Zoe Parfitt

Hello, my name is Zoe and I have been in the project for three and a half years now. I spend all my free time, including before, during and after school, working with the orchids. I am in charge of a wide variety of orchids including: Pleione, Disa, Spiranthes, British orchids, Bifernia, Maxillaria and I help look after Zygopetalums. Over the next year, I will be blogging about Writhlington Orchid Project.

Myself and Zoe Barnes at Chelsea Flower show, with Alan Titchmarsh. Also in the background taking a photo is my mum, hi mum!


Brassavola nodosa

Hello, my name is Heather. I have been a part of the project for two years and dedicate time before, during and after school to it. I am in charge of Cattleya, Brassavola, Tricopillia and Barkeria. The Barkeria spectabilis recently won Orchid of  the Year. Over the next few months I will be blogging about my orchids, so keep an eye out for my blogs.

The Brassavola nodosa we found on our expedition in Belize.

Brassavola nodosa, or ‘Lady of the Night’, is a very popular orchid and has a strong fragrance. It is native to Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Central America. It is widely spread along the Gulf of Mexico, southwards from Tampico, so needs to be grown in warm to intermediate conditions with plenty of light. It flowers in autumn and winter and we grow it in Warm America. Our expedition to Belize found lots of this orchid growing in coastal forest and mangrove.  Brassavola nodosa was growing in full sun along with Schomburgkia tibicinis, which we also have in Warm America.


Prosthechea cochleata


I am going to start with Prosthechea cochleata, national flower of Belize. In Warm America, in our greenhouse, at least one of this plant is in flower at any time.  This orchid is unusual because its lip is at the top of the flower, not the bottom like most orchids.  Some other Prosthechea are the same, but not all.  For this reason it is known as the upside-down orchid.