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 2

February 6

March 5

April 2

May 7

June 4

July 2

August 6

September 3

October 1

November 5

December 3

Jay Balchan

Hadley Cash

Canceled - Shelter In Place Order

Canceled - Shelter In Place Order


Sergio Garcia

Lisa Li

Bill Thoms



Peter T. Lin

Holiday Party - No Speaker

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What to expect when you enter a plant or create a display at an orchid show


How are your Orchids coming along? Hope you have lots of bloom spikes and blossoms in anticipation of the HOS Orchid Show and Sale scheduled for membership to set up Thursday and Friday,  April 2nd and 3rd and be open to the public April 4 and 5, 2020.  Several HOS members will present the March program to advise and encourage everyone to share the love of orchids at our annual show and sale.


 Creating an orchid show begins with publishing a schedule that lists the events available. Holly Miller created this year's schedule and posted on the HOS website:

The beginning of the schedule lists all the classes and categories for each kind of orchid so the judges will be able to compare like to like and make their choices to award trophies or ribbons.


Page 4 of the schedule has a sample of the form to be filled out to enter each plant for judging. If you are unsure how to classify your orchid, there will be an expert at the registration desk Thursday and Friday to help you.  Of course, you will need to provide as much information as you can for your plant. Genera and parent names are especially needed. Surely I do not need to remind you that each plant should be groomed to show its best qualities.    If you choose to do a single or group exhibit, remember to complete a form to enter the exhibit for judging.


From the schedule, individuals or groups can enter designs of varying complexity. Page 14 lists the classes for design entries. If you see a class that you want to enter, talk to Jay Balchan at the March 5 meeting.  When I was a newcomer, I made exhibits several times using the plants of a member who did not have time to make an exhibit, as I never had enough blooming orchids to create a full exhibit, even the class for five or fewer plants. This was a great way to get my feet wet and have a feel for the requirements to make a successful exhibit.


The important thing to remember is this is for fun and education. Hoping everyone will enjoy the program on Thursday March 5 and looking forward to working together at Memorial City Mall April 2nd through tear down on Sunday afternoon, April 5.



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