Orchid shows and awards

Orchid show and plant sale at Mesquite Valley Growers. There are orchid displays, judging by accredited AOS judges, informal judging by our members, scrambling to buy desirable plants, and lots of great conversations with visitors about orchids. Our next orchid show and sale will be on March 2 and 3, 2024 at Mesquite Valley Growers Nursery. It is free and open to the public. Check below for the beautiful results of past shows.

Want to know about what the awards mean? Check out  www.aos.org/orchid-awards-judging/aos-awards.aspx

AOS regional judging on Nov. 18, 2023

We had an outstanding 8 awarded plants at the November 2023 regional judging in Phoenix. Wes A. earned six of them with an incredible 3 FCC’s, 1 HCC and 2 AM ‘s. As Wes put it, it was a once in a lifetime event for a small grower. Way to go Wes! And also a big hand to Eric W. and Karla V., who each received an AM/AOS award. Be sure to take a look at the official award photos below.

Cattleya Yellow Warbler ‘Sundance Gold’ AM/AOS (81 Points) grown by Eric W., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Cattleychea Lady Bug ‘Amelia’ AM/AOS (80 Point) grown by Karla V., Desert Valley Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Brassavola nodosa ‘Lady of the Night’ FCC/AOS (92 Points) grown by Wes A., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Brassavola nodosa ‘Lady of the Night’ FCC/AOS (92 Points) grown by Wes A., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Phragmipedium Jason Fischer ‘Surprise’ FCC/AOS (91 points) grown by Wes A., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Cochlezella Tsiku Chuchango ‘Unbelievable’ FCC/AOS (90 Points) grown by Wes A., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Cochlezella Tsiku Chuchango ‘Unbelievable’ FCC/AOS (90 Points) grown by Wes A., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Phalaenopsis Phoenix Firefight ‘Phoenix Glow’ AM/AOS (81 Points) grown by Wes A., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Phalaenopsis Phoenix Princess ‘Kate’ AM/AOS (81 Points) grown by Wes A., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Phalaenopsis Shadow Stalker ‘Kate’ HCC/AOS (77 Points) ) grown by Wes A., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.

AOS regional judging on Sept. 21, 2023

There was a special AOS outreach judging event in Phoenix with multiple  awards given. Congratulations everyone!

Brassavola Renée Gerber ‘Marko’ AM/AOS (82 points) grown by Karla V., Desert Valley Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Brassocattleya Nakornpathome Silver ‘Marko’ AM/AOS (80 points) grown by Karla V., Desert Valley Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Catasetum AA Orquideas ‘Owen’ AM/AOS (83 points) grown by Wes A., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Phalaenopsis Phoenix FIre Fight ‘Garnet Glow’ HCC/AOS (78 points grown by Wes A., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Phalaenopsis Shadow Stalker ‘Phoenix Beauty’ AM/AOS (83 points grown by Wes A., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Rhynchostylis coelestis v. alba ‘Logan’ CCM/AOS (83 points), HCC-AOS (78 points) grown by Wes A., Tucson Orchid Society. Note the CCM award is an award of merit given to the exhibitor of a plant grown exceptionally well. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.

Desert Valley Orchid show in Phoenix on April 1 and 2, 2023.

Our sister society in Phoenix also had a great show with six American Orchid Society awards. Congratulations to everyone! The official photos are posted below.

Den. lindleyi ‘Majjis’ HCC-AOS (79 points) grown by Maureen McG., Desert Valley Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Paph. N.R. ‘Fu Manchu Mustache’ AM-AOS (83 points) (Paph. Angel Hair x Paph. parishii) grown by Mark D., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Phal. Charlie Addison ‘After Glow’ CCE-AOS (92 points) (Phal. Tying Shin Baby Smile x Phal. Tying Shin Golden City) grown by Mark D., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Phal. Charlie Addison ‘Old Blood’ AM-AOS (82 points) (Phal. Tying Shin Baby Smile x Phal. Tying Shin Golden City) grown by Mark D., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Phal. Charlie Addison AQ-AOS (Phal. Tying Shin Baby Smile x Phal. Tying Shin Golden City) grown by Mark D. and Wes A., Tucson Orchid Society. Wes A. created the cross. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Phal Dragon’s Imp ‘Owen’ AM-AOS (83 points) (Phal Venimp x Phalaenopsis Dragon Tree Eagle) grown by Wes A., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.

