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The Ramapo Orchid Society, Inc. is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to the love of growing orchids . We meet every month ( except July & August) at the
Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, Englewood, New Jersey.
At our meetings we feature guest speakers, hands-on workshops, and an opportunity to trade growing secrets with some very experienced members. We always have a show table, and affordably priced orchids from local vendors. Special events include our yearly show, a great auction, and a fun Xmas party. The society is open to anyone who shares our love of orchids, so why don't you come and join a terrific bunch of people.
We are an affiliated member of the American Orchid Society (AOS) and Northeast Judging Center.
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Next Meeting: Thursday, October 18, 2018 @ 7PM

Catasetums: Growing and Loving

Fred Clarke from Sunset Valley Orchids

Catasetum, Cycnoches and Mormodes are three related genera from the Tribe Cymbidieae. Individually, each has been considered an orchid oddity, or “botanical”, of interest mainly to the seriously addicted enthusiast.

These plants have a brief deciduous period in winter, when the plants need a definite dry rest period bordering on neglect. These robust orchids are native to lowland tropical forests in Central and South America and are usually grown in warm or intermediate conditions.

Fred Clarke has been growing orchids for 30 years and has been hybridizing for 22 of those years. With over 24 years as a professional grower and manager in the horticultural industry, Fred applies these skills at his orchid nursery; Sunset Valley Orchids, located in San Diego, California. He is a passionate orchid grower whose curiosity in orchids is broad and varied.

Although developing Cattleya hybrids has been his sustaining interest, he is also actively creating new Bulbophylum and Paphiopedilum hybrids plus some others to be named if they work out! His pioneering work in Catasetum intergeneric hybrids led to the development of several notable hybrids, most recently the grex, Fredclarkeara After Dark, which produced “the blackest flower ever witnessed”. This grex has received five FCC’s and three AM’s on the first flowers shown for judging!

Fred is an Accredited Judge in the Pacific South Judging Region. His plants have received hundreds of quality awards from the American Orchid Society.

Please check out The Sunset Valley orchids website.


The December Holiday Dinner and Orchid Auction will be held on December 6th at La Famiglia in Teaneck.
Reservations will be requested.


Membership Dues are up and can still be paid at this coming meeting!

Individual $25.00 per year
Family $30.00 per year



Mid-Hidson Orchid Society Fall 2018 Show & Sale

Event will be held at the Union Presbyterian Church
44 Balmville Road, Newburgh

Contact: Ruth Nattras 845-343-2901 rnrn@frontier.com

More infos here


2018 Northeast Center Judges
Auction & Holiday Party

Don’ miss the next annual American Orchid Society Northeast Judging Center Orchid Auction & Holiday Party Saturday, December 15, 2018.

As always, a buffet lunch is complimentary.

Join us at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ.
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum offers plentiful free parking. Directions are available at https://www.arboretumfriends.org/.

Everyone is welcome!
This is your opportunity to acquire rare, unusual and special plants from the judges’ collections and other special donors.

Viewing will begin at 9:30AM and the Auction will start at 10:00
AM. Please bring your checkbook or cash as we cannot accept
credit cards.

The plant list will be posted and updated until auction time at

Your support and participation in our auction is the main source of funds for your Judging Center and the participation of judges at your shows.
The Northeast Judging Center is a 501C3 non-profit


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