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Fall Show
The National Capital Orchid Society

(301) 937-1100

On Columbus Day weekend, the National Capital Orchid Society will present its 70th annual Orchid Show at the Behnke Nursery Company -- FREE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC! Plan to visit, bring friends, see thousands of unique orchid plants in bloom, partake in our educational lectures, meet our 'Orchid Doctor' to answer questions, visit our Sales Area with top-quality vendors for plant and supply sales, unique orchid-themed gifts, and MUCH MORE! Fall is one of the best blooming seasons for orchids in DC, so come prepared for a wonderful selection of orchids to see and buy!

Click here to download the show flyer.

Show Schedule
(Saturday, October 7th through Monday, October 9th)

Saturday9 AM - 5:45 PMExhibit and sales area open to the public
Sunday9 AM - 5:45 PMExhibit and sales area open to the public
Monday9 AM - 3 PMExhibit and sales area open to the public

Educational Lectures

Throughout the show, one hour educational lectures will be presented, covering topics of interest to orchid hobbyists.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

10:00 AM  Guided Exhibit Tour
11:00 AM Gene SchurgHome Orchid Growing - The Basics
12:00 PM  Guided Exhibit Tour
1:00 PM Nancy MountfordGrow and Rebloom Phalaenopsis
2:00 PM  Guided Exhibit Tour
3:00 PM Roddy GabelGet Comfortable with Slippers

Sunday, October 8, 2017

10:00 am  Guided Exhibit Tour
12:30 pm Ken MeierChoosing the Right Orchid for Your Home
1:30 pm  Guided Exhibit Tour
2:30 pm Stephanie JarrellThe Dirt on Repotting Orchids

Monday, October 9, 2017

12:30 pm Gene SchurgHome Orchid Growing - The Basics

There will be guided tours of the exhibit area throughout the day by senior members of the NCOS one hour before the classroom lectures begin.

Member Sales

NCOS members who volunteer at least one full day (or equivalent) at the Show can sell plants through the Member Sales spot in the sales area. Additional information about member sales.

Show Vendors

Plants and/or orchid supplies will be sold by Arbec Orchids, Fishing Creek Orchids, J & L Orchids, Little Brook Orchids, NCOS Member Sales, Orchid Enterprise, The OrchidPhile, Quarter Acre Orchids, Steve Arthur Orchids, Waldor Orchids and Woodstream Orchids. Art products will be sold by Sunisa's Clay Flowers. More detailed information about some of these vendors is available on the following websites:

Information for Exhibitors

Click here for the Show Rules. Click here to download a ZIP file for the exhibitor registration materials, including the plant classes. Click here for the plant classes. Questions on plant registration should be directed to Gary Smith (orchid.impaired@gmail.com).

Judging questions should be directed to Gordon Slaymaker (gordon.slaymaker@verizon.net).

Plant registration information will be sent via email directly to each exhibitor’s point of contact before the show (by September 25th). Please plan to pre-register your plants before show weekend. Questions on plant registration should be directed to Gary Smith (orchid.impaired@gmail.com).

For additional information or to volunteer, please contact:
Roddy Gabel NCOS2017@hotmail.com