Apr 082014

Our April Program will be presented by George Carr and is titled “The Genus Catasetum – weird and wonderful.” George is an accredited American Orchid Society Judge in the Florida North Central Judging Center in Tampa, Florida and has been growing orchids for 35 years. His interest in the genus Cycnoches began in 1993 when he requested to do his research paper on the genus for his Student Judge requirement. His paper, Cycnoches – One Hundred Sixty-five Years of Confusion was completed and presented in 1995 and in 1996 the paper was awarded the first American Orchid Society Education Certificate of Appreciation. In 2003, George was named as an accepted American Orchid Society taxonomic authority on the Catasetinae specializing in Cycnoches.

George has published some 35 articles in the United States in Orchids and the Orchid Digest, Brazil, France in Richardiana, England in the Orchid Reviewand Colombia. His most recent paper on Cycnoches and hybrids of the genus was published in a supplement to the October 2012 issue of the American Orchid Society magazine Orchids.

George is retired but stays busy with his research and writings about the Catasetinae and other orchids. He has a blog on the Catasetinae, http://catasetinae5.blogspot.com, where, from time to time, he publishes articles with photographs of plants and flowers which interest him and which he hopes will interest others. We hope you will join us for this very interesting presentation.


Amazonia Orchids will provide the plant table tonight.


Apr 082014

I’ve been a bit under the weather lately and haven’t been updating the site in a timely manor. My apologies!


Feb 282014


Roger Hammer will present our March program, which is titled, “Wild Orchids of Florida”. Roger retired in 2010 from Miami Dade Parks Department where he was the senior naturalist. He is a part-time instructor and fieldtrip leader for Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens and serves on the Board of Directors for Tropical Audubon Society. Roger also has an Honorary Doctor of Science from Florida International University.

Roger was the Keynote Speaker at the 19th World Orchid Conference in 2008 and the Opening Ceremony Speaker at the 11th World Orchid Conference in 1984, both held in Miami. He was the Keynote Speaker at the 2009 Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden annual meeting. Roger has received numerous awards including the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Award, Charles Brookfield Medal, Green Palmetto Award in Education and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dade Chapter- Florida Native Plant Society, Tropical Audubon Society, & Miami Blue Chapter – North American Butterfly Association.

Roger is also a prolific author and will have his books at the meeting to sell (cash or checks only). We hope you will join us for this very special program.


Dendrophylax lindenii

Dendrophylax lindenii © Roger Hammer 




Please bring your friends; guests are always welcome at our meetings.

Dan & Margie Orchids will provide plants for our raffle table


Dec 202013

Our January 2014 speaker will be Linda Wilhelm of Woodland Orchids in North Carolina. Linda will present a program titled, “The Magnificent Stanhopeas”a discussion of species and hybrids of the genus and how to grow them.

Linda Wilhelm started growing orchids in 1980 after a vacation inFloridawith her mother. Already intrigued by orchids, she finally bought a small cattleya seedling, not knowing at the time that it would take seven or eight years to get a bloom. It was the beginning of an addiction. After meeting her future husband, Rolf in 1985, the addiction became severe when he too got involved with orchids.

When the hobby got out of hand and developed into a serious passion for both Linda and Rolf, they started their business Woodland Orchids. They specialize in breeding warm tolerant Oncidiinae (several of their new hybrids have received awards from the AOS), compact cattleyas and also line breed a number of different species and have made some wonderful Stanhopea hybrids.

An Accredited Judge with the AOS, Linda is very active in the judging program, having served in various positions with the CarolinasJudgingCenterincluding the job of the Training Coordinator, 5 years as the Chair of the Center and six years as a Trustee for the American Orchid Society. She enjoys being involved in shows outside her region, including offshore shows in the islands. “It offers such an opportunity to see a different variety of orchids as well as an opportunity to extend my group of friends.” She is a frequent guest speaker at orchid societies all over the USA as well as Brazil, Trinidad, Barbados and Guatemala.

We hope you will join us for this wonderful program.

Dec 112013

There has been a change in the date for the SFOS Holiday Party. The party will be held on Thursday, December 19th, 2014. The party will be at the same place, Macaroni Grill, 12100 SW 88th St., Miami, FL 33186. The party will start at 7:30PM. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and hope you will be able to join us.

Carlos Cahiz
President, SFOS 
Nov 222013

After careful consideration the SFOS Board of Directors have decided to change our Holiday party venue to better accommodate all of our guests.

