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Clubs & Associations

These links are for a number of different international clubs and associations with active web sites, as well as a few local clubs who have produced particularly notable sites. The Palm and Cycad Societies of Florida have created a site with two of the most comprehensive plant encyclopedias on the web, which stands as a benchmark for all groups to strive for. This list is by no means complete or exhaustive, but will grow over time to include a wider selection of groups and the plants they love.

So, if you have a club with an informative web site, and would like us to included it in our list, please let us know at and we'll add it to our list.

Botanical and Horticultural Societies

Botanical and Horticultural Societies

(in order of foundation)

Royal Horticultural Society (1804)

'From its foundation in 1804, the Royal Horticultural Society has grown to be the world’s leading horticultural organisation. We at the Society continue our commitment to gardeners through inspirational flower shows, gardens, and over 1,000 lectures and demonstrations making sure they are easy to access throughout the UK.'

The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland (1816)

Founded in 1816, the RHSI is a member-led society, dedicated to promoting the knowledge, skill and practice of horticulture, arboriculture and floral art.

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (1827)

The timeless enjoyment of gardening awaits you at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1827.

Massachusetts Horticultural Society (1829)

Founded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.

The Botanical Society of the British Isles (1836)

The Botanical Society of the British Isles is for everyone who is interested in the flora of Britain and Ireland. The society traces its origins back to 1836, when it was founded as the Botanical Society of London. From its earliest days it has welcomed both professional and amateur members, and it remains the biggest and most active organisation devoted to the study of botany in the British Isles.

Botanical Society of Scotland

On the 8th February 1836 a meeting was held at 15 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, the home of Dr John Hutton Balfour who later became Professor of Medicine and Botany in the University of Edinburgh, and Regius Professor of Botany, Keeper of the Garden and Queen's Botanist in Scotland. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the formation of a Botanical Society.
The discussions resulted on the l7th March l836 in the institution of
the Botanical Society of Edinburgh.

Throughout its auspicious history, the Society has had a symbiotic relationship with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh; the donation in l863 of the Society's herbarium of many thousands of specimens and in l872 of its valuable library formed the nucleus around which the Garden's extensive Herbarium and Library have been built.

The Royal Botanical Society of Belgium (1862)

The Society was founded in 1862. It is the meeting forum of Belgian botanists and it promotes research in all fields of plant science by organizing meetings, symposia and excursions. Its publication, the Belgian Journal of Botany, is an international journal open to all fields of plant science

The Torrey Botanical Society (1860's)

The Torrey Botanical Society is an organization of people interested in plant life, including professional and amateur botanists, students, and those who just like to go out into the country and study nature. The society began informally in the 1860's under the aegis and inspiration of Dr. John Torrey, then professor of botany at Columbia College, and claims to be the oldest botanical society in America

The Botanical Society of Japan (1878)

The Botanical Society of Japan was founded as the Biological Society of The University of Tokyo in 1878 by Prof. Ryokichi Yatabe (Professor of Botany) in collaboration with Prof. Edward Morse (Professor of Zoology). The Botanical Society of Tokyo became independent of the Biological Society in 1882 and changed its name to the Botanical Society of Japan in 1931. In 1993 it was reorganized and recognized as a corporation, the Botanical Society of Japan.

The Ottawa Horticultural Society (1892)

The Ottawa Horticultural Society, a garden club with over 300 amateur gardeners, was founded in 1892. Its purpose is to promote and encourage interest and improvement in horticultural activities. We are affiliated with the Ontario Horticultural Association., District 2 and we are also founding members of the Ottawa Botanical Garden Society.

The Horticultural Society of New York (1900)

Founded in 1900, incorporated in 1902, the mission of The Horticultural Society of New York (HSNY) is to improve the quality of life in New York through its library and educational and community outreach programs. HSNY is committed to promoting a public appreciation and understanding of the art and science of horticulture.

Connecticut Botanical Society (1903)

'We are a group of amateur and professional botanists who share an interest in the plants and habitats of Connecticut and the surrounding region. The society was founded in 1903. Our goals are to increase knowledge of the state's flora, to accumulate a permanent botanical record, and to promote conservation and public awareness of the state's rich natural heritage.'

