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Updated January 17, 2015
The Ottawa Orchid Society (OOS) was founded in 1978 to promote and assist in every
way the knowledge, appreciation, culture, study, development, improvement and conservation
of orchids. The OOS is affiliated with the Canadian Orchid Congress (COC) and with
the American Orchid Society (AOS). Through these affiliations, the Society is able
to obtain accredited AOS judges for the annual show in Ottawa and world-class speakers
for monthly meetings.
Membership dues ($25.00 per year, Sep 1 to Aug 31) are payable at the membership
table at any meeting. Alternatively, the membership application form may be completed
and mailed along with a cheque payable to the Ottawa Orchid Society, to the address
shown on the form.
We meet the THIRD Sunday of every month, excepting June, July and August, from 1:30
p.m. to about 4:00 p.m., at the Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview Road, Ottawa - make
a note in your calendar. Meetings are open to members, guests and non-members and
everyone is welcome.
Programs are varied -click here for the planned program of meetings for this year.
Each meeting features a presentation, which can include lectures, demonstrations
or hands-on workshops, as well as the show table, plants for sale, etc. Refreshments
are available at meetings for a nominal charge.
Our annual Orchid Show is the major event of the year. Each spring, members, visiting
societies and participating vendors present magnificent displays of their prized
orchid plants for viewing by the general public and for judging by accredited AOS
judges. Please click here for information on the 2014 show, including show posters,
schedule and entry forms.
Orchid-related artwork, photography, and handicrafts are included, as well as cut
flower arrangements. There are educational exhibits as well as guided tours. The
large number of vendors that attend the annual show sell a wide variety of superior
quality plants as well as everything needed for successful orchid growing.
PLEASE NOTE: The 2014 show was at the Kanata Recreation Complex; we will be back
at Nepean Sportsplex in 2015.
Spike, the monthly Society newsletter, is available to all members and to affiliated
societies across Canada. This provides monthly communication on Society activities
and a wide variety of orchid-related topics. The newsletter is available under the
“Society Info” tab, or by clicking here.
The next meeting of the Ottawa Orchid Society will be on Sunday, January 18 at Tom
Brown Arena on Bayswater Avenue, starting promptly at 1:30 p.m. Please remember to
renew your membership ($25) if you have not already done so.
This meeting will feature Marilyn Light speaking about orchids of the Réunion Island.
Réunion is a small volcanic island located in the South Indian Ocean. About 1/3 of
its 150 terrestrial and epiphytic orchids are endemic. Ile Bourbon, as it was once
called, is also a major producer of vanilla. Réunion Island is now home to a world
class collection of Vanilla species. Many wild orchids and Vanilla species were
in flower when she participated in a scientific meeting there last year. This presentation
will introduce the wild orchids and Vanilla of Réunion Island.
As usual , please bring your plants to the show table. See you there!!
The Society held its 33rd annual Orchid Show on April 19-20, 2014 at the Kanata Recreation
Complex. We now have listings of the various winning entries including rosette and
trophy winners, special awards, ribbon awards and Art Gallery. We now have photos
of all the first place winners, and other photos will be added when they are available.