Orchid Society

Upcoming Events

Monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month at the Sons of Italy Winchester, 117 Swanton Street, Winchester, MA. Meetings begin at 7:30 pm, but many members show up about about 7 pm to grab a cup of coffee, socialize and set up their plants on the show table.

Guests are always welcome!

Please see event descriptions for all other event times & locations.

Upcoming events

    • 27 Jan 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 28 Jan 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • The Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis, 35 Scudder Ave. Hyannis, MA
    Cape and Island Orchid Society 28th Annual Orchid Show "Orchids as Art"

    January 26: Preview Dinner 6 p.m. $45 per person
    • Menu and reservation info
    January 27: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    January 28: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Admission $10

    The Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis
    35 Scudder Ave.
    Hyannis, MA

    More information: If you're interested in clerking on Friday, January 26th, please contact show chairman Tina Balog at 508-564-8031.

    • 03 Feb 2018
    • 10:30 AM
    • Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr, Boylston, MA
    This is a publicly-open Judging session of the AOS Northeast Regional Center at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston MA.

    Additional Information
    • 09 Feb 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • 11 Feb 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Courtyard Marriott, 2200 Southwood Dr., Nashua, NH
    New Hampshire Orchid Society 27th Annual Orchid Show and Sale

    Courtyard Marriott
    2200 Southwood Dr
    Nashua NH

    February 9: 1 pm to 7 pm
    February 10: 9 am to 5 pm
    February 11: 9 am to 4 pm

    Adults $10
    Seniors (65+) $6
    Children under 12 or over 100 Free
    3-Day Daytime Pass $15

    More information:
    • 24 Feb 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 25 Feb 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Smith Vocational High School, 80 Locust Street (Route 9), Northampton, MA
    Amherst Orchid Society Annual Show and Sale

    Saturday, February 24: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Sunday, February 25: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Smith Vocational High School
    Northampton, MA

    Smith Vocational High School is located at 80 Locust
    Street (Route 9) next to the Cooley Dickson Hospital.

    Contact info: marc d gray 802-348-7926 or bulbophyllum @

    Admission: $5 (Children under 12 Free)
    • 17 Mar 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • 18 Mar 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • West Hartford Town Hall, 50 South Main St, West Hartford CT
    Nutmeg State Orchid Society 5th Annual Show and Sale
    "Come See Our Bloomers"

    March 17: 12 to 5 p.m.
    March 18: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    West Hartford Town Hall
    50 South Main St
    West Hartford CT

    Admission: $10
    Children 12 and under: free

    For more information:
    • 30 Mar 2018
    • 9:30 AM
    • 01 Apr 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman St, Waltham, MA

    Friday, March 30 - Sunday, April 1

    9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Admission: Free


    The Lyman Estate's Historic Greenhouses have interesting orchids budded and blooming to add to your collection. Hundreds of orchids for sale, including many hard-to-find varieties. Visit the greenhouses and enjoy gorgeous floral colors, shapes, and scents. Among the many varieties on display and for sale are Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, Phragmipediums, Encyclias, Oncidiums, Zygopetalums, Phalaenopsis and more. 

    Staff are on hand to offer expert advice.

    MOS members receive a 10% discount on purchases at the greenhouses.


    Call 617-994-5913 for more information.
    • 11 Sep 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Sons of Italy, 117 Swanton St, Winchester MA

    Please note 7 p.m. start time!

    View the auction site as plants come in from a variety of vendors such as

    • Seed-Engei Orchids
    • Sunset Valley Orchids
    • Piping Rock Orchids
    View auction items as they come in here.

    It's Auction time again! The Auction is the September Massachusetts Orchid Society Meeting on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018! Please note there is no show table this month.

    This year we'll be having a potluck. MOS will provide the finger sandwiches, and as we do our picnic and holiday party, please bring a finger food-type snack.

    If you have a division or other insect- and disease-free plant you would like to donate, please email to have it included in the online catalog. All plant donations are tax deductible, and plants that go for over the fair market value can have the excess deducted (I believe this is correct but please check with your tax professionals to verify). 

    This is one of the society's biggest fundraisers and your help is essential! If you have plants you're planning on donating, please let me know in advance so that we can get some lists up on the website. Thanks!


