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.


Annual Auction 2023

Click here for the COS Auction Catalog 2023

Join us on Tuesday 28 November 2023 for a sensational event, at our last meeting of the year. We will be hosting our annual auction, and this will be one of our most exciting ones yet! There will be a vast variety of high quality plants on auction including some specially selected imports from Thailand. An assortment of other exquisite items will also be on offer from speciality wines to books and ceramic artworks. The proceeds of these exquisite items will be invested in the Endangered Cape Orchids Project (ECOP). We will also be running a luck draw on the evening and everyone attending will stand a chance to win a special gift. Delicious food and wine will be served, so bring your friends and family along to this wonderful occasion. We look forward to seeing you there!


COS Autumn Show: 2024 TBC

The COS hosts two shows a year. All shows are themed and host hundreds of orchids on display and for sale. Below are a images from some of our most recent shows.


COS Spring Show: 28 – 29 October 2023

There was a bounty of unusual and exotic orchids on display at the latest Cape Orchid Society’s 2023 Spring show, and hundreds of orchids on sale as well. This was a wonderful opportunity for budding orchid enthusiasts to add some real beauties to their orchid collections. Daily demonstrations on how to grow orchids in the Cape were hosted to help newbie enthusiast on their journey and provide tips and tricks for those with an established collection. The show was held in the Richard Crowie Hall at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens from the 28th to the 29th of October 2023. If you missed this event, never fret, the next one is just around the corner. In the meantime scroll through the memories left on the Society’s Facebook and Instagram pages – @capeorchidsociety



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 burmanniana 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.[/fusion_text]



The COS members open their greenhouse doors to other members of the Society to showcase how they grow their orchids. This is a great way to learn some nifty tips and tricks on how other growers do things.