Orchid Grower's Guild
Madison, Wisconsin

Our keynote speaker, Sam Tsui has consented to give an additional talk at the end of Orchid Quest on Saturday at a dinner for all who would like to attend. His talk will be "The Care and Culture of Brachypetalum & Parvisepalum".

The dinner will be at Benvenuto's Italian Grill at 5:45 p.m. Saturday (transportation can be provided). Dinner will include  an assortment of Italian dishes, and will include bread, salad, dessert, soda and coffee. Wine can be purchased additionally if desired.

The dinner will be $30 and includes tax and gratuity. Advance reservations are necessary. Reserve your spot before Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Contact Nancy Thomas at 608-523-3607 or at to reserve your spot.  Checks can be made out to 'Orchid Grower's Guild' and mail to Nancy Thomas, Orchid Grower's Guild, PO Box 5432, Madison, WI 53705.

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11 am Saturday
The ease of Growing Multifloral Paphiopedilum – the Tropical Lady Slipper

Sam Tsui, owner of Orchid Inn, Ltd
Sam Tsui, owner of Orchid Inn, Ltd

Sam was born in Hong Kong on November 23, 1952. He traveled to the United States at the age of 22. He attended Illinois State University graduating with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a minor in accounting. He has since completed his MBA.

He began growing orchids in the early 1980’s. He commercially grows and hybridizes Paphiopedilums in his 6,000 sq.ft. greenhouse, Orchid Inn, Inc, Bloomington, IL [email protected] Currently he makes over 300 crosses, produces 4,000-5,000 flasks or approximately 100,000 seedlings annually.

Sam gives more than 15 Paphiopedilum programs/lectures to orchid conferences, societies and groups annually in the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe. Over the past 12 years, he has judged at the Japan Grand Prix, the world’s largest orchid show.

As a result of Sam’s breeding program, his orchids have been honored more than 160 awards from the American Orchid Society, Cymbidium Society of America and European Orchid Congress. His most prestigious awards include seven First Class Certificate (FCC/AOS) awards; three Cultural awards including a 93 points Certificate of Cultural Excellence (CCE/AOS) award; and six breeder Award of Quality (AQ/AOS) awards. All these awards are from American Orchid Society.

We are truly honored to have Sam Tsui with us.


Saturday 11:00 am

The Ease and Growing of Mulifloral Paphiopedilum - the Tropical Lady Slipper

Sam Tsai

Saturday 1:00 pm

Orchid growing from the beginning

Hermann Pigors

Saturday 2:30 pm

Repotting Orchids

Keith Nelson

Saturday 5:45 pm

Dinner an talk - see delow for details

Sunday 11:00 am

Around the World in 80 Orchids: Travels of an Orchidologist

Ken Cameron

Sunday 1:00 pm

Building an Ever-Blooming Orchid Collection

Leo Schordje

Sunday 2:00 pm

Repotting Orchids

Keith Nelson


The Marriott Madison West is located at 1313 John Q Hammons Drive, Middleton on Madison's west side (GPS: N43 5.385 and W89 31.443).  Exit Highway 12/14 at Greenway Blvd.


Special prices are available for groups. Admission for the general public is $9 per person. Take $2 off per person for groups of 10 or more OR take $3 off per person for groups of 20 or more. Discount admission are for advance sales only.  Make arrangements for your group to come to Orchid Quest  by emailing    or calling 608-592-7906.


Orchid Quest will be January 30 and January 31, 2016 for the second year at Marriott West Conference Center, 1313 John Q. Hammons Dr., Middleton, Wisconsin. It is just off the Hwy, 12 - 14 Beltline at Greenway Blvd. This beautiful location is a grand place for Orchid Quest 2016 with FREE PARKING.

Societies Participating

Batavia Orchid Society

Illinois Orchid Society

Illowa Orchid Society

Orchid Grower's Guild

Wisconsin Orchid Society


   Anything Orchids

     Frankfort, Il 60423

  Charlotte Fung Miller 

    Mukwonago, WI 53149

  Fox Valley Orchids, Ltd.

    Naperville, Il 60565

  Goin' to Pot Orchids

    Neenah, WI 54956

​  J. Annie Imagery

​    Appleton, WI

  Klehm Growers

    Hampshire, IL

  Natt's Orchids

     Naperville, Il 60564

  Orchid Inn, Ltd.

     Bloomington, 61705


     Glendale Heights, IL 60139

  Orchids by Hausermann

      Villa Park, IL 60181 

 Orchids Garden Centre and Nursery

      Waunakee, WI 53597

  Paradigm Gardens

      Madison WI 53718

  R. V. James Designs, Llc.

      Madison, WI 53705

​  Spice of Life Pottery

      Beloit, WI

​  Sunprarie Orchids

​      Milwaukee, WI 53234


Artists with an Orchid Theme

David Carpenter

Sandra Haspl

Gina Hawkins

Linda Markwardt

Meryl Mixtacki

Cynthia Spratt

Vina Yang

​Joe Veltman

Hotel Accommodations: We have reserved rooms at the Madison Marriott West at the group rate of only $119 each. Reservations MUST be made by Friday, January 2, 2015 to get the group rate, after that the prices will be $139 plus. Call the Marriott directly to book a room at 1-800-745-2032 and ask for the Orchid Quest Room Block.

From the north: Take I-90/94 toward Madison; keep right to take I-90/I-39 S toward Chicago. After 4 miles merge onto US-12 West Beltline Hwy., exit 142A, toward Madison. After 15 miles take Greenway Blvd, exit 252. Go left onto Greenway Blvd. Take first light go left onto John Q Hammons Dr. The Marriott will be on your left.

From the south: Take I-90/I-39 north toward Madison. Merge onto US West Beltline Hwy., exit 142A on the left toward Madison. After 15 miles take exit Greenway Blvd, exit 252. Go left onto Greenway Blvd. Take the first light go left onto John Q Hammons Dr. The Marriott will be on your left.

The Marriott conference center is the host for all the usual huge orchid displays in the exhibit area and thousands of fragrant orchids for sale from vendors. Also planned will be the growing seminars, quilts, artwork, painted porcelain, raffle, silent auction, a bistro area and plenty of advice for new orchid growers!

The show is Saturday, January 30, 10 a. m. to 5 p. m. and Sunday, January 31, 10 a. m. to 4 p. m.. One day admission is only $9 and a two day pass to hear all the speakers is $14. (Remember, NO parking fee at the Marriott Madison West) Prearranged tour groups of 10 or more can receive discounts. Call (608) 592-7906, Children 12 and under are free.

In the middle of winter it is so delightful to be surrounded by the colorful and exotic fragrance of the world at a handy and comfortable location. It will be the 29th year for the Madison Orchid Growers Guild to host Orchid Quest.