    • 19 Oct 2018
    • 9:30 AM
    • 21 Oct 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman St, Waltham, MA

    Fall Orchid Sale

    Friday, October 19 - Sunday, October 21, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

    Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman St., Waltham, Mass. 

    Celebrate orchid-blooming season. Hundreds of orchid plants are for sale, including many hard-to-find varieties. Visit the greenhouses and enjoy gorgeous floral colors, shapes, and scents. 

    Varieties on display and for sale include Cattleyas, Laelias, Oncidiums, Paphiopedilums, Phalaenopsis, and many more. Their long-lasting blooms are a dramatic addition to any indoor environment. This adaptable species can grow in a variety of home conditions. 

    Staff are available to offer expert advice.

    Garden and Landscape members receive a 15% discount on purchases at the greenhouses. MOS members receive a 10% discount.

    Please call 617-994-5913 for more information.

    • 02 Nov 2018
    • 12:30 PM
    • 04 Nov 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Mahoney's Garden Center, 242 Cambridge St, Winchester, MA

    MOS Annual Orchid Show & Sale 

    "World of Orchids"

    Mahoney's Garden Center

    242 Cambridge St
    Winchester MA

    Show Dates and Times:
    Fri Nov 2  12:30–5 pm
    Sat Nov 3   9 am–5 pm
    Sun Nov 4  9 am–4 pm

    General admission - $10
    Free to MOS members and children 8 and under.
    Purchase tickets online or at the door.

    For more information contact:

    Show website:

    • 13 Nov 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Sons of Italy, 117 Swanton St, Winchester, MA
    Monthly meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

    Please have your plants on the show table no later than 7 p.m.

    Speaker: Alan Koch, owner of Gold Country Orchids (bio below)

    Topic: Mini Vandaceous Species and Hybrids for the Home Grower

    One of Alan’s favorite subjects with lots of variety, colorful flowers and plants that will flower several times a year. Learn which plants to pick and how to grow them.

    He will have orchids for sale at our meeting. You can also preorder plants no later than the afternoon of November 4, 2018 from his select plant lists below. All orders will get a 10% discount and free freight, orders over $150 get a 20% discount and free freight.

    Gold Country Orchids Limited Availability.docx

    and on their website:

    To be able to take advantage of the preorder discount for plants from the website, you need to do the following:

    1. Under discount enter the following code, GCOD (case sensitive)
    2. Under shipping enter ship to a society
    3. Under comments enter the name of your society or event we are to bring your plants.
    You may email in your pre-order or call it in. This can be paid through their Paypal account via, with your credit card if you phone in your order or at the meeting with cash or check.

    Gold Country Orchids prefers that you email or phone in your order to 

    Alan's Bio
    Alan Koch owns and operates Gold Country Orchids where he specializes in miniature and compact Cattleya. Alan started growing orchids in 1969 with three Cymbidiums given to him by an aunt. While in college he became interested in other orchids and discovered many would grow outdoors in Southern California. He has moved five times as his orchid obsession has led to the need for more growing space. With the last move, he purchased ten acres of land in Lincoln, California for his 250,000 orchids.

    Alan is recognized as an expert in the Brazilian Cattleya alliance and a trendsetter in miniature Cattleya breeding. He has been published in the Orchid Digest, the American Orchid Society magazine, as well as many international publications. He has also been published in several proceedings of the World Orchid Conference.

    Alan is an internationally known speaker. He is a past member of the AOS Judging Committee, and the Research Committee, as well as an Accredited Judge and is the Training Coordinator for the California Sierra Nevada Judging Center. He also served two terms on the Orchid Digest Executive Committee and thee terms on the Board of Directors, as well as two terms as a Trustee for the AOS.

    • 11 Dec 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Sons of Italy Winchester, 117 Swanton St, Winchester, MA

    Let’s have some fun. Bring your food, your orchids, and holiday cheer. Please note the 7 p.m. start time.

    Turkey, ham and drinks will be provided by MOS. The rest is up to you!

    Potluck by first letter of your last name, but if you have a favorite dish please bring it!

    A-F: Salads
    G-L: Desserts  
    M-Z: Appetizers

    We will we have a show table.

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