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General Meetings of the OSC
Benching Orchids at OSC Meetings
Other OSC Events
Horticultural Society of Canberra
Events of Other Orchid Clubs

Society General Meetings

Information for new or intending members on the society and its meeting arrangements is here.

Doors open from 6:00pm for setup and benching of plants, meeting commences 7:30pm.
If you have a sick plant and want advice, bring it to the meeting in a sealed plastic bag and our experts will look at it.
Venue: Ainslie Football Club, 52 Wakefield Avenue, Ainslie.
1 February
Topic: Orchids and Other Adventures in Ecuador
Presenters: Jane Wright and Mark Clements
Jane and Mark saw some interesting orchids and wildlife in their trip to South America last year.
1 March
Topic: Growing a Mixed Collection
Presenter: Michael Coker
It is always a challenge to grow a variety of orchids that have different environmental requirements. Michael will give some tips.
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Benching Orchids at OSC Meetings

The Society has implemented a more structured process for benching of orchids at its general meetings.

For each plant being benched members are asked to complete a benching card identifying the class of the plant, its name and the members name, and place this with their plant in the marked area for that class.

Plant classes will be fixed for all meetings so cards can be prefilled or cards will be available for completing at the meeting.

The plant classes do not distinguish between species and hybrids and provides additional classes for novice growers and a class for junior:

benching classes

In other respects the classes follow fairly closely the classifications used for our show (see Definitions 2019 show) and in Appendix 1 of our book.

Members can check their Novice/Open status for 2022 here.

The benching cards can be downloaded from:

The cards allow for plant number to be entered by the marshal. An example of a completed card:


Members have the option of voting electronically (paper forms still available). The voting form is accessed by smart phone by using the camera function to scan a QR code at the meeting.

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Other Society Events

29-20 Aprilt 2023
Sat 10:30am-5pm
Sun 10am-1pm
South and West Regional Orchid Workshop
hosted by the Canberra Orchid Society
Venue: Function rooms
Ainslie Football Club
52 Wakefield Av
For information
16,17 Sept 2023
Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 10am-3pm
Annual Spring Orchid Show
hosted by the Canberra Orchid Society
Venue: Function rooms
Ainslie Football Club
52 Wakefield Av
For information
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Horticultural Society of Canberra 2023

(Provisional dates)

These shows typically include a section for orchids which Orchid Society members are encouraged to support.
For latest information, see the Horticultural Society website.

4-5 March
Autumn Flower Show
Fitzroy Pavilion, EPIC
Show schedule
16-17 Sept
Spring Bulb and Camelia Show
Show schedule
28-29 Oct
Iris, Rhododendron and Azalea Show
Show schedule
11-12 Nov
Spring Exhibition and Rose Show
Show schedule
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Events of Other Orchid Clubs 2023

Events of possible interest to Canberra members. We try to keep the information accurate but with the situation regarding COVID-19 events can be cancelled at short notice. Please advise if there are any errors. A list of all orchid show dates in NSW is on the Orchid Society of NSW website

26-28 May
Fri/Sat 9am-4pm
Sun 9am-3pm
Orchids Out West
Hawkesbury Race Club
24-25 June
Sat 9am-4pm
Sun 9am-3pm
Mingara Orchid Fair
Mingara Recreation Club, Mingara Drive, Tumbi Umbi
11-13 Aug
Fri/Sat 9am-4pm
Sun 9am-3pm
2023 National Orchid Extravaganza
Cymbidium Club of Aust plus The Paphiopedilum Society NSW
The Arena Sports Club
140 Rookwood Rd, Yagoona
18-20 Aug
Fri/Sat 9am-4pm
Sun 9am-3pm
St Ives Orchid Fair
St Ives Showground
2 Sep
Shoalhaven Orchid Society
Bomaderry Community Centre
19 Birrely St, Bomaderry
13 - 15 Oct
Fri/Sat 9am-4pm
Sun 9am-2pm
Orchid Spectacular '23
Club Condell Park
178 Eldridge Rd, Bankstown

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