The Irish Orchid Society (IOS) was launched in June 2001 at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin.
The Society Aims
The IOS was founded to help make orchids part of mainstream horticulture and not the pursuit of elitists. We want to dispel the shibboleths which persist even amongst experienced plantsmen that they are troublesome and difficult to maintain. Some are but many are not. We also want to educate in aspects of their science, evolution and conservation.
The society meets every month of the year except January and August. These meetings are staged in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, usually on the first Monday of the month at 8pm (Just come through the main gate and ask for directions at the security office). When the first Monday is on a Bank Holiday we meet on the second Monday.
There is no substitute to seeing orchids “in the flesh” and hearing advice directly from experienced growers. The format of meetings varies. There are informal member’s nights, whereupon individuals bring along their specimens to show and offer tips on their success. Then there are workshops on specialised aspects of the hobby.
Other meeting events feature illustrated presentations often from internationally renowned growers who speak on their chosen themes. These are usually entertaining as well as educational and always a feast for the eyes.
At each orchid society event there are fund-raising raffles for interesting prizes including plants. The IOS produces its own calendar each year using member’s photos.
Our members have travelled all over the world visiting orchid congresses, nurseries, research and conservation centres or just seeing for themselves the plants in their native habitats. On their return our explorers frequently present talks sharing their stories and pictures with an envious audience.
Usually taking place in April we are a key participant in the Irish Orchid Fair which is ran by the Botanical Gardens to which we obviously have strong links.
In June the AGM is held where members have their chance to give feedback on how they feel the society is evolving.
At December’s meeting we have a festive soiree while taking a look back over the years achievements.