Chelsea Confirmation

The Writhlington Orchid Project recieved confirmation today of it’s place at the Chelsea Flower Show 2009.

This is brilliant and much celebration has been taking place, in amongst much increaced production! We are all looking forward to this Chelsea as we have a new display, new students and, most impostantly, new stories!

We are situated in the Lifelong Learning section of the main Pavilion, so feel free to come and say hello!


London International Orchid Show Preparations

Preparations for the London international orchid show on the 21st and 22nd of March 2009.  At Writhlington Orchids we’re planning an educational display that involves Orchids, Darwin and string!  More information about the London Orchid show can be found on the RHS website.

The greenhouse preparations are well underway and we’ll have lots of plant’s to bring along and show.

The Labs have also started preparing early this year, so we have a record breaking number of flasks to sell at this show and all others that follow.  Including the Chelsea Flower Show 2009.


Orchid project publicity events September 2008

Amateur Gardening   –   5,6,7th September

Plant and enterprise display at the Bath and West Show Ground.
Including daily lectures.
(Set up Wednesday evening and Thursday for judging 4pm Thursday)

Frome Cheese Show  –  13th September

Plant and enterprise display.
(Set up Thursday and Friday evenings – all after school time)

Exhibition at the Rook Lane Gallery, Frome 19th-27th September

An exhibition of images from our expeditions to South East Asia, South and Central America, Africa and the Himalayas.
Exhibition staffed by ex-pupils (Chris Ashman) + some sixth form time.
Key events – preview evening 19th
Orchid Show – 27th
Setting up – day time on 19th Sep


Gold Medal Won at the Amateur Gardening Show

Writhlington School pupils are celebrating a Large Gold Medal won at the Amateur Gardening Show last weekend.

The display was designed by Luke Barnes (14 years old) and Luke Lucas (16) and featured a diverse selection of Orchids grown at the School.

“We have been working at school all through the summer to get ready for the show, and it is brilliant to win a Large Gold. For this Show we focussed on the amazing diversity of miniature orchids including tiny Trisitellas native to the cloud forests of South America.”

– Luke Barnes

Luke Barnes and Luke Lucas also gave lectures at the show helping the public to get to grips with ‘The dos and don’ts of orchid growing’.

September is a busy month for the Writhlington Orchid growers. On Saturday 27th Frome hosts the regions largest Orchid show organised by the Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset Orchid Society and held at the Rook Lane Chapel in Bath Street. Writhlington growers will be giving potting demonstrations at the show and presenting photographs taken on the school’s expeditions to tropical forests in Central America and South East Asia. The show is open from 10am to 4pm.


Writhlington Pupils put plants first at Bristol Zoo

Bristol Zoo is famous the world over for its leading role in the conservation of rare animals but last weekend the focus changed with the Zoo’s first Plant Conservation Day.

Zoe discusses her project with Natasha de Vere
Zoe discusses her project with Natasha de Vere

The Day featured a display, by Year 7 and 8 Pupils from Writhlington, all about the School’s pioneering work in Central America and South East Asia.

The public loved the unusual plants we had on show. We talked a lot about all the animals that pollinate the different orchids which made sense in a Zoo. We also showed how we are using micropropagation to help save endangered plants in Belize and Laos.”

– Zoe Parfitt, Year 7

As well as meeting the public, students were able to discuss their work with leading plant scientists gathered for the Association of British Zoos Annual Conference.