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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. Be aware that this may be affected by 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.
6 October
Topic: Cymbidiums, culture and care
Presenter: David Brooks
David is judge with the Orchid Society of NSW. He grows a range of orchids including cymbidiums
Note: this meeting will be held at the Ainslie Football Club
Library will not be operating. Sales and giveaway tables as usual
3 November
Topic: tba
Presenter: tba
Note: this meeting will be held at the Ainslie Football Club
Library will not be operating. Sales and giveaway tables as usual
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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

26 September
Member Plant Sales
34 Nardoo Cres, O'Connor
Please note:
  • that it will only be member and society plants on sale (no nursery vendors).
  • few plants if any will be in flower.
  • there will be few if any cymbidiums or phalaenopsis.
  • please adhere to selling hours
  • as this is a residential area and parking is limited, please be considerate of the residents
  • please observe COVID regulations
17 October
Open Greenhouse and Garden
Members are invited to inspect Jane Wright's greenhouses and garden
Jane is renouned as an orchid judge and for growing some of the less common orchids.
135 Osburn Dr, Macgregor
ph: 040 6379 054
Please advise Jane if you will attend.
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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

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

26-27 Sept


ANOS Victoria Native Orchid Show
Mt Waverly Community Centre,
47 Miller Cres, Mt Waverly
28 Sept
Southern Highlands Orchid Society
Annual Orchid Show

Mittagong RSL,
Old Hume Highway, Mittagong
22-23 Sept
Wagga Wagga Orchid Society
Glenfield Community Centre, Tanda Pl, Glenfield
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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