Upcoming NWOS Events

Meetings, Shows, and Socializing

Kelly McCracken speaking to the society
Monthly Meeting – Monday June 12th

Join us from 7-9 PM for our monthly meeting! The meeting is held at The Center for Urban Horticulture and is free and open to the public.

Join us from 1:30 – 5 PM for our Annual Auction! This year the auction is held at The Shoreline Community College and is free and open to the public.

For people unable to attend in-person the meeting is also available via Zoom. Register below.

Northwest Flower and Garden Festival
February 15 – 19, 2023
Washington State Convention Center
Northwest Orchid Society Fall Show & Sale
October 7 – 8, 2023
Volunteer Park Conservatory
Indoor Plant Festival
March 2 – 3, 2024
Lynwood Event Center


Next Meetings

05/08/23 – NWOS meeting – Speaker: Ron Parsons, “The Genus Dendrobium” Ron will take us on a photographic journey through this spectacular and varied Genus. You won’t want to miss this meeting as Ron is a premier photographer of orchids and has published a number of books on the subject.

06/12/23 – NWOS meeting – June Food Truck Social: This is our annual social just before we take our summer break. We have a food truck outside and plants inside. We also announce the Gary Baker Service Award at this meeting.

09/11/23 – NWOS meeting – Speaker: Kelly McKracken, “Fragrant Miniatures” The most common question we get asked about plants is “is it fragrant?”; Many orchid growers select their plants based on whether the plant is fragrant. For those of you who grow in limited space, but still love a nose full of floral fragrance, this is the talk for you.

10/09/23 – NWOS meeting – Speaker: Andrew McGinnis, “Growing Orchids in Grow Tents, Advanced Indoor Growing.”

11/13/23 – NWOS meeting – Speaker: Alan Koch, “A New Look at Intergeneric Phalaenopsis” Phalaenopsis have been enjoyed by novice growers for the ease of growth and long lasting flowers. Intergeneric Phalaenopsis hybrids are easier to grow, maintain the long lasting flowers and often bloom more often than a normal Phalaenopsis. Another benefit from this line of breeding has been the creation on many fragrant hybrids. The bright colors, fragrant flowers and smaller hardier plants make this an interesting direction in orchids.

12/11/23 – NWOS meeting – Holiday Food Truck Social, introduction of new Officers, NWOS Annual Meeting report, Schoenfeld and Northen Orchid Awards, and Holiday Plant gifts.

Other Events

The society holds a number of public events throughout the year, including:

Potting Clinic

5/13/2023 – Spring Potting Clinic – Molbak’s Nursery

TBA – Fall Potting Clinic

Annual Show

The Northwest Orchid Society sponsors an annual AOS judged show which is open to the public. Invited orchid vendors from across the U.S. bring plants to display and sell.

October 6th – Annual show setup.
October 7-8th – This will be held at The Volunteer Park Conservatory this year.

Local Shows

The Northwest Orchids Society will be participating in the following local shows.

Mt Baker Orchid Society
Spokane Orchid Society
Oregon Orchid Society

04/21/23 – Setup of the bench show at the Spokane Community College Lair
04/22/23 – 04/23/23 – Show open to public.

August Picnic

Instead of a meeting in August, the society holds a picnic for all of its members. The picnic is a social gathering held during a weekend in August, the date and location depending on weather.

Northwest Flower & Garden Festival

Most years, the society plans and builds an orchid exhibit as one of the main featured gardens at the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival.


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