The September 2022 DVOS monthly meeting will once again be held in a “virtual” (Zoom) format.  Zoom meeting starts at 7:00pm PDST (Doors “open” at 6:45pm for general chit-chat)

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Most flowers lure their pollinators with a reward of nectar or pollen. But did you know that at least a third of all orchid species trick their pollinators into pollinating them with no reward whatsoever? This month, our speaker, Larry Kuekes, will present a Zoom talk showing some of the amazing adaptations that orchids use to trick their pollinators, from providing fake pollen, to imitating a female bee (to attract male bees), to mechanical traps worthy of a James Bond film.  The presentation will be done in Larry’s distinctive multimedia style, including music and video clips. Join us for a fun survey of some of the world’s most amazing orchids!

Larry started growing orchids on his windowsills in Connecticut in 1984, where he grew mostly cool- and intermediate-growing orchids. In 2010 he retired and moved to Hilo in Hawaii, where he started a small but diverse collection of mostly warm-growing orchids in a shade house near sea level. Although he grows some hybrids, he’s a self-described “species nut”.Larry was President of the Hilo Orchid Society in 2014-2015, was their Treasurer 2020-2021, and is currently their Newsletter Editor and Webmaster.





DVOS meetings are open to everyone.  DVOS members are automatically sent the Zoom login link via e-mail.  Non-members of DVOS who wish to attend should RSVP to: before 9/7/22 and you will be sent the login information for the meeting.

DVOS members who “attend” the meeting and who have paid their 2022 dues are automatically entered into the monthly drawing for one of two $50 gift certificates, good towards a purchase of an orchid or supplies from a recognized orchid vendor.