Central Illinois

Orchid Society Grow Your Passion

An eclectic group of novice to veteran orchid enthusiasts invite you to explore and share your love of this diverse, expansive family of flowering plants.

The Orchid Society
The Orchid Society

About Us

Central Illinois Orchid Society was founded in 1958. 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.


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

Announcements and Upcoming Events

With great sadness, we mourn the loss of Mitzi Williams, our beloved friend, mentor-to-many, and devoted CIOS leader. Click here to view our tribute to Mitzi.

Sunday, November 13th — CIOS Holiday Dinner. — 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. @ Jupiter's at the Crossing, 2511 Village Green Pl, Champaign, IL.  We order from the menu and each pay for our own dinner.  All CIOS members who are present receive a free orchid at the dinner. Watch for an email from Linda with details about how to reserve your seat(s) and the deadline by which to do so (to allow adequate time for us to order and pick up the plants before the dinner).

December — No meeting. — Happy holidays to you all and we look forward to seeing you in 2023!

Board Election Results:  We held our annual elections during our October meeting. Congratulations to our 2023 Board Members, who take office in January:

  • Bettina Francis--President
  • Mark Williams--Treasurer
  • Melissa Edwards--Secretary
  • Joanne Miller--Show Chair
  • John Foran--Sales Chair
  • Lori Garrett--Editor/Web/AOS Rep.

The Orchid Society
The Orchid Society


We invite you to join the Central Illinois Orchid Society. Annual membership is only $15 for the first member and $25 for a couple. Click here for a printable form. Please mail your completed form and check as directed. Hope to see you soon!