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. Every two or three years it also organises a larger orchid weekend.

 

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 2pm. Members enjoy the privilege of 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 and 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. Usually twice a year auctions of plants are held, giving members 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 2014 it was on May 17th at the Mackarness Hall in Honiton and in 2015 it will be at the Public Hall in Budleigh Salterton on May 16th. Displays are mounted by five orchid societies including Devon and by two orchid nurseries who also have plants for sale. Orchid advice is available and potting demonstrations are given. Refreshments are also available. An Orchid Weekend, normally held every two or three years in October in Dawlish Warren, was held on 18th and 19th Ocotber 2014, with thirteen societies showing and eight orchid nurseries, four from overseas. See more details fo these events on the Shows page.The next Orchid Weekend will be probably be in 2018 to fit in with other major events in the UK Orchid Events Calendar.

 

Updated 31st October 2014