About the Society

The Orchid Society of the Royal Botanical Gardens was established in 1981. The Society exists for the education of members and conservation of orchids.

The Orchid Society has greenhouse space within the Royal Botanical Gardens that houses a collection of approximately 1200 species and hybrid orchids. The Annual Spring Orchid Show at the Royal Botanical Gardens is organized and staffed by the members of the Orchid Society. There are currently about 100 Society members.

Membership includes:

  • Free attendance at meetings with guest speakers
  • Bimonthly newsletter – ‘Orchidata’
  • Discounts at participating dealers
  • Access to the library collection of orchid books and periodicals
  • Opportunity to exhibit your orchids as part of the Society display
  • Opportunity to buy and sell orchids and orchid supplies at the Annual Show and at meetings of the Society

Membership Fees:

The membership year runs from June 1 to May 31 and the annual cost is currently set at $20.00. We encourage your membership.

Meetings:
Meetings are held on the 3rd Sunday of each month (unless otherwise noted) at the Royal Botanical Gardens Headquarters building at 680 Plains Road West, Burlington (See travel directions below).  They are usually in Room 5, but check the electronic notice board at the front entrance for confirmation.  All are welcome; please join us. From 1 pm to 2 pm, there is an opportunity to socialize and to interact with vendors. The meeting proper begins at 2 pm.

Monthly Meeting Agenda:

  • Society news and updates
  • Guest speaker(s)
  • Show table of member’s plants
  • Plant raffles

Greenhouse Group:

This is an opportunity to work with the New World Species Orchid Collection at the Royal Botanical Gardens and learn more about the care of orchids. The group meets Thursday and Sunday mornings and new members are encouraged to participate.

Flasking Group:

 Members who are interested in propagation from seed of rare and unusual orchid species from around the world are invited to take part in the Flasking Group. The group has the opportunity to make use of the Alexander Parker Orchid Propagation Lab at the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Native Orchid Study Group:

 This group meets on a regular basis to study Native Canadian Orchids and organize field trips to view these orchids in their natural habitat. In conjunction with the flasking group, this group aims to propagate native orchids from seed.

Annual Show:

 The Annual Spring Show at the R.B.G. is our opportunity to showcase the beauty and diversity of orchids. Judged by the American Orchid Society, it features orchid displays by societies and growers from across Canada and the USA. There are also exhibits of flower arrangements, painting, photographs and plant sales.

Our society also participates in fellow Orchid Society Shows by entering displays. 

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