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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.

Be aware that meeting dates and arrangements may be affected by changes in COVID requirements.

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.
1 February
Topic: Photographing Orchids.
Presenter: Gary Yong Gee
This will be a zoom presentation. Gary is a renouned photographer of orchids.
Gary will talk about the technicalities of orchid photography, what kind of photographic equipment I use and how I take photographs, in the wild and in collections, with a section on the dangers as well!
Bring your photographing device for practical demontrations and tips on use.

Note 1: meeting will start at 7:30pm
Note 2: this meeting will be held at the Ainslie Football Club

3 March
Topic: tba
Presenter: tba

Note: this meeting will be held at the Ainslie Football Club

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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.

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

18,19 Sept 2021
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 2021 - Provisional Dates


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

6-7 March
Autumn Flower Show
18-19 Sept
Spring Bulb and Camelia Show
23-24 Oct
Iris, Rhododendron and Azalea Show
13-14 Nov
Spring Exhibition and Rose Show
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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 May
Fri/Sat 9am-4pm
Sun 9am-3pm
Orchids Out West
Hawkesbury Race Club
10 July
Shoalhaven Orchid Society
Soldiers Club, Beach Rd, Batemans Bay
17-18 July
Fri 10am-6pm
Sat 10am-3pm
Batemans Bay Orchid and Foliage Society Winter Show
Soldiers Club, Beach Rd, Batemans Bay
13-15 Aug
Fri/Sat 9am-4pm
Sun 9am-1pm
Sapphire Coast Orchid Club Winter Show
Twyford Hall
Show Schedule
1-5 September
Australian Orchid Council
22nd Conference and Show
Logan Metro Sports and Events Centre
Crestmead, QLD
4 Sep
Shoalhaven Orchid Society Spring Show
Bomaderry Bowling Club, Bomaderry
4-5 Sep
Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 10am-3pm
Bateman's Bay Orchid Club
Soldiers Club
2 Beach Rd, Bateman's Bay
11-11 Sept
Sat 10am-3pm
Sun 9am-2pm
Milton-Ulladulla Orchid Society
Civic Centre
23-24 Sept
Fri/Sat 9am-4pm
Sapphire Coast Orchid Club Spring Show
Civic Centre,
16-17 Oct
Fri: 10am-6pm
Sat: 10am-3pm
Batemans Bay Orchid and Foliage Society
Soldiers Club
2 Beach Rd, Batemans Bay
23 Oct
Sat 9am-4pm
Shoalhaven Orchid Society Show
Bomaderry Bowling Club
154 Meroo Rd, Bomaderry
29-30 Oct
Fri 9am-4pm
Sun 9am-1pm
Sapphire Coast Orchid Club Native Show
Twyford Hall

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