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. Members come from all walks of life. Over the years, many have become
expert growers and constitute a rich resource, sharing their knowledge and experience.
The Ottawa Orchid Society 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 regular meetings.
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 Ave., Ottawa. Click
here for more information. 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.
A Board of Directors manages the affairs of the Society, with elections held every
two years in accordance with the Society’s formal Constitution. The first Ottawa
Orchid Society plant to receive an AOS award was in May, 1979. Please click here
for a complete history of the Ottawa Orchid Society.
On a regular basis, the Ottawa Orchid Society partners with other local organizations
to offer orchid growing workshops. Workshops are available on a variety of orchid-related
topics, from Orchids 101 (a true beginner's course) to An Orchid Safari (an exploration
of the exotic beauties, the less than usual and the true oddities that make up the
orchid family). These workshops can also be tailored to any audience.
A number of Ottawa Orchid Society members went on a bus trip to Montreal Botanical
Gardens on February 23, 2008, with a side trip to visit Le Paradis des Orchidees
on the way home. Please click here for a selection of photos from the trip.