We arrived at Norwich yesterday and spent the first four hours putting up our display – which looks amazing. Well done to Jess, Chloe, Jacob and Annie.
Preview evening last night gave us a chance to look around at all the orchid diversity here and meet up with our orchid friends from across the Uk and Europe. Today we are up early for Judgind – Jacob’s first time as a qualified judge and Jess’ first time as a trainee.
After a hard but enjoyable day’s work the new Bristol Aquarium Cloud Forest Orchid Display is all planted and ready for us to add information names and interactive activities.
The display includes fifty five orchid species and these are grouped by pollinator – Bee, butterfly, moth, humming bird, ant, fly and midge/gnat. If you want to see which species are in each section you will have to visit the Aquarium.
With two large permanent orchid displays the Bristol Aquarium is quite an orchid attraction – the bonus is you also get to see some fish!
Well done again to the team; Laura, Hannah, Zea, Chloe, Jacob, Georgia and Simon from Writhlington/Mendip, and Matt and Wendy from the Aquarium.
It is lunch time at the Aquarium and the new orchid display is well under way after a busy morning. Zea, Laurah and Hannah have finished the section devoted to orchid species pollinated by small insects like gnats and midges. This includes lots of cool growing miniatures.
More to follow as the display develops.
This 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.
We 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.
Dendrochilum 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.