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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

March 16, 2017

College of the Ozarks takes Show Trophy for Best Display in orchid competition

Dendrobium farmeriiDendrobium farmerii, Best of Class, Dendrobiums, Orchid Society of Greater St. Louis.

Phalaenopsis Sogo LawrencePhalaenopsis Sogo Lawrence, Best of Class, Phalaenopsis, Orchid Society of Greater St. Louis.

Tolumnia Marilyn LeDouxTolumnia Marilyn LeDoux, 'College of the Ozarks' HCC/AOS, Kokie Millard Trophy, Orchid Society of Greater St. Louis.

Paphiopedilum appletonainumPaphiopedilum appletonainum, Best of Class, Seedlings Blooming for 1st Time, Orchid Society of the Ozarks.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. —Students at Hard Work U. care for the renowned Clint McDade Orchid Collection with more than 7,000 plants. Recently, the students took home numerous awards for the orchids, including Show Trophy for Best Display of Orchids at the Orchid Society of Greater St. Louis competition in St. Louis, Missouri.

“I was honored to enter our student-nurtured orchids in the competition,” said Nathan Bell, greenhouse supervisor. “I enjoy seeing other individuals’ plants, interacting with other growers, and gaining more plant life knowledge while striving to improve our orchid collection at all times.”

Orchid Society of Greater St. Louis competition, St. Louis, Missouri

Each year, the landscaping department takes some of their most prized plants to competitions all over the Midwest. In early February, College of the Ozarks acquired two Best of Class awards for their Dendrobium farmerii and Phalaenopsis Sogo Lawrence Orchids at the Orchid Society of Greater St. Louis competition in St. Louis, Missouri. The school’s Tolumnia Marilyn LeDoux ‘College of the Ozarks’ HCC/AOS Orchid won the Kokie Millard Award for Best Equitant Oncidium. Additionally, the department received Show Trophy for Best Display of Orchids.

Orchid Society of the Ozarks Show, Fayetteville, Arkansas

The weekend of March 3-5, the College traveled to the Orchid Society of the Ozarks Show in Fayetteville, Arkansas, competing in several events. C of O was awarded Best of Class for their Paphiopedilum appletonianum orchid along with winning Best of Class for Exhibit Under 25 Square Feet, Most Artistic Exhibit, and Artistic Certificate for Orchid Display.

Furthermore, the landscaping department received first, second, and third place ribbons for several of their plants and orchids. Ribbon judging is based on a comparison of orchids present for the show. The American Orchid Society also utilizes nationwide comparison for the judging. 

“I was privileged to prepare the orchid collection exhibit with such an amazing team of staff and students,” said Jennifer Hutcheson, junior nursing major. “It’s very rewarding to see all of your hard work and dedication pay off.”

C of O will attend shows in Springfield, Missouri, March 17-19, and Omaha, Nebraska, on March 24-26.

Orchid collection open to public

The Clint McDade Orchid Collection is open for the public to view Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Limited numbers of orchids are available for purchase at this time. If purchased, orchids must be cared for in a climate with filtered lighting and high humidity. Orchids can be placed in a sun room or areas with north and east windows to prevent direct lighting. Orchids must also be fed every two weeks with foliar feed for best results.

Aside from orchids, annual seedling and mature plants will be available for purchase, starting late March through early May, in the C of O greenhouses.

For more information, please contact the public relations office at (417) 690-2212 or e-mail

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a Christian, liberal arts college located on a 1,000-acre campus in Point Lookout, Missouri. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The college earns numerous accolades yearly, including being named the #1 Best Value College in the Midwest for 2015 by “U.S. News & World Report.”

The Keeter Center — the College’s four-star lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked the No. 1 Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2016. It features fine dining, historic lodging, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 students employed in every facet of the operation, it is the largest work station on the College of the Ozarks campus.

To achieve its vision, College of the Ozarks pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, begun in fall 2012 for high school students, and the S. Truett Cathy Lower School, opened in fall 2014 to K-sixth grade students. Seventh and eighth grades were added in fall 2015, completing the K-college model. For information, call the public relations office at (417) 690-2212 or visit Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


03.16.17 – Andrew Carson


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