Society Information

An affiliate society of the American Orchid Society, the Tallahassee Orchid Society was founded with the mission To enjoy and protect Earth's vanishing species. The Tallahassee Orchid Society is a non-profit organization whose goal is to educate its members and the public at large about orchids. In addition to monthly meetings (usually held the second Thursday of each month at 7 pm), we put on an annual spring orchid show that features displays and orchid vendors from throughout the state of Florida and the greater southeast region. Our society includes members of all ages, nationalities, and backgrounds, with growing experiences ranging from rank novices to seasoned professionals.

You can view a brief history of the Tallahassee Orchid Society here.

Society Officers 2016/2017
Position Name Email Address
President Glenn Sponholtz
Vice President and Program Chair Michael Wright
Treasurer Becky Lyons
Secretary and AOS Representative Harriet Wright
Show Chairperson Unoccupied This position is currently open
Webmaster Carlos Fernandez
Newsletter Open Position
Publicity and Marketing Chairs Open Poisition

Bulletin Board / Society News

Sep 22, 2016

During our August 2016 meeting Glenn Sponholtz was elected as TOS president and Becky Lyons was elected as Treasurer. All other officer positions remained the same.
Carlos Fernandez
2016 TOS Web Master

Jun 14, 2015

TOS 2015/2016 officer elections were held during our normal June 2015 TOS monthly meeting. TOS preseident Carlos Fernandez presented the slate of candidates. TOS member Glenn Sponholtz presented a motion that the slate of candidates be accepted for voting and TOS member Harriet Wright seconded the motion. The slate of candidates was approved by voice vote. No one opposed the nominations for 2015/2016 TOS officers. Congratulations to the newly elected officers!

  • President: Becky Lyons
  • Vice president and Program Chair: Michael Wright
  • Treasurer: Steve Wilson
  • Show Chair: Glenn Sponholtz
  • Secretary: Harriet Wright
  • Web Master: Carlos Fernandez

  • In other news long time TOS member Al Burke passed away on May 5, 2015. Al generously loaned many orchids for our away show displays in Jacksonville and Gainesville.
    I want to thank all TOS members for all the help they provided during my 4 years as TOS president. Thank you for allowing me to serve and learn.
    Carlos Fernandez
    2015 TOS President

    Apr 10, 2015

    Our 2015 TOS Show and Sale begins tomorrow. This should be a fun event that puts on display a wide array of orchids, orchid art from LeMoyne Artists and Chiles High School students. Come out to the Doyle Conner Agriculture Center to get a taste of what orchids have to offer. If you like what you see there will be Orchid vendors on site with many beautiful plants for sale. We will also have orchid supplies available. I look forward to seeing the Tallahassee community at our show.

    Carlos Fernandez
    TOS President

    October 2013

    Longtime TOS Treasurer Pam Stevens stepped down as treasurer on Oct 3, 2013. TOS President Carlos Fernandez will be taking over this position temporarily until a permanent treasurer can be found. I'd like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Pam for her hard work as treasurer over the past 5 years.

    Currently we have several board vacancies to fill: Treasurer and Show Chair for the 2014 TOS show and sale. Any TOS members interested in these positions please contact Carlos Fernandez, Harriet Wright or Michael Wright. Our email addresses are listed above.

    The Gainesville Orchid Society Show and Sale is this weekend Sat Oct 19 and Sun Oct 20, 2013 at the Kanapaha Botanical Garden in Gainesville Florida. Our society will have a display at the show and sale so if you're in Gainesville make sure to stop by the Garden to see the show. Thanks to TOS' Michael and Harriet Wright and Glenn Sponholtz for setting up our display.

    Carlos Fernandez

    July 2013

    We are midway through summer here in Tallahasee and luckily it's been raining so much that temps have, so far, rarely exceeded 90 degrees and everything looks pretty lush outside. I've only had to water my plants: orchids, palms and other tropicals a couple of times the last 2 months.