AOS judging on Sept. 22, 2022

There was a special AOS outreach judging event in Phoenix with four awards given. Congratulations everyone!

Catt. Amphion ‘Cherry Pie’ HCC/AOS grown by Bob J., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Habenaria rhodocheila ‘Ron Coleman’ CCM/AOS grown by Wes A., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Paph. Hengduan’s Qin ‘Kasen and Kade’ AM/AOS grown by Kaye E., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Phal. Dragon Heart ‘Kate’ HCC/AOS grown by Wes A., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.

28th annual Fiesta de las Flores, March 4 and 5, 2023

We had another great show this year, thank you to everyone that attended. There were lots of member displays, great plants for sale and we had a fabulous time talking orchids. We’d also like to thank Mesquite Valley Growers for lending us space in their greenhouse.

There were seven American Orchid Society awards. Congratulations everyone! The official photos are posted below.

Den N.R. ‘Oh Wow!’ CCE-AOS (92 points) (Den Burana Princess x Den Burana Stripes) grown by Mark D., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Paph Hsinying Alien ‘Mark’ HCC-AOS (78 points) (Paph Raisin Pie x Paph Supersuk) grown by Mark D., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Paph. lowii ‘Dimmit’s Pleasure’ AM-AOS (83 points) grown by Mark D., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Paph. Paul Parks ‘Dimmit’s Pleasure’ AM-AOS (82 points) (Paph. sanderianum x Paph. adductum) grown by Mark D., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Phal. Dragon’s Imp ‘Logan’ AM-AOS (83 points) (Phal. Dragon Tree Eagle x Phal. Venimp) (close-up) grown by Wes A., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Phal. Susan Philips ‘Owen’ HCC-AOS (78 points) (Phal. Emeraude x Phal. Tsay’s Evergreen) grown by Wes A., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Vanda A.F. Buckman ‘Michelle Marie’ CCE-AOS (92 points) (Vanda falcata x Vanda christensoniana)(Close-up) grown by Bob J., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.
Vanda A.F. Buckman ‘Michelle Marie’ CCE-AOS (92 points) (Vanda falcata x Vanda christensoniana) grown by Bob J., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.

28th annual Fiesta de las Flores 
March 4 and 5, 2023

We had another great show this year! We had lots of member displays, great plants for sale and a great time talking orchids! We thank Mesquite Valley Growers for lending us space in their greenhouse.

There were seven American Orchid society awards. Congratulations everyone! You can see the official awards photos below.

Den N.R. ‘Oh Wow!’ CCE-AOS (92 points) (Den Burana Princess x Den Burana Stripes) grown by Mark D., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Kevin Dubiel.

AOS judging May 19, 2022.

There was a special judging event in Phoenix with great results! Five different people won awards – 3 from TOS, 1 from DVOS and 1 a Phoenix grower.

 

Paph Macabre ‘Mark’s Surprise’ AM/AOS grown by Mark D., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Eric Goo.

 

Phal Dragon’s Imp ‘Lucky To Be Alive’ AM/AOS grown by Bob J. Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Eric Goo

 

Phal Dragon’s Imp ‘Kate’ AM/AOS grown by Wes A., Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Eric Goo.

 

Phal Shadow Dancer ‘Phoenix Sun’ HCC/AOS hybridized and grown by Eric G., Desert Valley Orchid Society. Photo: Eric Goo.

 

Paph Dollgoldi ‘Golden Crane’ FCC/AOS Grown by Jayson W., Phoenix grower. Photo: Eric Goo.

