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.

Our Spring 2022 Newsletter comes out in April. Please submit any items for consideration to Lori Garrett (Lorikgarrett@gmail.com) by March 20th.

Our Annual Orchid Show and Sale was a HUGE success! We sold out (over 100 orchid plants!) in our first hour. We also had a larger show than usual and, as always, Bettina's repotting demonstrations were well-attended. Special thanks to Bettina Francis, our Sale Chair, for her diligence in securing excellent plants even though they are in short supply, and to Joanne Miller, our Show Chair, for putting together our expanded show. These ladies put in a lot of work organizing this event. Very well done, Bettina and Joanne!  Thanks also to all members who worked the event and /or brought plants for the show. We also gained ten new members at the event and want to welcome them: 

  • Amy Burkhalter,
  • Jordyn Chance,
  • Ricardo Covarrubias,
  • Barbara Godlew,
  • Christine Lyke,
  • Gail McWilliams,
  • Brittany Rogness,
  • Elena Romanova,
  • Kathryn Rybka, and 
  • Leslie Rye.

Monday, May 9th, 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. — Paphiopedilums with George Titterton (Illinois Orchid Society). Hessel Park Christian Reformed Church, 700 W. Kirby Ave, Champaign.

Monday, June 13th, 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. — Growing Orchids in the Home with Steve Robinson (Illinois Orchid Society). Hessel Park Christian Reformed Church, 700 W. Kirby Ave, Champaign.

July — Annual CIOS Member Picnic. Date/time/location to be announced.

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!