A highlight of each meeting is the Show Table where members bring flowering plants
for display and judging. These Show Tables have developed over the years into mini-shows
in their own right. Plants are judged in each orchid family class and ribbons are
awarded. This is a good opportunity to share knowledge related to specific orchids
and their growing conditions.
Programs are varied. Each meeting includes a presentation, which may be a lecture,
demonstration or a hands-on workshop. Occasionally, international orchid specialists
are invited speakers, with plants for sale from their greenhouses. Refreshments are
available at meetings for a nominal charge. A wide selection of orchid plants and
grower supplies is available for purchase at monthly meetings. Both members who are
vendors and hobbyist members are welcome to participate.
The society also offers a tour of local members' growing areas in June.
ATTENTION MEMBERS OF OTHER HORTICULTURAL GROUPS
Would you like to have a speaker come and give a talk at one of your meetings on
a subject related to orchids? We would be happy to discuss details with you. Please
contact our president.
From time to time we organize special events in addition to the monthly meetings.
Examples may include visits to local horticultural attractions, group orders of plants
from a particular vendor, visits to local orchid nurseries, etc. Look for information
on upcoming events in our website or in the society newsletter, Spike.
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. Click
here for directions and map. Meetings are open to members, guests and non-members
and everyone is welcome. However, to help defray society costs we request non-members
to pay a small admission fee of $5.00 per meeting. Of course, admission to all monthly
meetings (nine per year) is included with membership, currently only $25 per year.
In addition to the regular meetings, the main event for the society each year is
the annual Orchid Show and sale, held in April. Please click the Shows tab above
for more details.