    I'm looking forward to our August 2013 Tallahassee Orchid Society (TOS) meeting. We will have PHD Francisco Miranda of Miranda Orchids as our guest speaker. This will be Francisco's second talk at the Tallahassee Orchid Society. Last year he gave a great talk on lowland Amazonian orchids including information about different habitats in the Brazilian Amazon. This year his talk will center around Brazilian Orchids. We appreciate TOS member Giles Toole sponsoring Francisco's talk. Note that anyone is invited to our monthly meetings. You don't have to be a TOS member to attend.

    I also wanted to take a minute to thank Pam Stevens for all her hard work as TOS Show Chairwoman. Pam stepped down as show chair this month (July). She held this position for 5 years and has done a great job! Her duties included securing the show location, contacting vendors to participate in our show, contacting AOS show judges and handling logistics at the show location. We will miss Pam as show chair and hope to talk to other TOS members who are interested in helping with our 2014 TOS show.

    Thats all I have for now. Look forward to seeing you during our next meeting,

    Carlos Fernandez
    TOS President

    April 2013

    We are gearing up for our 2013 Tallahassee Orchid Society show and Sale on Sat Apr 20, 2013 and Sun Apr 21, 2013. The theme this year is Orchid Odessey.We will have hundreds of Orchids on display. The displays are assembled by nearby Orchid Societies, the Orchid Vendors, and Tallahassee Orchid Society members.

    We hope you can join us.

    Also here's a link to Harriet and Michael Wright's Orchid Collection that was featured in the Tallahassee Democrat.

    March 2013

    The Tallahassee Orchid Society display took 2nd place in the AOS Affiliated Societies category at the 2013 Jacksonville Orchid Society Show and Sale that took place the weekend of Mar 9th and 10th, 2013 at the Garden Club of Jacksonville.
    Special thanks to:

  • Michael and Harriet Wright and Glenn Sponholtz for the display setup.
  • Michael and Harriet Wright and Jimmy Martin for the display takedown.
  • TOS members that lent plants for the display: Glenn and Martha Sponholtz, Steve Wilson, Brenda Edmunds, Michael and Harriet Wright, Pam Stevens, Jimmy Martin and Carlos Fernandez
  • Special thanks to Al Burke for lending a large number of plants for the display.

  • Carlos Fernandez
    TOS President

    Some pictures of the Tallahassee Orchid Society Display in the 2013 Jacksonville Orchid Society Show and Sale:

    TOS display at Jacksonville Orchid Show picture 1

    TOS display at Jacksonville Orchid Show picture 2

    TOS display at Jacksonville Orchid Show picture 3

    TOS display at Jacksonville Orchid Show picture 4

    TOS display at Jacksonville Orchid Show picture 5

    TOS display at Jacksonville Orchid Show picture 6

    Mon July 23, 2012

    The Tallahassee Orchid society held it's monthly meeting on Thu July 12, 2012. Meeting Notes:

  • The meeting started at 7 PM.
  • There were 13 TOS memebers in attendance.
  • Refreshments we're provided by Marc and Carol Fisher. The food, wine and cold coffee drinks we're excellent.
  • We voted on paying Prem Subrahmanyam $130 to cover TOS web site hosting and domain name hosting for 2011 and 2012.
  • The TOS memebers also approved a society rule that says if a memeber or non member sells plants at a TOS meeting 5% of the total sales made during the meeting will be given to TOS by the seller. This rule does not apply to guest speakers that bring plants for sale on the day they are giving a presentation.
  • We also set the dates for TOS' 2013 Orchid Show and Sale. The dates for the 2013 TOS Show are Sat Apr 20th, 2013 and Sun Apr 21, 2013.
  • Harriet and Michael Wright brought 4 auction plants to benefit TOS and Jaqulin Hand and Steve Wilson brought plants to sell.
  • TOS' Vice President Michael Wright gave a great talk on Phalaenopsis species.
  • After the presentation Carlos Fernandez and Nancy Schildt presented the bloom table plants to the other members.
  • The meeting adjourned at 9 PM.
  • Note that for our August 2012 monthly meeting we're going to have a guest speaker from Brazil, Francisco Miranda. Please take a momonet to visit the following link, Presentations ,which lists the 7 presentations Francisco has available and pick 1 or 2 of your favorites and email them to Michael Wright

    Carlos Fernandez
    TOS President