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!




Our orchid book, The Dos and Don’ts of Orchid Growing, is now availible on “Used – Very Good” for £114.51.  Click here.

We’d like to remind you that you don’t have to spend £114.51 on our book used!  You can purchase it from all good bookshops or from us direct for only £3.99 brand new.


Back to work

With OCI finished, our Year 11s now free of, well, everything and generally less ‘proper work’ to do we can get back to production.  Much has been happening in the Labs over the past week in that a huge pile of empty jars has appeared – now a large proportion are full!

Greenhouse tidying and cleaning has also been taking place as well as organising a delivery of fresh seedling kits to the Eden Project.

In general this time of year consists of production making it very nice as we can see a rapid shrinkage of space on the shelves in the lab.  The downside, however, is that it isn’t particularly interesting to write about!


OCI This Saturday

That’s right, this Saturday is the day that we’ve all been planning for the ages.  OCI day has arrived at last.  We’ve drawn up a full list of prices and activities now and have started planning those important things like parking and signage!

If you are coming on Saturday, we look forward to seeing you there!

If you’re not coming you can count on me to inform you of what you missed!


Price Standard:    £10
Couple             £15
Family             £20

Maps can be printed from Google Maps (or similar sites) when navigating to “BA3 3NQ”.  Car-parks will be clearly signposted from the school entrance (I’m told we’re using red prayer flags so you can’t miss it!)