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									Volume 31 Issue 5 Sept. 2008

                                   The purposes for which the Society is organized are to create an awareness of orchid
GLOS BOARD                         culture; to foster the preservation of native species of orchids; to support research
                                   and development of orchid culture; and to hold meetings, lectures, and exhibitions.
President
 Pete Porciello 517-655-1311
 pporciello@voyager.net
Vice President                     SEPTEMBER 20th MEETING:
 Jerrie Nichols 734-214-7218       Presbyterian Church, Okemos
 sjnichols@usgs.gov
Past President                     Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for:
 Bill Cadman 517-484-3406           • Plant shopping from our speaker/vendor
 billc377@yahoo.com                 • Experienced Society members will be
Treasurer
 Doris Asher 517-332-0004
                                   available to answer questions and help
 asherdoris@juno.com               problem solve orchid growing issues
Secretary                           • Please have refreshments in place prior to
 Emily Tseng 517-381-8624          start of meeting.
 tsenge1088@yahoo.com
Newsletter Editor                  Meeting will start promptly at 7:00 pm
 Dot Potter Barnett 517-626-7295
 Dot_Lee@cablespeed.com
Director                           Speaker: Ernie from Enlightened Orchids:
 Peter Ostlund 517-449-5248        http://www.EnLightenedOrchids.com/
 p.ostlund@yahoo.com
                                   Ernie will bring plants to sell, so if you
Director
 Leslie Behm 517-655-2972          have anything you would like him to
 behm@msu.edu                      bring, please email him in plenty of time
                                   to do so:
                                   Ernie@EnLightenedOrchids.com/
INDEX
 2 President’s Message/            Ernie, born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has dual Bachelor of Science
   GLOS Calendar/Speaker           degrees in Marine Biology and Aquaculture from the Florida Institute of Technology,
 3 Wild Orchids/New                Melbourne, FL. He spent three years of graduate study at the George Washington
   Member Meeting                  University and National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC investigating
 4 GLOS Picnic Photos
                                   the physiology, evolutionary biology, and taxonomy of freshwater, South American
 5 GLOS Picnic Report
 6 Financial Report
                                   catfishes in the genus Corydoras. He currently works as a laboratory manager and
 7 Congratulations Page/New        technician in the Biomedical Polymer Sciences Laboratory at the University of Illinois
   Joint Effort/Pots R equest      at Chicago, Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences performing research using
 8 Board Meeting Minutes           polymers for targeted, controlled release cancer treatments and directed cell growth
 9 AOS Corner                      for tissue regeneration. Ernie is a probationary, certified AOS judge at the Chicago
10 Orchid Conservation             judging center in his fourth year of training. “We have been growing orchids under
11 Vendor/Member Ads               fluorescent lights since 1997. We grow primarily Paphiopedilums, Phragmipediums,
12 Orchids in Cyberspace           Moth orchids (Phalaenopsis/ Doritis/ Doritaenopsis etc), and mini and compact
                                   Corsage orchids (Cattleya alliance).” In his spare time, aside from maintaining orchids
                                   under lights in a dedicated 8’x10’ second story room and unique garage growing room,
CALYPSO DEADLINE:                  Ernie likes to spend time with his wife, son, and cat; brew beer; keep tropical fish; play
Oct. 17 for the Nov. issue.        volleyball and roller hockey; and SCUBA dive as a PADI-certified Divemaster.
Volume 31 Issue 5                                         September 2008                                               Page 2

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE --                   Pete Porciello

With summer nearly gone, it’s time to think about getting orchid plants back inside, and “spiffing” up your favorites
for the show season! Our budget for the new fiscal year is in place; our show staging has been re-furbished; our
board is busy with tasks that will help the organization improve; and talk of the 2009 show is already buzzing.

After a very financially successful picnic, it really is time to begin planning for our show in February. Can we
continue to ride the wave of success? What kind of role do you want to have in that? Let Jerrie Nichols know!

Don’t forget to attend an orchid show…or two…or three, and think about sending a plant or two to one of them.
We are already getting invitations to arrange displays, and if you are interested in learning how to do that, please
contact me!

