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Updated September 14, 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.
PLEASE NOTE: The show this year was at the Kanata Recreation Complex.
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 first meeting of the 34th season of the Ottawa Orchid Society will be on Sunday,
September 21 at Tom Brown Arena on Bayswater Avenue, starting promptly at 1:30 p.m.
This will be a busy and exciting meeting as there will be lots going on. Please remember
to renew your membership ($25) at this meeting.
We are fortunate to have a guest speaker, John Dunkelberger, who will be speaking
about Cymbidiums. There will be no “Orchids 101” this first meeting. However, September
is the launch for a new growing project in the Society. Each member will be able
to choose a free Dendrobium seedling (from 4 hybrids available) and Marilyn Light
will advise us on how to grow them. We also have a few other surprises....
As usual , please bring your plants to the show table, join us for hospitality and
the raffle. 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 and ribbon awards. We will be posting Art Gallery
results and AOS Awards as soon as we have them available.