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  • IOS 2020 Fall Show

    Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 10:00 AM through October 12, 2020
    Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL

    Postcards from the Tropics

    Sunday October 11th

    10:00am – 12:30pm and 1:00pm-3:30pm

    A virtual conference hosted by the Illinois Orchid Society.

    Five speakers are presented in two sessions. Viewers will have the opportunity to participate in informational demos and tour world class growing facilities in the comfort of their own home.

    This conference is powered by Zoom, a video conferencing platform. A webcam is not required, unless you want other attendees to see you. Participants may choose either the morning session, afternoon, or both. All participants are required to register via the link provided. Participants must register for each session separately. Registration is accepted on a first come, first served basis. Thank you for your understanding.

    Video recording, screen capture, audio recording or any reproduction of this presentation series is strictly prohibited without the written approval of the Illinois Orchid Society board of directors and knowledge of Illinois Orchid Society members.


    Morning Session

    Nile Dusdieker – Orchid identification.

    10:00am – 10:30am

    Learn the essential skill of distinguishing the different varieties of orchids by their shape and structure with this introduction to orchid identification.

    Lois Cinert – See through the eyes of an AOS judge.

    10:30am – 11:00am

    Join the President of the Chicago Judging Center for a look at the good, bad, and ugly of orchids. Whether you apply it to your own orchid shopping or are considering becoming an AOS judge yourself, the principles are the same.

    Ecuagenera – Tour the enchanting greenhouse of Ecuador’s most celebrated orchid nursery.

    11:00am – 12:30am

    Be transported to the Gualaceo valley in the Andes mountains in the footsteps of Father Angel Andreetta and the Portillo brothers on their quest to preserve the treasures of Ecuador, and tour the facility in which this mission is realized today.


    Afternoon Session

    Barry Lubin – A detailed guide to supplemental lighting.

    1:00pm – 2:00pm

    Take a closer look at how supplemental lighting can benefit your growing from the perspective of an accomplished grower. Take away a practical guide for selecting which type of light and how much light to use for your growing environment.


    Sam Tsui – Follow Sam as he gives us a tour of his nursery.

    2:00pm – 3:30pm

    A hobby grower since the early 80’s, progressing into breeding and hybridizing and now running a commercial nursery - Orchid Inn. His focus is on the genus paphiopedilum, of which he produces thousands of flasks each year. His space began in his basement under lights, eventually expanding into a sprawling 6000 square foot greenhouse.


  • November Meeting 2020

    Sunday, November 01, 2020 at 12:00 PM
    Virtual Zoom Meeting in Deerfield, IL

    TENTATIVE Virtual Schedule: all times are approximate:

    11:00am - Mentors/Members/Newcomers Meeting

    12:00pm - Speaker:  Bill Thoms   Topic:  Bulbophyllum Culture


    Please note: No recording or videotaping of our meetings or guest speakers without the express written approval by the Illinois Orchid Society Board of Directors and knowledge of the Society members.

  • December 2020 Holiday Party

    Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 12:00 PM
    Orchids by Hausermann in Villa Park, IL

    Pot-luck Holiday Lunch at Orchids by Hausermann.  Doors open at 11:00 am.  

    Please bring a dish to pass for 6-8 people for each member of your party.

    We will have plant judging - plants must be in place by 12:30 p.m. 

    Fun event to be announced! 

  • January Meeting 2021

    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 11:00 AM
    To be determined in Deerfield, IL

    Schedule; all times are approximate:

    Mentors/Newcomers Meeting

    Plant Judging begins

    Members Meeting

    Speaker:  To Be Announced

  • February Meeting 2021 - Potluck and Auction

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 05:30 PM
    Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL

    Schedule:  Chicago Botanic Gardens, 5:30 p.m. set up pot luck.  6:15 pm dinner starts.  7:00 p.m. Auction starts.

    2021 IOS Members (you must be a 2021 member!), Family and or One Friend

    Come out and enjoy our annual potluck to celebrate the start of the Chicago Botanic Gardens Orchid show!  

    Get to see the CBG Orchid Show without the crowds.  

    Please bring your home made goodies to share - enough for 6 - 8 people for each member of your party.

    We will again be having an Orchid Auction (live and silent) to raise money for an orchid-related project. 

    Watch for the E-vite e-mail coming to your inbox soon - but only if you are a 2021 member!