New membership is also on a roll, and the board is committed to finding ways to include more members in our
activities. At the board meeting in August, we established a new bylaws committee which will include GLOS
members from outside the board. We need to revisit some of the particulars that would be best updated given the
current climate of our organization. If you are interested in helping out on this bylaws committee, please contact
Leslie Behm.

If you have a Thursday afternoon free between now and October 14th, consider making a trip to the Williamston
Farmer’s Market where Littlefrog Farm is partnering with a few GLOS individuals to promote a fundraiser for our
treasury! If you want to help, contact Doris Asher to get on the official list of market participants!

Before the September meeting, check out your plants! You may be surprised to find a special flower that you can
bring to the meeting to show off! We’d love to see it! ...and we’d love to see you there too!



Ernie’s talk:
Building Your Paphiopedilum Collection Wisely - Ernie will discuss ideas growers may consider to
get the most bang for their buck and growing space while still having diversity in their slipper orchid
collection. Alternatives to difficult yet popular species and hybrids, species and hybrids to watch for
when searching for certain floral traits, and things to consider when purchasing Paphiopedilums will be
discussed as well. Culture will be discussed if desired and if time permits.


GLOS CALENDAR OF EVENTS
➜August 14 - October 16 - Littlefrog Farm & GLOS, Thursdays at the Williamston City Market
➜September. 20 - GLOS General Meeting: Speaker: Ernie from Enlightened Orchids
➜October 11, 12 - Three Rivers Orchid Society Show in Fort Wayne, IN. We need someone to set up
and take down our display.

➜October 13 - GLOS Board Meeting at Leslie Behm’s
➜October 18 - 2:00 pm - GLOS New Member meeting at Porter’s Orchids
➜November 8, 9 - Michiana Orchid Society Show at Holy Cross College, Notre
Dame (South Bend), IN. We need someone to set up and take down our display.

➜November 15 - GLOS General Meeting: Speaker: Fred Clarke of Sunset Valley
Orchids

 ➜You are receiving the Calypso either as a .pdf file, a hard copy, or both, depending on what we have from you in our records.
 If you would like to change this, please let either Dot or Doris know.

 If you have not received the .pdf file by two weeks before the General Meeting, please let Dot know.
Volume 31 Issue 5                                    September 2008                                            Page 3
WILD ORCHIDS PROLIFERATE IN THE AREA
Two years ago, sitting in his auto, Don Garling
spotted a plant under a blue spruce at edge of my
driveway and asked me about my “wild orchid”. I
thought he was kidding because I do no gardening,
and I didn't plant anything under those blue spruces.
Nevertheless, there it was, and it thrived -- in its
second season, Don had me alert him when the seed
pods had matured.
Now, this year I have experienced a population
explosion!! the healthy, 12" tall plants are in about
10 different spots -- all associated with conifers
                               somehow. The original
                               plant is now a cluster
                               of about six. All of the
                               plants blossomed freely
                               throughout the month of
                               July. At the time of this
                               writing, they are loaded with seed capsules.
                             Flowers vary in color – “mine” are predominantly light green but with a large lip which
                             is a rich deep red purple; the column is lemon yellow. Because there are numerous
                             half-inch wide flowers on each inflorescence, the proliferation of red purple lips gives
                             an initial impression of pink-lavender flowers.
                             After being amazed at the proliferation of these plants in my yard, I was astonished
                             to find an outcropping of them in the parking lot at the Okemos Meijer Store in full,
                             rollicking bloom -- amazing! (hundreds of them were growing in a planter with a
                             young shade tree in it but mulched with cedar/cypress/fir/pine bark !!!) the flowers,
                             though tiny, are really very pretty -- a lot of purple/lavender on them. (You can imagine
                             me almost standing on my head in the hot Meijer parking lot trying to peer into this
                             little flower which hangs down. Such a sight as my derriere must have provided!)
                             While I am no taxonomist, I believe these orchids are a European species called
                             Epipactis helleborine. You can see a color plate (number 25) and read about Epipactis
                             helleborine on pages 143-145 in Fred Case’s Orchids of the western Great Lakes region
                             (1987). One can find many references to the orchids, too, on the web. It seems to have
                             no particular common name.
                             In my very limited experience, these plants seem always to be associated with conifers
                             – mine proliferated after I had a landscaping firm bring in cypress mulch for my
                             blue spruces; the orchids at Meijer are in planters that were mulched this spring with
                             cypress mulch brought in from Florida. Did seeds from Epipactis ride with the mulch
                             to East Lansing and Okemos? Research on the Internet reveals several locations of the
                             plants in the state of Florida.
Photos by Dot




