Welcome to Manitoba Orchid Society (MOS) webpage

The members of the MOS wish all our orchid loving friends a warm welcome.
We are ready to share our interest in orchids with the world. Our Society is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Here you will find information on many orchids grown in the Canadian Prairies.
Discover the joy of growing, nurturing and protecting the enchanting orchid


Meetings are held at the Canadian Mennonite University 600 Shaftsbury Blvd Winnipeg MB (see map below). ‘The meetings are held on the 3rd Sunday of each month from September to June with some exceptions. Changes in meeting dates will be announced in the monthly Newsletter and the Website

–novice meetings start at 1.30 PM.
–regular meetings start at 2.15 PM


Interested in Orchids?

You’ve come to the right place! Although we are located in Winnipeg we have members from all over Manitoba that can help you with information about growing orchids. Our meetings and annual show are also a great chance to purchase those hard to find orchid treasures.

Did you know?

The orchid family contains more than 25,000 species, with many still being discovered today. Orchids grow on every continent except Antarctica, in an amazing range of environments. In spite of their exotic appearance, many orchids are no more difficult to grow than other houseplants.


Excellent beginners’ plants are sold in stores and garden centers, 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.

Monthly Meetings

We’d love to help you get started on your orchid adventure. Our monthly meetings feature slide shows, plant sales, culture sessions and workshops, a monthly raffle and a yearly silent auction. There’s the excitement of our Annual Orchid Show, which attracts thousands of visitors every year. And members get the monthly MOS newsletter, plus access to an extensive library of orchid books, videos and magazines. All this and friendship, fun and good times.

Facebook and Twitter

Don’t forget to check our facebook and twitter page

If you have a chance check out our facebook page there a lot of pictures from the show.

Benefits of Membership

Manitoba Orchid Society members now receive the following discounts: 10% at La Coste Nursery, 10% at Schriemer Home & Garden Showplace, 10% at Shelmerdine Nurseries & 15% at Village



Upcoming Meetings:

Next Meeting: Sunday April 21, 2024

Canadian Mennonite University, South Campus
Conference Room
600 Shaftesbury Blvd.
(SW corner of Shaftesbury Blvd. and Grant Avenue)

General Meeting
Start time is 1:30 pm

“Masdevallias You Can Actually Grow”
Live Zoom meeting with Tim Culbertson from California

Bio for Tim Culbertson

Although I teach middle school kids for a living, one of my passions has always been plants.  I began growing orchids as an offshoot from working at Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia just after college.  From the very beginning it was all about Paphs, particularly awarded and select clones of historic importance, of which my collection numbers nearly 3000.  While I love finding old, rare stepping stones in paph breeding, I also do a little hybridizing of my own, and growing up my own babies is a blast.  I am an accredited judge with the American Orchid Society, and have served in various capacities with various orchid societies in California and on the East Coast.  I love meeting other people who like orchids too, and doing so often finds me traveling to shows, vendors, and peoples’ greenhouses to see the latest and greatest in new hybrids and to get the best orchid gossip.  I like to be involved in plants as much as possible: in addition to Longwood, I’ve worked at the Smithsonian Institution tending to their orchids, and for years for the United States National Arboretum, collecting rare plants and documenting cultivated species and hybrids for their herbarium.  In short, I really like plants.

For your meeting, I’ll be sharing a presentation entitled “Masdevallias You Can Actually Grow.”  It’s been such a pity that these absolute gems trace most of their heritage to cold-growing, cloud forest species.  Some modern hybridizers are pushing back on those temperature requirements to make new Masdevallia hybrids which are compact, floriferous, colorful, and that grow and bloom in normal intermediate conditions in mixed collections.  These plants are easy to grow and flower, are vigorous, and have low demands on light and fertilizer, and as such are wonderful plants! I will help to identify important species in the backgrounds of historically important and modern Masdevallias, as well as discuss the different directions of breeding warmth tolerance.  By the end of this presentation, you will have a new appreciation of what goes into breeding trends for these types of plants, as well as an appreciation of their beautiful flowers and ease-of-growth.



Don’t forget the benefits with a Manitoba Orchid Society membership.

Members now receive the following discounts:

10% Shelmerdine Garden Center
10% LaCoste Garden Centre
10% St Mary’s  Nursery & Garden Centre
10% T&T Seeds on orders over $50.00
10% Schriemer’s Greenhouses And Garden Centre
15% Village Garden Centre
10% Ready Set Grow Hydroponics
10% Ron Paul Garden Center



Conference Room

Canadian Mennonite University,
600 Shaftesbury Blvd. Southwest corner of Grant & Shaftesbury

Canadian Mennonite University campus on the SW corner of Grant Avenue and Shaftesbury Boulevard. The meeting will be in the Conference Room A01 and the Novice Meeting will be in Room C09. Parking is in Parking Lot “N”. The main entrance from the parking lot is the circled 40 on the map.
South Campus First Floor Admin Bldg Map