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 200+ 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!