The price is the same as last year: $10.00 for members, $15.00 for guests.

The date will be December 19th, which is our regular meeting night, at 7:30pm. The new venue is Romano’s Macaroni Grill, 12100 SW. 88th Street (Kendall Dr.). The restaurant is just a couple of minutes west of the turnpike.

We have included a copy of their menu for our event. You have a choice of 2 salads and 10 different entrees. The price also includes soft drinks or ice tea with free refills. Wine and alcoholic drinks will be cash bar only and every guest will receive a separate check for their consumption. For dessert, we will bring a nice holiday cake.

Please contact Ellen at our office, 305-255-3656, to make arrangements.

Seating is limited and we need to provide a total number of guests to the restaurant at least 48 hours before the event. If last year’s party is any indication space will quickly fill so do not wait too long to make your reservations. We hope to see you there!



Oct 232013

Robert FuchsBob’s program “Kiss Your Ascocendas Goodbye” will discuss some of the recent changes in orchid nomenclature in the Vanda alliance, along with what those changes mean for some of our most familiar orchid species and hybrids. Bob is a third-generation orchid grower, and president of R.F. Orchids, Inc, in Homestead, Florida, USA.

R.F. Orchids was founded in 1970. In 1984, Bob’s Vanda Deva ‘Robert’ AM/AOS-SM/11WOC received the Grand Champion award at the 11th World Orchid Conference, in Miami. A recognized expert on vandaceous orchids, Bob presents lectures to audiences around the world, and many prestigious publications have published his articles.

Bob is an accredited American Orchid Society Judge, past president of the South Florida Orchid Society, life member of the AOS, and was President of the 19th World Orchid Conference, in 2008.


RF Orchids will provide our raffle table this month

Remember, visitors are always welcome at our meetings!

Oct 152013


Linda Curle will present our October program. The title of the program is “Orchid Trekking in Northern Thailand”. Below is Linda’s story of how she got started in orchids and her trip to Northern Thailand.

My passion for orchids started in the early 90′s quite by chance while I was working for US Airways at the Miami airport. One day while on duty in the lost luggage department a cardboard box full of bare root orchids was dropped off by an agricultural agent. They were unclaimed after their inspection and probable fumigation. I contacted the owner and informed him that we had them and he could come pick them up but he just yelled, “Throw them out! I don’t want them anymore. They’re probably dead anyway!”

When I looked in the box they did indeed look dead but my curiosity would not let me just give up on them. Growing up in N.Y. my only contact with orchids at that point was wearing them occasionally to a dance, but I seemed to recall that orchids grew on trees so I took them home and tied them up on trees in my yard. Must have been the right time of year because they took off and established nicely and before very long a tall spike was developing. That really piqued my curiosity again as I tried to imagine how that long thin spike could turn into a corsage flower. Soon I was confronted with a totally different but mesmerizing yellow spotted flower, Onc. splendidum, evocative of the jungles of Central America. That was it, I knew I was smitten and had to learn more about these fascinating plants. I proceeded to join local orchid societies and have belonged to most of the ones in town at some point.

Probably because I enjoyed my very first orchid blooming in a natural looking setting and because it transported me to exciting unknown places in my imagination, the idea of seeing orchids in their natural habitat became a dream of mine. I’m fortunate that I have been able to bring that dream to fruition several times.  My program for the October meeting is a travelogue of my trip to the north of Thailand and I will be showing you about 45 species blooming in a variety of habitats, as well as orchid markets, some of our hotels, and many other things of general interest. You can leave your notebook home for this one and just sit back and travel along with me.

Our raffle table will provided OFE Orchid Supply

 Please bring your friends. Guests are always welcome at our meetings.  We look forward to seeing you at our new meeting location, Christ The King Lutheran Church.

Javier Morejon, Program Chairman



Christ The King Lutheran Church
11395 S.W. 57th AVE (Red Road)
Pinecrest, FL 33156 
Oct 082013

We’re Moving! 

Beginning with the October 16th meeting we will be at a new location in Pinecrest.

The address is Christ The King Lutheran Church, 11295 S.W. 57th AVE, Pinecrest, FL 33156.

This is just across from Pinecrest Gardens at the corner of S.W. 57th AVE (Red Road) and S.W. 111th ST.

Monetary constraints as well as space considerations once again made this necessary. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope that all of our members will bear with us during this move. We deeply appreciate your patience.