May 18 - video conference

The presentation for the May NCOS meeting will be given by Tom Mirenda, a long-time member and supporter of NCOS.

He will speak about the Big Island Orchid Scene! Deemed the ‘Orchid Isle’ there may be no other place on earth where orchids grow so well…Images from the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens, some of the best Orchid Nurseries in the world and fantastic orchids growing happily outside in people’s gardens!

Tom has been cultivating plants since his early childhood and lives to create beauty with plants in botanic Garden settings for more than half of his adult life. You may not know that he originally trained as a Marine Biologist.

This should be a great presentation! This month, we will be holding social time before the presentation starts.  If you have a blooming plant or two, please show us your bloomers!!

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Updates from the NCOS Board

As some of you have noticed, the NCOS website has gotten out of date.  And we certainly apologize for that!

The NCOS board has been working on a strategy on how best to deal with the current situation.  The first part of the strategy is to put in-person events on hold until it is safe to resume normal operations.

We are hoping to hold the NCOS Summer Picnic in August.  More details will follow as we get closer.

The NCOS Auction will be held in Fall of 2020.  The dates have not been finalized at this time.  One possibility will be over the Columbus Day weekend when the NCOS Show has been held traditionally.  We will provide updates as that information becomes available.

The other part of the strategy is to hold regular meetings with an invited speaker using online conferencing software.  Peter Lin spoke in April and Tom Mirenda will speak in May.  The live broadcast of the presentation is available to NCOS members.  It is our intention to make those presentations available as recordings to others who may be interested.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions, concerns or feedback on our approach.

Stay well, and be sure to share your photos of blooming plants on the Facebook NCOS members group!

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Calendar of events

Here are some of our upcoming events:

  • May 18, 2020 - NCOS virtual meeting:  Tom Mirenda
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The National Capital Orchid Society Welcomes you!

We are a group of orchid afficionados in the greater Washington DC area.  The group was founded in 1947 and has been going strong ever since.  We have over 120 active members in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

We have 7 monthly meetings with featured speakers and a fantastic show table filled with dozens of blooming plants.  There are also several special events, including the NCOS Annual Orchid Show.

We invite you to join us and learn more about these fascinating, gorgeous plants!

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Consider joining our society!

We welcome anyone in the area to come to our events and become actively involved in our group as a full member.  Some of the benefits of membership include:

  • Behind the scenes access to the NCOS Orchid Show, including a preview party and early access to the sales area.
  • Join us at the Summer Picnic for our plant swap and auction.
  • Pre-orders from visiting speakers who often bring plants for sale.
  • Access to a wealth of knowledge from other club members, including an email discussion group.
  • The monthly newsletter, which includes up to date information and great photos.
  • The member directory
  • Field trips to members' greenhouses and orchid nurseries in the local area.