus


Jane Trey


Ben Cabot

AOS Representative

Bernice Magee


Sharon Voorhees

Jean Mint

Colin Dimon

 Committee Chairs

Newsletter Editor

Carol Bayles

Web Master

Carol Bayles

Social Media

Rich Thomas



Show Chair

Carol Bayles

Program Coordinator

Jean Mint

Auction Committee

Pete O'Connell

Jane Trey



Jun Jul Aug Break
Jun Jul Aug Break
2021 December
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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 2022 ***


The Southern Tier Orchid Society, STOS, hopefully will be holding an AOS-judged orchid show at the Roberson Museum and Science Center, 30 Front Street, Binghamton, NY on April 23-24, 2022.  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) (tentative)

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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