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Welcome to the Website of the
Bucks County Orchid Society

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The Bucks County Orchid Society (BCOS) is a small group of orchid enthusiasts that meet ten times a year in southeast PA to share ideas, experiences, and knowledge about orchid growing.  Our membership includes beginners, experienced hobbyists, commercial growers, and AOS judges, who grow their orchids on windowsills, under lights and in greenhouses.   Many bring in blooming plants for the show table.   Most meetings feature a knowledgeable speaker and a plant raffle. 

We are an affiliate of the American Orchid Society (AOS), participate in native orchid conservation projects, and coordinate our activities with other regional AOS affiliates.

Meetings are open to the public, and are held on the third Thursday of the month (except July and August) at 7:30pm, at the Churchville Nature Center, Churchville PA (click on link below for directions).


& Contacts

Nature Center






Local Vendors,
Societies, Gardens



Our Next Event:
Thursday November 20, 2014

The Orchids of Madagascar
and Their Culture

Tom Purviance

Tom Purviance’s orchid growing began as a hobby with two hundred orchids in the home. His passion continued and resulted in construction of an 8x16 foot greenhouse in 1986 which was quickly filled. A free standing 28X32 foot greenhouse was next and within a few years Parkside Orchid Nursery was founded. While Parkside has new ownership, Tom and his partner are still involved its day to day operation.

Tom will be speaking about Madagascar, this unique island and its orchid plants. Madagascar is an island country in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Southeast Africa. Following the prehistoric breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana, Madagascar split from Africa around 88 million years ago, allowing native plants and animals to evolve in relative isolation. Consequently, Madagascar is a biodiversity hot spot and as much as 90% of its wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth. Madagascar has one of the richest and most distinctive orchid floras anywhere in the world. There are almost 1000 species in 57 genera. Some are large, spectacular and well known to orchid growers. But most are cryptic and grow in shady places under trees and shrubs or on the trunks and branches of trees in the forest. Tom will highlight some of the most popular plants and the basics of successful cultivation, and will also discuss a few of the less well known and unusual species from the island. He will be bringing plants for sale, most likely from Parkside and maybe a few from his and his partner’s personal collection.

Future Programs:

Dec. 18, 2014 - BCOS - Speaker, Andy Braun: “A Few of My Favorite Things” (Orchids I grow and why.) Please note that our usual holiday meeting, Cookies and Culture, has been moved to the January meeting.

Jan. 15, 2015 BCOS - Cookies and Culture: Everything you wanted to know about orchids- ask the in-house experts. Oh yes, lots of cookies.  Churchville Nature Center, 7:30 pm