Welcome to the summer newsletter for this October’s British Orchid Congress. We are pleased to include the lecture program which features some really exciting speakers with a wide range of fascinating topics.

Welcome to the summer newsletter for this OCtober's British Orchid Congress. We are pleased to include the lecture program which features some really exciting speakers with a wide range of fascinating topics.

Please feel free to circulate this newsletter to anyone who may be interested.

Congress Lecture Program

Lectures are free to registrants and cost £1 for day visitors, except for beginners talks marked * that are free entry for all.

Saturday 27th October

  • 11:00 – Steve Manning: Masdevallias and Some Other Pleuros
  • 12:00 – Jerry Fischer: Paphs and Phrags culture
  • 13:00 – Zoe Parfitt: Orchid Growing for Beginners*
  • 14:00 – Mike Armstrong: The Genus Cattleya
  • 15:00 – Jeff Hutchings: Growing Hardy Orchids*
  • 16:00 – Henry Oakeley: The Medicinal Properties of Orchids

Sunday 28th October

  • 11:00 – Johan Hermans: Recent Orchid Journeys around the World
  • 12:00 – Richard Warren: Brazilian Orchids
  • 13:00 – Sara Rittershausen: Orchid Growing for Beginners*†
  • 13:00 – Jerry Fischer: Phrag. kovachii culture, hybridisation and history†
  • 14:00 – Mohan Pradhan: Orchids of Sikkim
  • 15:00 – Zoe Barnes: Growing Orchids the Writhlington way*

Exact lecture program may be subject to change with little or no notice. Lectures marked † may me moved to an alternate venue on the day. Adequate signage and information will be available at the event.

Orchid Conservation International Science Symposium

In addition to the Congress lecture program, the OCI Science Symposium on Saturday 27th October offers alternative lectures focused on current research into orchid science. Registrants have free entry to these lectures, or day visitors can register for the Science symposium and Congress Saturday for £10. (Please visit

Saturday 27th October

  • Helen Milner: Pollination in Restrepia. Using SEM to unravel the mystery.
  • Dino Zelenika: Native Orchids of Bosnia
  • Ian Parsons: Designing Experiments with Orchids - Showing the statistical approach and other considerations with a small example of nutrient levels on Dendrobium kingianum
  • Brian Yap Jing Wei: Research relating to Paphiopedilum
  • Karen Robbirt: The orchid (Ophrys sphegodes) and the bee (Andrena nigroaenea); a tale of two phonologies
  • Odile Webber: Orchids in eMonocot - an online biodiversity resource
  • Luke Barnes: Orchids and Climate change in the Sikkim Himalayas

The symposium will run from 9.30 until 4.30 on Saturday 27th October and a final program will be released in early September.

Free wi-fi for registrants.

The Congress committee is delighted to confirm that free wi-fi will be available at Writhlington School for all registrants and traders. There will also be a number of computers available in the Registrants’ Lounge allowing people to keep up with all those important e-mails or to check out tempting orchids offered for sale.

Day tickets

Those who have not registered for the full weekend can purchase day tickets for the congress. These are:

  • Friday 26th October Preview evening (including buffet) - £12
  • Saturday 27th October Show £5
  • Sunday 28th October Show £5

Those with day tickets can pay an additional £1 to attend congress lectures.

Society displays

A provisional floor plan has been prepared for trade and society displays. This will be sent separately to society contacts and traders by e-mail. Societies have all been provided with island sites equivalent to 6ft by 4ft. To help those making detailed plans societies can have any arrangement of three 4ft by 2ft tables, a round table of a similar size, a smaller round table, or a floor display space of the same size. Water features are not permitted.

Those who wish to discuss specific arrangements should e-mail Simon Pugh-Jones at

RHS committee

The RHS committee will be sitting on Saturday 27th October for those who wish to enter plants for RHS awards.

Original artwork featured on Congress Bags. All registrants will receive a free congress bag when the arrive at Writhlington full of useful and interesting things. The bags have been sponsored by Growth Technology and feature a dramatic printed front design by Zoe Barnes inspired by he wonderful Autumn flowering Mexican orchid Laelia anceps. Zoe's work also forms part of her GCSE Art coursework. Additional bags will also be on sale at the Congress.
Dino Zelenika will lecture on the native orchids of Bosnia
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