Updated: Apr 29, 2020

Dear all,

Many thanks for all the admissions. For the list of all awarded plants see below (the full list of plants with pictures will be here)

You can now start collecting pictures of your plant's for next months Table Show. Please keep sending them (up to 4 pictures - clearly labelled, with a picture of the blooms and the whole plant) to

Many thanks for all the work and time our lovely Judges put in this to review all the plants.

Stay safe and happy growing!

Awarded plants by categories:

1-Leptotes bicolor (Laurence Baghdadi) 1st place

1-Epidendrum stamfordianum (Zane Rappa) 2nd place

2-Cattleya Aqui-Finn (Anthony Britton) 1st place 2-Rhyncattleanthe Afternoon delight 'Magnetism' (Anthony Britton) 2nd place 2-Rhyncholaeliocattleya Gentle Touch (Anthony Britton) 3rd place

4-Cymbidium Dorothy Stockstill 'Forgotten Fruit' (Zane Rappa) 1st place

5-Dendrobium nobile 'Msume' (Alex Scott) 1st place

5-Dendrobium heterocarpum (Francis Quesada Pallares) 2nd place

5-Dendrobium scorianum (Kevin Stewart) 3rd place

6-Dendrobium hybrid (David Martin) 1st place 6-Dendrobium Ainsworthii (Gillian Radley) 2nd place 7-Oncidium unguiculatum (Michael radley) 1st place

8-Miltoniopsis Place Marche (Bryan Adams) 1st place 8-Brassia Arania Verde (Colin Thorburn) 2nd place 8-Miltoniopsis Lilian Nakamoto 'Tanto' (Paul Knight) 3rd place

10-Paphiopedilum Pinocchio (Mary-Jane Hawkins) 1st place 10-paphiopedilum hybrid (Zane Rappa) 2nd place

13-Phalaenopsis aphrodite subsp formosana (David Martin) 1st place

14-Phalaenopsis hybrid white(Henry Oakeley) 1st place 14-Phalaenopsis hybrid cream(Henry Oakeley) 2nd place

14-Phalaenopsis hybrid (Zane Rappa) 3rd place

15-Sarcochilus hartmannii (Laurence Baghdadi) 1st place

15-Sarcochilus fitzgeraldii (Laurence Baghdadi) 2nd place 15-Papilionanthe vandarum (Laurence Baghdadi) 3rd place

16-Renanthopsis Mildred Jameson 'Bonsall' HCC-AOS (Stan Taylor) 1st place 16-Renanthera Amayani (Stan Taylor) 2nd place

17-Masdvallia coccinea 'Dwarf Pink' (Paul Knight) 1st place 17-Masdevallia falcata 'Gold Digger' (Paul Knight) 2nd place 17-Pabstiella tripterantha (Marcin Kulinski) 3rd place

18-Masdevallia equestris x M.Gilberts Triangle (Stan Taylor) 1st place 18-Masdevallia Carnival 'Jester' (Paul Knight) 2nd place 18-Masdevallia Super Nova ‘Beenak’ (Paul Knight) 3rd place 19-Maxillaria variabilis (Stan Taylor) 1st place 19-Ornithocephalus suarezii (Bryan Adams) 2nd place

22-Pleione formosana (Gillian Radley) 1st place 22-Pleione grandiflora (Stuart Meeson) 2nd place 22-Sobralia leucoxantha (Henry Oakeley) 3rd place

23-Anguloa Helen (Henry Oakeley) 1st place 23-Anguloa Rollinerie (Henry Oakeley) 2nd place

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Updated: May 2, 2020


It will come as no surprise to you to hear that the OSGB meetings for the next three months are cancelled because of the social distancing and government guidelines of cancelling all gatherings. We will keep you updated once we have a confirmation of meetings beeing reinstated.

Our Management Team will be arranging for alternatives to the meetings and will keep you informed by email and by phone or post. Arrangements for the AGM will also be circulated as the June meeting is also cancelled.


In the meantime, we would like to continue with the Table Shows.