Desert Valley Orchid Society show and judging on April 2, 2022

 

Guarechea Black Comet ‘Indigo Blue’ HCC/AOS grown by Eric Willis in the Tucson Orchid Society. Photo: Eric Goo. It’s not upside down, it blooms that way!

 

Pcv Key Lime Stars ‘Marko’ AM/AOS grown by Karla V in the Tucson Orchid Society and the Desert Valley Orchid Society. Photo: Eric Goo.

 

Phal Peggy Tauscher ‘Phoenix Beauty’ HCC/AOS hybridized and grown by Eric G. in the Desert Valley Orchid Society. Photo: Eric Goo.


 

27th annual Fiesta de las Flores – March 5 and 6, 2022

We had a fantastic orchid show this year! There were lots of members displays, great plants for sale and excellent conversations with fellow orchid growers.

Thank you to Mesquite Valley Growers for lending us space for our show in their spectacular new tropical plants greenhouse!

We had eight American Orchid Society awards given for particularly fine orchids. The paired pictures show an official AOS close up of the flower and the other shows a bit more of the plant.

Awarded plants March 2022. Congratulations everyone!

 

 

 

Bob J.’s first AOS award!

 

 

Epi. Wedding Valley ‘Sakura’ AM/
AOS Photo: Eric Goo

 

 

 

Kaye E.’s first AOS award.!

 

 

Ctn Long Life Angel ‘Kasen and Kade’ HCC/AOS Photo: Eric Goo

 

 

 

 

 

Grower: Wes A.
Paph Attractively Wood ‘Logan’ HCC/AOS

 

 

Paph Attractively Wood ‘Logan’ HCC/AOS Photo: Eric Goo


 

 

 

 

Grower: Wes A.
Phal (Olympic Gold x Tying Shin Golden City) ‘Owen’ HCC/AOS

 

 

Phal (Olympic Gold x Tying Shin Golden City) ‘Owen’ HCC/AOS Photo: Eric Goo

 

 

 

Grower: Wes A. Phal Peggy Tauscher ‘Logan’ AM/AOS

 

 

Phal Peggy Tauscher ‘Logan’ AM/AOS Photo: Eric Goo

 

 

 

 

Grower: Eric Goo. Phal Peggy Tauscher ‘Phoenix Sunset’ HCC_AOS Photo: Eric Goo

 

 

 

Grower Wes A. Phal (Tying Shin Baby Smile x Tying Shin Golden City) ‘Logan’ AM/AOS

 

 

Phal (Tying Shin Baby Smile x Tying Shin Golden City) ‘Logan’ AM/AOS Photo: Eric Goo

 

 

 

 

Grower: Wes A. Phal (Tying Shin Baby Smile x Tying Shin Golden City) ‘Owen’ CCM/AOS Photo: Eric Goo

Displays March 2022

 

Bev T. from the Desert Valley Orchid Society in Phoenix, AZ. Photo: Cindy G.

 

Bob J. made good use of an old truck that was already in the display area. He received best display in show.

 

Bob J. and Peter P. adjusting Bob’s display.

Bob J.'s display from another angle.

 

Eric W. display – note the miltonias.

 

Jim S. display. Note the orange Cymbidium in the center and the pink Calanthe to the right. Photo: Gina T.

 

Karla V. display – a Zen moment. Karla traveled from Phoenix to put in this display.

 

Kaye E. display. Kaye grew these beautiful orchids indoors. Photo: Gina T.

 

Kevin K. display including a vanilla orchid. Photo: Gina T.

 

Kevin K. has two beans growing on his vanilla. Well done, that’s hard to achieve here!

 

Mark D. – left side of his display.

 

Mark D. – the right side of his display.

 

Mark D.’s Cattleya maxima showing to maximum effect.

 

Society display.

 

Tony K. and Sheri M. display.

 

Wes A. with his fantastic display on an artificial log. Photo: Cindy G.

 

Wes A. display.

 

Wes A. display.

 

Wes A. display.


