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About Suffolk Orchid Society

The Suffolk Orchid Society was founded on September 5th 1981 when 10 growers met at the Oddfellows Hall in Ipswich and is still going strong today. The membership was at first very small with sometimes only ten or a dozen attending for meetings. Thanks in part to the Society putting on displays at garden centres and flower shows the membership gradually increased to its present level.

What We Do

We hold regular meetings with different themes, hold monthly competitions for best growers, as well as hosting and attending a number of annual events to showcase orchids from our society.

Monthly Meetings

The meetings have always been held during the September to May period and it is only in recent years that we have had enough growers and therefore plants to stage a show of our own, usually in March.


We began showing our plants in the mid-eighties at the Ipswich Flower Show. Today, we mount a stand at the Suffolk Show which is always a great success and has become an annual event.

Latest News

Updates from our latest events and meetings

Show report

The 25th March, the day of our show, dawned bright, sunny but cold. A grand cohort of members arrived and having set up the display table and sales stands there was ample time to eat the bacon roll offered by the kitchen “staff” before the members of the public... read more

Kew Gardens Visit

On a cold, damp and grey morning on 5th February we met boarded a cosy coach outside our usual meeting place to head off to Kew Gardens. The journey coincided with major road works on the A12 and increasing traffic meant we arrived later than expected but Bala was... read more

January Table Winners

The expert table was won by a buttercup yellow Potinaria Hwa Yuan Gold grown by Bill Gardiner.This is a division of another plant. Bill grows it as a cattleya but has found it benefits from more light-he grows it under a grow lamp and more heat–it is positioned in a... read more

New members always welcome


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