Please send clear, correctly labelled pictures of any of your orchids which you would like to enter into the judging to

All of the sent pictures will be

published on the website

The deadline for April is Friday the 3rd and the results will be published before the end of the following weekend. Any entries sent after Friday will enter the competition for May


The Journal will be with you shortly. The deadline to send your articles for the next issue is June 1, and in the absence of any meetings, lectures or shows to report on, articles on culture and other subjects from you are needed.

Please send to our editor at


Please register on the website, using your email address and membership number, to view previous issues of the Journals and online lectures.

You can also register on our new forum and help get it started and breath some live into it. Please email all suggestions of new categories to

Please contact any member of the Management Committee if you have questions.

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Updated: Mar 17, 2020

This year we have held our Annual Orchid Spring Show in a new location – Valentines Mansion in Ilford.

There had been no similar shows in the area previously, so the Mansion management was very excited that our orchid show was to take place there and be open to the public.

They got engaged in the planning and have helped us greatly in promoting the event.

We were delighted that the Cambridge Orchid Society (COS) and the Lea Valley Orchid Society (LVOS) supported the show with their very attractive and interesting displays. We give them our grateful thanks.

Valentine's Mansion was decorated with photos of orchids provided by Dr Henry Oakeley.

The Cambridge Orchid Societies display was masterminded by Huw Richards who took up the role with admirable dedication. A month before the show, he had organised a test run for the

display. The Chairman of the COS, Graham Clark, also supported the show with an exhibit of his air plants. He has a fantastic collection, which proved a magnet for visitors.

(see the video by Paul Knight on the right)

The Chairman of the Lea Valley Orchid Society, Michael Radley (who is also the OSGB Programme Secretary) and his wife Gillian led the build-up of an elaborate display, and also entered plants for judging.

Display by LVOS (pic Diana Petrokaite)

Masdevallia hybrids displayed by Paul Knight
Masdevallia hybrids displayed by Paul Knight (pic by Henry Oakeley)
Martin Randalls cattleyas (pic by Diana Petrokaite)

Several OSGB members put on separate

displays of orchids that they specialise in.

Paul Knight showed his splendid masdevallias and Martin Rendall’s cattleyas delighted visitors with their blousy and scented bloom display.

(picture on the left)

Terrarium display by Diana Petrokaite
Terrarium display by Diana Petrokaite (pic by Marcin Kulinski)

One of the society’s newest members, Diana Petrokaite, set up a mini-display of her orchids grown in terrariums, providing extra interest by showing some of her praying mantis species alongside the plants;

we hope to see more of her work in the future (picture on the left)

We are really grateful to all members who entered plants in the competitive classes.

The full list of judging results and trophies awarded will be presented at the OSGB Annual General Meeting in June and published in the next journal.


H. Millner with a part of her display (pic by Henry Oakeley)

Helen Millner supported the show with an elaborate educational display, which ensured our visitors were able to learn more about orchids, their habitats and how to grow them. On a side note, we are happy to report that the day after the Spring Show, Helen Millner was elected the Chairman of the British Orchid Council.

During the show, we were on hand to offer cultural advice to all visitors – a separate table with various composts, pots and other material was skilfully minded by Catarina Anjos, Kristine Baker, Laurence Baghdadi, and Anil Induruwana. They took only a short break during lunchtime and continued to advise the public all day, thank you for the dedication.


All our visitors were offered a variety of plants for sale: flowering and baby orchids, both species and hybrids ranging from tropical to winter hardy, as well as some attractive spring bulbs, all provided by these fantastic sellers from Spicesotic plants, Roy Barrow, Jacques Amand and Orchid Alchemy.

Despite the ongoing threat of COVID-19 the show was very well attended, with more than 400 people there, and around 250 of them were general members of the public, who bought the ticket to get in and were not associated with any of the Orchid Societies. This allowed us to raise the funds to cover the cost of hiring the Mansion and we made sure to influence and attract a lot of them to grow orchids at home. Members of the local community were very pleased with the event and expressed their hope that we would return in the coming years.

The OSGB would like to send their deepest thanks to everyone who made it possible.

There will be more pictures of the event to follow in the gallery.

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