The Cape Orchid Society holds a number of events throughout the year. The two annual shows, taking place in autumn and spring, enable members of the Society to showcase their orchid flowers in larger-than-life themed displays built at various locations across Cape Town. The shows offer the public an opportunity to view what the Society does, experience the beauty of the orchid world, and purchase orchids and other exotic plants to add to their own collections. The Cape Orchid Society also hosts various events throughout the year such as greenhouse visits, trips to local orchid nurseries, hikes and social events.


COS Spring Show 2019 | The Crystal Palace

The Cape Orchid Society will host their spring show entitled ‘The Crystal Palace’.  This show will be a feast for the eyes, with the orchids on display complemented by thousands of suspended crystals, lights and greenery. Come and explore the Crystal Palace and be transported to a land of opulence and wonder. There will be a bounty of unusual and exotic orchids on display. Hundreds of orchids will also be on sale. This is a wonderful opportunity for budding orchid enthusiasts to add some real beauties to their windowsills, patios, gardens and shade houses. The show will be held in the Richard Crowie Hall at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 September 2019, from 9am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday and until 4pm on Sunday. Entrance costs R20 for adults, while pensioners and students pay just R10. Please note that Kirstenbosch levy their own gate fee. Daily demonstrations on how to grow orchids in the Cape take place at 11am and 2pm. For more information, contact Bev Schram on 083 252 4659. More information is available at or on the Society’s Facebook and Instagram pages – @capeorchidsociety


The COS hosts two shows a year. All shows are themed and host hundreds of orchids on display and for sale. Here are a few of the most memorable events the Society has held recently.

The Cape Orchid Society’s Spring Show | Orchids in Art

The Cape Orchid Society’s Spring Show 2017 entitled ‘Orchids in Art’ was hosted by Stephan Welz and Co., one of South Africa’s foremost fine art and design auctioneers at their beautiful premises in the Great Alphen in Constantia, Cape Town between 15 and 20 September 2017. This show was the headline event for the Society’s fundraising campaign for the Jubilee Legacy Project. The event centred around 60 orchid-inspired artworks, donated by emerging and established South African artists. The artworks formed part of the Stephan Welz 2017 Spring Auction.

The Cape Orchid Society’s Autumn Show

Disas and Diamonds: The COS Diamond Jubilee Show

Disas and Diamonds is a celebration of the Cape Orchid Society’s 60th anniversary. Our diamond jubilee show was a visual recollection of our journey through the decades from our humble yet enthusiastic beginnings in the 1950s to the present and beyond. The show was held in the John Winter Hall at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on 7, 8 and 9 April 2017.


Cape Orchid Society Annual Auction

The Society’s annual auction is an opportunity for members of the Society and the general public to raise their paddles to bid for orchids and orchid-related lots to raise some funds for the Society’s culture and conservation efforts. On offer are rare orchids, specimen-sized plants, growing materials, artworks, jewellery and much more. This event is extremely popular and generates a great deal of exposure for the Society and the brands associated with the event.

Cape Orchid Society Hikes

The COS hosts a number of hikes and outdoor events throughout the year in search of indigenous (and often endangered) orchids throughout the Western Cape. We aim to showcase the orchids growing on our doorstep in the hopes of educating the public about our incredible orchid diversity in the Cape. From the iconic Disa uniflora to the rare Bartholina species we encourage the conservation of our Cape orchids through sharing their beauty and details of their pollination biology and ecology. Join us for one of our hikes in the near future.