Cattleya Golden Pride x C. Cathy Noel

The Devon Orchid Society

The Devon Orchid Society exists for the organisation of activities related to the cultivation of orchids by its members. It holds monthly meetings and puts on an annual show. 


There is a monthly newsletter providing information on the Society's activities, with reports on meetings and details of prizes awarded at shows and annually for success at monthly meeting displays. The newsletter contains cultural tips and other information of interest to orchid growers.

Monthly meetings are held at Burnham Nurseries, Forches Cross, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 6PZ (just off the A38 between Newton Abbot and Bovey Tracey), usually on the third Sunday of each month starting at 14.00. Members enjoy free entry to Burnham Nurseries' Orchid Paradise, a display house with many beautiful and unusual orchids always on show.

The meetings programme includes presentations from professional and amateur growers about orchids, their culture and related subjects. There is a display table for members to show their orchids, with points awarded by experienced judges. There are opportunities for members to discuss successes and failures and orchid culture problems, thereby obtaining the advice of experienced growers. Auctions of plants are held usually twice per year, which provides members with the opportunity to sell their surplus plants and buy other different or more unusual plants at reasonable prices.

 Gomesa crispa

The Annual Show is held in May; in 2019 this took place at the Public Hall in Budleigh Salterton. Displays are mounted by several orchid societies as well as Devon, and orchid nurseries also have plants for sale. Orchid advice is available and potting demonstrations are given. Refreshments are also on offer. In 2020 our Show at Budleigh Salterton was cancelled and we held an online show in the Autumn. In 2021 we will be holding a show at Burnham Nurseries open to orchid society members only and plan to host our next public show at Budleigh Salterton in May 2022.


More details of our shows can be found on the Shows page.


Updated 2nd September 2021