The Bucks County Orchid Society (BCOS) is a small group of orchid enthusiasts that meet ten times a year in southeast PA to share ideas, experiences, and knowledge about orchid growing. Our membership includes beginners, experienced hobbyists, commercial growers, and AOS judges, who grow their orchids on windowsills, under lights and in greenhouses. Many bring in blooming plants for the show table. Most meetings feature a knowledgeable speaker and a plant raffle.
Under Normal Circumstances (non-COVID-19): Meetings are open to the public, and are held on the third Thursday of the month (except July and August) at 7:30pm, at :
Churchville Nature Center
501 Churchville Lane
Churchville, PA 18966
Come Join Us! All experience levels are welcome!
Next Meeting –
We’re Back !!!
After a half year hiatus due to COVID-19, we are going to have a live, in-person BCOS meeting in September.
This will be an outdoor event on Thursday September 17, 2020 in the parking lot of the Churchville Nature Center which will start at 6 PM (if you can help set up, arrive at 5 PM). Please note the time change from our normal start time. We will have a show table, a mini auction, a plant sale, and a raffle. Limited pre-packaged refreshments will be provided. There will be a dividing and repotting demonstration. Several of our members are selling plants & divisions from their personal collections and have also donated plants to be auctioned and sold for the benefit of BCOS. Potting mix from Waldor will be available for purchase.
To be safe, our indoor meeting space at Churchville Nature Center is open for no more than 25 people. The plan is to have as much as possible outdoors in the parking lot. Everyone will have to wear masks and maintain the required social distancing.
Upcoming Meetings –
Thursday, Oct 15, 2020: TBA
Previous Meeting Topics –
January 2020: Speaker: Carl Gustafson, Topic: Orchids – How I grow ’em”
December 2019: Cookies and Culture
November 2019: Speaker: Beth Davis from Waldor Orchids; Topic: What is a Beth Plant: Welcome to the Weird, Wacky, World of Orchids
October 2019: Annual Orchid Auction
September 2019: BCOS Annual Orchid Potting Party
June 2019: BCOS Annual Awards Program and Pot-Luck Dinner
May 2019: Speaker: Dr. Daphna Havkin-Frenkel; Topic: The Vanilla Orchid – Cultivation and Production
April 2019: Speaker: Dick Duran; Topic: Cymbidiums
March 2019: Speaker: Helen Hersch; Topic: Paphs and Phrags for Windowsill Growers
February 2019: Speaker: Stuart Hughes; Topic: Confessions of an Old Orchid Grower
January 2019: Speaker: Gregory Griffis, Longwood Gardens; Topic: The Terrific Terrestrials
December 2018: Cookies and Culture
November 2018: Cancelled due to Inclement Weather
October 2018: Annual Orchid Auction
September 2018: BCOS Annual Potting Party
June 2018: BCOS Annual Awards Program and Pot-Luck Dinner
May 2018: Speaker: Luan Elkins, presented “Embracing Orchids at Duke Farms”
April 2018: Speaker Tony Silva, from Silva Orchids, presented “Silva Select Cattleya Breeding”
March 2018: Speaker Sandy Kern, presented “BCOS at The Flower Show”
February 2018: Speaker Wade Hollenbach, presented “The Culture and Care of Bulbophyllums”
January 2018: Speaker Robert Sprague, presented “Orchids of the US and Canada”
December 2017: Cookies and Culture
November 2017: Speaker David Off, presented “Obsessed (a catt talk)”
October 2017: Annual Orchid Auction
September 2017: Annual Potting Party