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.

Monday, January 10th, 6:30 P.M. on Zoom--Growing Mounted Phalaenopsis.  Presenter: Linda Bailey.  We’ve all seen potted phalaenopsis orchids in our local grocery stores, but there are other ways to grow and display them. Join us online to learn how to mount these workhorses of the orchid world and how to grow them mounted. Due to COVID, this meeting will be online via Zoom. Linda will send the Zoom link on Sunday, January 9th.

Monday, February 14th, 6:30 P.M--The Art of Creating a Small Orchid Display.  Presenter: Joanne Miller.  After going to all the trouble of raising an orchid to its blooming glory, why not enjoy it as a beautiful addition to your indoor decor? Bring it out to your main living space where you can enjoy its beauty. Many Orchid Shows have large displays that are officially judged for ribbons. Joanne will demonstrate several ways we can develop our own displays. This meeting will be in-person at our usual meeting location: Hessel Park Christian Reformed Church, 700 W. Kirby Ave, Champaign.

Saturday, March 5th, 8:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.--CIOS Annual Orchid Show and Sale.  Hessel Park Christian Reformed Church, 700 W. Kirby Ave, Champaign. This is our annual fundraiser and we hope all members will help. Setup begins at 8:30 and doors open to the public at 9:00. Members--please bring your blooming and interesting orchids for the show. More information is in our Winter Newsletter and will be discussed during our January and February meetings. Also watch for emails from Linda with details and sign-up opportunities. And invite your friends and family, but advise them that the plants sell quickly--they will have the best options if they arrive early.

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!