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Updated January 31, 2016
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 2016 show. Show posters and bookmarks
are now available to download. Other information including schedules, entry forms,
etc will be posted as it becomes available.
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
click here for details including a full list of vendors.
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 of the Ottawa Orchid Society will be on Sunday, February
21 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 month, we are hosting David Lafarge from Bordeaux, France. David will talk about
Blue phalaenopsis, what are they really? David has been an orchid lover since the
age of 12, and he has published a number of articles for different journals, in french
and in english (L’Orchidophile, Orchids, Orchideenjournal, etc.). Since 2012, he
has been managing the editorial board of the French Orchid Society Journal, L’Orchidophile.