Meeting May 7, 2014: Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Antonio Toscano —- Topic: “Sex, Lies and Orchids”

Dr. Antonio Toscano is the director of the Orchid DivisioToscano Field Photo may 2014 medn, Marie Selby Gardens in Sarasota. Born in Brazil, he received his PhD from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, through the University of Reading and has completed several expeditions to the Amazon in search of Pleurothallids.  The Pleurothallid alliance of New World orchids includes popular genera such as Masdevallia and Dracula and Dr. Toscano is the world’s leading expert on the more than 4000 species of these amazing orchids.

 He recently completed a Global Plants Initiative project on the orchid diversity of the rapidly disappearing Atlantic rainforests of S.E. Brazil. VAOS continues to support conservation efforts in this area through our annual contribution to the Orchid Conservation Alliance.

He will discuss the unique form and structure of these orchids as well as their complicated and sometimes “erotic” pollination methods. He’ll dazzle us with breathtaking  photos from around the world, especially from Brazil.


Orchid Envy, one of our newer local growers, will have a selection of their beautiful plants and arrangements for sale.


Meeting April 2, 2014

Next Meeting: Wednesday

April 2nd at 7:00 p.m.

Speaker: Rafael Romero

Topic: “Orchid Tales”

Rafael Romero, Plantion La Orquidea, was born in Caracas, Venezuela and graduated as a biologist from the Universidad Simon Bolivar. He began working with orchids in 1986 with his father in law, Henrique Graf, owner of Plantio La Orquidea, the largest orchid nursery in Venezuela.

Together with his wife, Rafael started the laboratory at Plantio La Orquidea in 1986 where they produce the species and hybrids for which they are known. They moved to Sarasota in 2003 and started their small nursery, approximately 10000 sq. ft., where they established a good sample of the species and hybrids produced in Venezuela as well as adding interesting species and hybrids from around the world.

Rafael will be sharing his knowledge and experiences as well as answering questions and will have a great selection of his orchids available for sale. Plantio La Orquidea is one of our fine local growers and is located at 3480 Tallevast Road in Sarasota.

Rafael Romero photo

Growers Clinic Feb. 13, 2014

Thurs, Feb, 13,  7PM Growers Clinic: Topic “Dendrobiums 101”.  Richard Amos and Renee Brynum, expert dendrobium growers will present.  Also bring in any problem orchid plant for advice from Dr. Jimmy! Location: Here – VCC, back room.

Tailgate Party Feb 13th

Thurs, Feb 13,  5:30 Tailgate Party before Growers Clinic Bring munchies to share, soft drink and your chair. An informal time for our members to share and talk.  Location: Here — Venice Community Center parking lot, south side.

Venice Area Orchid Society Show & Sale: February 1-2, 2014 Venice Community Center

Orchid Show & Sale – February 1-2, 2014

Presented by the Venice Area Orchid Society

The Venice Area Orchid Society will present their 48th annual show and sale at the Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice, FL the first weekend of February. Show hours: 11am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday. Sales begin at 10am on both days. Admission is $5.00, children under 10 free.

Thousands of blooming orchids will be for sale and on display in 15 artistically designed exhibits. Orchid art, accessories and supplies will also be for sale. Widely regarded as the most popular orchid show on Florida’s west coast, the theme this year is “Orchid Paradise’.