WNCOS Calendar of Events

All orchid lovers are welcome to attend our meetings the second Sunday of each month. Normal meetings begin at 2pm at the Asheville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, located at 36 Montford Ave., Asheville, NC 28801. Please click here for full directions.

Next Meeting

November 12 –
Please note, this meeting will take place at 2:00 p.m. at the UNC-Asheville Meeting Location, Rhodes Robinson Hall, room #125. You all should not have any trouble parking on a Sunday afternoon.

Marc Burchette, Biltmore’s Orchid Specialist

Marc Burchette, Biltmore Estate Orchid SpecialistYou won’t want to miss our next meeting, because our very own Marc Burchette will be sharing his experiences with growing orchids for Biltmore Estate. Marc lives in Asheville NC and is a member 0f the Western North Carolina Orchid Society. Here’s Marc’s story in his own words:

“I started growing orchids around 1991 in Charlotte NC. While living in Charlotte my collection was grown under lights for the winter and outside during the summer. In 2000 moved to South Florida and grew my collection outside year round. While living in South Florida worked for G.E.M. Orchids in Delray Beach; Mickey’s Orchids in Fort Lauderdale; RF Orchids at regional shows. Board member of the Fort Lauderdale Society ten years.

In 2010 moved to North Carolina and built a greenhouse to house my collection of about 800 plants. In 2012 secured a position with Biltmore Estate as their orchid specialist. My primary responsibility is to maintain the collection and provide blooming plants 365 day a year for the estate’s conservatory.”

December 10

Holiday Social Time!

Holiday candy canes and cookies by Asheville photographer Julie McMillan, Silver Birch Studio Photography

Yes, it’s that time of year again, believe it or not! WNCOS Treasurer Axel Graumann and his lovely wife Kathyn Long will be our hosts, December 10, 1-3pm. Please bring a covered dish or dessert to share.

You won’t want to miss this one, as all society members in good standing (are your dues up to date?) will be in for a special treat!

The address:
Kathryn Long and Axel Graumann
817 Quill Gordon Court
Biltmore Lake, NC 28715

Folks using GPS will find us.  Those who do not can follow these directions assuming most will come from east, south or north:
Follow I-240 W and I-40 W to US-19 S/US-23 S/US-74 ALT W. Take exit 44 from I-40 W.  Turn right onto US-19 S/US-23 S.
Take a left onto Sand Hill Rd.  (There’s a large Ingles store on the right).
Take the third light to turn right onto Lake Drive.  (The second light is Enka Lake Road).
Go through a traffic circle by the lake and then take the next left onto Wickham’s Fancy Drive.  Then take the second left to Quill Gordon Ct.  We are in a green house with beige trim and dark shutters at the very end of the Cul de Sac.  Parking is on the street.

Any problems – Axel’s cell is 828-337-0035.

Stay tuned for more details – as information becomes available for upcoming WNCOS Meetings, the updates will be posted here and on the WNCOS Facebook Page.