The Central Florida Orchid Society (CFOS) is one of the oldest organizations of its type in the United States. Our society began in Orlando almost 70 years ago. On July 19, 1943, eight people formed the Central Florida Orchid Club with the purpose of extending the knowledge, production, use, and appreciation of orchids. Five years later in 1948 the club became affiliated with the American Orchid Society and changed its name to the Central Florida Orchid Society (CFOS). The Society began to take part in shows, events, scholarship, and conservation.
Today, the Society is a non-profit corporation that has grown rapidly in recent years. Our members are mostly from Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties, but we also have active members throughout Central Florida. Over 250 members enjoy monthly meetings as well as four study groups that also meet each month. Our members come from all walks of life and several nationalities. This diverse group is made up of doctors, lawyers, housewives, retired couples as well as professional growers alike. We all have the common bond of our love and enjoyment of the beautiful plants called orchids! CFOS sponsors shows to present awards for excellence and increase the public interest in the growing of orchids.
If you think you might be interested in growing orchids, we can help you get started. If you are an experienced orchid grower, our society provides many opportunities for education, volunteering, and fellowship with other orchid growers.
Whether you have one orchid or a thousand, there are many benefits and rewards you can reap by becoming a member. Upon joining CFOS, you will begin to receive our monthly newsletter, which will keep you informed of “study group” activities as well as upcoming CFOS events. you will also receive “early announcements” of special public sales held by our member growers.
The monthly general meetings are a time when all the members have a chance to get together and share orchid growing experiences. The General Meetings are held on the second Monday evening of the month at 7:00 PM at the Leu Botanical Gardens. The monthly programs are presented by local, national and world-renown speakers and cover a wide variety of orchid topics. Books and videos may also be checked our from the CFOS, well stocked library.
Every spring CFOS hosts an extravagant orchid show and in the fall we hold a large orchid auction. This gives members a great opportunity to purchase beautiful plants at bargain prices. Proceeds from the Annual Fall Auction benefit the CFOS Scholarships and other interests.