Welsh Orchid Festival 06-09-2019
The Orchid Study Group was holding its 2019 Welsh Orchid Festival in the Mansion at Aberglasney Gardens on Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September
Zane and Mauro Rappa build a small display and represented OSGB in Wales.
With plants donated by Sally Mill, Henry Oakeley, Michael Radley, Zane Rappa, Francis J. Quesada-Pallares and Zsuzsanna Serer they built a lovely arrangement intended to represent a windowsill looking out into an orchid garden (in the picture).
Sally Mill's Phragmipedium pearcei received a Cultural Certificate of Commendation. Congratulations
New Members’ Day - Saturday 3rd August 2019 20-07-2019
This event, which is free to all new members (though guests are very welcome to join at a cost of £10), will be held at Napier Hall and begins at 10:00AM with registration, coffee, and snacks.
Please contact Sue Johnson
to book your attendance
Programme for the day:
10:30 Introduction to orchids
11:00 Presentation and guide of repotting a phalaenopsis
11:00 Practical hands-on repotting session
12:30 Lunch break
13:30 Doors open for the regular OSGB monthly meeting
14:30 Afternoon Speaker – Michael Radley “Orchid Treks in Costa Rica”
If you enjoy cooking or baking you are most welcome to bring a little treat to impress your fellow new members.
Please, just remember to bring ingredients list with you to be able to give allergy advice in case it's needed.
6th of July - Philip Seaton – Growing orchids from seed 10-06-2019
13:30 Doors open - tea, coffee, biscuit and a mingle
14:30 Speaker: Philip Seaton – Growing orchids from seed
15:30 Table Show and a Raffle
Please feel free to come down for a taster meeting if you are considering to join.
Remember you can bring in your plants - whether they'd be the troubled ones or your prize flowering beauties to show off on our table displays.
Our 23rd Chelsea Gold! 03-06-2019
Congratulations to Galina Boyse and her outstanding Chelsea Display Team on obtaining yet another Gold Medal (awarded to us for the 23rd time!) Many thanks for all the hard work and amazing ideas to (in alphabetical order): Catarina Anjos, Marcina Antonova, Adam Boyse, Sophia Kral, Marcin Kulinski, Stuart Meeson, Sally Mill, Henry Oakeley, Zane Rappa, Andre Roux, Joel Soo. Phenomenal work!
|The build team: Zane, Galina, Andre, Catarina, Sally|
We wouldn't have made it without our sponsors The Baycroft Care Homes and all these wonderful people providing us with plants, including Mike Buckingham, Colin Howard, Jo Kelleher, Stuart Meeson, Sally Mill, Michael Radley, Zane Rappa, Henry Oakeley, Peter Sander, Joel Soo, and Spicesotic Plants
|Educational boards with plants in acrylic cubes drove a lot of attention|
Have a look at the pictures below to see the fantastic display they have put together. The judges commented on the specimen plants, unusual plants, a wide variety of plants, and the elegant design - being particularly impressed with the educational aspect of the display.
|BBC presenter Carol Klein preparing for the coverage of our display|
They liked the background photos showing orchids in their habitats with their mode of growth (lithophytic, epiphytic etc) all of which synchronised beautifully with miniature plants growing on different media in acrylic cubes at the front, accompanied by the educational photo and text boards explaining growth habits in nature and cultivation.
The beautiful plants and design were needed for the RHS Gold Medal, and the striking, innovative and educational element of the cubes, photos and text made it a sure-fire winner.
|RHS Chelsea 2019 Gold Medal|
More pictures to follow in our gallery.
Call for PLANTS and HELP 07-04-2019
Support the Society in forthcoming exhibitions
With the summer show season upon us, we are pleased to report that the Shows Team have an exciting list of exhibits planned. Varied and eye-catching displays are to be staged, included those detailed below:
1) Malvern International Orchid Show (14-16 June)
We will be aiming for a rich display of flowering orchids at the International Orchid Show, part of the Royal Three Counties Show. Again please contact Galina Boyse if you can offer flowering plants.
2) Blenheim Palace Flower Show (21-23 June)
Dr Henry Oakeley will be exhibiting Anguloas on behalf of the OSGB and members wishing to help should contact Galina Boyse or Henry Oakeley please. For more information about the show see:
RHS Chelsea 2019 sponsor - Baycroft Care Homes & Senior Villages 07-04-2019
We are very pleased to announce that Baycroft Care Homes & Senior Villages, a subsidiary of One Housing Group Ltd, has very kindly agreed to sponsor our 2019 Chelsea display. Baycroft Care Homes provide luxury residential, nursing and dementia care homes and senior villages. They also offer respite care. More information about them can be found on www.onehousing.co.uk
Head Office: 220 Arlington Road, London NW1 7HE. We are delighted to be associated with them and are honoured that they have chosen to sponsor us.
Multiple awards for the Society at BOS60 07-04-2019
At Bournemouth Orchid Society's 60th Anniversary Show, staged at Highcliffe Castle (30-31 March 2019), the OSGB received multiple awards including Best Amateur Display.
In the ribbon judging Sally Mill's Sarcochilus fitzhart
(below) was awarded the Best Amateur Plant and Best Plant Exhibited by a Bournemouth Orchid Society Member. See full report in OSGB Journal.
04 May - Bala Kompalli 'Orchids of Kew' 07-04-2019
13:30 Doors open
14:30 Speaker: Bala Kompalli - Orchids of Kew
Bala will discuss some of the flowering orchid highlights from the Royal Botanic Garden.