The Botanical Society of America (1906)

The Botanical Society of America was formally established in 1906 as a result of the merging of the then Botanical Society of America (established in 1893 as an offshoot of the Botanical Club of the American Association for the Advancement of Science), the Society for Plant Morphology and Physiology (founded in 1896) and the American Mycological Society (founded in 1903). Its initial membership included a wide range of scientists from around the United States and Canada. Today membership spans the globe, with members in over 80 countries, and includes scientists, professors, teachers, students, botanists and people just plain interested in botany and/or plants.
Paleobotanical Section

Ontario Horticultural Association (1906)

Since 1906, the Ontario Horticultural Association (OHA) has led Ontarians in all things horticultural. Our organization is an integral part of this province’s cultural fabric. (See OHA: From Then to Now). OHA was created by the Province of Ontario in 1906. It is a well-rooted tree with many branches 19 Districts); twigs (277 autonomous local societies) and leaves (over 40,000 members)!

The Calgary Horticultural Society (1907)

The Calgary Horticultural Society is Calgary’s oldest surviving organization. In the early 1900s, the promotion of gardening was an important part of a social movement to counter the adverse effects of urban industrialization. Practical business men, Fred Mayhew, Harry Burrows, William Reader and Mr. Lambert, founded the Society in 1907 to inspire responsible citizens to learn about gardening in this challenging, largely treeless climate and to "aid in the beautifying and improving of the City of Calgary."

The Botanical Society of South Africa (1913)

The Botanical Society of South Africa was established in 1913, the same year that the now world famous Kirstenbosch Garden National Botanical Garden was started.
"Mindful of the role of the people of South Africa as custodians of the world's richest floral heritage, it is our mission to win the hearts and minds and material support of individuals and organisations wherever they may be for the conservation, cultivation, study and wise use of the indigenous flora and vegetation of southern Africa."

American Horticultural Society (1922)

(AHS) is one of the oldest national gardening organizations in the country. Since 1922, we have provided America's gardeners with the highest quality gardening and horticultural education possible. We accomplish this with the help of an impressive network of experts -- from the members of our Board of Directors, specialized Advisory Committees, National Great American Gardener Award Winners and corporate sponsors.

Hawaiian Botanical Society (1924)

The Society was founded to:
Advance the science of Botany in all its applications, encourage research in Botany in all its phases, and promote the welfare of its members, developing the spirit of good fellowship and cooperation among them.

California Horticultural Society (1933)

Affectionately known as "Cal Hort" to its members, the Society is the oldest plant association in California. In the winter of 1933 an unusually frigid air mass withered gardens in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. A small group of concerned gardeners met to compare plant survival information, and they became the nucleus of the present Society.

Wellington Botanical Society (1939)

The Wellington Botanical Society, established in 1939, has membership of approximately 350 professional and amateur botanists. Our activities include research, field work, publication, advocacy, and the provision of botanical expertise.

We advocate the conservation and protection of New Zealand native plants.

We aim to encourage the study of botany, particularly New Zealand flora, foster an interest of New Zealand plants especially in the field and encourage the cultivation of native plants and protect lands and waters (under protected area statues) in their natural state

Pakistan Botanical Society (1968)

Probably the first seeds for formally establishing a Botanical Society were sown in the picturesque setting at Bara Gali in 1965 where the participants of the Summer Seminar in Botany resolved to establish a national platform for all those interested in Plant Sciences. Among others who participated in these discussions were Prof. Sher Ahmed Lodhi, Prof. Majid Ahmed, Dr. Khwaja Muhammad Salim, Dr. Shah Rukh Chughtai, Dr. Mustafa Shameel and Mrs. Rukayya Khan. The idea was welcomed by other Plant Scientists actively engaged in research in different organizations in the country.

In 1968, the Pakistan Botanical Society came into existence with Prof. Sher Ahmed Lodhi, Professor of Botany, University of The Punjab as the founder President. Dr. Majid Ahmed and Dr. S. I. Ali, shared the responsibilities as Vice Presidents, whereas Dr. Shaukat Ali Chowdhry was elected Secretary / Treasurer for the year 1968-69.

Australian Systematic Botany Society (1973)

Membership is open to all those interested in plant systematics and entitles the member to attend general meetings and chapter meetings, and to receive the ASBS Newsletter.

Alpine Plants

Alpine Garden Society Encouraging interest in... alpine & rock garden plants including- small plants & hardy perennials, many bulbs & ferns, hardy orchids, dwarf trees & shrubs. Based in the UK with affiliations in New Zealand and Australia. With work on a new site on a faster server this looks to be a promising site for good solid information.

