Welcome to the website of the Central Louisiana Orchid Society in Alexandria, LA. The CLOS was formed in 1980 to promote fellowship among orchid enthusiasts and to educate others in our area on ways to conserve, cultivate, and hybridize orchids.
Orchids are fun to grow and very rewarding. They are great long lasting gifts for all occasions that re-bloom year after year. If you are interested in growing orchids, we can help you get started. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced orchid grower, we all have something to learn from each other. The best way to learn more about orchids and meet others who are passionate about this enjoyable hobby is to join and participate in an orchid society.
Our society provides fellowship, encouragement, and further education of orchid growing. Our members have a wide range of orchid growing experience and grow their orchids in greenhouses, outdoors, indoors under lights, and on windowsills. We can also help you diagnose problems with orchid culture and related pests.
Except in special circumstances, our club meets monthly in the Youth Building at St. James Episcopal Church, located at 1546 Albert St. in Alexandria, LA. Meetings begin at 2:30 on the third Sunday of each month and are open to the general public. Anyone with an interest in orchids is encouraged to attend.
Thank you CENLA for supporting our Fall 2023 Orchid Show! We hope to see you at a meeting soon!
Sunday, February 18, 2024 @ 2:30pm
Program: Introduction to Orchid Growing
The Orchidaceae Family is one of the oldest families of flowering plants, appearing sometime in the Late Cretaceous Period. Since that time, native orchids have spread to every continent except Antarctica and can be found in every climate except those that are permanently frozen or permanently dry. In this class, we will explore orchid physiology and what makes an orchid an orchid, terminology, growth, and care instructions, as well as learn some trivia and fun facts.
The Central Louisiana Orchid Society also is part of a cooperative effort between the Kisatchie National Forest to restore one of the rarest and most spectacular orchids native to the region - Cypripedium kentuckiense. This cooperative began with the initiative of a Shreveport high school student in 2006. Read more about this very important project on the Cypripedium Study tab above.
The CLOS hosts an Orchid Show every 18 months and actively participates in other orchid shows in our region. This is a fun time to display your blooming orchids and see the spectacular exhibits on display!
For more information on orchid shows, please see the Shows page.
You can also find out more about our history by clicking on the About Us tab above.
Thank you for visiting our website!