The New Hampshire
Orchid Society

Meetings & Events

Monthly meetings are held on the second Saturday of every month at the Old Town Hall, 3 Meetinghouse Rd., Bedford, NH. Meetings begin at 11:30 a.m., but many members show up earlt to grab a cup of coffee and a snack, socialize and set up their plants on the show table.

Guests are always welcome!

Please see event descriptions for all other event times & locations.


Upcoming events

    • October 19, 2018
    • 9:30 AM
    • October 21, 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman St, Waltham, MA

    Fall Orchid Sale


    Friday, October 2019 Sunday, October 21, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 


    Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman St., Waltham, Mass. 


    Celebrate orchid-blooming season. Hundreds of orchid plants are for sale, including many hard-to-find varieties. Visit the greenhouses and enjoy gorgeous floral colors, shapes, and scents. 


    Varieties on display and for sale include Cattleyas, Laelias, Oncidiums, Paphiopedilums, Phalaenopsis, and many more. Their long-lasting blooms are a dramatic addition to any indoor environment. This adaptable species can grow in a variety of home conditions. 


    Staff are available to offer expert advice.


    Garden and Landscape members receive a 15% discount on purchases at the greenhouses. 


    Please call 617-994-5913 for more information.


    • November 02, 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • November 04, 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Sons of Italy, 117 Swanton St, Winchester, MA




    Massachusetts Orchid Society 58th World of Orchids Annual Show and Sale


    Sons of Italy
    117 Swanton St

    Winchester, MA


    Admission: $10


    Fri Nov 2   12:30–5 pm
    Sat Nov 3   10 am–5 pm
    Sun Nov 4  10 am–4 pm

    For information contact: show @ massorchid.org

    Show website: www.massorchid.org/show

    • November 03, 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr, Boylston, MA
    American Orchid Society judging sessions  are free and open to the public.  Educational programs usually begin at 10:15 AM, and you are welcome to attend these as well, at no charge. Plants submitted for judging should be registered by 11:45 AM. There is no entry fee for judging however a nominal cost is charged to process any award.   
          
    If you are interested in additional information about your plant, or have a plant you would like transported to judging, please contact Jean Stefanik, AOS Accredited Judge, Jeango4it@aol.com or (603) 647-1063) or one of the others who MAY be driving to judging this month.
             
    Calling all Orchid Growers !
    An AOS Judging Center is a great place to see how new hybrids are blooming and what new species are coming out of the wilds or even flasks. Hybridizers, whose goal is to make better-looking flowers and plants, get to see what’s working, and, what’s not. All attendees get a first-hand look at the best, most unusual, and even the worst and learn what to look for and are privy to a great store of knowledge in terms of quality, unusualness and historical perspective.      


    Learning how to judge an orchid begins with a minimum six-year training period; but, with orchids (and orchid judging) constantly evolving, the learning process is ongoing - What was good 5, 10 or 15 years ago may be substandard today. The Judging Program affords exhibitors and judges alike with an opportunity to look at issues like this through informative presentations and lively discussions that precede plant judging. The bottom line is that Judging Centers are in place for the benefit of all orchid interests.

    The NH Orchid Society has made regular contributions to support the AOS Judging Program at the Northeast Regional Centers in Boylston MA and Stamford CT.  Donations (monetary and plants or books for auctions) are always appreciated.

    Orchid societies’ monthly show tables provide a great opportunity for members to show off their blooming plants and see what others are doing. A Judge may comment on the quality or rarity of a plant and suggest that it be brought to an AOS judging center where it may be researched in their records. Unless your plant or inflorescence was AOS judged, you’ll probably never know if it’s awardable but one thing is certain - your plant won’t be awarded if it stays at home. So, what are you waiting for?  We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming judging! 


         

    • November 10, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Bedford Old Town Hall, 3 Meetinghouse Rd, Bedford NH

    Dr. Clark Riley will speak on his 60 years of orchid growing mistakes and how to fix them.