 

26th annual Fiesta de las Flores – March 27, 2021

Our March 2021 public orchid show was canceled due to Covid 19 so we decided to have a little fun with a virtual show instead. People created orchid displays at home over a several month period and submitted photos or video entries. Entry dates give the day the entry was photographed. There is no show sale this year. Enjoy!

Video entries

 

Bob J., TOS, Mar. 7, 2021. Video entry 1. This may be sideways for some viewers – try a different browser to see it upright. Turn up the sound to hear Bob.

 

Kaye E., TOS, Mar. 23, 2021. Video entry 1. Turn up the sound to hear the fountain.

Picture entries

Barb G., TOS, Mar. 16, 2021. Entry 1. Flowering orchids in a table display.

 

Barb G., TOS, Mar. 16, 2021. Entry 1.
Clockwise from top: Slc. Kagaribi Dawn ‘Red Star’ x Lc. Trick or Treat ‘Orange Magic’ AM/AOS; Blc. Robert Randall (Bc. Bill Worsley x L. cinnabarina); Phal. no name; Australian Den. no name; Pot. Martha Clarke ‘Amazing’; Pot. ‘Fantasy Circle’ (Pot. Golden Circle ‘OPRL’ x Pot. Angel’s Fantasy ‘Solar Flare’ FCC/AOS); Den. Country Girl ‘Warabeuta’.

Barb G., TOS, Mar. 16, 2021. Entry 2. Den. Country Girl ‘Warabeuta’ with more than 70 flowers.

 

Barb G., TOS, Mar. 16, 2021. Entry 2.
Den. Country Girl ‘Warabeuta’

Bob J., TOS, Mar. 7, 2021. Entry 1. Over 25 orchids in bloom in a display set up in a greenhouse.

 

Bob J., TOS, Mar. 7, 2021. Entry 1. Please watch the video of the entry for close ups. Close ups of some flowers can be seen on the “Members orchids” page.

Carol E., DVOS, Mar. 19, 2021. Entry 1. Assorted flowering orchids on a table display.

 

Carol E., DVOS, Mar. 19, 2021. Entry 1.

Judy F., TOS, Feb 21, 2021. Entry 1. Assorted flowering orchids in a display called Year of the Cat and shows orchids displayed in front of a decorative mirror.

 

Judy F., TOS, Feb 21, 2021. Entry 1.
Flowers from left to right. Top: Brassolaelia Yellow Bird, Laeliocattleya Tropical Trick, Potinara Tropical Orange ‘Apricosa’. Bottom: Sophrolaeliocattleya Candy Sparks, Brassolaeliocattleya Love Sound ‘SVO’ x Potinara Life’s Melody ‘SVO’, Brassolaeliocattleya Love Sound ‘SVO’ x Potinara Life’s Melody ‘SVO’.

Judy F., TOS, Mar. 26, 2021. Entry 2. A Palatte of Pinks! Four pink orchids in a display.

 

Judy F., TOS, Mar. 26, 2021. Entry 2. A Palatte of Pinks! Top left: Phal. Younghome Shin Thor ‘Y0316’. Middle: LC. ‘Orizaba’; Phal. Chia Shing Hot Kiss ‘LD256’. Bottom middle: Dtps. Little Gem Stripe.

Julie D., TOS, Mar. 25, 2021. Entry 1. Phalaenopsis display.

 

Julie D., TOS, Mar. 25, 2021. Entry 1.

Karla V., TOS and DVOS, Mar. 8, 2021. Entry 1. Flowering orchids in a display.

 

Karla V., DVOS and TOS, Feb. 28, 2021. Entry 1.  Orchids are Jarka K.’s and the display created by Karla V.

Karla V., DVOS and TOS, Mar. 24, 2021. Entry 2. Large display with fountain and birds.

 

Karla V., DVOS and TOS, Mar. 24, 2021. Entry 2.

Karla V., DVOS and TOS, Mar. 24, 2021. Entry 3. Tabletop display with travel theme.

 

Karla V., DVOS and TOS, Mar. 24, 2021. Entry 3.

