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Monthly DOS Meeting

Lowry CenterDATE: Tuesday May 14, 2019, 7:00 P.M.
LOCATION: The Lowry Conference Center
1061 Akron Way, Bldg. 697
Room 200B
Denver, CO 80230
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Our May program will be given by Charles Wilson regaling us with his past and present experiences with orchid growing. And possibly offer some words about zoology.

Charles G. Wilson has been growing orchids for over 35 years. During his orchid time in Memphis, he and his wife, Susan, were responsible for creating exhibits for shows for which they received 17 Orchid Digest Trophies, 27 AOS Show Trophies and 4 Silver Certificates. He currently serves on both the Education and the Research and Conservation Committees for the AOS. He is a past president and lifetime member of the Memphis Orchid Society, and also a member of the Portland Orchid Society. He currently serves as Chair of the Constitution & Bylaws Committee for the Mid-America Orchid Congress and as co-editor for the MAOC newsletter.

Wilson also retired in 2001 after 25 years’ service as director of the Memphis Zoo. With Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in zoology and animal behavior, he has published over 30 articles in scientific journals in addition to numerous travel stories for magazines and newspapers about his wildlife expeditions to over 40 countries. Since retirement he has actively lead numerous safaris (Africa, Australia, Borneo, Thailand, South and Central America) as a volunteer to raise funds for conservation.     (Adapted from AOS officer biographies)

As always, visitors are welcome to participate.

The Lowry Conference Center is located centrally in Denver at the corner of Yosemite Street and Akron Way. It has convenient free parking with direct access to the ground floor meeting room and free WiFi.

Meeting General Information
The Denver Orchid Society meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, with the exception of a summer break in July and August. Visitors are always welcome! Our meetings include a short business discussion, an informal Show-and-Tell, an expert speaker orchid presentation, and the sale of orchid plants.
2019 Meeting Schedule
  • January 8 — Pepe Portilla, Ecuagenera
  • February 12 — Mark Van Der Woerd (Judging seminar)
  • March 12 — Jason Fisher (Orchids Ltd)
  • April 9 — Plant study event
  • May 14 — Charles Wilson
  • June 11 — Alan Koch (Gold Country)
  • July — NO MEETING/auction?
  • August — NO MEETING
  • September 10 — Glen Decker (Piping Rock)
  • October 8 — Ron Parsons (one of the author’s of a Compendium of Miniature Orchids)
  • November 12 — local speaker TBD
  • December 10 — potluck/auction

The DOS Spring Show held at the Denver Botanic Gardens March 30-31 was a rousing success. We had good interest from the public and flowering orchids enough to please novices and experts alike. Thanks to our show chair Debbie Martin and the many volunteers that made it possible.

 Pictures from our Spring Show


 Rocky Mountain Judging Center Monthly Sessions

Phragmapedium2019 RMJC Schedule
General Information

Judging sessions are open to all orchid growers and are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Colorado Federation-Garden Clubs building, 1556 Emerson Street in Denver. Off-street parking is available. Centrally located just north of Colfax, this location is close to Denver Botanic Gardens. Everyone is welcome, so try to attend at least once. Bring your best plants and stay a while. It is a great educational experience.
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Typical Session

6:00 p.m. – Judges training
6:30 p.m. – Plant registration
7:00 p.m. – Judging begins (except during the DOS annual show in which case judging starts the morning before the show opens to the public.)