    Plants must be on the show table by 11 a.m.


    Please bring a casserole, sandwiches, drinks, desserts to share for lunch.


    Speaker Bio

    Clark Riley has been an active orchid grower since 1957. At the age of six, he got his first plant, a probably-collected Yellow Ladyslipper (Cypripedium pubescens) from a perennial nursery. The plant died a miserable death in a short time, but not before blooming and cementing a love of orchids that has lasted over half a century. He has labored ever since to make amends by promoting the sound cultivation of Ladyslippers.


    He grows a wide range of orchids, including several thousand terrestrials, hardy species, and ladyslippers, Brazilian Laelias, and specialty Phalaenopsis, often from seed. He was the producer for the book and CD of Proceeding of the North American Native Terrestrial Orchid Conference. He is a member of the Maryland Orchid Society and the American Orchid Society. He can be reached at DrRiley@aol.com or visit his web site at http://cyps.us.





    • December 01, 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr, Boylston, MA
    American Orchid Society judging sessions  are free and open to the public.  Educational programs usually begin at 10:15 AM, and you are welcome to attend these as well, at no charge. Plants submitted for judging should be registered by 11:45 AM. There is no entry fee for judging however a nominal cost is charged to process any award.   
          
    If you are interested in additional information about your plant, or have a plant you would like transported to judging, please contact Jean Stefanik, AOS Accredited Judge, Jeango4it@aol.com or (603) 647-1063) or one of the others who MAY be driving to judging this month.
             
    Calling all Orchid Growers !
    An AOS Judging Center is a great place to see how new hybrids are blooming and what new species are coming out of the wilds or even flasks. Hybridizers, whose goal is to make better-looking flowers and plants, get to see what’s working, and, what’s not. All attendees get a first-hand look at the best, most unusual, and even the worst and learn what to look for and are privy to a great store of knowledge in terms of quality, unusualness and historical perspective.      


    Learning how to judge an orchid begins with a minimum six-year training period; but, with orchids (and orchid judging) constantly evolving, the learning process is ongoing - What was good 5, 10 or 15 years ago may be substandard today. The Judging Program affords exhibitors and judges alike with an opportunity to look at issues like this through informative presentations and lively discussions that precede plant judging. The bottom line is that Judging Centers are in place for the benefit of all orchid interests.

    The NH Orchid Society has made regular contributions to support the AOS Judging Program at the Northeast Regional Centers in Boylston MA and Stamford CT.  Donations (monetary and plants or books for auctions) are always appreciated.

    Orchid societies’ monthly show tables provide a great opportunity for members to show off their blooming plants and see what others are doing. A Judge may comment on the quality or rarity of a plant and suggest that it be brought to an AOS judging center where it may be researched in their records. Unless your plant or inflorescence was AOS judged, you’ll probably never know if it’s awardable but one thing is certain - your plant won’t be awarded if it stays at home. So, what are you waiting for?  We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming judging! 


         

    • December 08, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Bedford Old Town Hall, 3 Meetinghouse Rd, Bedford NH
    Monthly meeting starts at 11 am. 


    Come celebrate orchids and orchid friends at our holiday party at Bedford Old Town Hall. 


    It's potluck so please bring a dish to share.

    • February 08, 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • February 10, 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Courtyard Marriott, 2200 Southwood Dr., Nashua, NH
    Registration is closed



    New Hampshire Orchid Society 28th Annual Orchid Show and Sale

    Speaker program and free guided tours daily
    Exhibits, plants, supplies, jewelry, artwork, and more

    February 8: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    February 9: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    February 10: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Awards ceremony Friday, February 8, 5-7 p.m.
    Cash bar, general admission price applies

    Free photographer access 8-9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday only

    Courtyard Marriott, 2200 Southwood Dr., Nashua, NH
    603-880-9100

    For reservations, please  go to:
    www.mariottcourtyard.com/nhorchids

    Adults - $10
    Seniors (65+) - $8
    Children under 12 - free
    3-Day Daytime Pass $15 (no discount)

    Tickets can be purchased at the door or using a credit card or PayPal account online.

