Auction on 4 January 2014

The Society's annual plant auction will be held at Napier Hall on Saturday 4 January 2014. Doors open at 13:30 for registration of plants and viewing, auction by Henry Oakeley begins at 14:30. Members may bring four plants each to be auctioned, six plants per family membership.

A very Happy New Year to all our members and best wishes for enjoyable and successful orchid growing in 2014.

Christmas meeting on 7 December

The Christmas meeting will be held at Napier Hall on
Saturday 7 December, doors open at 12:30.
Angraecum sesquipedale - sometimes
called the Star of Bethlehem Orchid,
or Chirstmas Orchid

The Committee will be providing a light buffet lunch for members at a cost of £2.50 per person, to include a glass of wine. 

Derek Belcher will once again challenge members' orchid knowledge with a quiz. There will be a competitive table show as usual, and a raffle - donations of prizes are most welcome.

Places must be booked in advance.  Please advise any dietary requirements.

To book please contact Sam Hurley, tel: 07900 250247,

OSGB Open Autumn Show

The last show of the season will be held at Wraysbury Village Hall, Wraysbury, Middlesex, TW19 5NA on Saturday 2 November 2013.

A later start has been arranged to help members; plants for judging may be delivered and registered between 09:00 and 11:00. 

Judging will begin promptly at 11:00, doors open to the public at 10:30 and entry to the show is free. 

There is plenty of free parking nearby and refreshments will be available.  

This is an open show which means that non-members may enter plants for the competitive table show.

Please note there is no meeting at Napier Hall in November.

Orchid film preview at Kew

This autumn there is a special opportunity to see an excellent new film about orchids, highlighting their pollination and conservation biology. A pre-broadcast screening of the film will be show at the Autumn event run by Orchid Conservation International (OCI) at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

The film, Sex and Lies, is narrated by Sir David Attenborough and was filmed by Bristol based wildlife film specialists Sky Vision. The film features the jungles of Borneo, Britain's rare native orchids and the orchid growers of Writhlington School in Somerset.

VIP guests will include the wildlife film crew and many of the scientsists and growers featured in the film. The OCI event runs from 4.30pm on 13th November 2013 at the Jodrell Laboratory, RBG, Kew.

Entry is free to OCI members or costs £5.00 on the door (which includes a free OCI membership).

For more information visit

Welcome to Cheltenham & District Orchid Society

We are delighted to welcome the Cheltenham & District Orchid Society which recently became affiliated to the OSGB.

Cheltenham & District Orchid Society hold meetings at 19:30 on the fourth Tuesday of each month (except December) at St John's Church Hall, St John's Avenue, Churchdown, Gloucestershire, GL3 2DA.

For more information please contact Rod Wells, tel: 01684 294485, e-mail:, website:

October meeting this weekend

The October monthly meeting at Napier Hall will be held as usual, on Saturday 5th October, doors open at 13:30.

Ray Creek will be our guest lecturer, talking about successful orchid culture and growing in chipped coconut husk, and will be bringing a wide selection of plants for sale.

Please come along to display your plants on the table show, browse through a selection of books from our orchid library or just join us for refreshments and an orchid chat.

Our apologies for some problems we have been experiencing with our website, particularly on the Monthly Programme page; we hope to have them resolved soon.

Successful weekend for 3rd Durham Orchid Show

The OSGB was pleased to support the 3rd Durham Orchid show last weekend by staging an educational display and co-ordinating the plant judging. Many thanks for the warm welcome and to all our members who visited the show.
Orchid Society of Great Britain display
Dimorphorchis rossii 'Sue'

The Society was most grateful to those who lent plants for the display, in particular Sue Lane who offered her unusual Dimorphorchis rossii 'Sue', which formed the centrepiece of the display and was awarded a Botanical Certificate by the RHS Orchid Committee .

Around 1,500 visitors  enjoyed displays by seven societies, four of them affiliated to the OSGB, and were able to browse through a good selection of orchids offered by a wide range of traders.

The 4th Durham Orchid Show will be staged as a one-day show on 7th September 2014.

