Aquarium week

cloud-smallThis week is Aquarium week as we again team up with Wendy and Matt at the Bristol Aquarium to build a second permanent display.

Last week we met at the school to plan the exhibit and the photo shows Issy and Tallis with Wendy and Matt in Cool Americas choosing plants for the display.

Wendy and Matt have started to build the display structures at the Aquarium (see below) and we can’t wait for Thursday when a team from Writhlington will take over plants and start fixing them in place.



Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset Orchid Society Show

fullsizerender-1We had a lovely day at the Somerset, Wilts and Dorset OS Show. Thanks to the organisers for making us so welcome. The Orchid Project display had more yellow flowered orchids than usual, including Dendrochilum magnum, and also featured two clones of the blue species Dendrobium victoria-reginae native to the Philippines. Jacob’s plant (the lighter blue in the centre) won best Dendrobium.

img_1001Dendrochilum magnum (winner of best coelogyninae and best species in show) also comes from the Philippines but is warmer growing than Dendrobium victoria-reginae as the Dendrobium comes from cool mountain forests and the Dendrochilum from warm lowland forest.

Thanks to Annie for a really well put together and pretty display.


Orchid Festival 2016

Many thanks to all those who helped make Saturday’s Orchid Festival such a success.

Our visiting orchid societies put on some outstanding displays full of interesting plants and a bonus display by Kelvin Bush of his miniature plants growing in glass spheres. Chantelle offered a fantastic array of orchid species and hybrids for sale and Dino added interest by publicising his fantastic Wild Orchid and Culture Tour.

The volunteer team did a fantastic job and I have been inundated with thanks to pass on to the food team, Jacob and Jess for their talks, and the whole student team for their enthusiasm, knowledge and entertaining tours.tour-2 tour-1 displays glass-balls


Bristol University Pollination Day

Thanks to the team at the Bristol University Botanic Gardens for organising this year’s event and making Writhlington students so welcome. Well done to to Issy, Jess, Tallis, Chloe and adult helpers Sarah, Gareth, Annie and Gareth’s mum for making our display such a hit with visitors. I have had lots of people asking me to congratulate Jess, Chloe and Tallis for their very professional lectures on the Orchid Project and Rwanda Expedition.


Curator Nick Wray with Chloe and Tallis in front of their display on Sunday.