We had a lovely day at the Somerset, Wilts and Dorset OS Show. Thanks to the organisers for making us so welcome. The Orchid Project display had more yellow flowered orchids than usual, including Dendrochilum magnum, and also featured two clones of the blue species Dendrobium victoria-reginae native to the Philippines. Jacob’s plant (the lighter blue in the centre) won best Dendrobium.
Dendrochilum magnum (winner of best coelogyninae and best species in show) also comes from the Philippines but is warmer growing than Dendrobium victoria-reginae as the Dendrobium comes from cool mountain forests and the Dendrochilum from warm lowland forest.
Thanks to Annie for a really well put together and pretty display.
Many thanks to all those who helped make Saturday’s Orchid Festival such a success.
Our visiting orchid societies put on some outstanding displays full of interesting plants and a bonus display by Kelvin Bush of his miniature plants growing in glass spheres. Chantelle offered a fantastic array of orchid species and hybrids for sale and Dino added interest by publicising his fantastic Wild Orchid and Culture Tour.
The volunteer team did a fantastic job and I have been inundated with thanks to pass on to the food team, Jacob and Jess for their talks, and the whole student team for their enthusiasm, knowledge and entertaining tours.
Thanks to the team at the Bristol University Botanic Gardens for organising this year’s event and making Writhlington students so welcome. Well done to to Issy, Jess, Tallis, Chloe and adult helpers Sarah, Gareth, Annie and Gareth’s mum for making our display such a hit with visitors. I have had lots of people asking me to congratulate Jess, Chloe and Tallis for their very professional lectures on the Orchid Project and Rwanda Expedition.
Curator Nick Wray with Chloe and Tallis in front of their display on Sunday.
Just 19 days until the next Writhlington Orchid Festival. We have visiting societies (Devon, South West, Bristol, Cornwall and Somerset/Dorset & Wilts) and trade (Chantelle Orchids) all set to go as well as tours of the greenhouses, a Phalaenopsis potting service, talks and refreshments. Book the date and tell your friends – see you there.
Another amazing day at Hampton Court thanks to the wonderful students of the Orchid Project. If you gave missed us at the show a date for your diary is September 10th when we hold our next open day and orchid festival at the school.