Another Chelsea over
Sun, May 27 2012 01:59
The visitors have been and gone, the medals awarded and the display dismantled. Such is the ephemeral nature of the Chelsea Flower Show but part of what makes it so magical.
Two members' plants received Certificates of Cultural Commendation from the RHS Orchid Committee. Michael McIllmurray's Maxillaria shepheardii
'Chelsea' boasted around 300 flowers and David Martin's Cymbidium
Sweet Devon 'Sweet' carried eighteen pendent spikes.
Michael McIllmurray's Maxillaria shepheardii 'Chelsea' CCC/RHS
David Martin's Cymbidium
Sweet Devon 'Sweet' CCC/RHS
The OSGB enjoyed a successful show and is delighted to welcome all those new members who joined during the week and hopes to see them at the Introductory Seminar on 4th August (contact Sam Hurley to book your place, tel: 07900 250247 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to all the members who kindly lent their plants for the display and to everyone involved in collecting plants, building and dismantling the display, manning the stand and organising things behind the scenes.
Silver-Gilt medal for the OSGB
Wed, May 23 2012 01:54
The OSGB display received a Silver-Gilt medal from the RHS early on Tuesday morning. The exhibit scored top marks for the scale of endeavour and the quality and variety of the plants on display. Congratulations to Henry Oakeley and the entire team who were responsible for its creation.
To see Her Majesty The Queen's visit to the OSGB display, visit BBC iPlayer http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01j87q9/RHS_Chelsea_Flower_Show_2012_Episode_4/
and view from 53 minutes into Episode 4.
HM The Queen visits the OSGB exhibit
Mon, May 21 2012 11:29
Dr Henry Oakeley, President of the OSGB, welcomed HM The Queen to the Society's display this afternoon at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
He presented Dr Chris Nonis, High Commissioner for Sri Lanka; Valerie Pugh, OSGB Displays Manager; and Liz Johnson of McBean's Orchids to Her Majesty and discussed the Society's exhibit.
On behalf of the Society and the Sri Lankan High Commission, a posy and plant of Oncidium alexandrae 'Diamond Jubilee', grown by McBean's Orchids, were presented to Her Majesty.
Other visitors to the exhibit today included HRH Princess Alexandra and Angela Ripon.
Orchid exhibit fit for The Queen
Fri, May 18 2012 08:09
The Orchid Society of Great Britain exhibit sponsored by Sri Lanka Tourism is now under construction and is topped by a regal coronet of orchids to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Mura Gala (temple guard stones) have already been incorporated into the design, ready for Her Majesty the Queen’s visit on Monday.
The central feature of the exhibit is flanked by a pair of Mura Gala, replicas of the 2,400 year old guard stones from the Ruwanweli Seya Stupa of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, symbols of prosperity and protection. They are surrounded by orchids, as is appropriate for a country where modern eco-tourism goes hand in hand with exploring its ancient past.
Klaas Schoone Memorial Award
Tue, May 1 2012 11:51
Nominate your favourite for the first Klaas Schoone Memorial Award.
The Schoone family, Floricultura and the Advisory Board invite the international orchid sector to nominate persons, new varieties, marketing concepts, business strategies and innovations in crop technology for the Klaas Schoone Memorial Award 2013. This distinguished award, which will be presented for the first time next year, is a posthumous tribute to Klaas Schoone, an extraordinary orchid grower who was a highly respected pioneer in the commercial assortment of orchids, their cultivation and crop technology during his short life.
The biennial KSM Award will accept applications from everyone and for everything involved in the orchid sector. The Award is international in scope and consists of a certificate and cash prize of €10,000. It is intended for plant breeders, propagators, growers, new varieties, and for a group of people who have developed a business plan or marketing strategy as well as researchers who are doing pioneering work in such fields as the use of fertilisers and sustainable cultivation.
Candidates can apply until 29 September 2012 via the VKC’s (Permanent Judging Committee) website where it is possible to download application forms in both Dutch and English.