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 3

February 7

March 7

April 4


May 2

June 6

July 11

August 1

September 5

October 3

November 7

December 5

Linda Fries

Brandon Tam

Tomas Bajza

No Meeting - Show Setup @ Memorial
City Mall.

Dotty Woodson

Charles M Hess

Don Maples

Fred Clarke

Sarah Bentley

Steve Arthur

Tom Sampliner

Holiday Party - No Speaker

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November Speaker:


Our speaker in November will be Tom Sampliner, from University Heights, Ohio, presenting “Orchids of Western China's rugged Sichuan Province, center of world diversity for the slipper orchid genus Cypripedium.”


With a small band of orchid enthusiast friends, Tom Sampliner put together a trip in 2015 that was guided by Holger and Wenqing Perner, noted orchid breeders and hybridizers located in Chengdu. The Perners maintained greenhouses up in the mountains, amid World Heritage sites. Besides Cypripediums, Tom’s group also observed Habenaria, Platanthera, Amitostigma, Oreorchis, and other genera in the wild, during their summer bloom time.


Tom retired at the millennium so that he could devote his time to exploring the natural world. He was born and raised in Cleveland, and has spent only 7 years living outside that area. Tom served as president and journal editor for: The Native Plant Soc. of N.E. Ohio; the Indoor Gardening Society; and a local nature photography club. He volunteers at his local botanical garden and writes articles for the Native Orchid Conference Journal. He is also an instructor for a local community college, seniors division.


Proposed 2020 Officers and Board Members


Nominating Committee: Derek Lowenstein, Kar Chong, Steve Fox



President: Bill Caldwell

VP-Programs and Speakers: Sarah Bentley

VP-Shows and Plant Table: Jay Balchan

VP-Membership: Marsha Fox

Treasurer: Winnie Yap

Recording Secretary: Sheila Skov



Don Ghiz

Holly Miller

Ted Baenziger

Marianne Canevaro

Lily Chang



Derek Lowenstein

Kar Chong

Steve Fox


Please join us on November 7, 2019 at 7:30 to hear Tom Sampliner and vote on the new Board.


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