In the hall they have the orchids displays of the conference, there are some stunning displays and the hall is filled with the beautiful scent of orchids. This very large display here was occupied with a number if waterfalls and water feature and absolutely covered in blankets of orchid flowers. There is also a stunning Ansellia display built upon rocks and is displayed fantastically.
The orchid project has gone travelling again..well Zoe Parfitt has! I am spending the week here in Johannesburg as I am attending the World Orchid Congress with my presentation The Writhlington School Orchid Project – A Students Perspective. I was welcomed off my flight with cloudless skies and beaming sunshine, my nerves of travelling alone have definitely been replaced with excitement. Now at my stunning hotel, which is definitely spoiling me, I am meeting everyone tonight at the opening of the congress.
For the past three weeks I have been living and doing work experience at the Eden Project in Cornwall. It has been an amazing experience and I have learnt so much about many other plants out there that are not orchids! I worked in many different areas of Eden including the nursery for the first week getting plants ready and growing them on to be planted in the biomes, then the other two weeks working in both the tropical and Mediterranean biomes. I have done a range of different gardening including being 20m up in a cherry picker sawing down a massive palm leaf!
On Saturday 6th September and Sunday 7th September we will be joining our partners (and friends) at the Bristol University Botanic Gardens for their festival day http://www.bristol.ac.uk/botanic-garden/events/2014/158.html
It is always a great weekend. Writhlington pupils will be setting up a display of plants that demonstrate the diversity of orchid pollination biology, selling plants and giving public talks about our recent trip to Rwanda. See you there 🙂