the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Orchid Society, and is an AOS member. When 18 April 2004 asked what his profession is, the reply is “visual psychophysicist.” In plain English, 2:00 Rich is the world’s leading authority on Traverse City Public vectography, working for the past 24 years at Stereo Optical Company in Chicago, Library where he is in charge of R&D as well as 610 Woodmere Avenue design and production of three-dimensional vision testing and training equipment for the “““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““ ophthalmology, optometry, clinical Program: psychology and DMV markets. May meeting: “The Alluring Aroma of Orchids” with Rich Unger May 2nd – Library – TC Orchids have always been mysterious and This is the first Sunday in May because of captivating flowers. Their scent can Mother’s Day. There will be no “program” precede their visual impact and draw us to but this is nonetheless a very important them, then follow us into our memories to meeting since this will be our last official haunt us until our return. meeting before our show May 29th and This talk will cover some of the 30th. If you are on a committee, be sure to physiological and psychological bases for keep in touch with one another. the allure of their aroma, but its focus will Consider a flower arrangement that you be on giving the audience a language for might contribute and, of course, we need all defining their fragrance through the use of your blooming orchids for our display - and non-Orchid essential oils, separately and in possibly some greenery. Ask Chuck blends. Dickerson what is needed. Mr. Unger began developing his life-long We will need clerks to help Saturday green thumb in his grandmother’s garden. morning to assist the judges. The show He has directed several community and doesn’t happen without clerks, an easy, fun school gardens in Chicago, where he helped job, but essential. Call or e-mail Karen to save the greenhouse in Kilbourn Park, save her the trouble of tracking you down!! across the street from his home, from the wrecking ball. The Kilbourn Park Organic We also have a potluck supper for everyone Greenhouse is now an award winning setting up and helping Friday evening. community resource that educates children Rosemarie will be asking you to bring a dish and adults in horticultural and environ- to share. We should have refrigerator space available if you bring something that needs mental awareness. Rich has been the to be kept cold. If you haven’t signed up, green- house’s voluntary Community Site Coordin-ator, Master Gardener Instructor let Rosemarie know what you can bring. and Orchid Specialist for the past 9 years. See Peg if you can sponsor a trophy. When buying orchids, he chooses plants for …………………………………………….. their fra- grance; the bulk of his 300+ plant personal collection is composed of Encyclia Refreshment Committee for April: species, and Vandaceous and Cattleya Mary Snider Alice Lindsay intergeneric hybrids. He is a founding member and First Vice President of the Linda Stephenson newly formed Encyclia Enthusiasts, sits on .................................... presentations in the past about these South UPCOMING SHOWS: American Lady Slippers. But, she is also drawn to the miniature species. You will April 9, 10, 11 - Flower & Garden Show – GT find there are many types of Restrepia, Civic Center - Traverse City Dracula, and a few Lepanthes, to name a few of the varied orchids among her May 23rd – Buffalo Barbecue Display - TC collection. She has “spent the last 25 years growing and killing plants,” trying to find May 29 & 30 – Northwestern Michigan Orchid the ones that fit her requirements. Her Society, Traverse City favorite plant is a tough jungle-collected Brassia cuculata that has survived and been blossoming for her for over 25 years. Member Profile: Linda Stephenson Previously to having her greenhouse, she Linda’s been dreaming of having her own and Phil had a light garden set up in their greenhouse ever since she was six years old. basement where her plants happily grew. She had visited one with her mother and She started buying flasks of Phrags and remembers that she was struck by the smells raising the seedlings to a size where they of the damp earth, the steamy humidity, and could be sold. Linda says she enjoys all the all the green plants that filled the different people she gets to know through greenhouse. Planning for the greenhouse her business. She has clients from Alaska has taken a long, looongg time and Linda and throughout the country. and husband, Phil, used to talk about things in terms of BG (Before Greenhouse) and Linda is our society’s Co-Vice President. AG (After Greenhouse). Linda’s dream She has been responsible for arranging the finally came true in the fall of 2001 when monthly speakers for our meetings and she she and Phil constructed their very own has done a wonderful job of scheduling greenhouse. quite a varied and interesting set of presentations. Please, be sure to thank her She is the owner of Frog Pond Phrags, for her efforts. Jean Kennedy which she started in 1998, and as you may Member Illness: guess from the name of her business, she likes (loves) frogs and Phrags. You will On March 31st Jane Norcross came face notice a definite theme to her decorative to face with the ugly monster called accents in the greenhouse when you visit “stroke.” She has been spending her days and she warned me on one occasion to since, at Munson Hospital, room 4017. watch out for her two resident live frogs Son, Peter, is here to give Jane needed while I was looking around. She also family support and to see to all her relocates all Lady Bugs that invade her wonderful plants and her beloved Pele`. home into the greenhouse where they go to Get well wishes have been sent on behalf of work for her (Good Idea, Linda). the society; individual greetings are always Linda has a website on the AOS site where appreciated by someone looking at four she has an online catalog of her available white walls 24/7. Phrags, as well as divisions of her Restrepias Last minute update: Jane is doing well; and other little tempting offerings listed. If hopefully she’ll be back home by the time you are interested in having your name this newsletter arrives.. added to her e-mail notification, contact ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Linda and she will put you on her list. Wanted: The owner of a large Peace Lily. As you might have guessed by now, Linda is This plant was used in the Lansing show our very own resident Phragmipedium and it somehow found it’s way to Linda’s expert, and has given us informative home. It’s potted in a black plastic pot. ................................. Linda would like to return it to it’s owner. ................. Contact her - 231-267-9721 or email@example.com. Photo-Nature Tour Mark S. Carlson will be conducting a special ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ photo/nature tour on Drummond Island from Looking Ahead to the June meeting – May 14th to May 27th. Tuition is Potluck PICNIC – if you have a setting – $300.(does not include lodging, meals, etc.) whether it be a beach or just a big yard that The group will be visiting some great could accommodate members and spouses locations to see and photograph; several for fellowship and good eats – give some different wild- flowers. The tour presents a consideration to hosting this meeting on great birding opportunity as well. It’s a June 13th. nature tour extraordinaire with some photo tips included! Contact: Mark S. Carlson, ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Naturalist Photographer, P.O. Box 333, Bath, MI 48808-0333, T/F 517-651-9078, This is your newsletter for May as well as www.markscarlson.com. April – be sure to mark your calendar for ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ May 2nd. ~~~~~~~~~~~ Karen Templeton – 947-3223 – KST10436@aol.com Buffalo Barbecue May 23rd – College Campus – Orchid Display This activity takes place one weekend prior to our show. It’s a good way to expose “unsuspecting” public and annual returnees to our beautiful orchids and to encourage them to attend the show the following weekend. We need orchids to make this happen!! Not necessarily your “show stoppers” as we want those for the following week – but something that is nice, it could be toward the end of it’s blooming cycle. We’ll also need greenery to fill in gaps and someone to greet the public and “guard” the orchids!