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Canberra Orchid Society

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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.
4 October
Topic: Dockrillia
Presenter: Callyn Farrell
Down Under Native Orchids and Elermore Orchids are well known as growers of a wide range of native orchids, and "The home of Tropicool™ Dendrobiums".
Further information on DUNO
If there are any particular plants you would like, order for pick up at the meeting.
1 November
Topic: Growing Orchids without a Greenhouse
Presenter: various society members
Orchids naturally grow in a wide range of climatic conditions and a greenhouse is not always necessary. Also there can be alternatives to a greenhouse.
6 December
Topic: Christmas Party
Dinner, quizzes, prizes

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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 an additional class for novice (including junior) growers:

benching classes

In other respects the classes follow fairly closely the classifications used for our show (see Definitions 2023 show) and in Appendix 1 of our book.

Members can check their Novice/Open status for 2023 in the Member page of the website.

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

30 Sept - 1 Oct
Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 10am-3pm
South and West Regional Conference
Venue: Community Hall
Show Schedule
Entry Form

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Horticultural Society of Canberra 2023


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

28-29 Oct
Iris, Rhododendron and Azalea Show
The Abbey, Federation Square, Nicholls Show schedule
11-12 Nov
Spring Exhibition and Rose Show
The Abbey, Federation Square, Nicholls 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

30 Sept - 1 Oct
South and West Region Orchid Show
13 - 15 Oct
Fri/Sat 9am-4pm
Sun 9am-2pm
Orchids Central
Club Condell Park
178 Eldridge Rd, Bankstown
21-22 Oct
Fri 10am-5pm
Sat 10am-3pm
Batemans Bay Orchid and Foliage Society
Soldiers Club
2 Beach Rd, Batemans Bay
21 Oct
Sat 9am-5pm
Shoalhaven Orchid Society
Bomaderry Community Centre
19 Birrely St, Bomaderry
3-4 Nov
Sapphire Coast Orchid Club Summer Show
Pambula Town Hall

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