The Vancouver Orchid Society promotes and increases the awareness of the beauty, diversity, culture and education of this incredible plant family to its members and the public, through shows, exhibitions and lectures.
Welcoming to all: The society welcomes anyone who is interested in orchids, from the beginner enthusiast to the experienced hobbyist. Many growers are surprised to learn how adaptable and forgiving orchids can be! Orchids are universally admired and loved, and you will find orchid clubs and societies in almost every country around the world. The VOS respects all of its members and volunteers.
Celebrating the wide range of beautiful and interesting orchids with events such as:i ) Monthly plant shows of current orchids in bloom grown by VOS members; ii) Annual show and sale: lovely displays and sales of orchids by various orchid societies as well as local and international vendors; iii)Outreach to the community: examples are our volunteer participation in the Orchid Festival at various Gardenworks stores and the Society’s display of orchids at the Bloedel Conservatory.
Sharing Knowledge: better knowledge leads to the success in growing orchids. Activities we promote to support this are: lectures by experienced growers (both local & international), hands- on culture classes where everyone is invited to participate and share knowledge, show table discussion by accredited judges on why awards are given to certain orchids, outreach to the public by volunteering at various garden clubs & stores.
Supporting Members in Their Passion for Growing Orchids through: exclusive pre-sales of plants at annual shows and monthly meetings, special guest lecturers, culture classes, access to information such as our extensive library of books & journals, open houses at members’ homes to view their collections of orchids.
Non- Profit Society Encouraging Volunteerism: membership dues cover a very small portion of our annual expenses. Our members generously volunteer their time to help us raise funds through our monthly raffle draws, annual orchid show & sale, annual auction, summer show & sale. The society relies entirely on volunteers to achieve its goals. Without the support of volunteers non- profit societies would not exist.
The Vancouver Orchid Society practices inclusivity and respects all of its members and volunteers.