Orchid project to Wales

This weekend we’re packing our bags and toothbrushes for another orchid project international – to the National Botanic Garden of Wales!  We’re exhibiting along with several other orchid growers from all around europe and it should be a good event.  You can also visit the Botanic Garden’s event page for full details on this event.

Along with our exhibit we will be giving a lecture on our latest expedition to the Sikkim Himalayas.  So, If you’re on this side of the country and don’t get up to London to see us, this is the perfect oppertunity to pop over and say hello!

The event is open from the 5th to 6th of September.  We’ll see you there!



No, that’s what I thought!

A couple of years ago now the orchid project was featured on Japanese TV.  The film crews were with us for two days and we had great fun.  This video would have been uploaded earlier but it was lost, found, lost again then found but not allowed to upload to YouTube!  Finally I’ve done it (well done Dan who suggested the idea) and it’s now availible to watch in it’s full, 20 minute glory, in the media libraries.


Films for Learning

A bit of a late upload but oh well – it’s relevant!  Quite a while ago we had a day with Films for learning, a project that allowed students from outside the orchid project to come and spend a day filming us at work.  It was great fun for all involved and everything in the four films now in the media libraries, yep, including the music, was designed, created and put together in less than the 6 hour school day!

Have a look through the media libraries for a “Films for orchid learning” insight into our micropropagation techniques!


The End of the Year.

The academic year of 2008/2009 is drawing to a close.  What a year we’ve had!  From Chelsea to Sikkim, London to smaller local shows.  It’s been a brilliant year for us and we’re all hoping that next year will bring more excitement and unexpected to the project (we like it that way!).

I’m sure I’ll be updating the Dates pages with dates for your calender over the summer holiday.  Of course – plant’s don’t stop when school does so we’ll be in each day to water.

Next year we’ll be off to London orchid show again, as well as the Botanic Gardens Conservation International conference in Durban, South Africa.  We’ve also got local shows coming up next year including one at the Welsh Botanic Garden and the Bristol University Botanic Garden.  We should also have a redesign active in the early stages of the new year.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank you all for watching, reading and keeping up with me with exams etc.  It’s been a great year and I hope that I’ll see you all for the next 3 years.  No idea what then – hopefully I’ll be able to train someone else, but that’s a story for another day!