Holiday Party - Sex, Lies, and Orchids

Time: 2pm - 5pm, Sunday, December 9, 2018 (the second Sunday of December

Location: Phipps Garden Center in Shadyside

If you would like to share a meal with the speaker, when possible, at a restaurant or at someone’s home, please let us know.

Mini-Class: Habeneria Culture

By Tim Choltco


Time: 1:30pm, Nov.18
Location:  Phipps Garden Center in Shadyside

Time to celebrate the holidays with your OSWP family.

2-3:15PM . . . very short business meeting and then Tim Choltco presents his program.  See article in newsletter.

Bring show ‘n tell plants for room decorations.

3:15- 5PM . . . food and fun!

Members will provide the appetizers and desserts. You may BYOB. We will provide the drinks hot and cold.

If your last name begins:

  • A thru L . . . please bring an appetizer
  • M thru Z . . . please bring a dessert


You can call/email me and let me know what you will bring.

If I have too many of one category I may request something different.

There will be plant favors this year.  The order for RSVPs will determine the grab bag choosing order so the earlier you RSVP the better choice you will have.

RSVP by Wednesday, 12/6, to Carolyn to 412 714 0263 or boltoncs@gmail.com. 

Help is always needed to set up the room around 12:30pm.

Any and all helpers greatly appreciated. 

Come hear Tim’s talk about orchid sex!

Brandon Spannbauer, Pleone: Terrestrial Orchids

Time: 2:15pm Sunday, November 18, 2018

Location: Phipps Garden Center in Shadyside

Brandon has been growing orchids for over 17 years and is a member of the Greater Akron Orchid Society for the past 5 years. He is currently the Editor for the society. He has always been fascinated by flowersand acquired his first orchid for his 16th birthday and was somehow able to keep it alive for 14 years, long before I began the long journey of learning about orchids.


He has been growing pleiones for only a fewyears but he was immediately taken by them because when they flower it's on a bare bulb and he couldn'tunderstand where the leaves were or how it grew. He has collated as much information as he could find onthis special genus based on his personal experience and what little literature there is available in English.


He will go over the yearly life cycle of the pleione as well as their cultural requirements, tips and tricks.


Brandon has let me know that he is unsure of his pleione stock. Unfortunately, he was hit very hard this year with predation, however, he will try to secure some bulbs from a source if he is able for the meeting.


Since he is not sure of what he will have to sell, we are opening up to members to bring in plants and
orchid supplies to trade or sell.


Lori McDermott Co-Program Chair
412-247-0397
lorimcdermott@comcast.net