Next Meeting

In recognition of the missed in person meetings and programming due to covid 19 your executive has decided to extend your 2020 Membership into 2021.

Please join our virtual meeting on May 2nd at 1:00pm. ( Check your membership email to obtain the access. ) Speaker: Shawn Hills Topic: Garden Slippers ( Photos for Virtual Show Table have to be received by Wednesday April 28th )

* Announcement *

After careful consideration by the Southern Ontario Orchid Society (“SOOS”) Executive, we have decided to cancel our regular monthly meeting scheduled due to Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) concerns, after the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic, and the Canadian Federal government and the Ontario Health Minister recommended cancelling large gatherings, and suggested that we all practice “social distancing”.

We will decide on a course of action regarding future meetings, as the situation develops. We will inform you via e-mail, and through notifications on the SOOS website, and on the SOOS Facebook site.

We understand that the cancellation creates difficulties for our members and vendors. We deeply apologize for any inconvenience caused due to this difficult decision.

Your orchids will continue to grow and bloom, so we encourage you to take photos of your flowers and post them on our SOOS Facebook Group page Southern Ontario Orchid Society Group, where you can share your growing successes and experiences.

Stay safe and healthy. We will get over this in time, however our daily habits are going to be drastically changed in the interim as we attempt to blunt the curve of COVID-19 infections so that that our health system does not get overwhelmed.

Thank you.

John Vermeer


Southern Ontario Orchid Society

Mandatory Use of Face Masks and Coverings

As of 12:01 a.m. Friday July 17, 2020, masks or face coverings are required inside enclosed public spaces in York Region.

The Regional Municipality of York has endorsed a recommendation from York Region Medical Officer of Health Dr. Karim Kurji to issue an instruction requiring operators of enclosed public spaces in York Region to have a policy in place that prohibits persons from entering premises of the establishment if the person is not wearing a face mask or covering, subject to appropriate exemptions.


Scattershot Pictures of the 2020 Annual Show

Conservation Corner

The AOS has some great webinars available for non-members

The $10,000.00 donation which SOOS was making in 2020 to aid in the purchase of Baldwick Bluff, Minesing Wetlands NCC

SOOS has donated $25,000 to the Nature Conservancy of Canada in 2021 to aid in the purchase of Vidal Bay Forests, Manitoulin Island

The Southern Ontario Orchid Society (SOOS) executive committee made a unanimous decision at their February meeting to donate $25,000 to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) to help purchase the Vidal Bay property on Manitoulin Island.

The Vidal Bay Forests and Shoreline property includes 7,608 hectares (over 18,000 acres) of intact forests, alvars, wetlands and inland lakes and over 18 kilometres of Lake Huron shoreline. It is a remarkable property and is NCC’s largest conservation project ever in Ontario.

With this donation, SOOS continues a long-standing tradition of supporting conservation projects in Ontario to protect native orchid habitat. For more information on the Vidal Bay acquisition project and to make a donation. .

About the Vidal Bay:

SOOS is mentioned in a story, and a mention of the owner, Ron Tasker, Neurosurgeon , Order of Canada .

A slideshow of photos of plants that could have been judged and has posted it to the Toronto Judging Centre facebook page TJC

WOC poster

Cost USD$100, Go to for more information.
Awards of the show table at April meeting

Music Credit: By: Kevin MacLeod

Watch Full Show Table April 2021 on


2020 Growers of the Year

Sue Loftus
Leslie Ee

2020 Grower of the Decade

Synea Tan

Jun 6th
Spencer Hauck virtual presentation
Aug 1st
Having 2 Speakers Special virtual presentation

SOOS Land Acknowledgement

SOOS acknowledges that we are meeting on the traditional territory of many nations, including the Huron-Wendat, the Petun, the Seneca, the Anishnabeg, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit.

This territory is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and the Ojibwe to care for and share the lands and resources around the Great Lakes.

This territory is still the home of many Indigenous people from nations across Turtle Island, and we are grateful for the opportunity to meet here today.

Free Parking for the SOOS members

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Plant of the Month

Plant Awards of the year 2018/20