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 Autumn Show: 27 & 28 April 2024 – FREE ENTRY

Join us for our Autumn Show which will be hosted at Ferndale Nurseries on Brommersvlei road, Constantia. This show is a “not to be missed” event. There will be spectacular orchids on display from vast corners of the earth, both interesting species and fanciful hybrids, all grown by our dedicated members. Whether you are new to orchids and dipping your toes in the water, or a seasoned hobbyist, this event is for you. The show is open to all, so bring your family and friends, and come spend a day, or two, talking about orchids and perusing all the amazing plants on offer to purchase. We look forward to seeing you there!

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.


Annual Auction 2023

Click here for the COS Auction Catalog 2023

The Annual Auction in November 2023 was a sensational event and our last meeting of the year. There was a vast variety of high quality plants on auction including some specially selected imports from Thailand. An assortment of other exquisite items were also on offer from speciality wines to books and ceramic artworks. The proceeds of these exquisite items were invested in the Endangered Cape Orchids Project (ECOP). We also had a luck draw on the evening and delicious food and wine was served. It was a wonderful occasion!

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.