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 November 20, 2014
The Orchids of Madagascar
and Their Culture
Tom Purviance’s orchid growing began as a hobby with two hundred orchids
in the home. His passion continued and resulted in construction of an
8x16 foot greenhouse in 1986 which was quickly filled. A free standing
28X32 foot greenhouse was next and within a few years Parkside Orchid
Nursery was founded. While Parkside has new ownership, Tom and his
partner are still involved its day to day operation.
Tom will be speaking about Madagascar, this unique island and its orchid
plants. Madagascar is an island country in the Indian Ocean, off the
coast of Southeast Africa. Following the prehistoric breakup of the
supercontinent Gondwana, Madagascar split from Africa around 88 million
years ago, allowing native plants and animals to evolve in relative
isolation. Consequently, Madagascar is a biodiversity hot spot and as
much as 90% of its wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth. Madagascar
has one of the richest and most distinctive orchid floras anywhere in
the world. There are almost 1000 species in 57 genera. Some are large,
spectacular and well known to orchid growers. But most are cryptic and
grow in shady places under trees and shrubs or on the trunks and
branches of trees in the forest. Tom will highlight some of the most
popular plants and the basics of successful cultivation, and will also
discuss a few of the less well known and unusual species from the
island. He will be bringing plants for sale, most likely from Parkside
and maybe a few from his and his partner’s personal collection.
Dec. 18, 2014 - BCOS - Speaker, Andy Braun: “A Few of My Favorite
Things” (Orchids I grow and why.) Please note that our usual holiday
meeting, Cookies and Culture, has been moved to the January meeting.
Jan. 15, 2015 BCOS - Cookies and Culture: Everything you wanted to know
about orchids- ask the in-house experts. Oh yes, lots of cookies.
Churchville Nature Center, 7:30 pm