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

Saturday, March 2. CIOS Annual Orchid Show and Sale.

10 A.M.-2 P.M.  Hessel Park Church, 700 West Kirby Ave., Champaign IL. Members are asked to bring their own orchids for the show.  Member set-up begins between 8 and 8:30. Doors open to the public at 10:00. Repotting demonstrations will be at 11 AM and 1 PM. 

February 10 thr0ugh March 24th. "The Orchid Show of Wonders."

Daily 10 AM to 4 PM at Chicago Botanic Gardens, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois. This show is truly WONDERful, with stunning orchid displays following a circus/carnival theme, featuring orchids blossoming out of a Merry-go-Round, Ferris Wheel, snowcone and popcorn machines, and a Fun House complete with funny mirrors.   

Monday, April 8. CIOS Potting Party--bring your own supplies. 

6:30 P.M. Hessel Park Church, 700 West Kirby Ave., Champaign IL.

Monday, May 13. CIOS Monthly Program: Dennis Steinbeck.

Dennis will be joining us from "Flask and Flora" in Columbus OH. He will bring plants for purchase! 6:30 P.M., Hessel Park Church, 700 West Kirby Ave., Champaign IL.

The Orchid Society
The Orchid Society


We invite you to join the Central Illinois Orchid Society. Annual membership is only $30 for the first member and $50 for a couple. Click here for a printable form. Please mail your completed form and check as directed. Hope to see you soon!