The ORCHID STUDY GROUP
presents its
10th WELSH ORCHID FESTIVAL
to be held at the
National Botanic Garden of Wales
Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA32 8HN
2nd & 3rd September 2017

Once more, the Welsh Orchid Festival welcomes the return of some of your favourite orchid nurseries and traders, with a dazzling array of rare orchid species and hybrids for sale, together with a number of orchid societies displaying some of their finest and most spectacular blooms.

Also, back by popular demand, will be stalls selling carnivorous plants, botanical paintings and other works of art, orchid and general plant books, and in particular, there will be talks and demonstrations on all aspects of orchid cultivation for both beginner and experienced grower alike.

As part of the Festival’s tenth anniversary celebrations, many of this year’s talks and demonstrations will see a greater emphasis on orchid science and conservation, as well as providing an opportunity to chat with orchid scientists and learn about the work they do.

We expect this Festival to be our best yet!

Festival opening hours:  Saturday:  10.00am – 6.00pm   Sunday:  10.00am – 4.00pm

Normal admission fees to the Garden apply. Entry into the Orchid Marquee, talks and demonstrations is free.

For a full list of attendees and programme of talks, visit the OSG website: www.orchidstudygroup.org.uk (which will be updated regularly), or telephone the Secretary on: 01269 498002.

For information on the National Botanic Garden of Wales, please visit their website: www.gardenofwales.org.uk or telephone: 01558 667149.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES TO THE WELSH ORCHID FESTIVAL 2017
Kevin L. Davies, Chairman of the Orchid Study Group

Every year, we at the OSG try to bring you something different. For instance, we realize that not all growers are after the same kind of orchid, so we invite along a diverse range of traders. Similarly, not all visitors to the Festival will be equally experienced in orchid growing, so we offer on the one hand, potting demonstrations and basic cultivation tips, whilst on the other, specialist advice for the advanced hobbyist. We also acknowledge that some will have no interest whatsoever in orchids and will have been dragged along by their partners and spouses, which is why we offer other attractions such as books, wildlife and botanical art etc, and besides, who can fail to enjoy the ambience, the pleasant exchange of information and general chit-chat that the event provides, let alone the bright colours of the flowers themselves and the sweet fragrances that fill the marquee. And as if that isn’t enough, we also put on a range of interesting talks, not just to provide you with a nice warm and dry environment during that occasional shower, but also to educate and inform.

The OSG values education about orchids, their biology, conservation and cultivation very highly. Indeed, with so much going on, we have had somewhat of a dilemma on our hands of late, namely, the occasional comment from the public that they can’t attend all the talks that they would like to hear owing to clashes in time-tabling. My answer to this is that no-one should expect to be able to attend every talk, but should choose the ones that interest them most or are most appropriate for their current needs. The second type of comment is that there is a desire for advanced talks on all aspects of orchid biology.

It occurred to me that a number of us involved with the Festival are in fact botanists or biologists, so, without any apologies whatsoever, this year’s programme of talks will be unashamedly fuller than ever and will feature (in addition to cultivation-type talks) not only presentations on aspects of orchid ecology and conservation, but also on the intricacies of orchid flower morphology and adaptations for pollination, and opportunities to examine a range of material through the microscope. We anticipate that there may be some demand for the last, and so it will be repeated again on the Saturday afternoon, as well as on the Sunday. That said, best get there early!

In addition, if you would like to discuss any aspect of orchid biology or orchid-related project, please feel free to approach us. Just ask someone at the OSG stall to point us out. We don’t bite – well, not often, honest! Our specialisms are as follows:

Dr. Kevin L. Davies – Orchid morphology and micro-morphology, anatomy, cell ultrastructure, pollination and taxonomy

Dr. Helen Millner – Orchid flower morphology relative to pollination mechanisms, orchid macro-photography

Andrew Bannister – in vitro propagation of orchids and ex situ conservation.

Dr. Roy Bailey-Wood – Native Welsh orchids and their distribution

Dr. Wendy Harris – Swansea University’s Fen Orchid Ecology and Conservation Group

As well as the above, we also hope that representatives of Cardiff University’s Plant Molecular Biology Group will be able to attend.

We look forward to meeting you and hope you all enjoy an enhanced visit to this year’s Welsh Orchid Festival.

