The St. Croix Orchid Society is celebrating its 40th anniversary from Feb. 25-27, at the University of the Virgin Islands Great Hall. It was founded in 1963, began with seven enthusiastic orchid growers and soon became an Affiliate Member Society of the American Orchid Society. The show venues began at The Buccaneer Hotel but moved to the Christiansted Library, Barracks Yard, and finally to the American Legion Hall from 1994 to 2010.
Many people have dedicated their free time over the years to growing orchids and also growing the society. These include past presidents such as Rita Forbes, Toni Grant, Maurisette Brin, Valerie Combie, Gladys Orr, Pat Ward, Debbie Ellis, Carmen Sagabien, Diana Freas Lutz, and current president, Michelle Thurland Martinez. Still others include Monique Thelamaque, Gleston Sergeant, Jennie Lawaetz (charter member), Ira Jacobs, Bacilisa Jacobs, Alda Forte and the late Sally Schantz.
The St. Croix Orchid Society meets at UVI the last Sunday of the month. Activities include a Father’s Day Sale, participation in the Botanical Garden Flower Show, Starving Artists Day, and various workshops throughout the year.
Everyone is welcomed to "Celebrating 40 Years of Orchids" starting Feb. 25. For information, contact Michelle Thurland Martinez at email@example.com