The Scottish Rock Garden Club was founded in 1933 by a small group of enthusiasts who were interested in promoting the cultivation of alpine and rock garden plants. There are now over 4500 enthusiastic members in 38 countries.

Alpine Garden Club of Vancouver BC. With the Coastal mountains and the cool temperate climate, the number of Alpine garden clubs seems to be growing rapidly in this region of the world.

Vancouver Island Rock and Alpine Garden Society

North American Rock Garden Society The North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS) is for gardening enthusiasts interested in alpine, saxatile, and low-growing perennials. With a well developed site and information on local chapters throughout the United States and Canada, this is an excellent source of information on all aspects of alpine gardening.

'It encourages the study and cultivation of wildflowers that grow well among rocks, whether such plants originate above treeline or at lower elevations. Through its publications, meetings, and garden visits, NARGS provides extensive opportunities for both beginners and experts to expand their knowledge of plant cultivation and propagation, and of construction, maintenance, and design of special interest gardens. Woodland gardens, bog gardens, raised beds, planted walls, container gardens, and alpine berms are all addressed.'


International Aroid Society These fascinating plants have a small but dedicated following, and once you have a look at some of the more remarkable specimens, you might be hooked. Just to get you started, you might want to take a look at just one of these amazing plants in bloom


The American Bamboo SocietyWith chapters and members spread all over the US, and with affiliations all over the world.

The Florida Caribbean Chapter of the American Bamboo Society A good site for tropical bamboo enthusiasts.

The Australian Bamboo Society states its objectives as;

  • To promote all aspects of bamboo interest in Australia.
  • To promote opportunities for sharing information and education, and awareness amongst the public.
  • To coordinate and cooperate with the Australian Commercial Bamboo Corporation Limited, for the best interests of the Society.
  • To circulate two or more serial publications per year.
  • To encourage regional (local) chapters within the Society.
  • To take steps as deemed necessary to further the objectives of the Society.

If you don't find the bamboo link you want here, chances are good that their Bamboo Links page has what you are looking for.

The European Bamboo Society EBS is an informal federation of national European bamboo societies, each of which has its own administration and membership. There is no central administration - the society coheres through its annual general meetings, which are held in a different country each year in rotation.


American Bonsai Society Founded in 1967, the American Bonsai Society, Inc. is the pioneering national bonsai organization for North America, including Mexico, the United States, and Canada. As a non-profit corporation, our purpose is to promote knowledge of and interest in bonsai and to serve as a focal point for bonsai fanciers in North America. We provide a variety of educational and support services, as well as publish a Bonsai Journal for the bonsai community.

Bonsai Clubs International Bonsai Clubs International, a non-profit educational organization, advances the ancient and living art of bonsai and related arts through the global sharing of knowledge. We educate while promoting international friendship and solidify world relationships through cooperation with individuals and organizations whose purpose is consistent with ours.

Bonsai Society of Australia The first meeting of the Bonsai Society of Australia occurred on August 1965, at the Sydney suburb of Roseville, a few suburbs north of the Harbour Bridge. After 30 years, the meeting place was moved to approx. 45 km northwest to the Normanhurst Public School, Normanhurst. As from October 2000 we have moved to the West Pennant Hills Community Centre, 42 Hill Rd, West Pennant Hills. First Tuesday of each month except January 7:30 for 8:00.

Dai Ichi Bonsai Kai Dai Ichi Bonsai Kai is a non-profit club based in beautiful Gardena, California. Founded in 1986, and a member of the Golden State Bonsai Federation, the club is dedicated to advancing the art of bonsai through monthly club meetings, demonstrations, and its annual show. Club membership consists of bonsai artists and enthusiasts from masters to novices young and old.

Federation of British Bonsai Societies The Federation of British Bonsai Societies (FoBBS) is the principle co-ordinating body for bonsai clubs in the UK. Their Contact Information page is a useful place to start if you are looking for a local Bonsai group in the United Kingdom. They are also responsible for establishing and maintaining The National Bonsai Collection at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses, UK.

The Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) The Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) is a tax-exempt, educational organization which provides services and activities promoting the art of bonsai throughout California. Its Annual Convention gives "bonsai people" an opportunity to watch bonsai masters at work; to participate in hands-on workshops; to shop for plants, tools, pots, and materials at the bazaar; and to share in the friendly companionship of other bonsai enthusiasts.


