Emily Thearle here. Today at Gillingham show our Polystachya galeata has been quite successful, winning best in class and best species in show. At our greenhouses Polystachya galeata is grown in Warm Asia with a minimum of 15 degrees C. Our pla.nt has 14 flower spikes this year
Congratulations to all those involved in Radstock in Bloom. We have been awarded a Gold Medal again this year, a reward for the town’s efforts and community spirit.
Special thanks to Zoe Parfitt and her helpers from year’s 8 and 9 last July who hosted the judges while many of us were away in Rwanda. I have heard that the judges were immensely impressed by all of you.
I am proud that pupils make such a strong contribution to the local community effort.
The Orchid Project was also awarded an Outstanding in the ‘It’s your neighbourhood’ category.
It has now come to an end, but what a fantastic conference it has been. I have learnt so much about peoples work and met some really wonderful people and made valuable connections with them. I also had the opportunity to speak myself about the orchid project which had some incredible feedback about how brilliant the project is but also about how I spoke at such a young age! The picture shows myself along with Gerrit Van Ede to the left who I must say a massive thank you to for organising such a successful conference and on my right I had the privilege to meet Professor Rapee who is 93 years old and has been working with orchids most of his life and gave an inspirational talk. I also need to say a massive thank you to the people who got me to South Africa in the first place and this is to Cheltenham and District Orchid Society, Bournemouth Orchid Society, The Sperring Trust, all the wonderful people who donating at my fathers funeral and of course to Simon Pugh-Jones and the Writhlington Orchid Project..thank you so much for this opportunity! Now I have travelled down the George, a small city on the Southern Coast of South Africa and so far I have seen stunning mountains on one side and fantastic coastline on the other…will keep you informed!
In the hall they have the orchids displays of the conference, there are some stunning displays and the hall is filled with the beautiful scent of orchids. This very large display here was occupied with a number if waterfalls and water feature and absolutely covered in blankets of orchid flowers. There is also a stunning Ansellia display built upon rocks and is displayed fantastically.
The orchid project has gone travelling again..well Zoe Parfitt has! I am spending the week here in Johannesburg as I am attending the World Orchid Congress with my presentation The Writhlington School Orchid Project – A Students Perspective. I was welcomed off my flight with cloudless skies and beaming sunshine, my nerves of travelling alone have definitely been replaced with excitement. Now at my stunning hotel, which is definitely spoiling me, I am meeting everyone tonight at the opening of the congress.