WELSH ORCHID FESTIVAL 2018 

In recent years, a number of the Welsh Orchid Festival’s regular and loyal orchid traders and nurserymen, such as ABC Orchids, Pazuzu Extreme Flora and Chantelle Orchids, have emigrated, retired or else stopped trading. Indeed, there are now so few orchid nurseries left in the UK that ensuring a quality line-up for you has become increasingly difficult. But then, we always knew it would, and quite enjoy the challenge! So, when Ray Creek and Trey Sanders told us last September that they wouldn’t be with us for 2018, we knew immediately that replacing them would be difficult and set about it at once. It is now my pleasure to report that we have been able to find new and exciting stalls to make up this deficit and to announce that this year’s Festival will be even more diverse than ever, with many mature specimen orchid species (some seldom seen in the UK) imported from the continent, as well as other botanically interesting plants for both the home and greenhouse, such as carnivorous plants, bromeliads, cacti and orchid-companion plants. In short, something for everyone. Moreover, once more, Nick Hinton will be offering logs, bark rafts and branches already fully planted with orchids and other epiphytes, so that those with the space can take home a replica piece of a Monteverde rain-forest, fully and authentically planted with species that occupy that particular ecological niche.  Apart from the usual excellent orchid stands, you might also pick up a bargain on one of the amateur stands. This year, a local grower who doesn’t intend growing orchids in his retirement, will be joining us to sell his collection of many years standing. So there’s every possibility that you might find something unusual and no longer available at UK nurseries.  Shortly, a full list of stall-holders will appear on this site, together with the timetable of talks and lectures, so that you can plan your visit in advance. In the meantime, we at OSG look forward once more to the Festival, the only one of its kind in Wales, and to welcoming you, confident that those who have supported us since the Festival’s inception, whether local or from further afield, as well as those attending for the very first time, will not be disappointed by our efforts.

Dr. Kevin L. Davies (OSG Chairman)

 

Nurseries, Participants and Talks

Gweithdy Tyfu Tegeirianau o Had

Tybed a ydych erioed wedi ystyried tyfu tegeirianau o had heb wybod sut i wneud hynny.  Dyma eich cyfle i ddysgu’r dechneg, gam wrth gam. Caiff gweithdy am ddim ei gynnal gan un o aelodau’r Grŵp Astudio Tegeirianau fel rhan o’n Gŵyl Degeirianau eleni (Medi 1-2,  – gweler isod), sef Lynda Coles, sydd ganddi dros 40 o flynyddoedd o brofiad yn y maes. Felly, pam na wnewch chi roi cynnig arni?  

Growing Orchids from Seed Workshop

Ever considered growing orchids from seed, but didn’t know how? Here’s your chance to learn the technique step by step. A free workshop will be held by one of the Orchid Study Group’s members as part of this year’s Orchid Festival (September 1-2, – see below), namely Lynda Coles, who has over 40 years of experience in the field. So why not give it a go?

 

WELSH ORCHID FESTIVAL 2018 – NURSERIES AND PARTICIPANTS 

NURSERY COUNTRY FURTHER INFORMATION
Lynda Coles Wales A selection of flasks of native and tropical orchid seedlings
Alan Gregg Wales A selection of orchid species from Alan’s personal collection
Burnham Nurseries England

 

A wide range of showy orchids, both hybrids and species
Elite Orchids England

 

Mainly Paphiopedilum and Phragmipedium
The Leonard Cheshire Orchid Project England A range of unusual and rare orchid species, as well as planted epiphyte logs
Orchid Alchemy England

 

Large selection of orchid seedlings
Phalaenopsis & More England

 

Specializing in rare Phalaenopsis species, but also a wide range of other orchid species
Spicesotics England Some very unusual and seldom seen orchid species, as well as a good range of hybrids and non-orchid ornamental plants
Devon Orchid Society England

 

Exhibit
Helen Millner England

 

Educational Exhibit
Crafty Plants England Tillandsias, other bromeliads and companion plants for orchids
Malcolm’s Carnivorous Plants Wales Not orchids, but equally interesting carnivorous plants
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 2018 

Saturday, September 1st   

Time Theatr Botanica Marquee

Canolfan Tyfu Classrooms

10.00am Gates Open Gates Open Gates Open
12.00pm – 12.45pm Francis
Quesada-Pallares
of
Phalaenopsis & More
Orchid Expedition to Borneo 2015
   
1.00pm – 2.00pm    

Lynda Coles
of the
Orchid Study Group
Demonstration /Workshop on growing orchids at home from seed
Lynda will also be offering flasks of native and tropical orchid seedlings

2.15pm – 3.00pm

 

Archie Smith 
of The South West Orchid Society
Confessions of a teenage orchid addict

   
3.30pm -4.15pm

Dr. Helen Millner
Orchid flowers up close and personal

  Dr. Roy Bailey-Wood
of the 
Orchid Study Group
Identification of Our Native Orchids
4.30pm -5.00pm Francis 
Quesada-Pallares of
Phalaenopsis & More
Basic Orchid Culture, Repotting and Mounting Demonstration
WEATHER PERMITTING, OUTSIDE MARQUEE, OTHERWISE IN THEATR BOTANICA
   
5.00pm – 6.00pm   YOUR LAST CHANCE TO BUY YOUR ORCHID  

 Sunday, September 2nd   

Time Theatr Botanica Marquee

Canolfan Tyfu Classrooms

10.00am Gates Open Gates Open Gates Open
12.00pm – 12.45pm Francis
 Quesada-Pallares
of
Phalaenopsis & More
Orchid Expedition to Borneo 2015
   
1.00pm-2.00pm     Lynda Coles
of the
Orchid Study Group
Demonstration /Workshop on growing orchids at home from seed
Lynda will also be offering flasks of native and tropical orchid seedlings
2.15pm – 3.00pm

 

Dr. Helen Millner
Orchid flowers up close and personal
 
   
3.15pm – 3.45pm

 

Francis 
Quesada-Pallares of
Phalaenopsis & More
Basic Orchid Culture, Repotting and Mounting Demonstration
WEATHER PERMITTING, OUTSIDE MARQUEE, OTHERWISE IN THEATR BOTANICA
 
  Dr. Roy Bailey-Wood
of the 
Orchid Study Group
Identification of Our Native Orchids
3.45pm – 4.00pm   YOUR LAST CHANCE TO BUY YOUR ORCHID