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 jerryd@frii.com . We hope you will join us.

MONTHLY DOS MEETING

This month’s program for the Denver Orchid Society will be “The Lesser Known Oncidium Alliance” presented by Marni Turkel. From Ada to Warmingia, the subtribe of Oncidiinae comprises about 63 genera and over 1000 species. Some of these are well know, but many of the genera are rarely seen in collections and yet deserve to be more widely known. This talk will survey many of these genera, showing close-ups as well as specimen plants while discussing country of origin and some cultural needs.

Marni’s Orchid Biography

Marni Turkel (pronounced tur KELL) is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and has been growing orchids since 1980. She grows in four greenhouses in Santa Rosa with approximately 1250 sq ft of growing space. Her main interest is in miniature species but plenty of larger plants have crept into the collection as well. Marni has been a contributor to Orchids magazine with her series called ‘Well Worth the Space’ and ‘Give It a Rest’. Her articles have been translated into Dutch, German, Portuguese and Swedish for international publication. Photographs of her plants have been featured in articles noted orchid publications including Orchids Magazine, Orchid Digest, Richardiana, The Orchid Review, and The Australian Orchid Review. For the last few years, she has been sharing her photographs and knowledge on OrchidsForum.com.

Starting in 2009, Marni expanded her work with orchids to include propagation of orchids from seed and has set up a flasking lab of her own to take the process from start to finish and sell flasks of many of the orchid’s species in her collection. After working for over 43 years as a potter, she has retired from ceramics to pursue orchids full-time. 

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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.

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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 — Marni Turkel : The Lesser Known Oncidium Alliance
  • 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

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 Rocky Mountain Judging Center Sessions

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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.)