Karla V., DVOS and TOS, Mar. 25, 2021. Entry 4. Tabletop display with wine glasses.

 

Karla V., DVOS and TOS, Mar. 25, 2021. Entry 4.

Karla V., DVOS and TOS, Mar. 25, 2021. Entry 5. Tabletop display with fountain.

 

Karla V., DVOS and TOS, Mar. 25, 2021. Entry 5.

Karla V., DVOS and TOS, Mar. 25, 2021. Entry 6. Tabletop display.

 

Karla V., DVOS and TOS, Mar. 25, 2021. Entry 6.

Kaye E., TOS, Mar. 23, 2021. Entry 1. Flowering orchids in a table display.

 

Kaye E., TOS, Mar. 23, 2021. Entry 1. Clockwise, starting at upper left: Phal. NoID; Den. tannii; Paph. wardii var. alba; Paph. Venus de Milo (not completely open); Paph. Hawaiian Contrasts; Paph. Hsinying “Lady Duck” (multifloral, in bud); Onc. Hula Hulau “Volcano Queen”; C. aurantiaca “Orange Spots x self”; Epi. Mura Valley; Den. NoID. Close ups of some flowers can be seen on the “Members orchids” page.

Kaye E., TOS, Mar. 23, 2021. Entry 2. Flowering orchids in a display on a tea cart.

 

Kaye E., TOS, Mar. 22, 2021. Entry 2. Top: Phal. NoID. Middle clockwise from left: Den. NoID; Epi. Mura Valley (pink); Paph. wardii var. alba; Paph. Venus de Milo (not completely open); Onc. Hula Hulau “Volcano Queen”; C. aurantiaca “Orange Spots x self”; Phal. Brother Sandra “Splash” in bud. Far right: Paph. Hsinying “Lady Duck” (multifloral, in bud). Close ups of some flowers can be seen on the “Members orchids” page.

Sheri M., TOS, Feb. 10, 2021. Entry 1. Assorted flowering orchids on a table display.

 

Sheri M., TOS and DVOS, Feb. 10, 2021. Entry 1. Flowers from left to right. Bottom: Ludisia discolor, Onc. onustum, Cym. Street Hawk ‘Garnet’. Top: Cym. One Tree Hill ‘Solstice Gold’, L. anceps, Stenorrhynchos speciosum, Cym. Fire on the Mountain #1 ‘Orange’.

Sheri M., TOS, Mar. 8, 2021. Entry 2. Three flowering orchids on a table display.

 

Sheri M., TOS and DVOS, Mar. 8, 2021. Entry 2. Flowers from left to right: Epc. Kyoguchi ‘M. Sauno’ x L. Seagulls Tangerine ‘SVO’ HCC/AOS; Cym. Minnekin ‘Khobai’; Stenorrhynchos speciosum plus assorted Tillandsias and Spanish moss.

Sheri M., TOS, Mar. 25, 2021. Entry 3. Oncidium splendidum in bloom with dragon sculpture.

 

Sheri M., TOS and DVOS, Mar. 25, 2021. Entry 3. Onc. spendidum.

Wes A., TOS, Mar. 7, 2021. Entry 1. Cattleyas and more with ferns and boulders display.

 

Wes A., TOS, Mar. 7, 2021. Entry 1. Mostly cattleyas.

Wes A., TOS, Mar. 7, 2021. Entry 2. Phalaenopsis with ferns and boulders display.

 

Wes A., TOS, Mar. 7, 2021. Entry 2. Phalaenopsis.

Wes A., TOS, Mar. 7, 2021. Entry 2. Paphiopedilums and dendrobiums display.

 

Wes A., TOS, Mar. 7, 2021. Entry 3. Paphiopedilums, dendrobiums and phalaenopsis.

Wes A., TOS, Mar. 7, 2021. Entry 4. Paphiopedilum display.

 

Wes A., TOS, Mar. 7, 2021. Entry 4. Multifloral paphiopedilums.

Last updated 2/1/2024