Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

Sixth form science students sowing orchid seed in research projects

A level science students are carrying out independent research projects based on techniques they learnt about at Kew when we visited Jonathan Kendon at the Jodrell Laboratories. Each student is working with seed from a different orchid species. They have investigated TZ testing for seed viability and are now assessing the amount of surface sterilisation […]


365 days of orchids – day 681 – Epidendrum melanoporphyreum

Melanoporphyreum means black and purple which is a pretty good name for this epidendrum from Peru with unusually coloured flowers. Epidendrum melanoporphyreum is a close relative of Epidendrum paniculatum which we featured last week and grows in similar cool wet forests at around 1500m altitude so is well suited to our Cool Asia section. The flowers […]


Orchid Christmas – Wed 12th December from 6pm until 9pm

For all the people who have been asking when we are next open, a reminder that the festive season wouldn’t be complete without ‘Orchid Christmas’, our annual celebration of the previous year at the Writhlington Orchid Project. Orchid Christmas is a public evening event on Wednesday 12th December running from 6pm until 9pm. There will […]