The National Capital Judging Center is Located at the National Arboretum in North East Washington DC on
the corner of New York Ave. and Bladensberg Road. The entrance to the facility is at the end of "R" street
which is off Bladensberg Road just 4 blocks South of` New York Ave. (see map)
Traditionally, judging sessions are held the first Saturday of the month. Please check our Notices for conflicts
and changes that might influence these judging dates.
Doors to the Administration Building are open to the public during normal business hours. Persons wishing to
have their plants judged are encouraged to bring them in before judging begins. Judging begins at 12:00 Noon
and continues until all plants have been evaluated. Plant entries are accepted until 1:30 PM.
Most judging are proceeded by educational seminars that start at 11 am. Student Judges, Probationary
Judges and Accredited Judges all participate in the continued education at our judging center. Topics include a
wide variety of orchid genera, judging procedures, and A.O.S. business. All are welcome to come and
observe the judging process and learn along with our judges during the training sessions.
During the June and November Judging sessions, the center conducts it's semi-annual business/personnel
meetings. These meetings may delay the normal judging times, depending on the extent of the business
The October judging is held concurrent with the National Capitol Orchid Society Show and is held the Friday
before the show. Ribbon judging starts at 8:30am and AOS judging starts after lunch. There are no
educational seminars for AOS judges for the month of October.
If you have an orchid you'd like to have judged or would like to hear the judges comment on it, please bring it
to one of our judging sessions. We'll help you through the registration process (it's free!) and see what the
judges have to say about your orchid.
Please feel free to explore our web pages for more information about our judging center:
In the AWARDS section, you will find many photos of plants that were recommended for AOS awards by
the National Capital Judging Center . When the awards are granted, we'll try and post the award descriptions
with their photos, so you can be up-to-date on the most current awards.
You may will also find photos of plants that "didn't make the cut" or were screened from receiving an award.
When possible, these plants will be discussed for your educational pleasure.
Sometimes plants are brought in for discussion and educational purposes with no expectation of being
judged. These plants may also be featured in this section.
Meet the judges in the PERSONNEL section. Here, we've posted photos and a brief bio for most of our
judges. What you learn, may surprise you.
Occasionally, judges from the National Capital Judging Center like to post articles, editorials, ideas and other
orchid judging information for your reading pleasure. Visit the PUBLICATIONS section of this web site for
these items and much more.
FAQ is where many of the Frequently Asked Questions are posted. You may find this section useful if you
have questions regarding the judging center or about having a plant considered for an AOS award.
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