About Us

The Orchid Society of Great Britain (OSGB) was founded in 1951 by John Blowers and celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2011.

It is a warm and friendly group of people who are only too happy to share their knowledge and experience. We have 1000 members worldwide who are linked by our quarterly publication, the OSGB Journal. This is a glossy magazine of orchid-related articles and beautiful full-colour photographs, for all levels of amateur orchid growers.
  • AIMS OF THE SOCIETY
    The object of the Orchid Society of Great Britain is the furtherance of the knowledge, and conservation, of the natural habitat of orchidaceous plants by encouraging the cultivation of these plants. Gathering and disseminating particulars of their cultivation, holding meetings and shows, and in other ways, and in general to undertake any activities that shall be consistent with the purpose for which the Society is constituted.
  • RULES OF THE SOCIETY
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    Rule 6.
    Para 1. Enquiries for membership shall be sent to the Membership Secretary of the Society.
    The application shall be made on the prescribed form, accompanied by the
    subscription. This will be returned if the applicant is not accepted.
    Para 2. Applications to become affiliated to the Orchid Society of Great Britain shall be
    made in writing to the Membership Secretary and shall contain such information
    regarding the society or organisation as may be prescribed by the Management
    Committee. The Membership Secretary shall submit such applications to the
    Management Committee at its next meeting. Affiliation having been approved, the
    society or organisation may, in addition to its name, use the words ‘Affiliated to the
    Orchid Society of Great Britain’.
    Rule 7. Members more than three months in arrears with their subscription may be
    considered to have resigned.
    Rule 8. Any member who wishes to resign shall advise the Membership Secretary.
    Rule 9. A complete record of the names and addresses of members and of the dates of
    payment of their subscriptions shall be kept and maintained in accordance with the
    Data Protection Act.
    Rule 10. If the conduct of any member shall, in the opinion of the Management Committee,
    be injurious to the objects, interests and/or reputation of the Society, the
    Management Committee may terminate his or her membership. In such cases no
    refund of subscription shall be given and the person shall have no redress against
    the Society.
    MANAGEMENT
    Rule 11.
    Para 1. The Trustees of the Society shall be the President, the Chair of the Management
    Committee, the Treasurer, the Secretary, the Membership Secretary and the Displays
    Manager.
    Para 2. The Management Committee shall be responsible for the running of the Society and
    shall consist of six Trustees and a variable number of Officers with Portfolio, and five
    Ordinary Members, all of whom shall be entitled to vote at its meetings, but in the
    event of equal votes being cast for and against a motion, the Chair will vote to
    preserve the existing situation and against change.
    Para 3. All members of the Management Committee shall be individually responsible for
    the proper discharge of their respective duties.
    Para 4. All members of the Management Committee shall retire at the Annual General
    Rule 1. This Society shall be called the Orchid Society of Great Britain.
    Rule 2. The Society shall be affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society.
    MEMBERSHIP
    Rule 3. The object of the Society shall be the furtherance of the knowledge of orchidaceous
    plants by encouraging the cultivation of these plants, gathering and disseminating
    particulars of their cultivation, the holding of meetings and shows and, in other
    ways and in general, to undertake any activities that shall be consistent with the
    purpose for which the Society is constituted, including the representation of
    Affiliated Societies.
    Rule 4.
    Para 1. Membership of the Society shall be open to all persons and associations whether
    incorporated or unincorporated, interested in orchids. In the case of organisations,
    membership shall be by affiliation.
    Para 2. Application for affiliation by an organisation will need to be approved by the
    Management Committee and the fee for affiliation will be equal to a single
    membership fee paid annually. Affiliated Societies will receive the quarterly OSGB
    Journal and other occasional publications and media when produced by the OSGB.
    Affiliated Societies’ details will be included on new OSGB members’ welcome letters,
    and they may be invited to put on displays at OSGB shows. The annual shows of the
    Affiliated Societies may be advertised free of charge in the Show Diary section of the
    Journal.
    Para 3. There shall be the following categories of membership:-
    Ordinary
    Young Person – age 21 or under
    Family – a group of persons at the same address
    Affiliated - organisations
    Honorary Life
    Rule 5. Subscriptions shall be due on 1 January. The Management Committee may, at its
    discretion, agree special concessions. A General Meeting of the Society shall have the
    power to raise or lower the subscription or approve any other fees. The name of any
