November 2021 Newsletter


Wednesday November 10th, 2021 7:00 PM

Social and Culture Questions 6:30 PM

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

4865 Wilmington Pike (Corner of Rahn)

We will meet in the downstairs classroom again (Follow the Signs)

In Person and Zoom Meeting


Speaker:† Eric Sauer, River Valley Orchids

Topic: Maxillaria, There is More than Just Tenuifolia


Maxillaria is a large genus of about 650 species found from Central and South America.†† Many in this genus are easy to grow, flower several times per year and are well suited for most growing areas.† Many are fragrant emitting sweet scents including honey and vanilla.


Eric has been growing orchids for over 30 years under the greenhouse name of River Valley Orchids and specializes in South American Species with a focus on Maxillaria and Phragmipedium.† He has spoken internationally and across the United States.† Eric recently had culture chapters published by Guido Braem in his book on Paphiopedilums and in his book on Phragmipedium.† He also has a feature article on Maxillaria in Orchid Digest and several of his Maxillaria photos published in Eric Christensonís book on Maxillaria.†† Eric has received over 85 awards from the American Orchid Society and has three orchids named after him including two species from Ecuador.† He regularly works with other Maxillaria aficionados around the world to better understand the genus. Ericís real job is as a registered landscape architect and is the planning manager for Five Rivers MetroParks in Dayton.


There will be a sales table at the meeting



For those still wanting to join in by Zoom, we will broadcast the meeting also-

Meeting ID: 836 8250 3551

Passcode: MVOS2021



Steve Ryan and I had the opportunity to visit the Prairie State Orchid Society in Illinois a few weeks ago.† They do a smaller version of a regular show that is a single day on a Saturday and includes the society purchasing plants and reselling them, a table ribbon judging and culture sessions- all open to the public.††† We will be Discussing this at the meeting.



We are looking for several folks to help plan for OrchidFest for 2022.† Orchid Fest will be held August 26-28, 2022 and we would like to have volunteers to head or help with the various efforts that happen for the weekend.†† This includes the society table, show, vendors, hospitality, registration, goody bags and rentals to name a few.†† Please let us know if you are willing to help out.






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