Meeting Feb. 4, 2015, Venice Community Center – 7:00 pm

Why Orchids Have so Many Species?

Speaker: Dr. David Benzing
Dr. David Benzing has a Ph.D. in botany and was a professor at Oberlin College for more than 40 years. He spends his winters in Sarasota and is the Jessie B.Cox Chair of Tropical Biology at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and has written a number of books about epiphytes and tropical plants. He practices what he preaches and has been an avid orchid hybridizer and grower for a number of years. He’s a wine grower and co-owner of Vermilion Valley Vineyards (sorry, no samples) and will share his love of orchids and epiphytes.
He’ll be speaking about the many factors that play a role in determining why orchids have so many distinct species, and will be happy to take questions from the audience.
He’ll lead us through the fascinating evolution of orchids and will have copies of his books for sale and Jeff Higel, Honey Bee Nursery, will have orchids for sale.

2015 Orchid Show – Venice Community Center – Feb. 7&8

Orchid Show Poster 2015 FINAL

The Venice Area Orchid Society will present their 49th annual show and sale at the Venice Community Center in Venice, FL on February 7-8, 2015. Eighteen vendors will exhibit and sell 1000’s of blooming orchid plants as well as orchid floral arrangements, artwork, jewelry, accessories and supplies. Widely regarded as the most popular orchid show on Florida’s west coast, our theme this year is:

Love of Orchids

This major community event is expected to draw up to 4000 attendees from the tri-county area. Nationally recognized growers from as far away as Hawaii will exhibit and sell orchids. They include: Art Stone Orchids, Carmela Orchids, Florida SunCoast Orchids, Krull-Smith, Odom’s Orchids, Palmer’s Orchids, Phelps Orchids, EFG Orchids, Mac’s Orchids and Plantio La Orquidea. More than 20 American Orchid Society (AOS) accredited judges travel from around the country to judge our showcase event. Cash awards and trophies are awarded to the best exhibits and plants in each class.

The Venice Area Orchid Society is one of the largest and most active orchid societies in the U.S. with more than 300 members. Our annual show is our major fund raising event and is always held the first full weekend in February at the Venice Community Center in downtown Venice. The VCC provides the perfect venue for displaying the orchid exhibits and sales areas. Please plan to join us!

Contact Carol Wood at for more information.


Meeting January 7, 2015

Next Meeting: Wednesday January 7th at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Venice Community Center

Speaker: Roy Krueger

Topic: Show Preparation

Roy moved down here about twelve years ago, bought a house, and inherited three orchids from the previous owner. He soon discovered that orchids multiply faster than rab- bits and he now has over 500, with his favorites being Cat- tleyas and unusual Dendrobiums. Roy grows his orchids in a pool cage, on trees, under arbors, on wind chime holder racks and along his fence out of the reach of squirrels.

He’s neither a born orchidist nor a commercial grower, just an extremely talented hobbyist and his experience and knowledge are displayed at the many classes he teaches at various societies. He served five years as the President of the Manatee Orchid Society and four years in various po- sitions with the Sarasota Orchid Society, writing a monthly article called “Orchids We Should Grow”.

Roy has spoken at many clubs and societies over the years on many orchid topics and is well known for his how-to classes and hands-on approach. Bring your questions and be prepared to learn and have a great time at the January meeting.