To spread the love and knowledge of orchids.

Our next members meeting will be July 9th at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. 

At our July meeting, we are partnering with the Chicago Botanical Garden. The CBG has a theme this summer and it’s all about Brazil.

Our July speaker’s program is being promoted to the CBG membership and may draw some new people to the auditorium. We will have reserved seating in the front of the auditorium for IOS members. PLEASE WEAR YOUR BADGES in case there is a large crowd. We want to be sure our members get a seat.


Our July speaker is a fellow Illinois Orchid Society member and an American Orchid Society judge. Nile Dusdieker is a retired Gastroenterologist living in North Liberty, Iowa. He ,and his wife Lois, grow over 900 orchids in a greenhouse atop their third garage with all the orchids going outside to a pergola in the summer.

Nile is a certified AOS Judge and has presented posters, presentations and webinars in the US and also internationally at the WOC and Australian Orchid Council National Conventions. He has published several articles in Orchids Magazine.  Nile and his wife Lois, are known locally as the “Orchid Snoops” because everywhere they go they like to look for and learn more about orchids. Nile enjoys visiting orchid societies and sharing his passion for orchid growing.


Niles talk:  The Dunes and the Mist; The Sanctuary and the Ledges; Orchids of Southern Brazil, describes one of their recent trips to four different habitats for Brazilian Orchids. They were fortunate to see literally hundreds of orchids in bloom. You won't want to miss this program.

 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