? Tidewater Orchid Society

Officers Page


Sandra Cross

Still new to the hobby of growing orchids, I joined the Tidewater Orchid Society in 2014. Having grown up with a father with a green thumb for orchids,my thumb was pretty black. I began to seek help from all the experts at the meetings, and when the opportunity of a beginer's class was available I began my journey. The classes taught me the basics of growing orchids. Now I have roughly 30 orchids that are growing and blooming. I have a few species including oncidium, phalaenopsis, and dendrobium that do well as window sill plants.


Dori Iwanowski

Will be added when available.


Louise Roesser

I have been growing orchids since 2003 and got started after a neighbor passed away and left me 25 orchids as a a gift. Not knowing anything about orchids, I contacted the Tidewater Orchid Society. They helped me get started and then I was hooked! The meetings are fun and I have met a lot of people that are either just starting out or growing for a long time. It never gets old, that I can pick up a tip from them.I grow a wide assortment of orchids in my greenhouse year round and it is always exceiting when I see them growing and flowering healthy.


Barbara McKechnie

I have been growing orchids since 2016 and have managed to accumulate almost 200 plants since I joined TOS. My window sills are all full of plants and I look forward to each Spring when I can move some of them out to the porch. Grocery store Phaleanopsis got me started and then I quickly moved on to Cattleyas, Vandas, Oncidiums, and Dendrobiums. My addiction did not stop there; I also have a few Catesetums, Bulbophylums, Miltoniopsis, and Angrecums. I am always thrilled when I get a plant to bloom and some of my favorites are Vandas, Miltoniopsis, and Cattleyas. The Society meetings, Beginner classes, and members have all provided a wealth of information and tips on growing.