Meeting Location:

St. Paul Lutheran Church 429 Sandy Springs Rd. Maryville, TN 37803. Please Note: "The Church Council has changed their COVID-19 policy to now recommend the wearing of masks, but not require them".

Next Meeting:

September 18, 1:00PM - 4:00PM  -  Greenhouse Tour with Vic Taylor in Dayton, TN

Vic Taylor of Dayton TN, has been growing orchids for over 40 years. He is partial to growing species, plus cattleyas, paphiopedilums and phragmipediums. He has won numerous AOS awards, but would rather assist with AOS ribbon judging at the regional orchid shows. It is not uncommon for a judge to ask for his opinion!

Vic has been repotting most all summer, so he will have some Cattleya divisions, along with other genera available for sale. As a suggestion, you might bring some plant labels with your name /phone # to mark a plant you would like a division of in the future. Also, please bring a chair to sit and chat a spell!

If you need directions, please email Vic Taylor or Bonnie Armstrong at


Upcoming Meetings:

October 16, 2022
SMOS Auction and Pot Luck at Dawn Thomas's house.

November 2022
No meeting

December - Christmas Dinner at Ken Lister’s house

Previous Meetings:

Sunday, March 20th, 2022 - “Troubleshooting Your Orchid”

Bridget Uzar from Carter & Holmes is going to speak on “Troubleshooting Your Orchid”. She will also bring a good assortment of plants for sale. 

Bridget is a second generation orchid grower, the last 20 years with Carter & Holmes. She currently oversees greenhouse management and production.

April 24, 2022 Meeting - Note, this is the 4th Sunday - Bart Jones of the Tennessee Native Plant Society (TNPS) will speak on “Orchids of Tennessee”

Bart Jones, Director, of the Tennessee Native Plant Society (TNPS) will speak on Orchids of Tennessee. He is quite active in many plant societies and conservation groups.  He is a past president of the TNPS, a past president of the Memphis Orchid Society, and a member of the Georgia Botanical Society, the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society, as well as the North American Butterfly Association. Please join us to support the conservation and preservation of the native orchid species of Tennessee. 

May 15, 2022, Picnic at the John Bynon/West Hills Park, 410 N Winston Road, Knoxville to celebrate the Anniversary of SMOS.

59th SMOS Anniversary Celebration Picnic May 15, 1:30 - 3:30,  Our celebration will be at   John Bynon/West Hills Park 410 North Winston Road, Knoxville. The written history of the society will be available for everyone to view, and we will recognize the long standing members. Family and friends are always welcome.


SMOS will provide hot dogs and hamburgers for everyone, serving at 2:00. Please bring a side dish or desert and your beverage of choice. We will have bottled water. If possible, let Bonnie Armstrong know if you plan to attend, 865-567-2983 or  We hope can you join us, either way, there will be plenty food and fellowship!


Silent Auction - We are going to have a silent auction at the picnic. Blooming size plants, orchid supplies and related items (all from a donation) will be up for auction. We also encourage growers to bring orchid and related items (limit 2 please) to the silent auction table. It is recommended that the orchids be healthy, either in bloom or accompanied by a bloom photograph and properly labeled. A minimum 25% of the silent auction sales fees goes to the SMOS. (Annual auction will be in October.)


Should there be inclement weather, the picnic will be canceled and rescheduled. 


We hope to see everyone, enjoy visiting, eating, and talking orchids!

June 26, 2022, Meeting, 2-4pm……. this is the 4th Sunday, 3rd Sunday is Father’s day

Andrea Rzad, owner of  Innovative Garden and Hydro Supply, Maryville, TN, will give a presentation on Supplemental Lighting for Your Grow Area and Greenhouse. We will meet at her store location, 3308 Old Knoxville Highway, Maryville, TN 37804. The store is not open to the public on Sundays, so we will have the place to ourselves. She also carries orchid supplies, i.e., mixes, baskets, pots, fertilizers, etc., and a variety of other type plants in the garden nursery. She will give a 10% discount for products sold that day. 


Please bring our own chair.


Since our picnic, the family of John Moore (owner of Pinnacle Orchids and founding member of the SMOS) is closing his greenhouse and his remaining orchids have been donated to our society. There are several Phragmipedium sedenii and a few other unidentified phrags., an assortment of cattleya’s and other genera, some with names, some unidentified. All of the orchids will be brought to this meeting and are free. A donation to the Smoky Mountain Orchid Society would be appreciated. If you have plants to donate, those plants will be included, too.


We will have show and tell, so bring your bloomers, a chair and a box to carry home a few orchids and supplies. Look forward to an informative presentation and visiting with orchid friends. Everyone is welcome. 

Sunday, July 17 - “Creating a New Orchid Hybrid from Seed to Bloom”

Mark Reinke of Marble Branch Farms will speak on “Creating a New Orchid Hybrid from Seed to Bloom”. You will be amazed at the process it takes to get a beautiful bloom from seed. Mark will have a wide variety of plants to sell, including Paphs and Oncidiums in bud or bloom, plus lots of young Cattleyas and odds and ends of various species. You can also visit Mark's online store to pre-order something specifically, then contact him at to let him know your choices. As a general rule, we do not have a raffle when Mark comes to talk, but we do have show and tell so bring your blooming orchids!

August 21, 2:00PM  - "Phragmipediums and Their Culture" presented by Graham Ramsey. - Topic changed 

Graham Ramsey will share his knowledge of growing phrags, which is his passion. He also does his own propagation and breeding. To date, he has registered 8 new Phragmipedium hybrids and has received over 35 AOS awards, including 3 culture awards and one FCC. Graham is a member and past-president of our sister society, the Western North Carolina Orchid Society, as well as a member of the AOS Membership and marketing Committee and the Affiliated Societies Committee.


August 21, 2:00PM  - "The Basics of Repotting Orchids" led by Bonnie Armstrong

Bonnie Armstrong, will present on: The Basics of Repotting Orchids. It will be an open discussion, with a hands on demonstration of repotting a cattleya. There will be a sampling of potting mediums with input from members on the repotting practices that work for them. 

Feel free to bring a plant that you would like advice on or to demonstrate your repotting technique. Lots of Q&A time. This will be a fun, laid back meeting. Please join us! 

Additional References:

The American Orchid Society provides a number of useful cultural reference sheets on their site for various genera:

Looking for general care for growing orchids indoors? See this link:

Have questions about watering? Try this link:


The St. Augustine Orchid Society also has a number of useful information on varying topics: