Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

365 days of orchids- day 191 – Coelogyne speciosa var. albicans

This large flowered Coelogyne is native to Malaysia, Borneo, Java and Sumatra where it is reported from 700-2000m altitude. This variety has more white on the lip than is usual and a light green flower colour where the more usual colour is variations of yellow and brown. We grow the species in Warm Asia (min 18C) […]


Visit by Tom Mirenda from the US

Last week students from Mendip Studio and Writhlington Schools hosted a visit by US scientist Tom Mirenda from the Smithsonian Institution. Tom is director of horticulture and education at the Hawaii Tropical Botanic Garden and came to learn from the experience of students at the Writhlington Orchid Project. After meeting students and touring the propagation laboratories […]