About Us




The Ridge Orchid Society, founded in 1962, meets monthly (most months, check calendar listings for details), at the FOP Lodge, 125 Brannen Road, Lakeland, FL. The meeting is held the 4th Tuesday of the month it starts at 7:30pm and concludes at approximately 9:00pm. Our Society serves primarily Polk County and the surrounding area, although we have members that live as far away as Canada. Our monthly meeting opens with Society business which is usually followed by a presentation on an orchid topic (generally by a guest speaker who is a recognized expert in the field of orchids). Refreshments, provided by club members, are part of the evening program, which also includes a plant table where members can display their plants that are in bloom and occasionally plants for sale. The evening concludes with a coupon plant drawing and one door prize.
There are annual membership dues for individuals, families or couples. As a member of the Ridge Orchid Society, an affiliated Society of the American Orchid Society, you are entitled to all the benefits provided by the Society. These include: the monthly ROS Newsletter, access to the ROS library of orchid books, magazines, videos, etc., various discounts (with membership identification), annual parties, trips to botanical gardens and other related field trips. There are many fun and educational opportunities such as study groups, help from experienced growers, our incredible annual AOS judged orchid show, held in September at The Lake Mirror Center in Lakeland, trips to other orchid shows and visits to orchid growers which are free or at a small cost to members.

President – Gene Wentz
1st VP – Keith Emig
2nd VP – Bruce Thornhill
3rd VP – vacant
Secretary – Mary Thornhill
Treasurer – Kay Stone

Board of Directors:
Jimmy Williams
Charlie Frensdorf
Vera Metz
Dan Williams

Contact Information

You can contact us by using the Contact Us page or you can send snail mail to:

Ridge Orchid Society

2240 Banana Road

Lakeland, Florida 33810