Meeting – May 8, 2017 – George Hatfield

George Hatfield is current President of American Orchid Society. He will give a presentation on cymbidiums. 

He graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a Bachelor in Science in Plant and Soil Science. He soon thereafter received a Pest Control Advisors License from the state of California in 1985. His last 3 professional careers were Vice President of operations Calavo (CVGW) 1998 – 2003, International Business Consultant (DMFP) 2003 – 2005 and Hatfield Orchids, Owner operator 2005 – current.

Some major accomplishments in the field of orchids include:

  • Board Member Cymbidium Society of America 1994 – 2010
  • President of the Cymbidium Society of America 1998/99
  • Chairman of the CSA Cymbidium Congress from 1998-2001
  • Author of Articles in Awards Quarterly, Orchid Digest and Cymbidium Society Journal
  • Board member of the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show 1998 – current
  • President of the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show 2002/2003 and 2015/2016

  • Certified Accredited Judge – American Orchid Society and Cymbidium Society of America
  • American Orchid Society Judging Chair, Pacific South Judging Center 2011 – current
  • Cymbidium Society of America Judging Chair, 1998 – current
  • Key note speaker at the 2009 Australian National Orchid Conference in Melbourne
  • American Orchid Society, Judging Committee National Training Coordinator 2012 – current
  • Chairman of the AOS Nominating Committee 2012/2013
  • Hybridizer of numerous award winning Cymbidiums
  • Orchid Judge Tokyo Dome Show 2003 – 2009
  • Exhibitor Tokyo Dome Show 2008
  • Exhibitor Santa Barbara International Orchid Show 1992 – current


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Meeting – June 12, 2017 – Raphael Romero

Raphael Romero will give a presentation on genus Myrmecophila.

This genus has a strong association with ants, from its very name which was derived from the Greek myrmex, an ant and philos, friend, in reference to its conical, tapering hollow pseudobulbs which provide an inviting home to these garden and household pests. It is in fact, these hollow pseudobulbs, which harbor ant colonies that are said to protect delicate parts of the plants such as root tips that distinguish Mymecophila from Schomburgkia. The genus now consists of the following former Schomburgkia species: M. albopurpurea, M. brysiana, M. christinae, M. exaltata, M. galeottiana, M. grandiflora, M. humboldtii, M. x laguna-guerrerae, M. thomsoniana, M. tibicinis, and M. wendlandii. The most well known species are probably M. tibicinis and M. brysiana. 

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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.