Resources

NW Orchid Soceties

There are a number of Orchid Societies in the Northwest, all are open to the public. Each society offers monthly meetings with a lecture or presentation covering a topic related to Orchids and Orchid growing. Many of these societies put on an annual Orchid Show sometimes twice a year. We hope you will visit and bring a guest to one of these orchid society meetings and enjoy the hobby that is Orchid growing. A list of NW Orchid Societies can be found here.

 

 

NW Judging Centers

American Orchid Society judging of Orchid plants for quality awards can be submitted at several Pacific Northwest Regional judging centers. A list of those judging centers can be found here along with contact information.

NW Orchid Growers

Orchids have been grown commercially in the Pacific Northwest since the Beall Orchid Company on Vashon Island, Washington began commercial operations in 1888 - 1986. There are a number of specialty Orchid Growers located in the Pacific Northwest. They contribute to the local orchd shows with displays of stunning orchids in  variety. A list of these orchid growers can be found here.

 

 

National Organizations

There are a number of national organizations from the American Orchid Society, the Orchid Digest to spcialty Orchid Societies catering to species and hybrid orchid growers. A list of these organizations can be found here.
 

Orchid Culture

The Orchidaceae are a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants, with blooms that are often colourful and often fragrant, commonly known as the orchid family. Along with the Asteraceae, they are one of the two largest families of flowering plants. The Orchidaceae have about 28,000 currently accepted species,
distributed in ca 763 genera. The determination of which family is larger is still under debate, because verified data on the members of such enormous families are continually in flux. Regardless, the number of orchid species nearly equals the number of bony fishes and is more than twice the number of bird species, and about four times the number of mammal species. The family also encompasses about
6–11% of all seed plants. The largest genera are Bulbophyllum (2,000 species), Epidendrum (1,500 species), Dendrobium (1,400 species) and Pleurothallis (1,000 species). (above printed from Orchidaceae Wikipedia) Learn more about growing orchids here.

 

 

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