    member who has given outstanding service to the Society may be submitted by the
    Management Committee to a General Meeting for election to honorary life
    membership. Honorary life members shall be exempt from the payment of the annual subscription.
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    Meeting when they shall be eligible for re-election. The five Ordinary Members may
    serve for a maximum of three consecutive years after which they must stand down
    for one year unless proposed and elected as Trustees or Officers with Portfolio.
    Para 5. Eight members of the Management Committee, two of whom must be Trustees,
    shall form a quorum. All Trustees meeting together may exercise a veto of a
    Committee decision in exceptional circumstances.
    Para 6. Any motion before the Management Committee shall only be passed by a majority
    of those present and voting.
    Rule 12. The Management Committee may co-opt a member to fill a vacancy until the next
    Annual General Meeting. The co-opted member shall have a vote on Committee
    business.
    Rule 13. The Management Committee shall, at the meeting following the Annual General
    Meeting, appoint from its membership, a Vice Chair, Vice Presidents when relevant,
    and two delegates to the British Orchid Council to serve for the ensuing year.
    Rule 14. In the absence of the Chair or Vice Chair at any meeting, the Management
    Committee shall appoint one of its members to be the Chair of the meeting.
    Rule 15. The Management Committee may set up a Subcommittee or Subcommittees, and
    appoint a Chair. All recommendations submitted by Subcommittees shall be subject
    to ratification by the Management Committee. The Trustees shall have the right to
    attend meetings of Subcommittees as observers.
    GENERAL MEETINGS
    Rule 16.
    Para 1. The Annual General Meeting, notice of which shall be sent to members at least 14
    days beforehand, shall be held after the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Show for
    the following purposes:
    a. To receive the Management Committee’s report.
    b. To receive the Audited Accounts for the year ended on 31 December and
    the Treasurer’s report.
    c. To fix subscriptions.
    d. To consider any alterations to the Rules.
    e. To elect the Trustees of the Society.
    f. To elect the other Officers and the five Ordinary Members of the
    Management Committee.
    g. To appoint an independent Financial Examiner.
    h. To consider any other business
    Para 2. The following persons being present shall, in the following order, preside at this
    meeting: The President, Chair of the Management Committee, Vice Chair of the
    Management Committee. Failing these, the Meeting shall elect one of its members
    to preside.
    Para 3. If, due to unforeseen circumstances, it is not possible to hold the meeting on the
    date or at the venue specified, a further notice will be sent to all members with
    details of the new date and place.
    Rule 17.
    Para 1. Nominations for the Management Committee must have a proposer and seconder
    and be submitted in writing (including electronically) to the Secretary for
    consideration by the Annual General Meeting, and must be received at least four
    weeks before such meeting.
    Para 2. Proposals for changes to the Rules of the Society shall be submitted to the
    Management Committee who will bring them to the next Annual General Meeting
    with their recommendations.
    Para 3. Proposals for any other business should be submitted to the Secretary for
    consideration at the Annual General Meeting and must be received at least four
    weeks before such meeting. Such proposals must be proposed and seconded by at
    least two other members.
    Rule 18. Resolutions for the alteration of the Rules must be passed by a two-thirds majority
    of those present and voting at the Annual General Meeting.
    Rule 19. The Management Committee is empowered to call a Special General Meeting if it so
    desires, and shall do so within three months if requested in writing (including
    electronically) by any 20 members of the Society. The only items to be considered
    shall be those specified in the agenda.
    INTERPRETATION OF THE RULES
    Rule 20. If any question shall arise as to the applicability of these Rules, or as to any matter
    not covered by these Rules, it shall be decided by the Management Committee,
    whose decision shall stand until the next Annual General Meeting.
    Rule 21. In the event of the Society being wound up, any assets remaining after the discharge
    of all liabilities are to be passed to an organisation that will continue the aims and
    objectives of the Society, to be decided by the final General Meeting of the Society.
  • MONTHLY MEETINGS
    We hold monthly meetings to for those members who are able to come to London on a Saturday afternoon. Meetings are held on the first Saturday of most months at Napier Hall, 1 Hide Place (off Vincent Street), Westminster, London, SW1P 4NJ. Doors open at 13:30, guest speaker’s lecture at 14:30–15:30 followed by refreshments, a raffle draw and a talk on the table show plants. Parking is currently free on Saturdays on single yellow lines (do not park with wheels on the pavement/kerb or alongside dropped kerbs) and in Pay & Display bays, but DO NOT PARK in Residents’ Parking bays.

