Calendar of Events

Interested members of the general public are welcome to attend up to two meetings before deciding whether to join the Denver Orchid Society. We are currently meeting by Zoom only, and you are free to lurk there without audio or video to see what we’re about (you can use audio and video if you want) . To be sent a Zoom link to check us out just send a request to Jerry D’Amato at . We hope you will join us.


This month the Denver Orchid Society will hear from Carol Beule.
Carol is an EMMY award winning Costume Designer with a
Master of Fine Arts in both Costume and Lighting Design from the
University of Wisconsin, Madison. She was a professional
Costume Designer for 40+ years, and has designed for film,
commercials, theatre productions, and TV shows. She lived in
NYC the first 15 years of her career and is now retired.
Growing orchids in NYC was not considered a possibility, so she
has grown orchids only since moving to Southern California in 1992.

Growing outside with no greenhouse in Studio City at the
edge of the San Fernando Valley is often problematic. With
temperatures ranging from 28 to 111 Fahrenheit, and humidity as
low as 7% at times, it is always interesting. It has been her quest
to find out what will and will not bloom and prosper under these

In her search to find the perfect plant for her growing area, Carol
had various success with Neofinetia (Vanda) falcata, Lycaste,
Paphiopedilum, Phalaenopsis, Cattleya, Laelia, Dendrobium, Sarcochilus
and Asian Cymbidiums.

Lycaste is a species that is native to the New World and is found
from the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn. There are
both warm growing and cool growing species. While they are often
thought to be a greenhouse orchid, they can be grown alongside
Cattleyas and other temperate-climate range orchids, when their
specific needs are met. They also can easily become very large
specimen plants.

Carol is a fully accredited American Orchid Society judge, the 1st
VP of the Orchid Society of Southern California, recently served
on the Board of The Orchid Digest and leads the committee that
creates the Society’s display for the Huntington’s annual October
Orchid Show. She also visits Japan yearly when possible and is
a member of their Japan Fuukiran Society. She started a new business
venture making presentation pots for Neofinetia and Asian Cymbidiums
when she retired. You can view her various items at:

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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. Our meetings include a short business discussion, an informal Show-and-Tell, an expert speaker orchid presentation, and the sale of orchid plants.


2021 Meeting Schedule

  • January 12 — Arthur Katz : AOS Judging
  • February 9 — Fred Clark : Cycnoches, Mormodes, and Catasetums, recent trends
  • March 9 — Jean Stefanik : Temperate North American Orchids including Conservation
  • April 13 — Carol Buele : Lycaste introduction and culture
  • May 11 — Dr. Alfonso Douchette : Pleurothallids: Diversity & Cultivation
  • June 8 — Norman Fang : Peloric Orchids
  • July 13 — Mary Jo Gilsford : Orquideos Locos: Orchid Hunting in Costa Rica
  • August 10 — Dr. Kristen Uthus : Masdevallias and Draculas: Not as Scary as You Think
  • September 14 — Mary Mancini : Stanhopea and Coryanthes
  • October 12 — Ron Parsons : TBD
  • November 9 — Steve Arthur : Orchid Viruses, Their Spread and Control
  • December  14 — Carol Klonowski : South African Orchids

 Pictures from our 2019 Spring Show


 Rocky Mountain Judging Center Sessions

2019 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.)