Witwatersrand Orchid Society

Fun and friendship through Orchids

General Info Sheet




MAIL:                P.O. BOX 72007,



                          SOUTH AFRICA.

E-MAIL:            info@witsorchid.co.za

PRESIDENT:    Marinus Kort      082 447 5081




The Witwatersrand Orchid Society (WOS) is one of the oldest orchid societies in South Africa, having been formed in 1964, under its original name of The Transvaal Orchid Society. It has always been based in Johannesburg.

Main Aims

The WOS was formed to

  • Promote and further      the culture of orchids of all types.
  • Promote knowledge of      orchids amongst the general public.
  • Promote knowledge      and protection of our indigenous orchids.



  • The WOS holds a meeting every month, with the exception of December.
  • The meeting venue is the Sima Eliovson Floreum, Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, Emmerentia Dam, Johannesburg.
  • The meetings are held on the last Sunday afternoon of the month starting at 13h00. With tea and biscuits first and then
  • the meeting proper at 14h00.
  • A monthly newsletter is sent to members with details of the next meeting’s speaker and topic and keeps members up-to-date on the Society’s activities. And an email invite is also sent out before the meeting
  • Guests are always welcome to come to a meeting to see what our Society is all about



Meetings generally consist of the following

  • A talk on some aspect of orchids and their culture. The talks are given by experienced members of the WOS or other
  • South African orchid societies, international experts or other experts in specific fields relating to orchid culture.
  • A plant table consisting of flowering orchids brought by members. The orchids are discussed by orchid judges who         give information about their origins and culture to increase the members’ knowledge.
  • A raffle of an orchid plant for fund-raising purposes.
  • A  Sales Table where members have the opportunity to sell and acquire plants from other members. The prices are        often substantially below those of similar plants offered by commercial nurseries.
  • The meeting starts with tea and biscuits and the chance for members to socialise and discuss their orchids with each    other. Experienced growers are more than willing to answer new members’ questions.


The WOS has a substantial library, consisting of some 600 books and magazines. Members can take out two books each  month, with the exception of specific reference works which can only be consulted in the library. The Library is open before   each meeting from 13h00 to 14h00. Usually the librarian will bring a random selection into the Floreum for you to select from.



These are held as and when required for new members and novice growers.



The WOS stage two shows every year, an Autumn Show and a Spring Show.

We exhibit at the South African Orchid Council National Show which is held every three years at a venue somehwere in the country, changing every event

The newly started annual Orchid Lovers Fair, also a SAOC event at the Walter Sisulu Gardens at the end of July, is now      added to our exhibit list



  • Greenhouse visits are arranged at periodic intervals and members get the opportunity to see first-hand how other   members grow their orchids.
  • Field trips are arranged to see indigenous orchids growing and flowering in their native habitats.
  • Visits to other orchid societies or commercial orchid growers.




  • Members receive the bi-annual  SAOC Year Book, a glossy booklet packed with information dealing with all aspects           of orchid cultivation in South Africa.
  • Members of the SAOC can make use of the judging scheme and either submit their orchids for judging awards or       become an Orchid Judge.



For more information on subscription costs and membership application forms, please contact

us on the email at the top of this form, or download the form on the Membership Application Form page/link