NEW MEMBERS MEETING
New members -- anyone who joined GLOS after July of 2007, this is for you:
We will meet at Porter’s Orchids on October 18 at 2:00 pm, for a potting
demonstration and question and answer session. You may bring a plant to
repot, or there will be one available at the greenhouse for you to use. Porter’s
will furnish a standard potting mix. We’ll also show you some not-so-standard
potting materials.
Of course, all members of GLOS are welcome to come and participate.
Volume 31 Issue 5                                 September 2008                                           Page 4
GLOS PICNIC: July, 2008




Photos by Dot




➜Julie Bishop, Eva Collakova, and Pete Porciello have volunteered to bring refreshments for the September meeting.
Volume 31 Issue 5                                   September 2008                                             Page 5

GLOS GENERAL MEETING MINUTES: Submitted by Emily Tseng 8/15/08
GLOS Annual Picnic & Meeting (July 13, 2008)
Wonch Park, Okemos
Pete Porciello (President) called the meeting to order at 2pm.
There were approximately 30 participants.
General announcements:
1. Christa Forrester shared the news and photographs of her house, that her greenhouse is available for sale as she
   is moving soon.
2. Grant Godden will be leaving us for Florida, and Eva Collakova for N. Carolina.
3. Rob Halgren announced that he has orchid plants to give away, available at his greenhouse (Littlefrog Farm).
4. Marilyn Lee shared brochures of flower shows: "Awesome August" (8/15-16, 08), by the Garden Club of Greater
   Lansing; and the "16th Annual Chicagoland Orchid Fest" (9/26-28/08). Contact Marilyn if you would like to share
   a ride with her.
Conservation Committee
There are 10 acres near Williamston; fliers and newsletters are available. Also, help is needed with signs at Harris
Center and at Fenner's.
Auctioning of orchids and others plants, started at 2:40pm. The following 'auctioneers' did a superb job of selling
the plants, dusted with a great deal of humor:
- Don Garling - Hemerocallis (day lilies)
- Rob Halgren
- Lynn O'Shaughnessy
- Mike Underwood
Everyone who participated left the picnic with happy tummies and many new plants.


GLOS PICNIC AUCTION A HUGE SUCCESS - Submitted by Doris Asher, Society Treasurer
The Society’s annual picnic was a success in so many ways! Delicious food, good conversation with orchid friends,
and one of our most profitable auctions in memory!
Thirty-one Society members and their guests enjoyed a wonderful potluck repast – large picnic tables ladened
with diverse and delicious food. Held at Wonch Park on Okemos Road on Sunday, July 13th, the gigantic auction
tempted 27 of the 31 to buy items; the total “take”?: $906.50. Veteran auctioneers Don Garling, Rob Halgren, Lynn
O’Shaughnessy, and Mike Underwood took turns auctioning off orchids, daylilies, assorted other perennials, foliage
plants, and orchid-related items.
                                                                                                    2007 $639
Thank you to our auctioneers and to everyone who donated auction materials as well as to
                                                                                                    2006 $571
those who bought items.
                                                                                                    2005 $695
As a point of comparison, here are results of our Picnic auctions in years past:                    2004 $658
                                                                                                    2003 $727
If you have suggestions for other ways for the Society to raise funds, please bring them to the     2002 $609
attention of our Finance Committee – Doris Asher (Chair and Treasurer – asherdoris@juno.            2001 $515
com or 517-332-0004), Pete Porciello (pporciello@voyager.net or 517-655-1311), and Angie
Kremer (kremera@michigan.gov or 517-645-7534). Our very inexpensive dues have remained unchanged for many
years; in fact, they may have always been at this level since our inception in 1977, $8 for individuals and $12 for
a household – can anyone confirm or deny this? If we do not need to raise our dues because of our outstanding
fundraising activities, that would be all to the good. Having low dues enables people of all income levels to
participate with us. In addition, every time an organization raises its dues, some people choose not to renew, so
any additional income projections need to be modified to try to factor in that eventuality – in addition, the Society
Board hates to lose even one member!
Do remember that as a 501( c )(3) nonprofit organization
any donation you might make to the Society is tax deductible
according to federal and state tax laws. We welcome such
contributions!
When the fall meetings roll around, please be generous with
our meeting’s raffles, silent auctions, and live auctions. Every
dollar helps!                                                                                           Photo by Dot
Volume 31 Issue 5                                September 2008                                          Page 6
GLOS FINANCIAL REPORT -               8/4/08 Covering Period from 07/01/2008 – August 03, 2008
Submitted by Doris Asher

