Next Monthly Meeting:-

Sunday 11th September 2 - 4pm.

Camborne Community Centre
TR14 8SU



Our last meeting which was open to the public at no charge, proved to be very successful and we had an excellent footfall.  All in all, it was such that we have unanimously decided to repeat it at our 2017 July meeting.  There are a lot of people out there who are really interested in how to grow their orchid successfully in the hope that they can keep it going for many years.  Sometimes, orchid plants decide that they really don't wish to keep going that long !!  and it is not commonly known that some species really do have a limited life and no matter what you do, love them to bits, sing to them or even play Beethoven, they simply will not last too long.

We do not meet in August due to the holiday season, but our September meeting will host a friend and ex member of the society who will talk to us about Carniverous Plants. He will also bring plants for sale as a bonus.  These plants grow so well alongside Orchids and, together with Tallansias (air plants) provide a wonderful show in your greenhouse or conservatory.  Please come along and meet Ian and listen to a fascinating talk.  See you in September.

Happy and successful growing to you all............

Oh, and don't forget to make a note of our Autumn Show on Sunday 9th October, I'm sure you can find a space for this one in your diary!                  KIT.



Welcome to Our Orchid Society

We are a group of people interested in growing plants from the family Orchidaceae, commonly and collectively known as 'orchids'. Our members range from those with a few orchids on a windowsill (or more likely every windowsill!) to those with a greenhouse packed to overflowing with orchids of every hue and habit.

The orchid family, Orchidaceae, comprises around 880 genera and more than 30,000 species so it is potential source of endless pleasure and learning for the beginner and expert alike.   If you have only ever seen orchids in supermarkets and garden centres then it's likely that you have seen just a handful of orchid species and hybrids that are grown by enthusiasts and collectors, and you will be amazed by the variety and splendour of the plants shown at our meetings. Yet despite their exotic looks and vibrant colours, many if not most orchids are not difficult to keep once a new members have just a basic knowledge of orchid cultivation, willingly and happily passed on by our more experienced members. Unless you are fortunate enough to view a private collection, it is unlikely that you will ever see some of the very unusual species.

We hold 8 monthly meeting on the second Sunday in January, February, March, May, June, July, September, November;  April and October are our show days (again on a Sunday), August and December are a break from meetings. The venue is  Camborne Community Centre on South Terrace (TR14 8SU) and we commence general meetings at 2pm until around 4.30pm depending upon content.   Show times are usually 11am - 4pm.

At each monthly meeting there is a 'table show' of some of the beautiful orchids in flower that month. Members are encouraged to bring along their flowering plants to accrue points for an annual trophy.  A trophy is also awarded each month for the plant with the most points at that time. This means, of course, that if you only hav e one or two plants and they happen to be in flower at the time of the meeting, it is your chance to shine.l

Species -
Dendrobium lituiflorum
 exhibited by Ron Lindsay

Hybrid -
Lycaste x groganii
exhibited by Ron Lindsay

If you would like more information about the Society or you have a question about orchids please drop us a line by clicking here.  We would love to hear from you and, hopefully, see you at our meetings.

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What's New on Our Website
  • Latest eNewsletter

    12 July.  Newsletter before July meeting uploaded, at which decision taken to reduce frequency of newsletters to bi-monthly (please don't shoot the Editor for this!). 

  • Future Meetings & Events

    29 Dec.  Just added details of 2016 programme.

  • Recent Meetings

    4 July.  Report and pictures from our June meeting including the Members' presentation to KIt Lindsay.

  • Table Shows

    4 July.  Recently added - pictures of the winners from June and many of the other exhibits.

  • Gallery of Orchids

    4 July.  Many more new pictures added to the recently launched gallery page.  Scores more pictures will gradually be added of the wonderful orchids grown by WCOS members.

  • WCOS Shows and Festivals

    13 June.  Show page added with pictures from April's Spring Festival.

  • Homepage Refreshed

    24 May.  Website reformatted and homepage refreshed with map and link to latest newsletter.

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