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Welcome to the Baton Rouge Orchid Society

Thank you for visiting BROS. We hope that you find the information both interesting and useful. Our mission is to provide information on orchid cultivation and conservation by a network of orchid growing enthusiasts.  Please select from the dropdown menus additional information on orchids.

If you have questions about orchids or would like to contact us about speaking to your group about orchids, please email us with the details at

Our meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 for social and 7:00 meeting at the LSU AgCenter Burden Conference Center, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809.  Visitors are welcome.

April Speaker

Courtney Hackney

Dr. Hackney is Emeritus Professor of Biology and the former Director of Coastal Biology at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. Previously he was Professor of Biology and Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Courtney began growing orchids in the Florida Keys in 1962, while working for a small orchid nursery. He has continued his interest in both orchid hybridizing and orchid culture since then. He grows many different genera, but his favorite is the Cattleya Alliance.

He has about 500 mature cattleyas and even more seedlings, but his favorites are classic clones, some of which appeared in orchid collections over 100 years ago. He makes 10-15 Cattleya hybrids and species sib crosses per year. His hybrids often incorporate classic cattleyas with more recent clones. He wrote a Growing Tips column for 20 years, which ended in December 2013. Growing Tips appeared in newsletters around the country. He has also published in the Orchid Digest and Orchids. In 2004, he published “American Cattleyas”, the culmination of a decade of study and interviews with many of the “Orchid Greats”, which summarizes in old photographs and print how all of the modern cattleyas came to be. The book also describes what we know about cattleyas and cattleya hybrids, how to grow them, and what to expect from modern hybrids. During the past decade he has been researching the coerulea (blue) color form of cattleya species and hybrids, which was completed and published in 2018. He and his wife Rose live in Jacksonville, Florida adjacent to a tidal swamp. Rose retired as a professional artist in 2017, but continues painting for fun. Epi magnoliae (conopseum) grows in trees of the swamp in his backyard. His orchids reside in a shade house adjacent to the swamp.

See a link to his plants for sale under newsletters below.

Red Stick Orchid Growers 
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Updated on: 02/28/2024

Patty and Kathy conducted the second meeting of the Red Stick Orchid Growers.  This group is a refresh of the Orchid For Seniors that Danna Spayde had lead for several years.  This version of the group invites all members and non members to attend during the day at the Goodwood pubic Library.  The meetings are held on the fourth (4th) Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. and cover a wide variety of information about Orchids.  There is no cost to join so come and learn.

Baton Rouge Orchid Conservatory

The Baton Rouge Orchid Conservatory at Burden is an ongoing work in process and a labor of love by several individuals lead by Frank Zachariah.

Thank you to all the volunteers helping with the Conservatory!!

2024 BROS Newsletters

2023 BROS Newsletters

About us

We are hobby orchid growers with members ranging from novices to experienced growers.

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You can become a member of the Baton Rouge Orchid Society for only $20 (Single Membership) or $30 (Joint Membership) per year.

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