The OSA is a registered non-profit organization founded in 1976. Our mission is to advance the hobby of orchid growing in Alberta. The OSA is an affiliated member of the COC and the AOS.
Grow with us and
Interested in Orchids?
You've come to the right place! The Orchid Society of Alberta is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art and science of orchid growing in our province. Although we are located in Edmonton, our society has members from all over Alberta who can help you discover the intriguing world of orchids. Our monthly meetings are a great opportunity to improve your growing skills, buy hard-to-find plants, and make new friends. Guests are welcome to take in a meeting any time!
Did you know …
The orchid family contains in excess of 30,000 species, and more are discovered each year. Advances in breeding have also led to the registration of well over 100,000 orchid hybrids. Orchids grow on every continent except Antarctica, in an amazing range of environments. However, in spite of their exotic appearance, many orchids are no more difficult to grow than other houseplants.
Excellent beginners’ plants are sold in home improvement stores and garden centres, and a windowsill makes a suitable home for hundreds of species and hybrids. Once a few basic principles have been mastered, the choices for growing are endless.
Join us …
We’d love to help you get started on your orchid adventure. Our monthly meetings feature expert speakers, slide shows, plant displays and sales, culture sessions and workshops, a monthly raffle and an excellent lunch table. There’s the excitement of our annual Orchid Show, which attracts thousands of visitors every year. And members get the monthly OSA newsletter, plus access to an extensive library of orchid books, videos and magazines. All this and friendship, fun and good times, too!
A Note on Downloads from this Site
Documents and other downloadable items will be posted on this site periodically, such as entry forms for the show, culture sheets, etc. These are published in three different formats: PDF (Adobe Acrobat), Word, and Excel. Contrary to popular belief, you DO NOT have to have Microsoft Word or Excel to view or print Word or Excel documents. You can download both the Word Viewer and Excel Viewer for FREE. You can also download Adobe Reader (to view and print PDF files) for free. Click the links below to download these free tools, and you will be able to view and print any document posted on the OSA website.
Click here to download Microsoft Word Viewer.
Click here to download Microsoft Excel Viewer.
Click here to download Adobe Reader.