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Photo of OSSC President Erin Maxick

November 2017

Hello all, What an all around magnificent experience we had at the recent Huntington Botanical Gardens orchid show! Under the deft creativity and leadership of 1st VP Carol Beule as well as the hard work of many OSSC volunteers and contributors, we created a stunning display and tookhome a landslide of awards and trophies! Our awards include: AOS Show Trophy for Most Outstanding Exhibit, AOS Silver Medal, Huntington Botanical Gardens Best Overall Display and Best Display Over 40 Feet, “Best Orchid in Show” third place award for Alfred’s Vanda, Orchid Digest Show Trophy AND a bounty of ribbons awarded to OSSC member plants.

The AOS Silver Medal is very special for us. It only goes to a display that exhibits exceptional design elements, quality plants and a high degree of plants displayed etc. This is our first time receiving this honor!

I hope many of you were able to make it out to enjoy our fine display. It was a true celebration of orchids which many visitors delighted over as they took photos and pointed to friends. Look at that! Look at that! Our society information flyers went out to many onlookers, so perhaps we will see some new faces visiting soon.

Looking forward, our November meeting will be very exciting with our own Carol Beule speaking on Lycaste. Our raffle table will be full of member plant contributions so that will also be a unique opportunity to pick up some new plants! Please come join us for another fabulous night.

 Wishing you all the best,

Erin Maxick

Erin’s fun fact:

“The Lycaste skinneri var. alba is the national flower of Guatemala. This flower is also known at the Monja Blanca or The White Nun Orchid. This orchid is a rare flower in the Verapaz district of Guatemala, symbolizing peace, beauty, and art. A decree by General Jorge Ubico in 1934 made The White Nun the national flower. Since then, its commercialization has been prohibited.”


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