Upcoming NWOS Events

Meetings, Shows, and Socializing

Monthly Meeting – January 10

Join us from 7-9PM for our monthly meeting! The meeting is held at The Center for Urban Horticulture 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 & Garden Festival

Februrary 9 – 13, 2022
Washington State Convetion Center


Potting Clinic – March 19 2022

Come with questions, get some answers. Bring up to three plants. Then add some hands-on experience, with guidance from our volunteer members. Potting media and …
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Washington State Fair – 2021

Display Your Orchids at The Fair! Dates: September 3 – 26 (Closed Tuesdays and September 8) The 2021 Washington State Fair will once again be taking place …
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December 2021 Meeting

Our President Joe Grienauer started the meeting welcoming all who came to our holiday gathering.  He added a special welcome to anyone new to our …
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November 2021 Meeting

Our main program was a virtual talk via Zoom by Ron Parsons on the “Rarities and Oddities of the Orchid World”. Ron proceeded to show …
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October 2021 Meeting

Our main presentation by Andy Easton on the topic of Warmth Tolerant Cymbidiums. He showed many small Cymbidiums and included some of the important species …
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2021 Fall Show

e had a very successful fall show this year. Many thanks to the committee co-chairs, Susan Burgess and Abigail Chang for organizing this and all …
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2021 Washington State Fair

Report From The 2021 washington state fair Thank you again this year to Thuan Nguyen for coordinating the collection of plants and delivering them to two …
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September 2021 Meeting

Report From The September 2021 Meeting Our president, Joe Grienauer, began the meeting by welcoming everyone to our first in-person meeting in over a year. How …
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Next Meetings

Tentative meeting dates and topics for the rest of 2021 and the first half of 2022

02/14/22 – NWOS meeting – Annual Culture Clinic and post Flower and Garden Festival Sale. Be sure to bring your questions about culture, and it’s an opportunity to pick up some of the plants from the show.

03/14/22 – NWOS meeting – Annual Auction: This is always a great meeting where those spare rarities from members collections show up for sale and we have a great time to mingle with each other longer than usual.

04/11/22 – NWOS meeting – Speaker: Kelly McKracken from High Desert Orchids, “Artificial Lighting”, a great topic for our indoor growers and anyone looking for tips on supplemental lighting.

05/09/22 – NWOS meeting – Speaker: Tyler Albrecht, “Parvisepalum Paphiopedilum” Tyler spoke to us about Dendrobium kingianum and its hybrids last year. This year he is back to talk to us about the wonderful parvisepalum subgenus of Pahiopedilum.

06/13/22 – NWOS meeting – June Potluck: This is the last meeting before our summer break, get together and have a lovely fellowship. This is also the meeting where we present the Gary Baker service award.

09/12/22 – NWOS meeting – Speaker: Tom Ethridge, “Odontoglossums Then and Now, Has Anything Changed?”

10/10/22 – NWOS meeting – Speaker: TBA

11/14/22 – NWOS meeting – Speaker (tentative): Peter Linn, “Neofinetia falcata and Its Hybrids”

12/12/22 -NWOS meeting – Scholarship Recipient Report, 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:

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.

10/07/22 – Annual show setup.
10/08-09/22 – 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

03/04/22 – Setup of the society display at the Mt Baker Show.
03/05-06/22 – Mt Bake rShow is open to the public.

Spokane Orchid Society

04/08/22 – Setup of the society display at the Spokane Orchid Society Show.
04/09-10/22 – Spokane Orchids 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.

02/05-08/22 – NW Flower and Garden Festival setup and construction.
Helpers Needed!
Orchids Needed!

02/09-13/22 – NW Flower and Garden Festival show days.
Helpers Needed!

02/13 PM -14/22 – NW Flower and Garden Festival tear down.
Helpers Needed!

Potting Clinic

03/19/22 – Potting Clinic – 11AM to 2PM at the Volunteer Park Conservatory.