The next Writhlington expedition to Sikkim is in March 2013 which is just nine months away and so the students who are going are busy preparing for the trip. One important task is getting to know the orchids of Sikkim to make identification easier when out in the Himalayas. This is Devin with one of Sikkim’s most dramatic species Dendrobium densiflorum. This species should be in flower next Easter and will not be difficult to identify.
Two students from Writhlington, Tom Forsyth and Jacob Coles have become the people ever to earn a place on the British Orchid Council judge training scheme.
Tom explained “We just started a process that will take about three years. During this time we will have to pass judging tests all around the UK and get involved in as much judging as possible.”
Once qualified the pair will be accredited to judge at orchid shows across the world but so far they have just been as far as Exmouth where they helped judge the plants at the Devon Orchid Society show. Jacob described the day as “A brilliant experience and really interesting. To judge well you have to be really observant and also have a good knowledge of what each plant is capable of.”
Tom and Jacob also helped to put on the display for the Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset Orchid Society and were rewarded with a number of rosettes and cups for plants grown at Writhlington?
After a very successful London show including a gold medal from the RHS, best specimen plant for our Dendrobium mobile (the big pink one on the left at the back) and a total of three Certificates of Cultural Commendation (we have never had more than one a a single show before) we are asking the question: Is this the best Writhlington display ever? We would love your opinion.
It’s now time to start looking forward to our other shows in 2012. These are:
11th-12th May – Bristol Garden Life Show (central bristol)
2nd-9th July – Hampton Court Flower Show
26-28th October – British Orchid Congress (Writhlington School)
We hope to see you at these events and will being doing our best to keep up our display standards. Who knows? we may even do a better display than last week’s effort in London.
We’ve won a gold medal at the RHS London orchid show! Big congratulations to Tom and Ike for the absolutely wonderful display, and to all of the growers at home for raising such a high quality of plant! Our big Dendrobium nobile won best specimen plant too!
So after a long, long day starting at 4am at school, and ending in Westminster, London at 10pm, our team have certainly earned their rest!
The display it’self looks absolutely magnificent and we are all extremely proud of it! We wanted to wait for some proper light to really show it off to you, but here are some photos from set up:
I’ll be uploading photos throughout the day from my phone over the weekend. To catch them all as they happen – check back to this link regularly: