The Finnish Orchid Society has been established in 1961. It works as a link between amateur orchid growers as well as those more interested in exploring native orchids in Finland and elsewhere.
The total number of members lingers around 800 covering the whole country. It is worth mentioning that our northernmost orchid hobbyists live well above the Arctic Circle.
The society organises monthly meetings in Helsinki and occasionally in other cities. The Helsinki meetings take place monthly on the second Tuesday at 6:30 pm, excluding the summer months. The meetings are held at Lönnrotinkatu 32 B in Helsinki. The lectures are given in Finnish. For the most part, the meetings are video taped and published on our web pages to serve those unable to attend the meetings.
The web pages offer information about venues, orchid growing and list a library for our members to use. We also have a web store that sells orchid related products like older issues of our orchid journal, but also a membership or an orchid excursion can be purchased and paid directly on the web.
An orchid show is arranged biannually. The next one will be held in Helsinki in the 25.—27. of October, 2013.
The society publishes a journal called Orkidealehti, which comprises 5 issues per year. The format is A4 with normally either 44 or 64 pages and a circulation of ca. 1 000 copies. We target at a high quality journal, which while being scientifically valid, serves our members with inspiring and useful contents. If you wish to place there an add, please download our Media Card- PDF Auf Deutsch.
It is also possible to place a 210 x 150 px banner (jpg, gif) on our front page www.suomenorkideayhdistys.fi in the left column with a link to your web page. The cost is 70 Euros per month. Our front page has daily over 100 visitors.
For further information, please contact email@example.com. In case you wish to subscribe to Orkidealehti, our account number is IBAN FI15 4055 3720 0297 27 - BIC HELSFIHH - 40,00€ (45,00€/2013).
For many years now, the society has organised a joint order to some European orchid nursery known for its quality, price level and ability to handle large volumes of plants. In recent years, the order has amounted to ca. 1 200 orchids. As there are no commercial orchid growers in Finland, our members purchase their botanical orchids mainly from Central European nurseries.