Today we started building our permanent display at the Bristol Aquarium. A brilliant team of Talis, Martha, Cara, Lottie, Charlotte, Chloe, Emily, Ashley, Jacob and Josh worked all day with Aquarium staff especially Wendy and Matt to set up an amazing wall of orchid species.
Nearly forty species are already in place with more to follow tomorrow with labels, interpretation and an orchids from seed display.
The display is already open to public view and should turn into something very spectacular over the next few years.
Today we were joined at Writhlington by Hetty Ninnis, Rainforest Biome Team Lead at the Eden project, for a day planning a stunning new display. A very slow tour of the orchid houses developed into productive discussions about orchid species, their stories and cultural requirements. We hope that the new display will be constructed within the next twelve months and will be working hard to prepare species lists and set up environmental monitoring for the display area at Eden. Interpretation will focus on Writhlington’s work around the world and the orchid species’ relationships with people and their pollinators.
Well done to Year 10 students today who have studied the use of bio-technology to help recovery from natural disasters. Students have investigated the island of Montserrat, its volcano and the micropropagation of Epidendrum montserratense
Back in July 2011 Zoe and Jacob were just big enough to carry Prosthechea radiata. But times change and today is Leavers Day for Jacob (Year 11) and Zoe is actually leaving (Year 13). Prosthechea radiata isn’t going anywhere but seems to have grown even more than Jacob!
Tallis, Cara and Lottie have spent today at the Devon Orchid Show where they gave put up their first display, met orchid growers from the South West and sold their school plants.
A successful day has included prizes for best Oncidinae, best Cattleya, best Cymbidium species, best Pleurothalidinae, best Phalaenopsis species and best any other hybrid.
According to Tallis “Best fun ever”