Southern Ontario Orchid Society

Next Meeting:

Sunday, 4 September 2016 at the Toronto Botanical Gardens in Floral Hall

Alan KochOur September Speaker is Alan Koch of Gold Country Orchids

Alan Koch will be speaking to us 'Species Habitat, Hybrid Culture'–a program that explores how orchids grow in nature and how to take that information and apply it to the plants we grow. We have the opportunity to preorder plants from Gold Country Orchids to be delivered at the September 4th meeting.


Mario Ferrusi 1947-2016

Mario FerrusiIt is with profound sadness that SOOS announces the passing for Mario Ferrusi on July 31, 2016 after a valiant battle with cancer.

Mario was past President of our society as well as past Chairman of the Toronto Judging Centre and a Trustee for the American Orchid Society. He was a fully accredited AOS judge. He served SOOS and the Judging Centre in many capacities, most recently as Program Chairman, bringing in top notch international speakers to our meetings. His acumen as an orchid grower won him international acclaim and innumerable awards. His company “Marsh Hollow” was a fixture at many orchid shows. Many of his awarded plants bear the name “Marsh Hollow” along with those of his family.

Born in Sulmona, Italy in October 1947, Mario came to Canada in 1954. He worked at General Motors in St. Catherines, Ontario until his retirement in December 2007.

He is survived by his beloved wife Conni and children Ilia, Jared and Rhys.

A celebration of Mario’s life will be scheduled in a few weeks.

As a mentor, friend and fellow orchid grower, Mario will be greatly missed by all of us. We have lost a giant in our community. The thoughts and prayers of the Board of Directors of SOOS and all the membership are with Conni and her family at this very sad time.


Some of Mario's internationally renowned collecting will be available for sale over two weekends