 INCOME                                                                                           $1,092.19
         Picnic Auction                                                              902.50
         Dues -- Renewals                                                            120.00
         Interest                                                                     65.69
                               CD 112-0650794535 cashed               59.99
                               7/31/2008
                               CD 103-0651148332 cashed               5.64
                               7/31/2008
                               Savings Account – July 2008            .06
         Sale of Plant
                                                                                        4.00
         Labels

 EXPENSES                                                                                          $339.46
         Administrative Expense                                                   165.96
                    Painting Exhibit Staging                          94.96
                    Filing Michigan Nonprofit Report                  20.00
                    Banking                                           51.00
                        To close Fifth Third accounts      50.00
                        To open accounts MSU               1.00
                        Federal Credit
         Donation – Nature Conservancy                                            100.00
         Calypso Copying July issue                                               73.50
 NET EXPENSE                                                                                       $752.67

 Balance on hand August 4, 2008                                                                  $12,817.22
                                        Checking                                  1,823.31
                                        Saving                                         5.00
                                        Subtotal CD’s                            10,988.91
 CD 110-0651289944 (matures 08/28/2008) 3.05%                                                     $1,274.33
 CD 112-0650794594 (matures 08/30/2008) 5.02%                                                     $1,187.63
 CD 110-0651007329 (matures 10/02/2008) 1.90%                                                     $1,247.11
 CD 110-0651501749 (matures 01/27/2009) 2.81%                                                     $1,142.72
 *CD1 (matures 1/31/2009) 2.70%                                                                   $1,023.77
 CD 112-0650706806 (matures 06/09/2009) 5.02%                                                     $1,143.30
 *CD0 (matures 7/31/2009) 3.35%                                                                   $1,411.58
 CD 003-0650092373 (matures 10/23/2009) 4.02%                                                     $1,137.87
 *CD2 (matures 1/31/2010) 3.35%                                                                   $1,420.60
 Subtotal CD’s                                                                                   $10,988.91

*These CD’s are from the MSU Federal Credit Union; the others are from Fifth Third Bank.
Nb: As of August 4, 2008, conservation fund is $193.10
Volume 31 Issue 5                                   September 2008                                             Page 7

CONGRATULATIONS PAGE:
FOR SECOND TIME, GLOS MEMBER TAKES REINS OF JUDGING CENTER
For the second time in the history of the Great Lakes Judging Center of the American Orchid Society, a
GLOS member has been elected Chair! One of the most prestigious and also one of the hardest working
of all of the various volunteer positions within the American Orchid Society is that of Chair of one the
Society’s 33 judging centers.
At the Greak Lakes Judging Center’s semiannual business meeting on Saturday, June 21, 2008, GLOS
Past President Don Garling was elected Chair of the Ann Arbor-based Center. Although his responsibility
officially begins January 1, 2009, according to the AOS guidelines, in point of fact, past Chair Glenda
Lask is transitioning the work to Don as quickly as is reasonable.
The other GLOS member to hold this position was current Treasurer Doris Asher, who Chaired the Center
from 1999 through 2003. Although Center chairs are elected for one-year terms, individuals may serve
five consecutive one-year terms.
At the same business meeting on June 21st, GLOS Past President Marilyn Lee announced her intention
to step down as Center Secretary, a position she has held for ten consecutive years!
Past President Bill Cadman became an official observer at the June meeting; “observer” is the first step in
the long process of becoming an AOS judge. Congratulations, Bill!
Other GLOS members who are AOS judges include: Greg Filter, Rob Halgren, Jim Heilig, Lynn
O’Shaughnessy, Bill Porter, and Dick Wells.
Submitted by Doris Asher