                                  Darlington & District Orchid Society - Winner of Best Display in Show

Cumbria Orchid Society display
North East of England Orchid Society display

Scottish Orchid Society Display

Seminar for new members

Members who have joined the society since last August are invited to our free introductory seminar on Saturday 3rd August 2013 (places must be booked in advance).

This seminar is designed to welcome members to the society and introduce them to some of the committee and other members in an informal and friendly atmosphere. It will be held at Napier Hall, 1 Hide Place, Westminster, London SW1P 4NJ, before our monthly meeting. Doors open for tea and coffee at 09:30 with the seminar beginning at 10:00.

The seminar will include:
A general lecture about orchids from our new President, Peter White
A lecture about growing orchids in the home by our Programme Secretary, Francis Quesada-Pallarés
An introduction to several types of orchid and a potting demonstration by our Chairman, Roy White
A hands-on repotting session with orchids provided, led by committee members. (The orchids you repot will be available to buy for a few pounds.)
A light, buffet lunch at 12:30 before the monthly meeting commences at 13:30

At the monthly meeting, members will have a chance to look through a selection of books from our library; admire members' orchids on display on our table show; enjoy more tea and coffee; and hear our guest lecturer, Bala Kompalli, who will talk about field trips in the Western Himalayas.

Please book your place by 20th July, by contacting Sam Hurley, tel: 07900 250247 or e-mail: (Please advise regarding any special dietary requirements).

Please contact Sam Hurley if you have any queries about the seminar or the society.


Changes in the Vandeae

Orchid Hybrid Registration Advisory Group News Release  May 2013

At a meeting of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Orchid Hybrid Registration Group (OHRAG) in London on 22nd May, the proposed nomenclatural changes in the Vandeae were discussed. The Group were privileged to receive seminar presentations by André Schuiteman and Lauren Gardiner, both from the Kew Herbarium, on their research into the taxonomy of the Vandeae.

A full account is due to be published in volume 6 of Genera Orchidacearum which is scheduled for publication in February 2014, and is the final volume of the series.

The members of the Advisory Group unanimously recommended adoption of the following changes in the Hybrid Register immediately.

Vanda is to be expanded to include: Ascocentropsis, Ascocentrum, Christensonia, Eparmatostigma, Euanthe, Neofinetia and Trudelia

Aerides flabellata has been transferred to Vanda

Papilionanthe is to be accepted as distinct from Vanda

Arachnis to include: Armodorum and Esmeralda

Gastrochilus to include: Haraella

Holcoglossum to include: Ascolabium and Penkimia

Phalaenopsis to include: Doritis, Kingidium, Lesliea, Nothodoritis, Ornithochilus and Sedirea

Renanthera to include: Ascoglossum, Porphyrodesme, and Renantherella

Robiquetia to include: Abdominea, Malleola, India, Megalotus and Samarorchis

Trichoglottis to include: Ceratochilus, Staurochilus and Ventricularia.

In the past it has been the custom to await publication of the relevant volume of Genera Orchidacearum and wait for six months to allow discussion, before implementing any nomenclatural changes. On this occasion however, it seemed appropriate for implementation to proceed due to the uncontroversial nature of the changes, and in order to have all the changes in place before data is extracted from the register to prepare the forthcoming Sanders List Addendum. It is hoped this will prevent unnecessary delay in publication of the Addendum. In addition, Doritis and x Doritaenopsishave already been moved into Phalaenopsis.

New President for the OSGB

Members voted unanimously for Peter White as the society's new presdient at its AGM on 1st June.

Peter has been a member of the society since 1984 and helped in many ways over the years - most recently with the Chelsea exhibit. He is the owner of Orchids by Peter White, was Chairman of the British Orchid Growers Association until last year and is a member of the RHS Orchid Committee.

Peter offered thanks on behalf of the members to outgoing president Henry Oakeley, and commended him for his work as an ambassador for the society, ably representing it both in this country and on his travels around the world.


Please contact the Orchid Society of Great Britain via the Secretary:
Mrs Zane Rappa, e-mail: