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 2018 show.
Orchid-related artwork, photography, and handicrafts are included in the show. There
are educational exhibits and orchid growing advice. 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, May 20 at
Tom Brown Arena on Bayswater Avenue, starting promptly at 1:30 p.m. This month our
speaker is Laura Bonnell who will be doing a presentation on Guarianthe aurantica.
Laura is an Associate Judging Judge with the Montreal Judging Centre. She is an
accomplished orchid grower having received no less than three AOS awards for Phalaenopsis,
Masdevallia and Guarianthe. Although her favorite genus is Phalaenopsis (especially
Phalaenopsis species), she has been known to try to grow anything that has orange
We will have our Show Table as usual, so please bring in your blooming plants. Please
remember to renew your membership ($25) if you have not already done so.
The images you see in the box to the left are items recently posted on our Facebook
page. The list updates every day, so it always shows the latest posts. Some of these
are updates about our Society and some of them are links to other organizations in
the orchid world. If you click on any of these images you will be connected to the
corresponding page in Facebook.
For those of you who are not familiar with Facebook, it is different from a website
because it is dynamic - the postings keep changing. In a website you can read or
download information, whereas in Facebook you can interact with the site. You can
“Like” us, follow us, and so on. Facebook is more like a newspaper - it shows the
most recent news at the top of the list, and older items are pushed down by the newer
items as they are posted.
Note: you do not need your own Facebook account to look at our site. Anyone can look,
but if you want to Like or add a comment then you need to have your own Facebook
account. It’s easy to sign up and it’s free!
Keep up to date with the latest happenings in the Canadian orchid world! Click on
the logo above to visit our Facebook site.
The OOS has been active on Facebook for the past few years and this year we have
increased our activity. We are posting frequent updates on our Society as well as
other news and events from the orchid world in general, and particularly from Canada.
This includes updates on other societies and orchid shows, as well as information
relating to the Canadian Orchid Congress (COC).
The COC is now on Facebook. Please click here to visit their site.
2018 Show Poster now available. Click the image above or check the Shows tab.