GLOS AND LITTLEFROG FARMS AT THE FARMERS’ MARKET
For something entirely new! The Greater Lansing Orchid Society in cooperation with
Rob Halgren and Littlefrog Farms of Stockbridge is a vendor at the Williamston Farmers’
Market. Littlefrog Farms also offers a selection of produce, which will be available at the
stand.

Members from GLOS, including Rob Halgren, owner of Littlefrog Farms and Judge in
the American Orchid Society (AOS); Doris Asher, GLOS Treasurer, and AOS Judge; Jerrie
Nichols, Vice-President of GLOS; and Pete Porciello, President of GLOS, and Chair of the Williamston Economic
Development Corporation, sponsor of the Williamston Farmers' Market are staffing the sales table. They are
enjoying chatting with anyone who wishes to know more about the orchid(s) they buy or any they currently own.
The Partnership hopes to promote local interest in orchid growing by capitalizing on the Markets’ Grand River
location. Littlefrog Farms will be donating a portion of the sales proceeds each week to the Orchid Society.

                        The Partnership chose the Williamston Farmers' Market partly because of the Market’s
                        mission statement, which closely aligns with that of GLOS, the social atmosphere associated
                        with the Market, and the convenience offered by the Market’s rules.

                        The Williamston Farmers' Market, located at 161 E. Grand River Avenue right next to City
                        Hall in downtown Williamston, is open each Thursday from noon until dusk (about 6:00
                        p.m.). GLOS expects to sell there each Thursday throughout the month of September.
                        Come and see us!


CALL FOR POTS
GLOS needs clean, round, plain pots, preferably black. Pete Ostund is collecting and painting pots for our displays.
One of the time-consuming tasks in setting up a display is wrapping all the plants in black cloth. If we have a good
quantity of black pots, the idea is that we can slip the plants (original pot and all) into a “display” black pot which
will expedite setting up a display -- and maybe encourage more GLOS members to participate.
So if you have some 3” - 12” plain black pots, either with or without a rim, that you could donate to GLOS, that will
benefit us all! Please contact Pete Ostund to donate or for more information.
Volume 31 Issue 5                                   September 2008                                            Page 8

MINUTES OF THE GLOS BOARD MEETING -- Submitted by: Emily Tseng (8/07/08)