    Each meeting is different. There is usually an experienced speaker who may talk about travel, cultivation or any other subject related to orchids. Members bring their plants to display at the monthly competitive table show which offers a chance to see a wide variety of orchids in flower. Plants for judging must be in place by 14:00. Non-competitive plants are always welcome. The plants are judged and awarded and there is a short discussion about their history cultivation and merits.

    At each meeting we hold a raffle offering an opportunity to acquire new orchids as many growers donate their surplus young plants as raffle prizes. Plants are frequently brought along for sale at very reasonable prices by members and speakers. Tea and coffee are available and members have a chance to chat with the each other and the guest speaker and ask the questions that have been bothering them for ages. ‘Why won’t my Phalaenopsis flower?’ is the most common no question is too silly to ask. Each year we hold an auction of orchids at our January meeting. These are good plants belonging to members who have usually decided that they no longer have space for all their collection and wish to sell a few. The auctions are fun and there are some great bargains to be had. At our December meeting members are invited to enjoy a Christmas lunch followed by our photographic and art competition.
  • OSGB LIBRARY
    The Society has an extensive library. Members can borrow books at our monthly meetings and return them the following month. The librarian brings a small selection each month but books can be requested in advance; a complete list of books available can be found online. Books can be sent to members who are unable to get to meetings providing that they pay the outward and return postage. We welcome donations from private collections and also from publishers who provide us with new books to review for the Journal, then allowing us to add them to our library.
  • ANNUAL SHOW
    The Society holds annual shows in spring and autumn, at which trophies are awarded, for members who wish to exhibit their plants. These allow us all to appreciate the amazing expertise of some of our growers and are a good introduction to showing plants for newer members. For those of us with less experience the opportunity to see the best and to be able to ask how they are grown is invaluable.
  • JUDGING SCHEDULE
    Judging schedule for all OSGB shows
    This judging schedule will be used for all OSGB monthly table shows, Spring Shows and Autumn Shows.

    Only members of the OSGB are eligible to compete in monthly table shows but the Spring and Autumn Shows are open to non-members.

    At the monthly meetings, Spring and Autumn Shows, prize cards, bronze, silver, gold and cultural certificates will be awarded. At the Spring and Autumn Shows, rosettes will be awarded for first, second and third places in each class.

    OSGB trophies and show certificates will be awarded as specified in the show schedule to current members of the OSGB. Winners who are not current members of the OSGB will receive a show certificate only. Trophies may be kept for ten months only and must then be returned to allow time for engraving before the next show.

    See the code of judging for rules governing the judging of plants.

    Any plant entered in classes 1 to 48 must have been in the entrant’s possession for at least 12 months.

    Section A
    Classes to be judged at all shows, including monthly table shows.
    Plants in Classes 1 to 24 may be judged within Class 50 on request to the judges.

