Next Monthly Meeting:-

Sunday 14th May 2017

Camborne Community Centre TR14 8SU

Hi to all members and orchid enthusiasts. 

Showtime over for another year - except, of course, we have our Autumn exhibition to look forward to in October (more of that later).   There was a very slow start to the day, but in the end the footfall improved and we had a good day over all.   Thanks must go to the visiting societies - Southwest (Taunton), Devon and Cornwall O.S. (not to be confused with our own West Cornwall O.S.).  There was an abundance of entries with many species of orchid on display and the perfume from the Australian dendrobium varieties was superb.

Our next meeting in May will be our Annual General Meeting - historically AG.M.s are thought to be very boring, I can promise you that ours will not be so and will also not last too long and will be followed by a talk on Vandas by one of our members.  The meeting is open to all and we look forward to welcoming you.  There will be the usual grower sundries, raffle and general cultural information available.

Do come along and meet the members- HAPPY GROWING.......................KIT.



Welcome to Our Orchid Society

We are a group of people interested in growing plants from the family Orchidaceae, known as 'orchids'. Our members range from those with a few orchids on a windowsill (or more likely every windowsill!) to those with a greenhouse packed to overflowing with orchids of every hue and habit.

The orchid family, Orchidaceae, comprises around 880 genera and more than 30,000 species so it is potential source of endless pleasure and learning for the beginner and expert alike.   If you have only ever seen orchids in supermarkets and garden centres then it's likely that you have seen just a handful of orchid species and hybrids that are grown by enthusiasts and collectors, and you will be amazed by the variety and splendour of the plants shown at our meetings. Yet despite their exotic looks and vibrant colours, many if not most orchids are not difficult to keep once new members have just a basic knowledge of orchid cultivation, willingly and happily passed on by our more experienced members. Unless you are fortunate enough to view a private collection, it is unlikely that you will ever see some of the very unusual species.  If you would like to view such a collection, a call to Ron & Kit on 01209 717947 might just be the ticket to whet your appetite if you are seriously thinking of dipping your toe in the water and trying your luck with this rather beautiful species of plant.  After growing for over 40 years, they have quite a few of the answers!

We hold 8 monthly meeting on the second Sunday in January, February, March, May, June, July, September, November;  April and October are our show days (again on a Sunday), August and December are a break from meetings. The venue is  Camborne Community Centre on South Terrace (TR14 8SU) and we commence general meetings at 2pm until around 4.30pm depending upon content.   Show times are usually 11am - 4pm.

At each monthly meeting there is a 'table show' of some of the beautiful orchids in flower that month. Members are encouraged to bring along their flowering plants to accrue points for an annual trophy.  A trophy is also awarded each month for the plant with the most points at that time. This means, of course, that if you only hav e one or two plants and they happen to be in flower at the time of the meeting, it is your chance to shine.l

Species -
Dendrobium lituiflorum
 exhibited by Ron Lindsay

Hybrid -
Lycaste x groganii
exhibited by Ron Lindsay

If you would like more information about the Society or you have a question about orchids please drop us a line by clicking here.  We would love to hear from you and, hopefully, see you at our meetings.

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What's New on Our Website
  • Future Meetings & Events

    DIARY FOR 2017.
    February 12.     General meeting with talk from Wendy.
                    25.     Spring show at South West O.S., Taunton (contact for details).
      March    12.     General meeting: Show discussion: talk from Clive.
    April          9.      Annual Spring Festival at Community Centre
    May         14.     A. G. M.  Esther to talk on Vandas.
                    13.     Devon show in Budleigh Salterton
    June         11.    Visit to Ian Facey's garden
    July           9.      Open meeting as last year.
    August               NO MEETING THIS MONTH
    September 10.   Ron Woolway (Devon O.S.)
    October     8.      Autumn show at community Centre
    November 12.    Social meeting with nibbles.

  • Recent Meetings

    4 July.  Report and pictures from our June meeting including the Members' presentation to KIt Lindsay.

  • Table Shows

    4 July.  Recently added - pictures of the winners from June and many of the other exhibits.

  • Gallery of Orchids

    4 July.  Many more new pictures added to the recently launched gallery page.  Scores more pictures will gradually be added of the wonderful orchids grown by WCOS members.

  • WCOS Shows and Festivals

    13 June.  Show page added with pictures from April's Spring Festival.

  • Homepage Refreshed

    24 May.  Website reformatted and homepage refreshed with map and link to latest newsletter.

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