Who We Are

​Central Illinois Orchid Society was founded in 1958. Our members come from Champaign-Urbana and surrounding cities.

                                Some of the recent FB posts by the members. 

Next Meeting


We invite you to join the Central Illinois Orchid Society. Membership is only $15 for the first member and $25 for a couple. Click on the read more for a printable PDF. Please mail the form and check as directed or bring them to the next meeting. Hope to see you soon!

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Our mission is to:

  1. Exchange orchid-related information among orchid hobbyists;
  2. Provide a forum for disseminating orchid-growing information through educational programs offered to its members and the public;
  3. Support local and global orchid conservation efforts;
  4. Enjoy the fellowship of others who share a fascination with orchids.

Our next meeting is on Monday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hessel Park Church.  After a brief business meeting and the election of the 2019 officers, the meeting will be open to member plant sale.  Some of the plants are divisions while others are plants that are looking for new homes and growing environmens.  As usual, prices will be unbelievably reasonable, and there will be lots of fellowship time. 

At the last meeting, Russ Vernon of New Vision Orchids gave a great presentation on Odontoglossum/Oncidium hybrids.  He showed images of many different hybrids, and how the names of some of them have changed over the years.  He emphasized that successful growing and blooming of Oncidinaeii hybrids depend on  coolness at night and air movements.  When air is dry, he uses a fogger to increase humidity in the morning, and sometimes in the evening, but he cautioned not to let the water stay on the plants.

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. . . to the Central Illinois Orchid Society web page. We are a diverse group of people interested in growing and/or enjoying orchids. We welcome anyone to attend our meetings and events whether you have never grown an orchid or you are an experienced grower.