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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

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

March Table Winner

Bill Gardiner won the expert table with this beautiful Paphiopedilum Lathamianum “Rex”. This plant was in full bloom at our show on the 10th March , where it won a “Best in Show” award. The flowers were still in pristine condition! There were... read more

New members always welcome


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