GLOS Board Meeting Minutes
June 09, 2008, at Pete Porciello's house.
Present: Pete Porciello, Doris Asher, Grant Godden, and Emily Tseng
Pete Porciello (President) called the meeting to order at 7:20 pm.
Organizational Business:
1. There were no changes to the agenda.
2. Approval of the minutes prepared by Jerrie Nichols for the April 15th Board Meeting. Doris requested that the
   corrected Board Meeting minutes be sent to all Board members for approval.
3. Doris presented the following:
   - Shared three 'Financial Reports' (from the year 2007 to June 2, 2008). She pointed to the expensive two months
     (expenditures greater than income). All expenses were accounted for;
   - She opened a new savings account for a $50 bonus;
   - Commented on the great membership number: 157 people to date; dues income running well ahead of
     expectations; and,
   - Pointed to the need to appoint the Finance Committee, which needs to draw up Budget for fiscal year 2008-9.
4. Committee Meeting Reports: (many items were postponed due to absent members)
GLOS Calender:
1. 6/28/08 - Open House at Green Acres, clearance sale, great selections.
2. 7/13/08 - GLOS Annual Picnic
3. 9/6-7/08 – Mid-America Orchid Congress (Mason, Ohio)
Old Business:
1. Doris shared updates on trophies for next year's show: Joy Suphattra's clay orchids can provide trophies at the
   same price as the previous year; and samples will be available for review at the next meeting.
2. Discussion , update for the next GLOS show (2/28 to 3/1/08): deferred for discussion at the picnic; issues about
   date of the show and parking.
3. Need volunteers to arrange plants at the next meeting during break
4. A date and a place need to be set for a new-member meeting (deferred)
New Business:
1. There were four items that require discussions (votes) pertaining to the GLOS's Article VIII. Membership
Meetings (see page 7):
 Section 1.Quorum - Twenty (20) percent of Members in good standing shall constitue a quorum for the
  transaction of business at a regular or special meeting.
 Section 2. Annual business meeting - (A) the annual business meeting shall be held on the second Saturday of
  May; (B) The election of officers shall take place.
 Section 3. Regular Meeting - Regular meetings shall be held at least 6 times per year; the dates shall be
  determined by the Board at the first board meeting subsequent to the annual business meeting.
 Section 4. Special membership meetings - Special meetings may be called by the President at the request of
  a quorum of the board of directors or by petition of five Society members in good standing. A written notice
  stating the business to be transacted will be sent to the members at least ten days prior the special meeting. Only
  business stated in the notice may be transacted at a special membership meeting.
Pete Porciello (President) will follow up to gather votes needed re
 (1) Continuation of $100 to Nature Conservancy;
 (2) setting a regular board meeting date of the second Monday of each even-numbered month; and,
 (3) an amendment to the Bylaws, to change the quorum needed to conduct business, from 20% to 10% of the total
           membership.
2. Speakers: Bill Cadman has a speaker for the September general meeting
3. Need clarification of time to start refreshments - at 6:30 pm, or, at the break?
4. Clarification on foods and beverages to bring to the annual picnic; traditionally, Board donates the beverages.
5. Operational Guidelines: changes, revisions, or, use relevant "instructions" only?
6. Need to get new members interested in setting up exhibits; and look at another study group session.
Volume 31 Issue 5                                  September 2008                                            Page 9

AOS CORNER - By Melba and Jim Butler, AOS Representatives
We go to press with the AOS Corner, even though we are all in mourning for the loss of Maria Teresa “Tere”
Fighetti a few days ago. Our deepest regrets and condolences are herein expressed to AOS President Carlos
Fighetti and his family.

Orchid Trivia : “In a time of rapidly diminishing wild areas, of escalating population and pressure on what wild
lands remain, it is necessary for thinking people to do all they can to reduce their adverse effect on our world.
Above all, be aware of your actions and their potential effects. Who cares? You should.”

(Last paragraph of the Introduction in The World’s Most Beautiful Orchids by Greg Allikas & Ned Nash, p 49;
Thunder Bay Press, San Diego, CA and PRC Publishing, London, United Kingdom; 2005).

 Our personal comments: The pages of this beautifully written and illustrated book are primarily of orchid
photographs and captions by Greg Allikas and very useful, interesting, helpful and thought-provoking information
on many orchids, orchid topics and subjects by Ned Nash. The two made a fine team for this work and in
their Acknowledgments to several, they credit Greg’s wife, Kathy Figiel, as the proofreader and editor of the
manuscripts.

More orchid trivia : “Orchids occupy almost every conceivable habitat type except the oceans, from tropical
cloud forests to seashore scrub, from tundra to semi-deserts. You can find them in the Andes and Himalayas,
the Everglades, ancient Roman and Mayan ruins, even your own back yard.” Pridgeon, Alec. The Illustrated
Encyclopedia of Orchids; Lansdowne Publishing Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia, 1992, Reprinted 1994; p. 7.

Orchids currently seem to be more important and more rampant than ever.

If you grow them, as we do, as hobbyists, you probably have them all over house, your desk at work, on the patio,
in the greenhouse, on the fence, in flower beds, maybe even on the front porch or entrance. We all see orchids
everywhere: they are in the grocery store, hardware store, home repair store, orchid society meetings, shows,
and workshops. All the magazines use them in their ads from furniture to jewelry and scented candles and room
fresheners. Their beauty attracts attention and accents bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, and virtually any
landscape looks better with orchids.