WELSH ORCHID FESTIVAL 2017 – NURSERIES AND PARTICIPANTS

NURSERY COUNTRY FURTHER INFORMATION
Burnham Nurseries England

 

A wide range of showy orchids, both hybrids and species
Orchid Alchemy England

 

Large selection of orchid seedlings
Orchid Botanics (Trey Sanders) England

 

A range of unusual and rare orchid species, as well as planted epiphyte logs
Phalaenopsis & More England

 

Mainly rare Phalaenopsis species, but also a wide range of other orchids
Ray Creek Orchids England Showy hybrids, species and coconut fibre-based compost
Devon Orchid Society England

 

Exhibit
Orchid Society of Great Britain England

 

Exhibit
Malcolm’s Carnivorous Plants Wales Not orchids, but equally interesting carnivorous plants
Cardiff University Plant Molecular Biology Group Wales Exhibit
Swansea University Fen Orchid Ecology and Conservation Group Wales Exhibit
Keith’s Plant Books England

 

Range of orchid, as well as general plant and gardening books
Paul Steer – Artist Wales

 

Nature in art
Polly O’ Leary – Artist Wales

 

Award-winning botanical artist

 

ORCHID FESTIVAL TALKS 2017

Saturday, September 2nd   

Time Theatr Botanica Marquee Canolfan Tyfu

Classrooms

10.00am Gates Open Gates Open Gates Open
11.30am – 12.15pm Nick Hinton

Creating an orchid epiphyte tree – talk and demonstration

  Dr. Helen Millner
Intricacies of the Orchid Flower
followed by an opportunity to view a range of orchids for yourselves through microscopes
(Arrive early as space is limited to approx. 20, but repeated at 2.45pm)
12.30pm -1.15pm Andrew Bannister
of
Orchid Alchemy
Saving the Broad-Leaved Fen Orchid
   
1.30pm – 2.15pm

 

Trey Sanders
of
Orchid Botanics
Deceit Pollination in Australian Terrestrial Orchids
   
2.30pm   2.30 pm prompt
Drawing of Raffle Tickets
A list of winning tickets will be on display shortly thereafter. Prizes must be claimed by 3.30pm
 
2.45pm – 3.15pm Teenage orchid grower
Archie Smith of The South West Orchid Society
Bulbophyllum – love them or hate them!
  Dr. Helen Millner
Intricacies of the Orchid Flower
followed by an opportunity to view a range of orchids for yourselves through microscopes
(Arrive early as space is limited to approx. 20)
3.30pm – 4.15pm

 

 

Ray Creek of
Ray Creek Orchids
Orchid Growing for the Absolute Beginner
 
4.30pm   4.30pm prompt

Drawing of Raffle Tickets
A list of winning tickets will be on display shortly thereafter. Prizes must be claimed by 5.30pm

 
4.45pm – 5.15pm   Francis Quesada-Pallares
of
Phalaenopsis & More
Basic Orchid Culture, Repotting and Mounting Demonstration
WEATHER PERMITTING, OUTSIDE MARQUEE, OTHERWISE IN THEATR BOTANICA
 
5.15pm – 6.00pm   YOUR LAST CHANCE TO BUY YOUR ORCHID  

 

Sunday, September 3rd    

Time Theatr Botanica Marquee Canolfan Tyfu

Classrooms

10.00am Gates Open Gates Open Gates Open
11.45am –12.30pm Trey Sanders
of
Orchid Botanics
Deceit Pollination in Australian Terrestrial Orchids
   
12.45pm – 1.15pm Nick Hinton
Creating an orchid epiphyte tree – talk and demonstration
   
1.30pm – 2.15pm

 

Ray Creek of
Ray Creek Orchids
Orchid Growing for the Absolute Beginner
  Andrew Bannister
of
Orchid Alchemy
Saving the Broad-Leaved Fen Orchid
(Arrive early as space is limited to approx. 20)
2.30pm   2.30pm prompt
Drawing of Raffle Tickets
A list of winning tickets will be on display shortly thereafter. Prizes must be claimed by 4.00pm.
 
2.45pm – 3.30pm   Francis Quesada-Pallares
of
Phalaenopsis & More
Basic Orchid Culture, Repotting and Mounting Demonstration
WEATHER PERMITTING, OUTSIDE MARQUEE, OTHERWISE IN THEATR BOTANICA
Dr. Helen Millner
Intricacies of the Orchid Flower
followed by an opportunity to view a range of orchids for yourselves through microscopes
(Arrive early as space is limited to approx. 20)
3.30pm – 4.00pm   YOUR LAST CHANCE TO BUY YOUR ORCHID