|It has traditionally been thought that in order to grow orchids you need expertise, expensive equipment, large glasshouses and pots of money — you don't!
Orchids are probably the most misunderstood of nature's creations. They are beautiful, incredible plants which have an irresistible appeal once you have come into contact with them. Countless myths have developed, surrounding these fascinating flowers with an aura of mystery to the extent that, in many peoples eyes, they are either weird or exotic and quite impossible to grow — they're not!
You will soon become an addict and this addiction will bring you only pleasure and friendship; each day will be a new day with a thrill of looking at treasures that bloom in your collection.
Our friendly Society was formed for beginner and experienced growers alike to share in common their love for this family of plants.
Meetings are held on the third Sunday of each month at 2·00 p.m. at East Oakley Village Hall, Hill Road, East Oakley, RG23 7JJ situated southwest of Basingstoke. See Directions for information, including how to obtain maps and door-to-door driving directions, and programme for this year's programme.
We are regularly visited by guest speakers who talk on the various aspects of orchids and their culture. Some speakers will bring plants which can be purchased. On members day, you may bring plants to sell. North Hampshire Orchid Society appreciates a donation of 10% of the value of your sales.
Meetings include a show table, where we encourage our members to exhibit their flowering orchids, a competition table and a raffle to raise funds for Society with prizes donated by members. You are welcome to display your orchids on the show table and/or the competition table. Rosettes are awarded for the best plants on the competition table (plants must have been in your possession for a minimum of six months). Tips on preparing your plants for display are found on the Showing Orchids page.
After the speaker has given his or her talk, refreshments are served which gives us time to chat and have a good chance to bore each other with tales of success and woe in our orchid growing.
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