    1. 1 Laeliinae species eg Barkeria, Brassavola, Cattleya, Encyclia, Epidendrum, Guarianthe, Laelia, etc
    2. 1 Laeliinae hybrid, including intergenerics
    3. 1 Cymbidium species
    4. 1 Cymbidium hybrid
    5. 1 Dendrobium species
    6. 1 Dendrobium hybrid
    7. 1 Oncidiinae species eg Ada, Brassia, Miltonia, Oncidium, etc
    8. 1 Oncidiinae hybrid, including intergenerics
    9. 1 Paphiopedilum species
    10. 1 Paphiopedilum hybrid
    11. 1 Phragmipedium species
    12. 1 Phragmipedium hybrid
    13. 1 Phalaenopsis species
    14. 1 Phalaenopsis hybrid, including intergenerics
    15. 1 Vandeae species, including Sarcanthinae, Angraecinae, Aerangidinae but excluding Phalaenopsis
    16. 1 Vandeae hybrid, including intergenerics but not those with Phalaenopsis
    17. 1 Pleurothallidinae species
    18. 1 Pleurothallidinae hybrid, including intergenerics
    19. 1 Maxillarieae species
    20. 1 Maxillarieae hybrid, including intergenerics
    21. 1 terrestrial species or hybrid (those orchids that have underground rhizomes or tubers and seasonally have no parts above ground) eg Cynorkis, Cypripedium, Dactylorhiza, some Calanthe, Disa, Habenaria, Ophrys, etc
    22. 1 species not listed above eg Catasetum, Gongora, Coelogyne, Stanhopea, etc
    23. 1 hybrid not listed above eg Catasetum, Gongora, Coelogyne, Stanhopea, etc
    24. 1 species or hybrid usually grown for its decorative foliage, to be judged for its foliage only
    25. 3 Laeliinae species
    26. 3 Laeliinae hybrids, including intergenerics
    27. 3 Cymbidium species
    28. 3 Cymbidium hybrids
    29. 3 Oncidiinae species
    30. 3 Oncidiinae hybrids, including intergenerics
    31. 3 Paphiopedilum species and/or hybrids
    32. 3 Phragmipedium species and/or hybrids
    33. 3 Phalaenopsis species
    34. 3 Phalaenopsis hybrids, including intergenerics
    35. 3 terrestrial species and/or hybrids
    36. 3 Pleurothallidinae species and/or hybrids
    37. 3 Dendrobium species and/or hybrids
    38. 3 species of one genus, not listed in Classes 25 to 37 eg Maxillaria, Lycaste, Coelogyne, Catasetum, Gongora, Stanhopea, etc
    39. 3 hybrids of one genus, from the genera in Class 38, including intergenerics containing that genus
    40. 3 orchid plants from any of the genera in Class 38, including intergenerics
    41. 4 orchid species from the same or different genera
    42. 4 orchid plants from different genera, including intergenerics
    43. 6 orchid species from the same or different genera
    44. 6 orchid species and hybrids from the same or different genera, including intergenerics
    45. 6 orchid plants of any one genus, including intergenerics containing that genus; no foliage plants to be included
    46. A group of orchids and ornamental plants space up to one square metre; ornamental plants must not exceed 50% of the exhibit
    47. 1 species or hybrid, exhibited by an OSGB member who has not previously gained a first prize in the Society’s Spring Show
    48. 1 orchid species or hybrid for an OSGB member aged 21 and under
    49. 1 corsage or buttonhole (flower need not have been grown by the exhibitor)

    Section B
    Open class for all societies, individuals and professional growers at the Spring Shows and Autumn Shows, including non-members of the OSGB and its Affiliated Societies.

    50. A display of orchids and ornamental plants, larger than one square metre; ornamental plants must not exceed 50% of the exhibit