Bromeliad Society International The purposes of this society are to promote and maintain public and scientific interest in the research, development, preservation, and distribution of bromeliads, both natural and hybrid, throughout the world, and to promote fellowship. This site has an excellent listing of affiliated societies

Gold Coast Succulent and Bromeliad Society
. The Gold Coast Succulent and Bromeliad Society Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, educating and encourages learning about Succulent and Bromeliad plants.

Queensland Bromeliad Society The BROMELIAD SOCIETY OF QUEENSLAND INC. promotes fellowship and knowledge, encourages learning and educates enthusiasts in the cultivation and propagation of Bromeliads in the sunshine state of Queensland, Australia.
The society holds regular monthly general meetings with plant displays, competitions and informative lectures from various speakers, as well as competing against other horticultural societies in shows and displays and conduct bus trips and field days where Members and Visitors can view other growers' collections.

The Sunshine Coast Bromeliad Society The Sunshine Coast Bromeliad Society, in south eastern Queensland Australia, encourages and educates hobbyists in the cultivation and propagation of Bromeliads. We hold monthly general meetings, field days and bus trips, where Members and Visitors can view other growers' collections.

Brugmansia & Datura

The American Brugmansia & Datura Society The American Brugmansia & Datura Society is a non-profit organization To bring together both professional and amateur collectors, home gardeners, growers and hybridizers, from all parts of the world, whose common bond is their love for Brugmansia and Datura.

Cactus & Succulents

Cactus and Succulent Society of America The Cactus and Succulent Society of America (CSSA) was founded in 1929 by a small group of people who got together in Pasadena, California, and organized the society. The CSSA has now grown to become an international organization with about 100 affiliates.

British Cactus and Succulent Society The objectives of the Society are to promote the study, conservation, propagation and cultivation of cacti and other succulent plants. Membership of the Society is open to all.
The Society was formed in 1983 by the amalgamation of the two major cactus and succulent societies in the UK, The National Cactus and Succulent Society (NCSS), and The Cactus and Succulent Society of Great Britain (CSSGB), both of which had long histories. See their Cactus and Succulent Societies page for an extensive listing of many of the local groups in the UK

The Indian Society of Cacti & Succulents The Indian Society of Cacti & Succulents (ISOCS), founded in 1984, is a is a registered society based in Delhi. Membership of the society is drawn from all over India.

Succulenta - (Dutch Cactus Society

Italian Cactus and Succulent Society

Nordic Cactus and Succulent Society


International Camellia Society Homepage

American Camellia Society The American Camellia Society is a national organization dedicated to fostering appreciation for and knowledge of plants of the genus Camellia. Founded in 1945, the Society is now headquarted at Massee Lane Gardens near Fort Valley in central Georgia.

The Rhododendron, Camellia & Magnolia Group of the Royal Horticultural Society This site is an ever expanding resource concerning the classification, cultivation and care of plants in these three genera for enthusiasts at all levels of expertise.

Carnivorous Plants

The International Carnivorous Plant Society The International Carnivorous Plant Society (ICPS) is an organization of horticulturists, conservationists, scientists, and educators all interested in sharing knowledge and news of carnivorous plants. Since its founding more than twenty-seven years ago, the Society has been an integral part of the carnivorous plant world.

Carnivorous Plants and Their Habitats This remarkable site has a wealth of information with plenty of images of the plants in their wild habitats.

Australian Carnivorous Plant Society A beautiful site on a server that could stand to be a little faster, but the information is fantastic and well worth the extra few seconds it might take.


American Conifer Society


International Clematis Society

The American Clematis Society The American Clematis Society originally the Southern California Clematis Society was founded in 1996. It is the first Clematis in this country. The purpose for forming the society was not only to promote Clematis, but also to help educate American gardeners about how they grow in this country as well as how to care for them.

British Clematis Society The British Clematis Society (BCS) exists to promote the cultivation and preservation of clematis. In particular, we aim to encourage all gardeners to grow and enjoy clematis - with the emphasis being on enjoy!
The BCS has some 1500 members, ranging from experts to absolute beginners. Membership is open to anyone interested, whatever country they live in.


The Cycad Society, An International Organisation dedicated to the Conservation of Cycads through Education and Scientific Research.

Cycad Society of South Africa Some of the most amazing cycads come from South Africa, and this is a good site to visit when planing a photo safari in the region.

