? Tidewater Orchid Society

Officers Page


Dori Iwanowski


Tom Chapman


Tracey Firgau

My orchid journey started approximately seven years ago when one of the many orchids that I had purchased from a grocery store finally lived! I then began to collect other orchids and eventually joined the orchid society in the Fall of 2021 with seven healthy phalaenopsis orchids. Since that time my orchid collection has grown four-fold and includes a variety of species. The orchid society offers great beginner classes which have helped me immensely and have been a lot of fun. In addition, the more experienced, knowledgeable members are always willing to offer help and advice. I look forward to adding to my collection and learning all I can about these wonderful plants.


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.