    Spring Show trophies
    Dolores Rands Trophy 1 Laeliinae species, hybrid or intergeneric –Classes 1 and 2
    Dulcie Rands Trophy 1 Paphiopedilum species or hybrid – Classes 9, 10 and 31
    Nanyang Trophy 1 Vandeae species or hybrid – Classes 15 and 16
    Joe Alderton Trophy 3 Laeliinae species, hybrids and intergenerics – Classes 25 and 26
    Woodstock Trophy 3 Phalaenopsis species, hybrids and intergenerics – Classes 33 and 34
    Dixon Trophy 3 species of one genus as in Class 38
    BOC Trophy 3 hybrids of one genus as in Class 39
    Lampard Trophy 6 species from the same or different genera –Class 43
    Alcock Cup 6 mixed species, hybrids and intergenerics from different genera – Class 44
    Rittershausen Challenge Trophy 6 orchid plants – Class 45
    Myers Trophy 1 orchid species or hybrid, for first-time First prize winner in the Spring Show – Class 47
    RHS Banksian Medal To the member gaining the most First, Second and Third prizes
    Sussex Shield For the most First prizes (at least three)
    Ann Shelley-Lloyd Painting Best Cymbidium species
    Sir Jeremiah Colman Bowl Best Phalaenopsis
    Leonard Page Cup Best Oncidiinae
    Pat Akehurst Trophy Best Pleurothallidinae
    Penney Trophy Best Dendrobium
    Peppe de Lullo Trophy Best Coelogyne
    Robert Elliott Cup Best Cattleya species
    Solomon Trophy Best windowsill-grown orchid
    BETOC Spring Show Cup Best hybrid made 50 or more years ago
    Dorothy Pestell Cup Best in Show

    The BETOC Spring Show Cup is awarded at the Spring Show for the Best Hybrid made 50 or more years ago. Members wishing their plant to be considered for this trophy must state when the hybrid was originally made when registering.

    The Solomon Trophy is awarded for the best windowsill-grown orchid at the Spring Show (and the Autumn Show, see below). Members wishing their plants to be considered for this trophy should enter them in the relevant class as usual but ensure that they state the plants are ‘windowsill-grown’ when registering.

    Autumn Show trophies

    Fernhill Trophy (Jeal Cup) 1 Laeliinae – Classes 1, 2, 25 and 26
    Wyld Court Cup 1 Cymbidium – Classes 3, 4, 27 and 28
    Coach Party Challenge Trophy 1 species – Class 22
    Charlesworth Trophy 3 Oncidiinae – Classes 29 and 30
    Dusha Hayes Trophy 3 Pleurothallidinae species and/or hybrids – Class 36
    David Sander Trophy 4 different species – Class 41
    WOC Trophy 6 different species – Class 43
    Thelma Kindred Rose Bowl 6 plants of any one genus – Class 45
    Schroeder Cup A group of orchids and ornamental plants space up to one square metre – Class 46
    Ernie Self Trophy Best novice plant – Class 47
    Rutter Trophy Members aged 21 and under – Class 48
    Phalaenopsis Trophy Best Phalaenopsis
    Jo Kelleher Painting Best Pleurothallidinae
    Hubbard Bowl Best Oncidiinae
    Solomon Trophy Best windowsill-grown orchid
    BETOC Autumn Show Cup Best hybrid made 50 or more years ago
    Len Page Trophy Best in Show

    The Solomon Trophy is awarded for the best windowsill-grown orchid at the Autumn Show. Members wishing their plants to be considered for this trophy should enter them in the relevant class as usual but ensure that they state the plants are ‘windowsill-grown’ when registering.

    Annual General Meeting trophies
    The Brunning Cup, the Ray Oddy Trophy, the Eric Young Trophy, the Ernie Self Memorial Trophy and the Librarian’s Cup will be awarded annually at the AGM. The assessment for these trophies (except for the Librarian’s Cup) will commence in June and continue to May of the following year. Members wishing their plants to be entered for the Brunning Cup and the Ray Oddy Trophy should ensure that they mention this when registering, so that the plants can be judged for the appropriate trophy.

    The Brunning Cup entries at monthly Table Shows (for a member growing in a greenhouse up to 6 x 8 feet, a growing case or windowsill) will be given marks based on the BOC pointing system and the Cup awarded to the member gaining the most marks during the year.

    The Ray Oddy Trophy will be awarded for the first time flowering orchid seedling, deflasked and grown by the entrant, gaining the highest marks during the year.

    The Eric Young Trophy will be awarded to the plant gaining the highest marks in the year.

