At the Vero Beach Orchid Society we are dedicated to the continuing education of orchids and the sharing of our collective knowledge with the community. 


Through monthly meetings and great speakers, creating table displays at various show, and sharing everything you need to know to grow big beautiful orchids we try to help you every step of the way. Please join us at our next monthly meeting or sit in and see what a great group of orchid growers you will be getting to know and what a great time we have at our monthly meetings.


Our July speaker will be: Ernie Gemeinhart

Ernie will be speaking on Semi-hydroponics.
July 17th at the
Garden Club of Indian River County located at 2526 17th Avenue, Vero Beach, Florida.
All meetings begin at 7:00PM.

Ernie, born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Marine Biology and Aquaculture from the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL. He spent three years of graduate study at the George Washington University and National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC investigating the physiology, evolutionary biology, and taxonomy of freshwater, South American catfishes in the genus Corydoras. After a nine year stint as a lab manager and technician at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Biomedical Polymer Science Laboratory, he now works as a laboratory manager and safety officer for the NanoScience Technology Center and Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center at the University of Central Florida. Ernie is an accredited AOS judge at the Florida North Central Judging Center, Orlando.
We have been growing orchids since 1997. Plants were grown under fluorescent lights until the summer of 2010 when we relocated to sunny Orlando, Florida. The orchids now grow on a protected porch and throughout the yard. We grow primarily Paphiopedilums, Phragmipediums, Moth orchids (Phalaenopsis/ Doritis/ Doritaenopsis etc), new world Zygopetalinae (Cochleanthes and relatives), and mini and compact Corsage orchids (Cattleya alliance). In his spare time, aside from maintaining orchids in a lush subtropical environment, Ernie likes to spend time with his wife, son, and cats; bodyboard; brew beer; keep tropical fish; play volleyball and roller hockey; and SCUBA dive.