The April Meeting

In April we welcomed Dr Helen Milner, the Chair of the British Orchid Council, who gave us a talk on orchids in terraria. Starting with the invention in the 1850s of a glazed case by Nathaniel Ward designed to protect plants from the sulphurous fumes of the London smog. Ward noticed that fern spores trapped […]

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The March Meeting

Our President, Colin Thorburn, who had just returned from Taiwan,  gave a report on this year’s Taiwan International Orchid Show. This show is one of the ‘Big 4’ orchid shows along with the World Orchid Conference, the Japan Grand Prix Show and the Dresden Orchid Show. Running for 10 days it attracts many thousand visitors

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The February Meeting

This month’s meeting began with us welcoming 4 new member to the Society. Unfortunately Ian Charlwood was unable to introduce his presentation due to illness but Jack Butcher kindly stepped in to run the programme. It was a really interesting  collection of Paphiopedilums and Cattleyas that we were introduced to, many of them being from

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The January Meeting

Following our tradition the first meeting of the New Year was a social evening. Our Chairman, Min Kennison, provided a set of quizzes to tax our brains and compete for bottles of fizz. Following this lighthearted entertainment we enjoyed a superb buffet to which all those attending had contributed a dish. Not surprisingly there was

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The November Meeting

This month the meeting began with welcoming 4 new members to the Society. The main business of the meeting was the Annual Plant Auction. In the absence of our Chairman, the job fell to our President, Colin, who was assisted by Bryan and Lorna. With a wide selection of genera on offer bidding was very

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The October Meeting

This month we welcomed Peter and Sue Johnson from the Cambridge O.S. who had travelled to Ecuador on two orchid hunting tours organised by the O.S.G.B and provided by Ecuagenera. They were led by Jose Portillo the company’s CEO. With the Andes running from the north to the south of the country the climate ranges

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The September Meeting

A very well attended meeting welcomed Zsuzsanna Serer from Spicesotic Plants who gave a talk on ‘Dracula and Bulbophyllum’.  These two distinct genera gave an interesting contrast, the former being cool growing species from South America and the latter being mainly found in the warmer climates of South east Asia. The genus Dracula, commonly known

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The August Meeting

The topic of our August meeting was ‘Judging Orchids’, led by Bryan and Colin who are both British Orchid Council accredited judges. The evening began with an introduction to the judging procedures and what criteria to apply when assessing a plant.  The members were then invited to judge a table of 8 mixed orchids that

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The July Meeting

Since Covid 19 our customary events such as plant auctions, plant clinics and social meetings have been moved around a bit. This month saw the annual social evening, which normally takes place in January. However this did not spoil our enjoyment of the evening. Our chairman Min provided us with her usual devilish quizzes that

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