    • February 09, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Courtyard Marriott, 2200 Southwood Dr., Nashua, NH
    Registration is closed

    Dinner Among the Orchids


    Enjoy a lovely buffet dinner among the orchids with friends, guests and NHOS members on Saturday night from 6 ~ 9 pm.


    Price per person TBA


    Buffet Dinner Menu


    TBA



    Please specify if any of the following dietary modifications is needed:


    Gluten Free •  
    Dairy Free • Vegetarian




    Cash bar and NHOS trophy awards ceremony

    Tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Payable to NHOS, please.


    Click "Register" button to register and pay online.


    Looking for show dates and times? Complete Show Information

Past events

October 13, 2018 Monthly Meeting - Thomas Sampliner
October 06, 2018 Monthly AOS Judging
September 08, 2018 Monthly Meeting - IPA Focus on Phals Day
September 01, 2018 Monthly AOS Judging
August 11, 2018 Monthly Meeting - Annual Picnic and Annual Business Meeting
August 04, 2018 Monthly AOS Judging
July 14, 2018 Monthly Meeting - Joe Silva - Silva Orchids N.J.
July 07, 2018 Monthly AOS Judging
June 09, 2018 Monthly Meeting - Jason Fisher, Orchids Limited
June 02, 2018 Monthly AOS Judging
May 12, 2018 Monthly Meeting - Annual Vendors' and Members' Auction
May 05, 2018 Mid Hudson OS Presents AOS' Ron McHatton
May 05, 2018 Monthly AOS Judging
April 14, 2018 Mid-Hudson Orchid Society Annual Show
April 14, 2018 Monthly Meeting - 2017 World Orchid Conference in Ecuador
April 07, 2018 Monthly AOS Judging
March 17, 2018 Nutmeg State Orchid Society Show and Sale
March 10, 2018 Monthly Meeting - New Members Meeting
February 24, 2018 Amherst Orchid Society Annual Show and Sale
February 10, 2018 2018 NHOS Show Dinner Party
February 09, 2018 2018 NHOS Annual Orchid Show and Sale
February 03, 2018 Monthly Meeting - Show Prep
February 03, 2018 Monthly AOS Judging
January 27, 2018 CAIOS Annual Orchid Show and Sale
January 13, 2018 Monthly Meeting - Francisco Miranda
January 06, 2018 CANCELLED—Monthly AOS Judging
December 16, 2017 AOS Northeast Judging Center Auction
December 10, 2017 CAIOS Winter Solstice Party and Auction
December 02, 2017 Monthly Meeting - Holiday Party with AOS Judging
November 11, 2017 Monthly Meeting - Alan Koch, Gold Country Orchids
November 04, 2017 Monthly AOS Judging
November 03, 2017 MOS Annual Orchid Show and Sale
October 21, 2017 Nutmeg State Orchid Society Gala Dinner and Orchid Auction
October 20, 2017 Lyman Estate Fall Orchid Sale
October 14, 2017 Monthly Meeting - So You're Having a Show
October 07, 2017 Monthly AOS Judging
September 09, 2017 Monthly Meeting - IPA Focus on Phals Day
September 02, 2017 Monthly AOS Judging
August 12, 2017 Monthly Meeting - Annual Picnic and Annual Business Meeting
August 05, 2017 Monthly AOS Judging
July 14, 2017 IPA Annual Symposium - Philadephia
July 08, 2017 Monthly Meeting - Fair Orchids, Kim Feddersen
July 01, 2017 Monthly AOS Judging
June 23, 2017 2nd Annual New England Summer Orchid Fest
June 10, 2017 Monthly Meeting - Life in Venezuela and Schomburgkia
June 03, 2017 Piping Rock Open House
