365 days of orchids – day 727 – Masdevallia gariae

For Christmas Eve we have a delightful little masdevallia endemic to Venezuela. Another new species for 365 days this species grows at elevations from 1200 to 1500m in coastal forests where it experiences evenly cool and wet conditions throughout the year. We grow plants in pots and baskets in our Cool Americas section where it […]


365 days of orchids – day 726 – Maxillaria meleagris

We haven’t featured this interesting little species on 365 days before. It is another reliable winter flowerer and at its best this week. This species is closely related to one of our favourites Maxillaria praestans (below) which flowers in the summer. Maxillaria meleagris is a little smaller growing with smaller flowers but makes a lovely […]


Working with our new partners at the Living Rainforest

Yesterday afternoon Mendip Studio School students made their first visit to meet partners at the Living Rainforest near Thatcham. The group included students working on plant projects and reptile projects in their Mendip R & D sessions. Plant group students toured the site with horticulturalists Peter Clark and Charlotte May-Miller, learning about the amazing diversity […]