Mike Armstrong was the guest speaker at our June 2022 meeting, addressing us on the subject of Cattleyas.  Mike held the National Collection of Cattleyas for many years, and commercially ran Mikandra Orchids until ten years ago.  Mike described his approach to growing Cattleyas in some detail, giving us various tips based on his extensive experience.  He then treated us to a slide show featuring the various Cattleya species that he has gown over the years – of which there were many!

Society members contributed a varied selection of orchids in flower to the display table for us to admire.  Andy Gissing won the ‘Winners’ table with his magnificent Bulbophyllum eberhardtii, and David Kohn won the ‘Novices’ table with his Cattleya (formerly Laelia) tenebrosa.  We should really think of a better name for the ‘Novices’ table, as we all know that David isn’t a novice grower!