June 03, 2017 Monthly AOS Judging
May 13, 2017 Monthly Meeting - Annual Vendors' and Members' Auction
May 06, 2017 Monthly AOS Judging
April 08, 2017 Dr. Kristen Uthus, New World Orchids
April 01, 2017 Monthly AOS Judging
March 11, 2017 New Members meeting
March 04, 2017 Monthly AOS Judging
February 11, 2017 2017 NHOS Show Dinner Party
February 10, 2017 2017 NHOS Annual Orchid Show and Sale
February 04, 2017 Monthly Meeting - Show Prep
February 04, 2017 Monthly AOS Judging
January 28, 2017 CAIOS Annual Orchid Show and Sale
January 14, 2017 January Meeting - Paphiopedilum
January 07, 2017 Monthly AOS Judging
December 11, 2016 CAIOS Winter Solstice Party and Auction
December 03, 2016 Monthly Meeting - Holiday Party
November 12, 2016 Monthly Meeting - Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids
November 05, 2016 Monthly AOS Judging
November 04, 2016 MOS Annual Orchid Show and Sale
October 21, 2016 Lyman Estate Fall Orchid Sale
October 08, 2016 Monthly Meeting - Alan Koch/Gold Country Orchids
October 01, 2016 Monthly AOS Judging
September 10, 2016 Monthly Meeting - IPA Focus on Phals Day
September 03, 2016 Monthly AOS Judging
August 13, 2016 Monthly Meeting - Annual Picnic and Annual Business Meeting
August 09, 2016 MOS Monthly meeting - Jason Fischer, Orchids Limited
August 06, 2016 Monthly AOS Judging
July 09, 2016 Monthly Meeting - DVD on Orchid Hunting in Peru
July 02, 2016 Monthly AOS Judging
June 24, 2016 First Annual New England Summer Orchid Fest
June 11, 2016 Monthly Meeting - Japanese orchid species
June 04, 2016 Monthly AOS Judging
May 14, 2016 Monthly Meeting - Vendor/Member Auction
May 07, 2016 Monthly AOS Judging
April 09, 2016 Monthly Meeting - Native Orchids of New Zealand
April 09, 2016 Ocean State Orchid Society Special Auction
April 02, 2016 Monthly AOS Judging
March 19, 2016 Nutmeg State Orchid Society Show and Sale
March 12, 2016 Monthly Meeting - New Member Meeting & Repotting Clinic
February 13, 2016 2016 NHOS Show Dinner Party
February 12, 2016 NHOS Annual Orchid Show and Sale
February 06, 2016 Monthly Meeting - Show Prep
January 09, 2016 Monthly Meeting - Path to Pleurothallids
December 05, 2015 Monthly Meeting - Holiday Party & AOS Judging
November 06, 2015 MOS Annual Orchid Show and Sale
October 16, 2015 Connecticut Orchid Society Annual Show and Sale
October 10, 2015 Monthly Meeting - Members' Auction
September 12, 2015 Monthly Meeting - IPA Focus on Phals Day
June 13, 2015 Monthly Meeting - Miniature Vanda
June 06, 2015 Piping Rock Open House
June 01, 2015 Native Orchid Conference
March 27, 2015 Macfarlane Greenhouse, University of NH
March 14, 2015 Monthly Meeting - New Member Meeting & Repotting Clinic
February 14, 2015 NHOS Show Dinner Party
February 13, 2015 NHOS Annual Orchid Show and Sale
February 07, 2015 Monthly Meeting - Show Prep
January 31, 2015 J&L Orchids' Winter Thaw Open House
January 10, 2015 Monthly Meeting - Orchidariums
December 13, 2014 Monthly Meeting - Holiday Party with Member Auction
December 06, 2014 Monthly AOS Judging
December 04, 2014 UNH MacFarlane Greenhouse Poinsettia Trials
November 08, 2014 Monthly Meeting - Jason Fischer/Orchids Limited
