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Updated March 4, 2014
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.
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 regular meeting will be on Sunday, March 16 at the Tom Brown Arena starting
at 1:30. This month, Roy John will be speaking about colour as it relates to orchids.
Roy is a respected member of our Society and has been growing orchids for many years.
He is our conservation representative and is very involved with the Ottawa Field
The Society held its 32nd annual Orchid Show on April 20-21, 2013 at the Nepean Sportsplex.
Once again the Show was very successful with some outstanding plants and other displays,
and with a record number of entries in our Art Gallery. We have complete listings
of the various winning entries including AOS Awards, rosette and trophy winners,
and ribbon awards.