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About Us

Eastern Iowa Orchid Society

A small group of people with a big love of growing orchids.

The Eastern Iowa Orchid Society (formerly the Iowa City Orchid Society) has been meeting since January 1991. We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and an affiliate of the American Orchid Society. We are a small group of 35+ members from extremely varied walks of life. Members range in age from 20 to 80 years from all walks of life. Our members live in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and the surrounding communities including some from Des Moines and Illinois. Some members have a few orchids and others have hundreds of orchids. Some have been growing orchids for only a few months and others for years. Many grow orchids on their windowsills or under lights, and a few have greenhouses. Some specialize in growing certain types of orchids. We all have one thing in common - we enjoy orchids and want to learn more about growing them and getting them to bloom. Our club is very informal and friendly. We welcome any and all orchid ‘lovers!’

Come join us at our next meeting. We meet the first Thursday of the month September through December and February through May at the Shueyville United Methodist Church, Shueyville, Iowa. Our meetings begin with social time at 6:30 pm, followed by the official meeting at 7:00 pm. During the social hour, members bring in their blooming plants to show. Our meetings feature presentations on various types of orchids, different methods of growing orchids, and conservation of native orchids. Sometimes we have special guest speakers who bring plants for sale. Refreshments are served. If you decide to join the society, membership dues are $20 per year for individuals, $30 per year for couples. During the holiday season, we have a party at which each member in attendance receives a gift orchid.