    The Ernie Self Memorial Trophy will be awarded to the member gaining the highest total of marks in Table Shows over the year, with marks awarded as follows: First place - 3 marks: Second place - 2 marks; Third place - 1 mark.

    The Librarian’s Cup will be awarded to the member owning the most popular orchid exhibited on the Society’s display at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, as voted by the public.
  • SOCIETY GOODS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
    Goods are available from the Secretary at meetings, by post or through the website,

    Please contact the Secretary to check availability and postage charges, even when ordering (and paying) through the website. Contact: Val Micklewright, tel: 01293 528615, e-mail: val@micklewright.com

    Please consider arranging to collect your goods from meetings or shows to reduce postage costs.

    • Badge: £4.00 each, p&p UK £1.25, overseas £3.00
    • Polo shirt with Society logo, standard fit – red, royal blue, navy, or lady fit – navy, sizes S, M, L and XL: £10.00 each, p&p UK £4.50, Europe £6.00, overseas £8.50
    • Sweatshirt in light grey or navy with Society logo, unisex sizes S, M, L and XL: £15.00 each, p&p UK £4.50, Europe £6.00, overseas £8.50 Please note: postage for polo shirt and sweatshirt together is UK £6.50, Europe £7.50, overseas £11.50
    • Fleece in navy with Society logo, unisex sizes S, M, L, and XL: £18.00 each, p&p UK £6.50, Europe £7.50, overseas £11.50 Please note: postage for polo shirt and fleece together is UK £6.50, Europe £8.70, overseas £14.00
    • Binder for the Journal in red matt vinyl with OSGB Journal in gold (holds three volumes): £5.00 each, p&p UK £3.50, Europe £4.50, overseas £6.00
    • Back copies of the Journal are available from the Membership Secretary: £5.00 per volume (four Journals), p&p UK £5.65, Europe £7.00, overseas £11.00
CODE OF JUDGING
The Orchid Society of Great Britain (OSGB) Management Committee (MC) has delegated all
matters pertaining to the judging of orchids at annual shows and monthly table shows to
the Judging Subcommittee (JSC).
The JSC shall consist of a chairperson and a number of accredited British Orchid Council
(BOC) judges.
The Chair of the JSC is an officer of the OSGB, elected annually at the AGM.
All decisions by the JSC must be presented to the MC for their approval.
Judging of plants
Plants in OSGB Competitions are judged according to the following rules.
  1. Plants to be judged must have been in the entrant’s possession for at least 12 months.
  2. Multiple entries are permitted; all plants in a class will be judged on their own merit. The best three plants in each class will be placed first, second and third regardless of the ownership.
  3. At discretion of the judges, any class with numerous entries can be split up and a new subclass created.
  4. Judging will be done using the BOC judging system. Plants will be judged with due regard to the attributes of the plant according to the BOC weighting.
  5. Every effort will be made not to exclude plants entered into the wrong class from judging. However, final responsibility for entries must remain with the entrant.
  6. The plants should be correctly labelled and free of pests and diseases otherwise at the discretion of the judges they may not be judged and may be removed from the show bench. Hybrids should preferably have names registered with the RHS, or their parentage given, but an accepted trade name or the genus name plus the word ‘hybrid’ will be accepted.
  7. The individual plants in societies’ displays will not be judged unless specifically requested. These plants are to be marked by the entrants with the special markers provided and must be entered into the Judging Record Book.
  8. If in the opinion of the judges a plant is of a high standard, it will be pointed using the BOC pointing system for a Certificate as follows: Gold 95–100 points, Silver 88–94 points, Bronze 80–87 points. A Cultural Certificate may be given to any plant that, in the opinion of the judges, demonstrates outstanding cultural expertise.
  9. Judges must declare their interest and step back from judging classes in which they have an entry.
  10. Judges’ decisions are final.
  11. The Society reserves the right to amend the show schedule as necessary according to any official reclassification of the genera.

Contact:

Please contact the Orchid Society of Great Britain via the Secretary:
Mrs Val Micklewright 103 North Road, Three Bridges, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 1SQ