The Bucks County Orchid Society (BCOS) is a small group of orchid
enthusiasts that meet ten times a year in southeast PA
to share ideas, experiences, and knowledge about orchid growing. Our membership includes beginners, experienced hobbyists,
commercial growers, and AOS judges, who grow their orchids on windowsills, under lights and in
greenhouses. Many bring in blooming plants for the show
table. Most meetings feature a knowledgeable speaker and a plant raffle.
We are an affiliate of the American Orchid Society (AOS),
participate in native orchid conservation projects, and coordinate our
activities with other regional AOS affiliates.
Meetings are open to the public, and are held on the
third Thursday of the month (except July and August) at 7:30pm, at the
Churchville Nature Center, Churchville PA (click on link below for
Our Next Event:
Thursday April 17, 2014
Hey! I've Grown That Orchid!
by Ed Weber
presentation is an exploration of the history of six of the most popular
orchids available: Dendrobium nobile, Paphiopedilum Maudiae, Oncidium
Sharry Baby, Blc Yellow Bird, Phalaenopsis Baldan's Kaleidoscope, and
Blc. George King.
way he will explore some orchid history, have some fun with trivia and a
few quiz questions as well.
Ed is an American Orchid Society student
judge, currently in his third year of training, based in the
Mid-Atlantic judging center located in Philadelphia. He has been growing
orchids since 1999 when upon his Grandmother's death he got custody of
several orchids he had given her. He began researching them and was soon
hooked. Within a year 12 plants became 120 and it only got worse from
there. Initially he grew anything that was an orchid, but his favorites
were always the mini-catts and other small plants. In 2003, Parkside
Orchids introduced him to Pleurothallis tribuloides, his first miniature
pleurothallid. After that, the focus of his collection quickly became
pleurothallids and other plants that like it cool, dark and damp, an
environment he created using a gardening shed located inside his garage.
Currently he has over 500 mostly miniature orchids.
Ed is an active member of the Southeastern
Pennsylvania Orchid Society (SEPOS) and the current president of the
Greater Philadelphia Orchid Society (GPOS). His other hobbies;include
seeing every cave in the state of Pennsylvania, as well as Mammoth Cave
and Carlsbad Caverns, and riding long distance rail routes including the
Empire Builder from Chicago to Seattle and back, and the California
Zephyr. Professionally, Ed is the CEO of Systeme Software, Inc. where he
writes and maintains software used by insurance companies to manage
their agents' licenses.