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Site Last Updated November 18, 2013

The South Carolina Orchid Society is an affiliate of the American Orchid Society. We welcome all individuals who delight in growing and enjoying orchids. The South Carolina Orchid Society has been inspiring orchid growers for more than 40 years by sharing a variety of information about orchids including culture, conservation and hybridization. One way this is accomplished is through regular programs featuring the foremost speakers on orchid related topics. The Society also exhibits in several regional orchid shows each year. Our Mission is to educate and inform our members and the general public by promoting the culture, hybridization, and conservation of orchids. Please take a look at our current Newsletter for the latest society information.

Society Members include beginners growing on the window sill, intermediate growers with interior lighted gardens and experienced growers with automated greenhouses. The common thread is a desire to enhance the enjoyment of orchids. Monthly Meetings feature informative presentations on all aspects of orchid culture, with speakers frequently offering plants for sale. Each meeting also features a Show Table of breathtaking orchids. Members are encouraged to bring in their blooming plants for display.

Each February the society sponsors an annual Orchid Show at Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens. The show attracts large crowds coming to enjoy the exceptional displays filled with beautiful orchids, magnificent Orchid art, as well as one of the nation's best zoos and gardens. A large variety of orchids are available for sale from regional vendors. Other activities include a Picnic and Auction, visits to orchid nurseries and greenhouse tours. We also encourage our members to attend the Special Orchid Seminars held periodically in the region.

We encourage you to browse our website to learn more about growing orchids. If you want more information, we welcome you as our guest at our meetings. We meet the third Sunday of most months at 12:30pm. The meetings held at the Garden Club Council of Greater Columbia Building, 1605 Park Circle in Maxcy Gregg Park just off of Pickens Street at the intersection of Blossom Street in Columbia.

Illustration of Epidendrum magnoliae by Marion Ruff Sheehan. Illustrations of Dendrobium goldschmidtianum and Oncidium jonesianum by Joyce B. Marshall.