Next Meeting

Our next monthly meeting will be on Monday January 27th at the National Arboretum's Visitor Center.   Dr. Harold Koopowitz will give a presentation titled "Understanding Phalaeonopsis Taxonomy".  Dr. Koopowitz is a world reknowned botanist and horticulturalist.  He is a Professor of Ecology at the University of California, Irvine.

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2020 NCOS Orchid Show

Save the date!

The NCOS Orchid Show is at a new location and at a new date.   Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville MD will host the show over Presidents Day weekend (February 15-17, 2020).  For more details...

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Calendar of events

Here are some of our upcoming events:

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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.