The West Coast Cycad Society Based in California

Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia The Palm & Cycad Societies of Australia (PACSOA) is a group of affiliated, semi-autonomous, regional Palm and/or Cycad Societies headed by a Board presently based in Brisbane, Queensland. The Societies adopted the present structure in 1984 after having previously been an informal information exchange. At that time there was established the quarterly magazine, formerly Magazine of the Palm & Cycad Society of Australia, now PALMS & CYCADS, publishing articles of both non-technical and technical content, of interest to the palm and/or cycad enthusiast.

Palm & Cycad Societies of Florida (PACSOF) Their virtual Cycad Encyclopaedia is just about the best online source of information on cycads, while their picture gallery contains photographs of almost every known species with a few unnamed ones that have been found by members.


Daylilies: The American Hemerocallis Society The American Hemerocallis Society, Inc. (AHS) is a non-profit organization. The AHS is organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes, and especially to promote, encourage, and foster the development and improvement of the genus Hemerocallis and public interest therein. Who could resist an invite like that?

The British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society The Society was formed in 1981. Its aims are to:

  • foster interest in the cultivation of Hosta and Hemerocallis
  • answer botanical and cultural queries
  • give advice on the control of pests and diseases
  • advise on varieties and their availability
  • exhibit at shows
  • publish information concerning Hosta and Hemerocallis
  • stimulate interest through lectures, visits and exhibits
  • record old varieties and register them
  • trace old varieties
  • work closely with the N.C.C.P.G. (National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens)
  • operate a library service for literature
  • foster co-operation between plantsmen, hybridisers and the nursery trade
  • work closely with other societies and individuals
  • several regional groups in operation

The Canadian Hemerocallis Society The Canadian Hemerocallis Society (CHS) is a member of the American Hemerocallis Society (AHS), a newly formed club in Canada with a mandate the same as the AHS: "The CHS is organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes, and especially to promote, encourage, and foster the development and improvement of the genus Hemerocallis and public interest therein." Well, if the first time you read this it didn't win you over...


The Daffodil SocietyThe Daffodil Society is the oldest National Daffodil Society in the world and celebrated its Centenary in 1998. It is the specialist society of Great Britain for all who are interested in the genus Narcissus, be they exhibitors, breeders or just lovers of the true heralds of Spring.

American Daffodil Society - The United States' Center for Daffodil Information


American Fern Society The American Fern Society is over 100 years old. With over 900 members worldwide, it is one of the largest international fern clubs in the world. It was established in 1893 with the objective of fostering interest in ferns and fern allies. To this end it encourages correspondence and the exchange of information and specimens between members via its newsletter the Fiddlehead Forum.

British Pteridological Society This is the one HRH Prince Charles belongs to. Hey, everyone's got to have a hobby. It is also the oldest fern society in the world.

Fern Society of Victoria There are a lot of places called 'Victoria', this one happens to be Down Under, mate. Excellent information on tree ferns.

The Hardy Fern Foundation The Hardy Fern Foundation is a non-profit, membership organization established to provide a comprehensive collection of the world's hardy ferns for display, testing, evaluation, public education and introduction to the gardening and horticultural community. There are many beautiful ferns that are easily grown, but little known in cultivation. The Hardy Fern Foundation was formed to seek out the many rare and unusual species as well as hybrids and varieties to be propagated from spore and tested in selected environments for their different degrees of hardiness and ornamental garden value.


The American Fuchsia Society The purpose of the American Fuchsia Society is to acquaint flower enthusiasts about the beauty of fuchsias and the techniques to grow healthy blooming plants. The mission of the Society is furthered by local branches or clubs and the publication of a bi-monthly Bulletin with varied and interesting articles. A good place to start when looking for a local group in North America.

The Australian Fuchsia Society

The British Fuchsia Society The first Annual of the Society was published in 1938 under the heading of THE FUCHSIA ANNUAL 1938. The official publication of THE FUCHSIA SOCIETY However, it was during 1937 that the idea of a Fuchsia Society was born, when Clara Lady Boothby met several other Fuchsia enthusiasts, I therefore quote her opening Presidents Address to the Society published in the first Annual. Loaded with information about fuchsia societies in the UK and around the world.

Fuchsia & Begonia Society (Canada)

"We hosted the 2002 International Fuchsia Convention on September 6-8th, 2002 in Richmond, B.C., Canada at the Best Western Richmond Inn Hotel and Convention Centre.
We enjoyed seeing all our delegates and terrific speakers from around the world. It was great to meet up with friends and get to know new ones."