For the beginning hobbyist, orchids probably seem mostly mysterious. In the beginning, there is so much to learn
and so many directions to take, like which ones to grow, how to grow them, where to find another one because the
ones you have aren’t blooming now. You have concerns and questions and your fascination goes on and on…

If you judge them, you are probably trying to keep up with the continuous and challenging name changes. You
think you can remember what it was before it became what it is now and then you get an e-mail or read in a
bulletin that it has changed again.

Many years ago, people died trying to retrieve them from dark jungles and rain forests and delivering them across
oceans or continents for the rewards they would be paid by wealthy horticulturalists. The orchid fever goes on
even today as some become so possessed with orchids that they break the law to buy and sell them. We read in
the news that some are being prosecuted, pay fines, and even go to jail because they became foolish and greedy.

In some countries, orchids are the livelihood of many people. They provide work for thousands who propagate,
cultivate, market, and ship orchids across oceans and around the world for more people to continue their
distribution, for orchid vendors, hobbyists, households and offices to enjoy.

For us, orchids began with just wanting a few orchids for our own enjoyment in our home. How could we know
they would become so important? Now we even write about them.

Whatever your reason for being involved with orchids, by now you know that the variety, vastness and even the
mystery of orchids is endless. Let’s continue to enjoy their beauty, read about them, study them, grow them, go to
meetings, workshops and shows, and join even more societies! Let’s share them with friends and family. Surely
their main purpose in this world is to be admired and shared.

Find loads of orchid information on the AOS Web site at www.aos.org. Join the AOS and receive Orchids
magazine each month…it’s for orchid lovers!
Volume 31 Issue 5                                   September 2008                                            Page 10
ORCH ID CONSERVATION NEWS
Rescuing Native Orchids by Marilyn Lee, August 20, 2008
Part I Review
On May 15, 2007 six GLOS members partnering with the Michigan Department of Transportation, went to the
U.P. to rescue Cypripedium reginae that were in the path of road construction along U.S. 75. MDOT became aware
of the problem for the slipper orchids from a U.P. citizen whom will be referred to as C.P. The goal was to rapidly
remove and relocate the plants to a site with suitable environmental conditions close to the original site if possible.
Knowledgeable conservationists from the Nature Conservancy of Michigan, the Michigan Nature Association and
the Michigan Audubon Society helped identify suitable locations and public and private “caretakers” in nearby
counties in the U.P., in Emmet County below the Mackinac Bridge, and one location in Jackson County.
Conservation stewards who could do the planting as well as long term follow-up were identified. GLOS reserved
some of the rescued plants for the two local nature centers in Ingham County where GLOS had established
demonstration orchid beds, Fenner Nature Center and Harris Nature Center. These local Centers have ongoing
nature programs for youth. A small clump of C. reginae was also planted in the public sunken garden at Scott
Center in Lansing and maintained by the Garden Club of Greater Lansing. The locations and conservation
stewards were carefully chosen so we could later assess the effectiveness of the relocation effort.
Part II Follow-up
How have the moved orchids fared? I interviewed the stewards and managers of the various sites and preserves,
fall 2007 and again late spring and early summer2008.The orchids flowered in 2008 at all of the sites according
to the season. I visited the Jackson County site twice. There the plants were protected from deer with a wire cage
and were growing well. The deer were hardest on the plants in the U.P. and at Fenner nature Center. In a small
U.P. preserve that has very rare plants they were protected with Deer OFF or a similar deterant. Around July 4 C.P.
visited the former road construction site and noted “very tall” cyps. along the treeline. She took pictures which I
am eagerly waiting to receive. It should be noted that there were yellow lady slippers among the C. reginae that
showed up in a couple of the sites. All of the sites in Emmet County continue to be regularly monitored. The clump
of reginae at Scott Center appears to be very healthy. The report on the flower beds at the two local nature centers
will be presented in the next newsletter.


