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!
January 28, 2017
Paph Forum, National Arboretum
February 12, 2017
NCOS Orchid Auction, Behnkes Nursery
February 27, 2017
Barry Woolf, "Taiwan Flower Show"
March 20, 2017
Nancy Mountford, "Orchids Dominica"
April 17, 2017
Bill Thoms, "Bulbophyllum"
May 15, 2017
Leon Glicenstein "Habenarias"
June 25, 2017
September 18, 2017
Kim Fedderson "Cool Orchids which can grow outside for 6+ months"
November 20, 2017
Jay Tullos, "Native Orchids of Canadian Prairie"
December 11, 2017
Holiday Party and Annual Business Meeting