Suffolk Orchid Society

A society of orchid enthusiasts based in Suffolk, UK
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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.




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.

The Venue

 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 Meeting

This month a larger turnout of members were treated to a talk by Colin Thorburn about Sarawak and the Asia Pacific Orchid Conference that Colin had attended. He explained how Vandas and Phaleanopsis made up a lot of the displays which also featured quite a few cats...

March monthly meeting

Although slightly down on numbers this month there was another good table display. The previous winners table was won by Paul Eaton with his well flowered Coelogyne cristata Derrie Brown c.o.m./R.H.S. He says this clone flowers well for him with a min .temperature of...

Martlesham Heath show 2022

On a glorious spring day we held our first show since 2019, not really sure how many people would come after Covid restrictions have been lifted. We had a good display of plants, the most notable being a beautiful Lycaste virginalis exhibited by David Kohn which won...

February monthly meeting

Once again this month we had an excellent table display. The previous winners competition table was won by Paul Eaton with his beautiful Coelogyne Memoria William Micholitz, there were no entries on the novice table. Our speaker this month was Michael Radley talking...

January meeting report

This month saw a well attended meeting with more of our regular members returning after Covid worries and lockdowns. This month saw one of the best table shows we have seen in a long time, lets hope it continues. Format of the meeting was an inhouse discussion and...

David Kohn – How to beat the slugs

Looking at the photo of slugs on David's lawn I can see why he had such a problem with them!!! Here is his article explaining how he beat them, also some recent photo's showing the excellent flowers he is producing with this system. - ­­Ever since I restarted growing...

Bill Haldane’s flowering plants

Bill has sent these photos in because he thinks they probably won't last until the next meeting. Hopefully they will cheer up this dreary January, particularly his Coelogyne rochussenii which has produced another wonderful display.  

Table Winners November

Bill's amazing LC Blue Angel "Glove" won the winner's display this month. Handy hints are to grow warm all year with plenty of light. It was grown in a bark mix. Bill is taking out the moss as it retains too much moisture especially in winter. At the meeting we were...

October Table Winner

We had a superb well attended meeting on the 27th October. which was made even better by the array of plants for sale Zsuzsa had brought with her from her nursery, Spicesotic Plants! there were some beauties! She gave an extremely informative talk on dendrobium...

Meeting Report

It was so wonderful to meet everyone on the 29th September.  We had a great turnout to our AGM-late but eventually happened! Thanks to all who came. The main part of the meeting, election of committee members and the filling of positions, happened very quickly thanks...

New members are always welcome