OKANAGAN ORCHID SOCIETY
The Orchid family is the largest plant family in the world. There are over 25,000 different species growing naturally in the wild. In addition, there are over 100,000 hybrids which are man made crosses.
Orchids grow on all continents except Antarctica with the highest concentrations in the tropics. Some grow in the ground, such as our native ladyslippers, but many others are epiphytic, attaching their roots to bark on trees. Others grow on rocks and some grow underground, only sending their flowers above the surface, such as the coralroot orchid that grows throughout BC.
Established in 1993, we are a group of about 40 people, from the Central Okanagan area, who are interested in growing orchids. Beginners to experts, of all ages, are welcome to join us!
We meet monthly, usually the THIRD Wednesday of the month, September to June, at the Benvoulin Heritage Church Hall near Orchard Park Mall
We start arriving around 7pm, the meeting starts at 7:30pm and lasts until about 9:30pm.
Meetings include a discussion of orchids brought to the "Show Table", a refreshment break, usually a special presentation related to orchids, and sales of orchids and materials.
Joining our club is the best way to improve your success at growing orchids or to learn what to do if you are an interested beginner.
Your first meeting is free! Thereafter, the membership fee is $25/year, or prorated for the remaining meetings.
For more information call Gary at 250-764-4495.
2012/2013 Meeting Schedule
September 19: Terry Groszeibl from Forestview Gardens
October 17: Gordon Heaps from Edmonton
Nov 21: Free orchids!!!
Native orchids: Ladyslipper and Coralroot orchids grow together in a Kelowna city park.
Canadian Orchid Congress: Check out the orchid culture sheets to learn how to care for your orchid! http://www.canadianorchidcongress.ca/
Also has links to other clubs and Canadian vendors
American Orchid Society: www.aos.org/
Online orchid encyclopedia (species pictures and descriptions): http://www.orchidspecies.com/
We are also affiliated with the Canadian Orchid Congress and also the American Orchid Society
Dino Baisi is a local supplier of orchids and materials as well as a member. See his website at http://crorchids.com/