We have had a very productive week training the new year 7s how to sow orchid seed in the flow cabinet. Here is future lab manager Rosie who is in year 8 sharing her skills with Charlotte, Year 7.
So first off all a massive “Thank-You” to everyone who helped make this year’s Writhlington Autumn Orchid Festival a success: To the societies and trade, to the car parking stewards, to Writhlington events staff and to the 300 people who came through the doors. But most of all, a massive Thank-You to the volunteer staff and students who worked tirelessly over the weekend, be it in the kitchen, taking tickets, giving tours, selling plants, making tea or just smiling and pointing you towards the greenhouses! The festival wouldn’t have happened without each and every one of you: so once again, Thank-you.
Now, unbeknownst to most, a time-lapse was taken of the day, so you can relive the whole day from set up to breakdown and reset in less than a minute! We all rather like it – what do you think?
Well it’s finally here! The Writhlington autumn Orchid Festival! The show floor is coming together, the tombola has arrived and I saw some good looking food being prepared in the kitchen last night! Oh, and did I mention; we have one of the country’s largest orchids hanging from the ceiling.
The show will be open from 10am to 4pm today and is a mere £2 to come and see all of these amazing plants. So come along, and we’ll see you there!
As being modelled here by Lily, this is Trisetella hoeijeri and is one of our all time favourites due to its close resemblance to a moustache! Trisetella hoeijeri is native to Venezuala and so it is grown in our greenhouses with the miniatures in the section ‘Cool America’. This plant was brought in 1998 and has since then been split up and individual plants were mounted on cork bark, this specific Trisetella in the photo has been mounted to cork bark for four years.