Southern Ontario Orchid Society

Next Meeting: OrchidFest 2016

Sunday, 7 August 2016 at the Toronto Botanical Gardens in Floral Hall - ALL DAY

Holger PernerOur speaker is Holger Perner from China; he will be giving us two talks on orchids in China. Holger and his wife Wenqing are the founders of Hengduan Mountains Biotechnology, a company registered in Sichuan, China that commercially mass-propagate Chinese slipper orchids (Paphiopedilum and Cypripedium). Since 2010 their company is licensed by the Chinese government to export artificially propagated orchids worldwide. Annually Wenqing and Holger conduct botanical study tours in the mountains of Southwest and South China, on which participants from all over the world are introduced to the orchids and general plant life, but also the local culture and cuisine. Beside these activities, the Perners are still working for the Huanglong national park and are engaged in several other projects. Don’t miss this event! Please note: No member plant table, no raffle and no vendors other than our speaker for this meeting.

Alan KochOur September Speaker is Alan Koch of Gold Country Orchids

Alan Koch will be speaking to us 'Species Habitat, Hybrid Culture'. We have the opportunity to preorder plants from Gold Country Orchids to be delivered at the September 4th meeting.


SOOS Valentines Show February 13-14, 2016 was a great success

New vidoe of the 2016 show courtesy Kristen Reuel (oogalaboo on YouTube)

2016 Ribbon Results

2016 Trophy Results

See Supporting Vendors

Plant of the Month - June 2016Phal Yu Pin Polar Bear

Synea Tan
Phaleonopsis Yu Pin Polar Bear

Recognized for the superbly arranged inflorescence. Synea grows under lights and summers some plants outside.


2016 Membership on sale now at the membership desk.

Annual membership is $30 with the newsletter by email. Newsletter by Canada Post $15 extra unless you are a pre 2011 member in continuous good standing receiving the newsletter by Canada Post.

Payments accepted ONLINE

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Future Meetings:

  • September 4 - Alan Koch
  • October 2 - Graham Wood Topic: Maudiae. Why has it changed so much?
  • November 6
  • December 4 - Yeaer end Holiday meeting.
Please check the Calendar for more events and details.

Importing Orchids into Canada

This is a very complex and sometimes frustrating topic.
Marilyn H. S. Light, Chair,
Conservation Committee of the Canadian Orchid Congress
sheds some light in this
excellent article.