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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

Our meetings are normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. We do not have meetings in July, August or December. Meetings start at 7.30pm. Please refer to the “Events” section of this website for up to date information.

The venue is St Michaels Church Centre, The Drift, Martlesham, IP5 3PL.

You can find it next to the small shopping centre and the Douglas Bader pub where there is ample parking. It is a large modern church hall with good facilities. For those hard of hearing we encourage our speakers to use our PA system. At each meeting we normally have an outside speaker who gives a talk, often illustrated, lasting about an hour followed by questions. Some bring orchid plants for sale. Refreshments follow and a raffle is drawn.

We pride ourselves in giving new members a friendly welcome.

Events

We began showing our plants in the mid-eighties at the Ipswich Flower Show. Today, we mount an annual stand at the Suffolk Show which is always a great success. We hold a very successful show in March/April to promote the society. It includes a display of members’ plants, repotting demonstrations, advice on how to care for your orchids, homemade refreshments and the opportunity to buy plants from invite growers.

Latest News

Updates from our latest events and meetings

October Table Winners

We listened to a very interesting talk by Frances Quesada Pallares about the orchids he found on the expedition to Borneo in 2015. He used his own photos on the many plants WITH flowers that he saw there. He was lucky to find so many in bloom! There were some familiar... read more

Welcome to the new season!

Welcome to a new orchid growing season. May we also welcome Bill Haldane who kindly offered to take up the chairmanship for the next three years! I hope that he enjoys his term of office and that nothing unexpected happens-always the worst thing. He was elected at the... read more

Suffolk Show Success!

Once again our society succeeded in winning a large gold award at the local county show held at the beginning of the month. The display featured a varied selection of plants including several grown to specimen size. The cold weather earlier in the year delayed the... read more

New members always welcome

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