The American Hibiscus Society The purpose of the American Hibiscus Society, one of the larger specialized plant societies, is to encourage and promote the development and improvement of hibiscus and to collect, record and pass on information concerning hibiscus. It is a non-profit organization with headquarters in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Australian Hibiscus Society The inaugural meeting of the Australian Hibiscus Society was held at the Protestant Hall, Woolloongabba, on the 10th October, 1967 at which thirteen persons were present and the principles and aims of the Society were discussed.
The second meeting was held on the 27th November, 1967 at the Senior Citizens Centre, Fortitude Valley. The original Constitution of the Society was drawn up and, in accordance with this constitution, all members who were financial at the November meeting were named as "Foundation Members". There were eighteen in all.

The Canadian Hibiscus Society This site has a good list of other hibiscus resources on the web


The American Hosta Society (AHS) is a society dedicated to the study and improvement of the genus Hosta and the dissemination of general and scientific knowledge about them. There are many benefits for the members that result from these efforts, both social and in nursery trade. The American Hosta Society is a society of people, whose focus is centered on the "friendship plant".  We are organized for educational and scientific purposes, and especially to promote, encourage, and foster the development,  improvement, and enjoyment of the genus Hosta.

The British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society The Society welcomes all those interested in either or both genera, including amateur gardeners, specialists, trade growers, general nurserymen, botanists, taxonomists and horticultural writers. It is affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society and the Hardy Plant Society.

Membership is widespread throughout the world, with members in Australia, the U.S.A., Japan, Sweden, Belgium, Italy and other countries.


Manitoba Regional Lily Society The old adage, "mighty oaks from little acorns grow'; may also apply to lilies - at least, to lily organizations. The story of the Manitoba Regional Lily Society goes back to a conversation between two people... read more here

North American Lily Society The society was organized in 1947 to promote interest in the genus Lilium, and to foster the exchange of information about lilies. The society has active members from almost every state and province in North America, as well as from Australia, New Zealand, and many countries in Europe and Asia.


The Rhododendron, Camellia & Magnolia Group of the Royal Horticultural Society This site is an ever expanding resource concerning the classification, cultivation and care of plants in these three genera for enthusiasts at all levels of expertise.


Aberdeen Orchid Society

The American Orchid Society Has an extensive and informative site with a comprehensive list of affiliated orchid societies around the world

"Welcome to the exotic, seductive world of orchids! By joining the American Orchid Society (the largest special-interest horticultural organization in the world), you will become part of a close-knit association of growers, breeders and fanciers -- amateur and professional -- whose interest has been captivated by the most complex and fascinating flowers in the world. You'll also find a lifetime of friends and pleasure."

Australasian Native Orchid Society Inc

"We are dedicated to the cultivation, conservation and scientific study of native orchids in the Australasian region. The many native orchid societies found throughout Australia and New Zealand are represented by regional bodies which in turn are participants of The Australasian Council of Native Orchid Societies. Become involved with our native orchids by joining our society by subscribing to our journal The Orchadian and joining one of our many groups that can be found throughout Australia and New Zealand."

The North of England Orchid Society

"Founded on St George's Day April 23rd 1897 originally as The Manchester Orchid Society it was to become The North of England Orchid Society around 1973. Initially, meetings would be held fortnightly in The Coal Exchange Manchester. when enthusiastic members from many parts of England would bring their plants to be admired and judged, on December 18th 1913 over 1000 plants were displayed at such an event."

The Norwegian Orchid Society

Orchid Society of South East Asia

"... the official website of the Orchid Society of South East Asia. Here, you will find detailed information about our orchid society coupled by its rich history since 1928 coupled with topics pertaining to membership, our activities and articles on orchid growing. Most of all, you will be thrilled by the many high quality orchid pictures brought to you courtesy of members' contribution in both time and effort in archiving these great orchid heritage of ours."

Pacific Orchid Society ( Hawaii )

UK Hardy Orchid Society

Are you fascinated by wild orchids? Would you like to grow orchids from seed? Do you enjoy looking for flowers? Are you a keen photographer? If you answered 'YES' to any of these questions, you will find plenty of like-minded people in the Hardy Orchid Society!

