Orchids are rare.
No! They are one of the most prolific categories of plants on earth with over 20,000 species of every size, color, shape and description.
Orchids are delicate.
No again! Orchids grow in every climate and condition from tropical rain forests to sub-arctic snow-lands.
Orchids don’t last.
On the contrary! Many orchids are extremely long-lasting with some blooms lasting for months at a time.
Orchids are expensive.
There is an orchid for every budget. While an ordinary bouquet of flowers may last a week, an orchid in bloom can give weeks or even months of viewing pleasure, and then re-bloom again!
Orchids are difficult to care for.
Many orchids just need a moderately bright spot (not in direct sunlight) and a good watering only once a week. How hard is that?
“Orchid Society” sounds snooty!
The name is just a carry-over from olden times before the term “club” came into more common use. Besides, wouldn’t you rather belong to the Western North Carolina Orchid Society than a “flower club”? 🙂
I bet the Orchid Society members are all experts with green thumbs and greenhouses!
Au contraire! Our members comprise every level of expertise from brown-thumb beginners to accomplished orchid growers. One of the benefits of our group is that we represent the entire spectrum of orchid plant knowledge from those just getting interested in orchids to growers who have been propagating orchids for years. We share our knowledge (or lack thereof) at regular meetings and events all year long. We just all have one thing in common; we love orchids!
I’d be too shy to go to a meeting where everybody else knows each other. I’d be a stranger!
For about 2 seconds. We have newcomers all the time and welcome them with open arms (and blooms :-). Just show up at one of our monthly meetings (directions on the About page) and see what goes on.
What happens at a meeting?
Typically we start off welcoming new members and visitors (that’d be you!) and then make any announcements regarding upcoming events. Next, it’s show-and-tell time – yes, just like back in grade school. You will notice a side table full of exquisitely beautiful orchids members have brought to the meeting to show the group. Each member describes where they got it, how they care for it and how they got it to bloom. It’s a fantastic way to immediately see what is being grown right here in WNC and to whet your appetite to get started in orchid ownership yourself.
At most meetings, we have a speaker give a presentation about his or her orchid field of interest. Some are internationally known, and all are a fount of knowledge about their particular subject – a great way to satisfy any orchid FAQs you still have. We finish the meeting with a raffle with several prizes of, you guessed it, orchids!
So you see if you have just the tiniest bit of interest or curiosity about orchids, our meetings are made for YOU. Hope to see you soon!