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The National Capital Orchid Society

The National Capital Orchid Society (NCOS) welcomes confirmed orchid enthusiasts, would-be growers and, indeed, everyone who delights in the splendor of growing and enjoying orchids. For more than 50 years, the Society has shared information on orchid culture, featured countless hundreds of renowned speakers on orchids, and presented breathtaking orchid shows.

The 120 NCOS Members range from amateurs to professional growers with one aim -- to enhance their enjoyment of orchids. Monthly meetings regularly feature slide presentations on all aspects of orchid culture, and orchids for sale. Each monthly meeting also features a spectacular Show Table - members are encouraged to bring in their blooming plants for display on exhibit tables, which often feature several hundred orchids in bloom!

Special activities include an Orchid Auction, FONA Garden Days, visits to orchid growers, greenhouse tours and nature walks to view native orchids in bloom. Our annual Orchid Show, considered to be one of the best on the East Coast, attracts thousands of visitors who admire the many orchids, and orchid art, on display and for sale. The Paphiopedilum Forum, for ladyslipper enthusiasts, features world-renowned speakers and an unparalleled selection of Paphiopedilum and Phragmipedium plants for sale. Each year NCOS members are also invited to participate in our Picnic and Holiday Party.

Each year, the Huntington Service Award recognizes an outstanding NCOS volunteer

We encourage you to browse our website to learn all about orchid growing. If you wish to learn more, we welcome you as our guest at our monthly meetings held at the USDA National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. Happy Growing!

See the flyer for the 2017 NCOS Fall Show!

Calendar of Events 2018

January 27, 2018
Paph Forum, National Arboretum

January 29, 2018
Alfredo Manrique, Peru, "Title TBD"

February 11, 2018
NCOS Orchid Auction, Behnkes Nursery

February 26, 2018
Clark Riley, "Cinderella Slippers Found! The Cypripediums and Selenipediums"

March 19, 2018
Sarah Hurdel, "Growing Orchids Under Lights"

April 16, 2018
Martin Motes, "Low-Light Temperature-Tolerant Vandas"

May 21, 2018
Jeff Morris, "Growing Specimen Orchids"

June 24, 2018
NCOS Picnic

September 17, 2018
Peter Lin (California), "Title TBD"

October 6-8, 2018
70th Annual NCOS Fall Show

November 19, 2018
Rod Midgett, "Title TBD"

December ??, 2018
Holiday Party and Annual Business Meeting

In Memory of
Merritt Huntington