Meeting THURSDAY March 3, 2016



Tired of the ‘Orchids in Pots Approach.’  Bruce Weaver and Steve Voglehaupt will lead a session of ‘Thinking Outside the Pot.’  Members are encouraged to bring one successfully mounted plant to the meeting to show how no pot is needed. The plant table will feature mounted specimens as well. The raffle table will include many odd and exotic pieces of wood that can be used at the following Grower’s Clinic. Orchid Envy will be selling orchids at this meeting.  They will feature some smaller, non-blooming plants suitable for mounting as well as their regular stock of display plants.

 Join us at 7:00 at the Venice Community Center.


2016 VAOS Orchid Show – Feb. 6 – 7, 2016

Orchid Post CardPlease join us the first weekend in February 2016 for our 50th Orchid Show.

Show schedule:

Friday, February 5, 2016

Display Setup             1pm - 7pm
Sales Area Setup          1pm - 7pm
Plant Entries             1pm - 4pm

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Judging                   8am - 12pm
Public Sales             10am -  5pm
Public Show              11am -  5pm

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Public Sales & Show      10am - 4pm
Take Down                 4pm - 6pm

Carol Wood   941-497-4995

Meeting Wednesday, February 3, 2016 – 7:00 pm

Author Photo by Paul Marcellini (sm)Roger Hammer is a professional naturalist, botanist, author, and photographer. He was the Keynote Speaker at the 19th World Orchid Conference in Miami and also gave the Keynote address at the Florida Native Plant Society state conferences in 1997 and 2013. Among his awards are the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Award from the Florida Native Plant Society and the Charles Brookfield Medal from Tropical Audubon Society. In 2012 he received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Florida International University. His specialty in wildflowers is native orchids and, of the 108 species reported for Florida, he has photographed 94 of them. He spends his leisure time birdwatching, long-distance canoeing, kayak fishing, and sipping expensive rums. Roger also works as a survivalist instructor for the Discovery Channel on their reality TV program, Naked and Afraid. Roger grew up in Cocoa Beach but moved to Homestead after being honorably discharged from the Army in 1968 as a tank gunner. Visit his website for further information:

Location: Venice Community Center -(doors open at 6:30)