Houston Orchid Societies meetings are held at the First Thursday of every month at 7:30 PM at the First Christian Church/School, 1601 Sunset Boulevard, Houston TX  77005.

January 4

February 1

March 1

April 5

May 3

June 7

July 5

August 2

September 6

October 4

November 1

December 7

Rick Hepler

Ron Midgett

Francisco Miranda

George Hatfield

Bill Thoms

Jay Balchan

Lisa Li

Nile Dusdieker

Jason Singhurst

Winn Minmaw

Robert Marsh

Holiday Party - No Speaker

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June Speaker: 
Jay Balchan
"The Large Bifoliate Cattleyas"


Jay Balchan will be presenting a talk on the larger species of the bifoliate Cattleya group.  This program will cover the species and the culture of this distinct and regarded tropical and subtropical orchid group.


Jay bought his first orchid from The Home Depot when he moved to Houston in 1992.  He has always had a "green thumb" and when he saw the crazy plant, he just had to have it.  Well of course as many beginners he watered it too much and within a month is was stone dead.  That just encouraged him to buy another one and learn more about these plants.  He bought lots of books.  He actually went into the magazine section of a big book store to see if there were any orchid magazines for sale.  Later he learned that the AOS has a wonderful subscription magazine... And Orchid Digest an even better one!  Anyway, he had been growing orchids for about a year when he visited Julia and Charles Wilson's nursery in South Houston.   It was Julia who encouraged him to attend his first HOS meeting which he did in prompt order.  Seeing Bob Swearingen's massive plants on the show tables was what knocked Jay over the edge.  Jay has now been involved with the HOS for over 20 years and has held every position in the book multiple times and it has been a fantastic experience for him.


Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn how to grow these fascinating plants and to hear one of the most knowledgeable HOS members on Thursday, June 7, 2018 @ 7:30 PM at the First Christian Church & School, 1601 Sunset Blvd, Houston, TX 77005.








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