Deep Cut Orchid Society
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Upcoming member meetings and events
Our October meeting will be held online via a ZOOM meeting. Members can view and participate in the meeting from a PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. The meeting will begin promptly at 7:30pm on Tuesday, October 13th and run approximately 90 minutes. The ZOOM meeting invitation, including the link and instructions to join, will be emailed to all DCOS members several days ahead of time. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not receive it by October 9th. (If you are new to Zoom, see below for access to help.)
Our guest speaker is Bob Sprague, and his presentation is titled "A Conservation Project in a Most Unlikely Place." Although an industrial park seems an unlikely place for orchids ... meet Valmont Bog. This talk introduces a special site, it's probable origins, unusual flora (including ten orchids) and the years-long effort to save them.
A vitual show table will follow Bob's presentation. Members can email pictures of their blooming plants to email@example.com no later than 9:00 pm October 12th.
Bob Sprague’s Background
Originally from Long Island, Bob has lived in Pennsylvania since the mid-seventies. He's a former Naval Officer and retired business executive. His psychology degree from Muhlenberg College should control his OCOD (obsessive, compulsive orchid disorder) but nonetheless he is Vice-president of the Native Orchid Conference (NOC) and former President of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Orchid Society (SEPOS). For several years Bob coordinated and edited a series of native orchid articles for “Orchids” the official AOS publication. Several of his photos and articles have appeared in that magazine. He works with the North Branch Land Trust (NBLT), Longwood Gardens and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center on a project to preserve a unique population of native orchids in Pennsylvania. He has spoken at orchid societies and garden clubs in the mid-Atlantic area and has led field trips for NBLT, Mt. Cuba Center and the NOC. Bob and his wife Amy travel extensively in pursuit of orchids and birds, and they grow tropical orchids in a “warm” greenhouse. Bob has been Co-chair of the SEPOS orchid show for many years and directed its transition from Longwood Gardens to the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences and, in 2016, to the Oaks Expo Center. He has also been volunteer President of Helping Hands, Inc., a social service agency, for over thirty years.