November 01, 2014 Monthly AOS Judging
October 31, 2014 MOS Annual Orchid Show and Sale
October 23, 2014 Lyman Estate Fall Orchid Sale
October 18, 2014 Montreal Botanic Garden & Orchid Show Road Trip
October 17, 2014 CTOS Annual Orchid Show and Sale
October 11, 2014 Monthly Meeting - Alan Koch/Gold Country Orchids
October 04, 2014 Monthly AOS Judging
September 13, 2014 Monthly Meeting - IPA Focus on Phals Day
September 06, 2014 Monthly AOS Judging
August 09, 2014 Monthly Meeting - Annual Picnic and Silent Auction
August 02, 2014 Monthly AOS Judging
July 12, 2014 Monthly Meeting - Creating Novelty Phalaenopsis for Color and Fragrance with Peter Lin
July 05, 2014 Monthly AOS Judging
June 21, 2014 Orchid Estate Sale - Larch Hill Orchids
June 14, 2014 Monthly Meeting - Growing Plants for Show with Darrin Norton
June 07, 2014 Monthly AOS Judging
May 31, 2014 Open House and Picnic at Piping Rock Orchids
May 10, 2014 Duane Erdmann,Speaking and sale of Restrepias
May 03, 2014 Monthly AOS Judging
April 12, 2014 Monthly Meeting - Vendors' Auction
April 12, 2014 Beginner and Culture Clinic
April 05, 2014 Monthly AOS Judging
March 15, 2014 Nutmeg State Orchid Society Annual Show and Sale
March 09, 2014 CAIOS Monthly Meeting - Sarcochilus: Jewels of Spring
March 08, 2014 Monthly Meeting - New Members Meeting & How to Repot
March 01, 2014 Monthly AOS Judging
February 22, 2014 Amherst Orchid Society Annual Show and Sale
February 14, 2014 NHOS Annual Orchid Show and Sale
February 08, 2014 Monthly Meeting - Show Prep
February 03, 2014 Talk on the Brout Orchid Collection
January 25, 2014 CAIOS Annual Orchid Show and Sale
January 11, 2014 Monthly Meeting - Growing under lights
December 21, 2013 Marlow Orchids Holiday-Solstice Open House
December 14, 2013 A&P Orchids Annual Holiday Open House
December 07, 2013 Monthly Meeting - Holiday Party & AOS Judging
December 07, 2013 J&L Orchids' Holiday Open House
November 09, 2013 Monthly Meeting - Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids
November 01, 2013 MOS Annual Orchid Show and Sale
October 26, 2013 Berkshire Orchid and Tropical Show
October 18, 2013 Connecticut Orchid Society Annual Show and Sale
October 12, 2013 Monthly Meeting - Holger Perner/Hengduan Mountains Biotechnology and Annual Auction
September 21, 2013 Marlow Orchids Fall Open House
September 14, 2013 Monthly Meeting - IPA Focus on Phals Day
September 10, 2013 MOS Annual Auction
August 17, 2013 Monthly AOS Judging
August 17, 2013 Crozer and Crozer Orchids Annual Orchid Sale
August 10, 2013 Monthly Meeting - Annual Picnic
August 03, 2013 Monthly AOS Judging
July 20, 2013 Monthly AOS Judging
July 13, 2013 Monthly Meeting - Roddy Gabel, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
July 06, 2013 Monthly AOS Judging
June 28, 2013 J&L Orchids Summer Sale
June 15, 2013 Monthly AOS Judging
June 08, 2013 Monthly Meeting - Members' Auction
June 01, 2013 Monthly AOS Judging
June 01, 2013 Open House and Picnic at Piping Rock Orchids
May 18, 2013 Monthly AOS Judging
May 11, 2013 Monthly Meeting - Beginners' Workshop
May 04, 2013 Monthly AOS Judging

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