Meeting – July 11, 2016 – Bill Thoms

Renowned orchid grower, world traveler and internationally recognized speaker Bill Thoms will be presenting a talk on Bulbophyllums (the largest genus in the orchid world!) Be prepared to learn more about this fascinating group of plants than you ever dreamed!

Bill Thoms and his wife, Doris Dukes, have been growing orchids around Central Florida for almost 40 years and have received almost every award granted by the AOS as well as more Awards for Culture than anyone else in the world, (83 in over 26 genera, including 36 in the bulbophyllum alliance (capped off with a 96 pt. Certificate of Cultural Excellence for Bulb. Frank Smith ‘The King’).

Bill is the only person to receive an Award of Quality for a Bulbophyllum hybrid (named for Doris) as well as receiving the hybridizer’s dream; an Award of Distinction for a new avenue of breeding (a Trias hybrid). Many of his crosses are winning awards around the country. The AOS has just added a yearly award named for him for the best Bulbophyllum exhibited.

His talks are spiced with funny stories and funny associations. Whether you grow thousands of orchids, only a few, or none at all, you will have a wonderfully entertaining time and be able to grow anything better. Many of the most important requirements for growing world class plants are made easy to understand and remember.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn how to grow these fascinating plants and to hear one of the most knowledgeable, interesting and funny speakers in the orchid world.

His new book, Bulbophyllums; the Incomplete Guide, From A to WHY? will be available for purchase ($44.95) and he will sign them for free.

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July 17th, 2:00 PM Keiki Club

July 17th, 2:00 PM Keiki Club meeting.  To confirm your attendance call: 954-261-1966.

Meeting August 8, 2016 – Movie Night

A Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society summer tradition, movie night has it all: orchids, popcorn, candy, and a movie about our favorite plant! This year’s film is The Orchid Hunter from WGBH‘s Nova!  

No need to bring treats as it will all be provided.

The program starts at 7:30 p.m.

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August 21, 2016 – 2:00 PM Keiki Club

August 21, 2:00 PM Keiki Club meeting at John Budree’s.  To confirm your attendance call: 954-261-1966.

Meeting – September 12, 2016 – Thanh Nguyen

September 12, 7:30 PM meeting will feature Thanh Nguyen from Springwater Orchids. He is from Melbourne, Florida and is a great friend to FLOS, donating plants for our annual auction and participating in our show! He has been an orchid grower for over 25 years and is specializes in paphiopedilum hybridizing. This is your chance to learn more about paphs and to add some unique and fascinating ‘chids to your collection.


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October 2016, 2:00 PM Keiki Club

October 16, 2016 meeting to be at Scott Peplin’s.

To confirm your attendance call: 954-261-1966.

Meeting October 10, 2016 – FLOS Orchid Auction

Our annual orchid auction takes place in October.  As always, expect unique, rare and exotic specimens to add to your collection! This promises to be a night of fun, fierce bidding and satisfaction as you go home with your coveted prize.

The auction starts at 7:00PM. Registration starts at 6:30.. Come early to register, inspect plants, and plan your bidding strategies!

Here are some tips for FLOS members: 

While you’re repotting, think about donating a division to FLOS. The proceeds from our auction go to reducing the cost for the holiday party. Remember we will be getting plants from vendors but we also need your participation.

 Donate healthy, pest and disease-free, named divisions. Bare root or potted.
 Include a picture of the orchid in bloom, if you can. (One of your own or one from the internet. Just Google the name for an image.)
 If you can’t get a picture, tell us what it looked like, such as “ Big white Cattleya with yellow lip” or “Blooms in winter around the holidays”
 Do you have extra pots or supplies that are taking up room in your grow area? One person’s trash is another person’s treasure!

All monies raised help underwrite member functions like the holiday dinner, rambles and preview party.

Many thanks to vendors who supply fabulous plants to supplement those donated by FLOS members:


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April 8, 2017 – Spring Ramble

Our next ramble will be on April 8, 2017. We will be visiting:

  • Quest Orchids
  • Caribe Orchids
  • Soroa Orchids
  • one more tbd

DRAWING for FREE plants on the bus!

Bring a lunch and a box or crate for orchids. The bus does fill up!

We will provide water & juice on the bus.


Christ Lutheran Church (parking lot)
1955 East Oakland Park Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306


We leave at 8:15 AM sharp

We return between 4 & 5 PM


Cost is $30.00

Contact Allen Cogar 954-553-1351, or signup at the Society’s monthly meeting, or email

More info at our ramble overview page.

Meeting November 14, 2016 – Brian Monk

Brian Monk from Blu Llama Orchids will be our November speaker.

Brian started growing and hybridizing orchids in his backyard, but this has expanded to 4,000 square feet of greenhouse space. He will grow anything green, but focuses on his hybridizing projects, which include the development of multi-floral white and pink Paphiopedilums, warmth tolerant red Oncidinae and a standard pink Cattleya with an all white lip. Brian pursues photography as well and won awards during the 2007 Miami International Orchid Show and the 2008 World Orchid Conference.

Brian spoke to FLOS in 2012 and revealed one of his many secrets for growing orchids: “Grow or Die”.  In other words, figure out what works best for your conditions and stick with it. He recommends “weeding out” collections annually as it  takes the same amount of space, effort and supplies to grow poor quality orchids as good quality orchids.  So mark your calendar for one of two excellent months for this chore, October (FLOS Annual  Auction) or January (FLOS Annual Show).

The program starts at 7:30 p.m.

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December 11, 2016 – Holiday Party

Our annual Holiday Party will be held on December 11th at the Tower Club in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy a relaxing evening together with your FLOS friends. The Tower Club has a fantastic view and it should be a great time for all.

28th Floor, Regions Bank Building
One Financial Plaza
100 SE 3rd. Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

We hold this Holiday Party instead of a regular meeting in December. Everyone gets an orchid!

Pricing $TBD.

December 11, 2016

  • Open bar 6:00 – 7:00
  • Dinner and dancing 7:00 – 10:00
  • From 7 to 10, wine, beer and sodas will be provided and other drinks may be purchased at the bar. (Credit cards only, no cash)

Ginny Salus is our party organizer.



From Interstate 95 – Take the Broward Boulevard exit East, continue to Southeast Third Avenue. PASS Third Avenue and turn right into the first driveway to access parking.

From Federal Highway – At Broward Boulevard, go west to Southeast Third Avenue (the first street light) and turn left. Make another left on Southeast Second Street (the first street light.) Turn left into the second driveway to access parking.

Parking: Because it is a Sunday we can use the Regions Bank lot. The bank lot entrance is the immediate right after the intersection on SE 3rd Ave and Broward Blvd, in the Financial Plaza. The main entrance doors are to the right of the parking lot.

The Tower Club phone will be manned the night of the party if anyone needs help: 954-764-8550