Suffolk Orchid Society

A society of orchid enthusiasts based in Suffolk, United Kingdom
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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. Read more about us

Monthly meetings

We hold regular meetings with different themes and run monthly competitions for the best growers.

Our meetings are normally held on the last 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.

Events meetings

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 each year 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.

Where we meet

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.

April 2024 monthly meeting

Our April 2024 meeting was the last before the Suffolk Show on 29/30 May. Could Members please...

OSEA Spring Show 7-Apr-24

On Sunday 7-Apr-24, the Orchid Society of East Anglia held their Spring Show at The Costessey...

March 2024 monthly meeting

Our March 2024 meeting was honoured with a visit by Helen Milner, who gave us a talk on 'Mounted...

Suffolk Orchid Society Annual Show 2 March 2024

Our annual Show on 2 March 2024 was an even greater success than last year's, with credit and...

February 2024 monthly meeting

Tina and Roger Loose visited us for our February 2024 meeting, to tell us about 'Orchids of...

January 2024 monthly meeting

Some of our members were unable to come to our January meeting due to an accident that blocked the...

November 2023 monthly meeting

Our meeting on 29-Nov-23 was our annual social evening; members brought food and drink to share....

October 2023 monthly meeting

Andrew Bannister of Orchid Alchemy came to our meeting on 25-Oct-23 to give us a talk entitled...

OSEA Autumn Show 22-Oct-23

The Society contributed a stand to the Orchid Society of East Anglia Autumn Show on 22-Oct-23....

September 2023 monthly meeting

On 27-Sep-23 we held our first monthly meeting of the new season, and subscriptions were due. We...

New members to our society are always welcome