The KOC collection holds a wide array of orchid species and hybrids representing popular genera such as Cattleya, Dendrobium, Paphiopedilum, and Phalaenopsis. Beyond this, the collection delves deeply into lesser-known species, offering a comprehensive and fascinating glimpse into one of the largest flowering plant families on Earth, with an ever-changing kaleidoscope of color, shape and scent.
The KOC will maintain a living collection of orchids and other plants of horticultural and ecological significance and serve the ODU and local communities by promoting understanding of diversity, culture, and conservation of orchid species in natural habitats.
The KOC is home to the Kaplan Orchid Collection and a diverse collection of other tropical plants. This collection offers educational opportunities for students, outreach to the public, and provides support for research and training in botany.