OHCPS meeting: Athens, OH – 29 September 2013

The next meeting of the OHCPS will be held on Sunday September 29, 2013 at the Plant Biology Dept. greenhouse at Ohio University in Athens, OH from 1:00 – 4:00(?) PM. All are welcome! More info, directions, parking, itinerary, etc. contact Harold Blazier at blazier (at) ohio.edu.

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See you at Kingwood Center’s Garden Discovery Day on Sat. May 4, 2013

The Ohio Carnivorous Plant Society will staff a booth with information and volunteers that will offer two presentations on carnivorous plants and their expertise and extensive knowledge on carnivorous plant cultivation and care during Kingwood Center’s Garden Discovery Day on Saturday, May 4th, 2013 from 9 AM to 4 PM. You will also be able to purchase carnivorous plants from our booth and browse the other booths offering orchids, cacti and succulents, lilies, perennials, and native plants. See this item in the Mansfield News Journal for more information or Kingwood Center’s website and flyer.

Kingwood Center is located at 900 Park Ave. W, Mansfield, OH 44906 and parking is available via the Trimble Rd. entrance.

We hope to see you there!

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OHCPS featured on WMFD evening news

The Ohio Carnivorous Plant Society’s 2012 meeting was featured in a segment in the local news for Mansfield on station WMFD. You can view the video below:

Many thanks to all those that made the event possible! We think it was a great success and look forward to next year. Interested in helping us plan the next event? Get in touch by e-mailing ohcps@ohcps.org.

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2012 meeting plant show schedule

The 2012 OHCPS meeting plant show schedule, rules, and guidelines are now available (and in pdf form). If you have any questions regarding the show schedule, classes, or guidelines, you may leave a question here or you could send a message to ohcps@ohcps.org.

We’re looking forward to the entries you bring with you to the meeting!

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The 2012 meeting flyer

Our 2012 meeting is almost here! And here, to help us get the word out, is this beautiful flyer to publicize the meeting. Below is a smaller version, but you can download and print the full pdf version here. Distribute widely!

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2012 Meeting details

The 30 June 2012 meeting to be held (mainly from noon to 5 pm) at the beautiful Kingwood Center (50 N. Trimble Rd., Mansfield, OH 44906; Google Maps) and the date is fast approaching! Our meeting committee is hard at work getting all the last details in place, but we thought we’d provide a rough idea of what you can expect:

  • Plant show! From 9 am to 11 am, people interested in entering their plants into our plant show to be judged can register them in the Meeting Hall. There is no entry fee. Categories and details of the show schedule will be uploaded shortly. Judging will take place from 11 am to noon and plants will be on display from noon to 5 pm.
  • Plant sale! We will have two vendors present to sell a variety of carnivorous plants. Each is knowledgeable and willing to answer a variety of questions about specific growing needs. Be sure to bring your cash!
  • Venus flytrap feedings! Bring the kids and we’ll let them serve up a meal to our Venus flytraps (Dionaea muscipula) in between the presentations.
  • Information! We’ll have displays of the different carnivorous plant genera so that you can understand their diversity, ecology, and distribution across the globe. Did you know that Ohio is home to nine carnivorous plant species? We’ll also have our native plants on display.
  • Presentations! We’re so pleased to have the opportunity to bring in not one or two but three wonderful and exceptionally knowledgeable guests to present keynote addresses:
    • Dr. Bob McMahon, Associate Professor of Horticulture Technologies at Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute (Wooster). He will be giving an overview on carnivorous plants in general.
    • Dr. Stephen Williams, Professor Emeritus of Biology at Lebanon Valley College (Annville, Pennsylvania). He will be speaking on the evolution of the sundews (Drosera) and Venus flytrap (Dionaea) and their traps.
    • Michelle Comer, with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will be talking with us about the unique challenges of managing Ohio’s special floating bog – Cranberry Bog in the middle of Buckeye Lake. We’ll learn about its history and ecology, as well.
    • Other presentations, including that of Regina Kettering, who will tackle the practical issues of growing carnivorous plants indoors.

Be sure not to miss this meeting! Saturday, June 30, 2012. The main portion of the meeting goes from noon to 5 pm. The meeting is free and open to the public, though the Kingwood Center does require a parking fee (at present, $5 for a car. Check their website for details).

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Announcing the 2012 OHCPS meeting!

Details will be coming shortly, but this meeting is shaping up to be a great event. On Saturday, June 30, you are invited to bring plant specimens and register them for the plant show from 9 AM to 11 AM in the Meeting Hall at the beautiful Kingwood Center in Mansfield. The main event begins at noon and lasts until about 5 PM in the Meeting Hall, with a good mix of talks on the science, cultivation, and management of carnivorous plants. We’ve got a great lineup of speakers that both longtime carnivorous plant growers and the general public should enjoy and we will release more details here as soon as they are confirmed.

Excited about the upcoming meeting and interested in helping us plan the details? Get in touch by e-mailing us!

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2011 meeting of the OHCPS

The first meeting of the Ohio Carnivorous Plant Society was held on Saturday, May 14, 2011 from Noon to 3pm at the Big Walnut Park Shelter House in Columbus. About a dozen members gathered to swap advice, trade plants, discuss Ohio’s carnivorous plants, and listen to a lecture on prey preference in aquatic carnivorous plants by Dr. Douglas Darnowski, Assistant Professor of Biology at Indiana University Southeast.


2011 OHCPS attendees

 Learning about Ohio’s native carnivorous plants is a primary objective of the OHCPS. To that end, we searched herbarium records at Youngstown State University (YUO), Kent State University (KE), and Ohio State University (OS). So far, we have located 280 herbarium records for carnivorous plants, the earliest of which was a Sarracenia purpurea collected on 10 July 1883 at Camden Lake in Lorain County. The distribution of these specimens closely follows the locations of extant bogs and fens. By far, the most commonly collected species in Ohio is Drosera rotundifolia.

PinguiculaTwo members brought their sales collection, including these beautiful Pinguicula. Additional photos can be found on our facebook page. Thanks to everyone who joined us for the inaugural meeting of the OHCPS!

After the meeting, we had planned to meet at the Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society Museum for transportation to the famous Cranberry Bog floating island. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t agreeable, so we had to call off the bog walk, which is to be rescheduled.

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