Essex Orchid Society Meetings

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The Society meets once a month from September through to June (not December), usually on the second Saturday of the month, at South Green Memorial Hall, Southend Road, Billericay, CM11 2PR.

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The Hall is open from 1.30pm with the meeting running from 2.00 until 4.00pm.

Our meetings are a friendly gathering with plenty of opportunity to share our orchid successes (and failures!). Meetings always open with time to enter plants into the monthly Table Show or to set up a non-competitive display if you prefer. This is a good time to seek help with a problem plant or a query as our more experienced members will always be willing to give advice and share their knowledge.

The annual programme is a varied one, with speakers on a variety of orchid related topics. We try to ensure that the range of speakers reflects the wide range of interests of our members . The booked speaker usually commences at 2.00pm and may give an illustrated talk or provide a demonstration. After a break for tea, speakers are usually very happy to answer questions. We are fortunate that some speakers also bring orchids for sale, giving members an opportunity to buy unusual and excellent quality plants.

There is also a chance to try your luck in the Raffle, to win plants donated by members.

Before the start of the season proper, we participated in the Orchid Weekend at Meadow Croft Garden Centre, Woodham Road, Battlesbridge, on 1st and 2nd September. This included a display of members' orchids and a re-potting service. And Meadow Croft had an exciting range of orchids on sale. See their website at Meadow Croft...

Programme for 2018/19:

8 SeptemberSimon TarrantHardy Orchids of Estonia
13 OctoberRichard RevelsWild Orchids of Bedfordshire
10 NovemberAutumn ShowJudge: Laurence Hobbs
12 JanuaryRay's Quiz
9 February Laurence HobbsOdontoglossum Orchids and related Genera
9 March Zsuzsanna SererPlants of the World
13 April Colin Thorburn Taiwan International Orchid Show
11 May Spring ShowJudge: Francis Quesada-Pallares
25 MayAGM and Plant Auction
8 JuneFrancis Quesada-PallaresPhalaenopsis Species for the Home


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