Southern Ontario Orchid Society

Meetings

Regular Monthly Meetings

We have regular meetings usually on the first Sunday of the month in Floral Hall at the Toronto Botanical Gardens. There are some rare exceptions (due to conflicts with other events). The dates are listed on our calendar of events.

The society objectives are orchid conservation and education.

We meet at the Toronto Botanical Garden 11 times a year and hold an annual public orchid show.

At 9 - yes, 9 ! - of these monthly meetings, we have expert speakers as part of the programme. Many of them have special orchids for you to purchase

1 meeting each year is a workshop - tutorial, with fellow members showing you how to be better growers

These meetings typically see a number of our regular vendors set up around the periphery of the hall. They sell a good variety of blooming and near blooming plants. Growing supplies are also available. At the front of the hall, along the edge of the stage we have our show table. Members bring in their blooming plants for all of us to enjoy. If you have extra plants, you can sell them on the Members' Sales Table.

A question and answer table (Orchid Doctor) is available if you want to ask the experts about your problem plant.

When the meeting comes to order (at 1pm), sales stop and attention goes to the stage. A typical agenda is:

•  Various announcements including, upcoming events, recent AOS judging results
•  Raffle table. Plants and other items are donated by members. Tickets are sold before the meeting. It's a chance to win an inexpensive interesting plant.
•  Show table. Knowledgeable members review plants. A chance to see what others are growing and find out how they do it. Bring to blooming plants for all to see.
•  Guest Speaker. Often with slides, our speakers frequently come from far away and speak of a variety of subjects. It is always insightful and entertaining. They bring a wealth tips and advice for both the novice and advanced growers.
•  Things wrap up by 4 pm

In addition, the society own a large collection of books on orchids. They are housed in the library at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Society members have full access to these and all the books in the library.

Newcomers

If you are new to orchids, SOOS offers a regular series of free talks on the basics. Click here for times and topics.

 

May 3, 2015