Happy New Year from the Writhlington School Orchid Project
Can we take this opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful 2014. 2013 has been a fantastic year for us with our trips to Rwanda and Sikkim, possibly the best London Show ever and of course a great year of growing in the greenhouses thanks to the efforts of Greenhouse Club.
There are lots of great things to look out for in 2014. In January we are going to Cambridge Botanic Gardens where we are working with Alex Summers to help him set up an exciting new exhibit based on the orchids of Sikkim. Two large artificial trees will present the orchids of Sikkim’s hot tropical valleys and cool sub temperate forests. More news on this later.
We are also working with Dave Roberts and Amy Hinsley from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent, to prepare a joint exhibit for this year’s London Orchid Show.
In July we will be displaying at the Hampton Court Flower Show and then heading back to Rwanda. The 2014 Rwanda expedition will be based at Kitabi College where we will be setting up Rwanda’s first orchid propagation laboratory and working with both Kitabi students and school pupils from Kigali Schools.
The photo above shows a little of the our current winter wonderland and Masdevallia polysticta native to Ecuador.