What We’re About

The Beginning…

In 1985 a group of dedicated orchid hobbyists in Reno put a notice in the Reno Gazette Journal to see if there were other people in the area who love to grow orchids, and would enjoy participating in an orchid society.  The response was surprising; fifteen people eagerly joined and formed the Orchid Society of Northern Nevada.

John Anundsen was our first President, Chett Bramlett Vice President.  A Newsletter was proposed and Hugh Mozingo became the first editor (this website has replaced the newsletter).

Growing orchids in the high desert and mountains of northern Nevada is a unique challenge of hot summers, cold winters, and low humidity.  Our members have learned to live with it all and still grow magnificent orchids.

The Society works hard to bring knowledgeable and entertaining speakers to the Reno area.  Over the years our society has grown, and we have orchid shows and lectures for the novice and expert orchid grower alike.



The Society meets at 7:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of most months in Moana Landscape and Design building at 1100 West Moana Ln., Reno at the west end of the parking lot.

Map:  Moana Nursery Landscape and Design Center

Various topics are covered such as planting and growing techniques. Speakers offer a variety of cultural information. Various topics are covered, they include cultural information of specific orchids and potting demonstrations.  Please visit What’s Happening to see details of our upcoming events.

Each month there is an orchid filled raffle table. A ticket for a chance to win an orchid of your choice can be purchased at the meeting for $2.00 a ticket. Remember if you bring a dessert for our break you receive a free raffle ticket!  Members are encouraged to bring their blooming orchids for our ‘Show and Tell’ segment.


Our members are a diverse group from all over Northern Nevada and California. Beginners to experts provide an excellent resource of knowledge and advice. Our members grow orchids under a variety of conditions, including greenhouses, under lights and even windowsills.

Membership Application…

For a Membership Application, click here: OSNNV new member form

Advantages to membership include:

  • Speakers, lectures, slideshows, ‘hands on’ growing tips from expert orchidists
  • Lending Library
  • Plant raffles (monthly)
  • Orchid culture advice
  • July picnic and plant auction
  • Annual show and sale
  • December Christmas Party and a special raffle.
  • Most of all making new friends with people who also have the ‘orchid bug’ (no cure, just collect more…)

Membership: A single membership is $25 a year, or $40 per household (same address). All membership dues are payable in January.

Questions? click here.

The Orchid Society of Northern Nevada is a tax-exempt organization under the 501(c)3 code, and an affiliate of the American Orchid Society