The First International Orchid Conservation Congress


International Palm Society This is the best place to start to find a local group of palm enthusiasts. Check the pages for North American Chapters and Affiliated Chapters Outside North America

Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia The Palm & Cycad Societies of Australia (PACSOA) is a group of affiliated, semi-autonomous, regional Palm and/or Cycad Societies headed by a Board presently based in Brisbane, Queensland. The Societies adopted the present structure in 1984 after having previously been an informal information exchange. At that time there was established the quarterly magazine, formerly Magazine of the Palm & Cycad Society of Australia, now PALMS & CYCADS, publishing articles of both non-technical and technical content, of interest to the palm and/or cycad enthusiast.

Palm & Cycad Societies of Florida (PACSOF)The members of these affiliated clubs have put together one of the most comprehensive online encyclopaedias yet constructed with almost every known species of palm listed with a description and one or more photographs to help with identification.

The Pacific Northwest Palm & Exotic Plant Society The Pacific Northwest Palm and Exotic Plant Society is a non-profit chapter of the International Palm Society. We are dedicated to the successful cultivation of palms and other exotic plants outdoors in British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. The society was founded in 1984, and is a chapter of The International Palm Society Inc.


The American Peony Society

"We believe the best way to generate interest in the plant is by sharing information. The website is intended to be informative and educational on a wide range of peony topics, everything from backyard planting to the use of peonies as a study-plant. If you are not familiar with peonies, or with hybrid notation, the Introductory Information section is suggested reading."

The (British) Peony Society The society started out as the British Peony Society, but a decision was taken at the first AGM to drop the first part of the name.

Canadian Peony Society

"Our aim is to promote the growing, improving and use of peonies in the garden and for home decoration. To encourage peony breeding to produce distinctly Canadian peony hybrids. To locate and record locally bred peonies and produce a national registry of collections and their location To sponsor an annual peony show and encourage regional shows."

Heartland Peony Society The goal of the Heartland Peony Society is to foster and promote an interest in peonies, to promote their introduction into cultivation, and to encourage development of new and improved varieties.


The American Rhododendron Society The American Rhododendron Society is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to encourage interest in and to disseminate information about the genus Rhododendron. Society activities include education, scientific studies and communication through local and national meetings, publications, flower shows, a seed exchange, etc. ARS chapters are located throughout the United States and Canada, in Denmark, Holland, Scotland, Sikkim and Sweden.

Australian Rhododendron Society The Australian Rhododendron Society was formed in Victoria in 1960, on the initiative of a number of members of the Ferny Creek Horticultural Society having a particular interest in the rhododendron genus, with the objectives of:

"encouraging interest in and disseminating information and knowledge about the genus Rhododendron, and to provide a medium by which all persons interested in the genus may communicate and co-operate with others of similar interest."

(The FCHS is a long-established group with its own garden at Ferny Creek on Mount Dandenong east of Melbourne). Today there are ARS Branches also in South Australia, New South Wales, Southern Tasmania and North West Tasmania (the Emu Valley Rhododendron Society Inc). Total ARS membership is around 450, including numbers of overseas members. The Society also has strong relationships with international societies having similar interests.

The Rhododendron, Camellia & Magnolia Group of the Royal Horticultural Society This site is an ever expanding resource concerning the classification, cultivation and care of plants in these three genera for enthusiasts at all levels of expertise.

Scottish Rhododendron Society The Scottish Rhododendron Society is a chapter of the American Rhododendron Society. We have over 250 members most living in the UK, but some in other European countries, and others are as far afield as Iceland, the USA and Australia.

Swedish Rhododendron Society - Svenska Rhododendronsällskapet This site has been created by a dedicated group in Sweden. Their picture gallery and seed exchange contain a comprehensive list of hardy species - a working knowledge of Swedish a must!


World Federation of Rose Societies

"We are an association of the national Rose Societies of 36 countries and your gateway to information about the Rose around the world."

The Royal National Rose Society

"The Royal National Rose Society, founded in 1876, is the world's leading specialist plant Society, with a flourishing world wide membership. As well as helping to fund the development and promotion of the rose, the society plays a vital role in conserving an important part of our plant heritage."

Canadian Rose Society - a Non-Profit Organization dedicated to furthering the study of Roses and to promoting their cultivation throughout Canada.

Danish Rose Society

Finnish Rose Society

Associazione Italiana della Rosa (A.I.R.)

Rose Society of Northern Ireland Located in that part of Ireland where many roses of outstanding merit have been produced.


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