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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.





Society Info.

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.


Annual Shows.

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.

Please consult Spike for more details.

Website news...


2015 Show Results

Please click here for listings of the winning entries from the 2015 show, including photos.



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2016 Show Poster now available


Please click the image for a copy of the poster in English, or click here for a bilingual version.

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