On the Path of Conservation - read the entire article on the AOS website:
http://www.aos.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&CONTENTID=5052

IN THE FEBRUARY 2008 ISSUE OF Orchids, I wrote about the need to create a strategy to save orchids from
extinction as natural habitats disappear. Several choices were presented and the Conservation Committee, as well
as the membership, discussed this in general. If you remember, the choices were (1) to continue to give grants
to count the orchids that are left, (2) to form alliances with existing habitat organizations and participate in the
purchase of habitats, and (3) to create a mechanism to educate governments and communities about conservation.
Later, we added another choice: (4) to ensure that all orchid species are also in cultivation, either at botanical
gardens or in private collections or both. This required creating and maintaining a database to keep track of them.
...
So, our strategy for orchid conservation is clear. We need to follow the four choices above. Is one choice more
important than another? This is up to all of us to decide. But we are at a crossroads and we must do something.
Carlos Fighetti
AOS President
Volume 31 Issue 5                                         September 2008                                                  Page 11




                                                                         Green Acres Orchids
                                                                         We continue to have our 50% off
                                                                         Going Out Of Business sale.
                                                                         Come soon for the best selection!
                                                                         Open by appointment:
                                                                         517-543-5670
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                                                                        For Sale:
                                                                        Green Shadecloth -- 60% Shade
                                                                        Dimensions: 12 ft. x 12 ft.
                                                                        Lightweight
                                                                        Purchased @ Charley’s Greenhouse & Garden, WA
                                                                        Price new: $49.00
                                                                        Sale price: $25.00
                                                                        Contact:
                                                                        Renate at 517-351-7380, anytime

MATERIALS FOR SALE
The Society has several books as well as plant labels available for sale to its members. Treasurer Doris Asher will
have them available at the September meeting for you to look at and to purchase.
BOOKS
Growing orchids by the American Orchid Society – 2002 ed. $9.00
Orchid growing for wimps by Ellen Zachos. – 2002 ed. $17.00
Orchid pests and diseases by the American Orchid Society – 2002 ed. $13.00
Orchid photography by the American Orchid Society – 1995 ed. $6.00
Ortho complete guide to orchids – 2005 ed. $19.00
Your first orchid by the American Orchid Society – 2001 ed. $8.00
PLANT LABELS
The plant labels are 5” longlasting white plastic. Price is $2.00 for a package of 25 labels and $14.00 for a package
of 200.


 GLOS Advertising Policy
 Commercial members may advertise their orchid businesses in the Calypso at no extra charge. Ads will appear as space is available
 and in the order they are received. Advertisers are responsible for preparing their ads. Standing Ads size should normally be 2” x
 3” but exceptions may be made for special events. Submissions will be considered a one-time-only unless designated as standing
 ads. Please check the stated deadline for submission to any Calypso issue. Submissions may be made via email or regular mail.

 Non-commercial members may also advertise orchid related items in the Calypso under the above conditions.
ORCHIDS IN CYBERSPACE
The following is a posting from the Orchid Guide Digest, and on-line orchid email forum which anyone
can join and post orchid news: http://orchidguide.com/mailman/listinfo/orchids_orchidguide.com
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008
The Peruvian Orchid Club is publishing for the first time, its online bulletin called ‘Orquidea’. It is published in PDF
format for everyone to download. Number two and onwards will also be published online for everyone to download.
The Club expects the subscribers to pay an annual fee of US $30 to support orchid conservation in Peru. With your
support we might even be able to publish an English version of our new bulletin. The Peruvian Orchid Club is a non
profit organization with the only intention of protecting and studying Peruvian Orchids, orchids as spectacular as
Phragmipedium kovachii.
In our first number: A pollinator for Ida fimbriata in Cusco, painting of Phragmipedium
kovachii and Peruvian Brassias.
You can download it for free at:
http://www.peruorchids.com/boletin/Orquidea-Agosto-2008.pdf

Thanks
Pablo Bermudez
Peruvian Orchid Club

The North American Native Orchid Journal http://culturesheet.org/wiki:user:nanoj:start
The North American Native Orchid Journal (ISSN 1084-7332) is a publication devoted to promoting interest and
knowledge of the native orchids of North America. A limited number of the print version of each issue of the
Journal are available upon request and electronic versions are available to all interested persons or institutions free
of charge. The Journal welcomes article of any nature that deal with native or introduced orchids that are found
growing wild in North America, primarily north of Mexico, although articles of general interest concerning Mexican
species will always be welcome.

								
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