Welcome to the Houston Orchid Society website!

The Houston Orchid Society started in 1945 and we have grown into a large vibrant family of orchid lovers, who are passionate about growing orchids and enjoying their beauty. We are dedicated to sharing our knowledge of orchids with others and to the preservation of orchids in their natural habitats, as well as in our collections.

For orchid growers of all levels of expertise and experience, you will find that the Houston Orchid Society is the best place to learn about one of the oldest family groups in the world. We are interested in all aspects of orchids, growing, showing and protecting them as well as advancing our own and others’ knowledge about this fascinating group of plants. If you are just a beginner with just one plant that you purchased at the supermarket or big box store, to someone who grows on a windowsill, under lights or a greenhouse, the Houston Orchid Society is the place to meet knowledgeable people that are dedicated to appreciating the beauty and variety of the world of orchids. Come join us and experience the beautiful, exotic and fascinating world of orchids.

If you are not yet a member, think about joining us at our monthly meetings. Your first two visits are free, without obligation. Our yearly dues are $30. We meet, the first Thursday of each month, at the First Christian Church/School, 1601 Sunset Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005.

The meetings are pleasant, informative and nourishing: there is always a presentation by a well-known orchid expert.  Our members range from beginner level to very experienced growers, and we all share a love and enthusiasm for orchids. For the beginners there is a newcomer group that meets each month aside from the regular meeting, for those more advanced we have an intermediate group that meets quarterly. You will find more information on the website. The monthly meeting display table is filled with beautiful blooming orchids from our members, and some of our experts will explain what they are and how to grow them. You will enjoy the plant raffle (exciting!), silent auction (tense!) and refreshments (that’s the nourishment, at least for the attendees). All this, and the invited vendor plant sales, adds to the enjoyment and camaraderie.

Our Annual Show takes place each April in the Museum of Natural Science lobby with displays, awards, and vendors selling orchids.  Admission is free. There are several thousand orchids for sale, orchids for looking, orchids for your appreciation! Come enjoy the spectacle of color and form.

We invite you to partake in the enjoyment of the beautiful, the fragrant, the exotic, the enchanting world of orchids.  Welcome to the Houston Orchid Society and the orchid community.

Derek I. Lowenstein, PhD

HOS President


The HOS (Houston Orchid Society) is a member society of the American Orchid Society, the Southwest Regional Orchid Growers Association and is affiliated with the Orchid Digest and the International Phalaenopsis Alliance
HOS is recognized as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code.  Contributions to the HOS (and the affiliated Houston Judging Center) are tax-deductible.

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