Houston Orchid Society has existed since 1945. While hybrids of orchids from 1945 have evolved to today’s sophisticated displays of beauty, the society’s core values have not changed. We are a group of orchid lovers dedicated to the conservation, preservation, and education of orchids and their habitats—whether in situ, as part of the landscape, or in a glass house. We, as a group, cover it all. Additional resources come in the form of the national/international society, the American Orchid Society (AOS), of which we as a society are also members.
We are a large group of orchid lovers, and we meet the first Thursday of each month at 7:30pm at First Christian Church, 1601 Sunset Boulevard, near Rice University. Your first few visits are free, and we encourage you to join the camaraderie of these meetings. There are lectures about all aspects of orchid growing, breeding, and preservation in their native habitats. Best of all, there are tables displaying members’ blooming plants. It can be an intoxicating and inspirational experience presented mostly by Mother Nature. You won’t be disappointed. And if you decide to join after three months, the annual membership costs less than a bottle of good wine. The memory will last a lot longer—and with no hangover!
A member once commented, “I came for the orchids and stayed for the friendships.” Coming together with a common interest and learning more about orchids is a wonderful way to spend an evening. And there’s more. We have an annual show each April, a workshop every August, and a holiday party and auction in December.
But first things first—come to a meeting, and let us unlock your curiosity and share the mystique of orchids. They are amazing plants and pretty easy to grow in the Houston area. We’ll be happy to help you learn. It’s part of our mission statement!
And bring the kids and grandkids so that you can share and learn together.
Rhyncattleanthe Burana Angel ‘Remar’ (Burana Beauty x C. Bright Angel)
—Renee & Marvin Gerber
Photo: Malcolm McCorquodale