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IOS Members Virtual Night – January

8 January @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Our January meeting will be entirely on-line, there will be no meeting at the Botanic Gardens.We will be discussing
  • In-door growing techniques
  • The May trip to the Mathers Foundation and organisation of that trip.
  • We’ll also announce the winners of the Xmas competition.
Please feel free to RSVP below so we know how many will be joining the virtual meeting.
An alternative to the Orchid Show.

As an alternative to the very popular annual Orchid Show that took place at the NBG; it is proposed to take a stand at Bloom 2024 instead. This will be a much greater undertaking than the NBG option as 99% of the organisation was done by the Botanic gardens. The Bloom 2024 option will be entirely on the shoulders of the Society.

We don’t need a large stand, but what we do need are a display of orchids and plenty of people to attend the stand. Bloom runs over six or seven days. After the set up time/day; the stand will need to be covered from 9am to 6pm Thursday 30th May to Monday 3rd June. It is proposed to do this in two shifts per day, Morning and Afternoon. 

Members who join in the effort to man the stand will also have access to Bloom before or after their shift.

Express your interest in manning the stand at Bloom 2024
IOS May Trip

We have provisionally held a date of the 11th May 2024 to visit The Mathers Foundation in the South East of England. This is very close to Kew Gardens and RHS Wisley both have an extensive orchid collection and display house.

It would be a long weekend. The details and cost are to be worked out yet, but it is proposed that to reduce travel-time we fly into one of the London airports on Friday morning and depart on Sunday evening. If you are interested in being part of this trip, please can you express your provisional interest by completing the form? This isn’t an obligation, just to give us an idea of numbers interested.

The outline proposed agenda would be

  • Depart Friday Morning 10th May
  • Friday Afternoon: RHS Wisley to view their new Orchid House.
  • Overnight stay with group dinner
  • Saturday: a guided tour of The Mathers Foundation, a private orchid collection, see more here
  • Overnight stay with group dinner
  • Sunday: Visit to the orchid collection at Kew Gardens
  • Depart Sunday evening
Express your interest in joining this trip


8 January
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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