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Canberra Orchid Society

Coming Orchid Events

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 7:30pm for setup and benching of plants, meeting commences 8:00pm.
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: 7th Day Adventist Church, cnr Gould and Macleay Sts, Turner

Until further notice, meetings will be virtual and members advised by email

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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:
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.

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


From the February meeting members will have the option of voting electronically (paper forms still available). The voting form will be accessed by smart phone simply by using the camera function to scan a qr code. Further information is in the January February Bulletin.
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Other Society Events

19,20 Sept 2020
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 2020


These shows typically include a section for orchids which Orchid Society members are encouraged to support

19-20 Sept
Spring Bulb and Camelia Show
Abbey Convention Centre, Gold Creek, Nicholls
Note: there is no section for orchids at this show as the Hort Society is hosting the World Daffodil Convention
24-25 Oct
Iris, Rhododendron and Azalea Show
Wesley Centre, National Circuit, Forrest
Show schedule
7-9 Nov
Spring Exhibition and Rose Show
Wesley Centre, National Circuit, Forrest.
Show schedule
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Events of Other Orchid Clubs 2020

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

In view of the changing situation re COVID-19, readers are advised to check with the relevant club as to the status of their shows

14-16 Aug
Fri/Sat: 9am-4pm
Sun: 9am-3pm


St Ives Orchid Fair
St Ives Showground
14-16 Aug
Fri/Sat 9am-4pm
Sun 9am-1pm


Sapphire Coast Orchid Club Winter Show
Twyford Hall
22-23 Aug
Fri/Sat 9am-4pm
Sun 9am-1pm


Eurobodalla Orchid Club Spring Show
Leisure Centre, Narooma
5-6 Sep
Sat 10am-6pm
Sun 10am-3pm
Bateman's Bay Orchid Club
Soldiers Club
2 Beach Rd, Bateman's Bay
5-6 Sep
Sat: 9am-4pm
Sun: 9am-4pm
Shoalhaven Orchid Society Spring Show
Bomaderry Bowling Club, Bomaderry
12-13 Sept
Sat 10am-3pm
Sun 9am-2pm


Milton-Ulladulla Orchid Society Spring Show
Civic Centre
17-18 Sept
Fri/Sat 9am-4pm


Sapphire Coast Orchid Club Spring Show
BV Commemorative Civic Centre,
Show Schedule
9 - 11 Oct
Fri/Sat 9am-4pm
Sun 9am-2pm
Southern Orchid Spectacular
Sutherland Basketball Stadium,
Waratah Park, Old Pacific Highway, Sutherland
17-18 Oct
Fri: 10am-6pm
Sat: 10am-3pm
Batemans Bay Orchid and Foliage Society
Soldiers Club
2 Beach Rd, Batemans Bay
24 Oct
Sat 9am-4pm
Shoalhaven Orchid Society Show
Bomaderry Bowling Club
154 Meroo Rd, Bomaderry
1-5 September
Australian Orchid Council
22nd Conference and Show
Logan Metro Sports and Events Centre
Crestmead, QLD

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