To spread the love and knowledge of orchids.

November 12th, 2017 Meeting

Chicago Botanic Gardens

We are in for a real treat at our November meeting. Our speaker is the renowned orchid grower Hadley Cash.

Hadley began growing his first orchids over thirty years ago and formed Marriott Orchids in 1985. By this time, he had begun growing Paphiopedilum, almost exclusively. In the early 1990's, he built his first greenhouse of approximately 2,500 square feet. Shortly after that, he started a breeding program focused on producing Paphiopedilum of the highest quality. Hadley married his wife Deborah in 1997, and in 1998, just before the birth of their son Austin, began the orchid business as a full-time career. Marriott Orchids now has 6,000 square feet of heated greenhouse.

As of early 2015, Hadley had received over 400 American Orchid Society awards, including 15 FCC's (First Class Certificates). He has six crosses awarded AQ’s (Award of Quality) from the AOS, and won both the W.W. Wilson Award and the Merritt W. Huntington Award (Best Paphiopedilum and Best FCC of the year).

In May of 2015, Hadley received the highest distinction of his career, the AOS Award for
Excellence in Hybridizing. This award is given for a lifelong commitment to hybridizing excellence.
Mr. Cash has written many published articles on the genus Paphiopedilum and its hybrids for the AOS, Orchid Digest and the Slipper Orchid Journal. He has lectured throughout the US and internationally, sharing both his love and expertise of Slipper Orchids.

Last year at the Huntington Library and Botanic Gardens, I had the pleasure of hearing Hadley speak at the American Orchid Society meeting. His presentation, The Other side of the Story, was excellent. Any-one interested in learning more about slipper orchids will appreciate the knowledge of his lecture. With easy to understand images and his expertise, I gained a clearer understanding of Paphiopedilum.

For our upcoming meeting, his talk will be:  The Beauty of Lady Slippers and How to Bloom Them. You can expect to see images of pinks, whites, yellows, greens, spotted, and novelty Paphiopedilum. The images will be of his award winning plants. Most importantly he will share with us how best to grow them and how to get them to re-flower!


Generally, meetings at CBG are as follows
11:00 a.m. Meet & Greet
11:30 a.m. Mentors Meeting
12:30 p.m. Plant judging starts
12:30 p.m. Monthly workshop
Short Business Meeting
1:15 p.m. approx., Speaker begins
Schedule is subject to change as needed.
Please note: There is to be no recording or
videotaping of our meetings or guest speakers without the express written approval by the
Illinois Orchid Society




  • Featured event

    Spring Show


    The Illinois Orchid Society will be providing information on orchids and docents for the Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden every Saturday and Sunday, starting February 11 and ending on our show weekend, March 10-11, 2018.


    2018 IOS Spring Show Schedule of Events

    February 10-11:

    Orchid Show opens at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

    10-4pm. Volunteers needed to man the membership table, docent, repot orchids, and sell bark.

    February 17-18:

    10-4pm. Volunteers needed to man the membership table, docent, repot orchids, and sell bark.

    February 24-25:

    10-4pm. Volunteers needed to man the membership table, docent, repot orchids, and sell bark.

    March 3-4:

    10-4pm. Volunteers needed to man the membership table, docent, repot orchids, and sell bark.


    Illinois Orchid Society Show Weekend!

    Fri. March 9:

    12 noon. Display set up starts in Nichols Hall

    2pm - 8pm. Vendors, Exhibitor  & Display set up.

    2:30pm - 6pm. Plant registration


    Sat. Mar. 10:

    7am - 10am Ribbon judging.  Volunteer to Clerk.

    10am. AOS Judging (until done).

    10am - 4pm. Show Hours


    Sun. Mar. 11:

    9am - 10am. Photographers only

    10am - 4pm. Show Hours

    4pm - 6pm. Show Tear down


    You can sign up to Volunteer for any week during the IOS supported weekends of the CBG show or for the IOS Show weekend.  You can also sign up to be an Exhibitor or Vendor for the IOS Show weekend and as a vendor for the Orchid Marketplace.


    The IOS will be assisting in the Orchid Marketplace for 2 additional weekends.

    Mar 17-18:

    Volunteers not needed.  Vendors only.

    Mar 24-25:

    Volunteers not needed.  Vendors only.


    March 11, 2018 at 10am - March 12, 2018 at 4pm
    Chicago Botanic Garden
    1000 Lake Cook Rd
    Glencoe, IL 60022
    United States
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