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.


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

The Cape Orchid Society’s Spring Show 2017 entitled ‘Orchids in Art’ will be hosted by Stephan Welz and Company, one of South Africa’s foremost fine art and design auctioneers at their beautiful premises in the Great Alphen in Constantia, Cape Town between the 14th and 21st of September 2017. This will be the headline event for the Society’s fundraising campaign for the Jubilee Legacy Project. The event will centre around 60 artworks inspired by orchids, donated by emerging and established South African artists. The artworks will be on display throughout the Spring Show and will also form part of the Stephan Welz 2017 Spring Auction. Some of the works will be photographed for inclusion in their prestigious catalogue which is distributed to some of the world’s foremost art collectors.


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.


Second 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.

HikeCape Orchid Society’s Hikes

Our guided hikes are a chance to discover and photograph indigenous orchids growing in the wild.

On Sunday 8 October 2017 we will explore Silvermine and surrounds to see spring-flowering orchids like satyriums.


Cape Orchid Society’s Autumn Hike

On Sunday 12 February 2017 a handful of orchid enthusiasts summited Table Mountain in search of Disas. Despite the wind and rain, we made it to the top and were treated to hundreds of Disa uniflora in full bloom along the streams and aquaduct. We also came across Disa ferruginea and Disa graminifolia. Join us on our next hike at Silvermine scheduled for 8 October 2017.