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Southern Tier




STOS Annual Orchid Show
A Great Success and a lot of Fun

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Our Orchid Show April 23-24 had 6 fabulous exhibits: GROS, CNYOS, STOS, CPOS, Wade’s Orchids and J&L Orchids. A big thank you to members of our neighboring Societies who traveled hours to setup and take down their exhibits. We also thank our vendors for traveling to our show and bringing an appealing assortment of orchids for sale. Our third and newest vendor, Fragrex Orchids, is a startup from Ithaca and this was their first show. They were thrilled by the experience; not only did they make real money, but they learned so much from so many people. One of the best parts of the show is that a lot of very knowledgeable orchid folks hang around and share their wisdom with anyone who looks interested.

We had a good turnout, sold over 200 raffle tickets and signed up 20 new members (at half price). We had a large number of judges, but not many clerks. Vendors had to fill in, which worked out fine. The judges gave out numerous ribbons and two AOS awards. One award went to Jeanne Keading (who is a judge and a GROS member) and one to an outside submission, a student from Cornell who entered a plant and received an award.

See our May newsletter for a full report

May Repotting Workshop

At our May 15 meeting we held our annual repotting workshop with seedlings for everyone to pot up. Many new members who signed up at our show attended and some brought plants that needed repotting.  Experienced members helped them repot their orchids and everyone practiced potting up the very tiny seedlings.  Each membership received a free seedling and could buy additional ones very inexpensively. One member took the rest to nurture.

This was our last meeting of the season.  We take the summer off and will meet again on Sept. 18.

 Calendar 2022

 Meetings are now in person at the First United Methodist Church, 53 McKinley Ave, Endicott, NY.

Enter through front door unless otherwise noted.


All meetings start at 2pm. 

January 16   General Meeting, Tom Etheridge "Draculas: Whimsical Monsters of the Orchid World." via Zoom

February 20   General Meeting, Ed Weber: "Hey, I've Grown that Orchid!"  via Zoom

March 20      In Person Meeting,  Austin Miller
“Bulbophyllum: A Glimpse into the Largest Genus of Orchids”

April 10         Meeting a week early to avoid Easter Holiday

                      Spring Auction--LIVE

April 23-24     STOS Orchid Show 

May 15           General Meeting, Repotting Workshop

June-July-August   Summer Recess

Sept 18          General Meeting, Speaker, nominations for officers 



Original discovery site of Phragmipedium besseae near Moyobamba, Peru

Photo:  Luis J. Matienzo (STOS)


 For our Members 


Brassia pumila

Photo:  Luis J. Matienzo (STOS)


Along Route 5N, San Martin Department, Peru

Photo:  Luis J. Matienzo (STOS)

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


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



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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)

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"Orchids at the Museum"

Annual  Orchid Show 2022 

The Southern Tier Orchid Society, STOS, will be holding their AOS-judged orchid show:

Roberson Museum and Science Center, 30 Front Street, Binghamton, NY

Sat - Sun April 23-24, 2022. 

The show is open to the public

12-5 each day. 

Raffle at 4pm on Sunday (need not be present to win)



The show will feature displays of beautiful and exotic orchids from STOS, the Central New York Orchid Society (CNYOS) The Genesee Region Orchid Society (GROS), the Central Pennsylvania Orchid Society (CPOS) and our vendors:

Wade’s Orchids (Wade Hollenbach)

J & L Orchids (Ines and Lucas Carreno)

Fragrex Orchids (Jesus Madrid and Scott Cleary)


 Vendors will have many orchids for sale on both days. There will also be activities for children and a raffle of orchids in bloom. Society members will be available to answer all your orchid questions.

 We encourage you to visit the museum while you are there. The orchid show is free, however the museum has admission fees.    

Information for exhibitors:

Judging will be held starting at 9 am on Saturday.

Setup is from 2-8 pm on Friday April 22.

Register your Plants

Read List of Classifications

Download Bulk Registration Spreadsheet

(Only for those with 10 or more plants)

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Cym. Desert Rain 'Spring Shower' HCC/AOS (77) 2022 Jeanne Kaeding, Rochester

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 Ctna. Sacramento Splash AM/AOS (81) 2022

Paul Ren-Huang Chong, Singapore

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