Central Illinois

Orchid Society Grow Your Passion

An eclectic group of orchid enthusiasts invite you to explore and share your love of this 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.

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 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

Upcoming Events

Our next meeting is Monday, July 12th at 6:30 P.M. via Zoom. "Orchids To Grow Your Collection On" will be presented by Wade Hollenbach from Wade's Orchids, Middlebury, PA (http://www.wadesorchids.com). The Zoom link was emailed to members. Nonmembers are welcome to attend! Request the link by clicking on the Contact Us button above or our email address below.

In this presentation, Wade Hollenbach will take us on a tour of approximately 50 orchid species (and a few hybrids) he has selected that will improve any collection. He will include suggestions and cultural information. Many of these selected orchids can easily be grown to specimen size and become very impressive. All plants are those with which Wade has personal experience and most are plants that he is currently growing.

Wade has grown orchids since 1978. He sells orchids “to help pay the fuel bills for the greenhouse.” He is starting a breeding program with Encyclias and the Cattleya alliance. One of his goals is to provide healthy plants to others at reasonable prices, saying, “I have fond memories of days long gone where it was inexpensive to invest in new directions in breeding and growing the seedlings on anticipating becoming the first person to see the flower of this unique orchid. I hope to bring that format back to you, the orchid grower.”

August 9--No meeting due to two special events this month.

August 21--Road trip! Visit Natt's Orchids, Naperville IL. Lunch is included. More information will come by email.

August 29--CIOS Member Picnic, hosted by Bettina and George Francis. Details will come by email.

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!