Notice Board

Information for Central Orchid Society members as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

  • We have postponed the AGM and plant sale due to take place on Saturday 28 March 2020.
  • The April Show set for Saturday 25 April 2020 is cancelled.
  • The fate of the meeting due to take place on Saturday 16 May 2020 is still under review and will depend also on Perton library being available for meetings.
  • With the pending cancellations and postponements we are suspending our Newsletter for the time being but do look out for our COS News bulletins (that we will post to the Newsletters page) and emails until we can all get together again. 

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to all our members at this difficult time. Please all take care and follow all available guidance but do let us know if we can assist in any way.

Cancellations and Postponements

As at Thursday 19 March we are aware of the following:

  • Akerne Orchids in Belgium is currently closed until Sunday 05 April (but mail order is still available).
  • Cheshire and North Wales Orchid Society have cancelled all meetings for the immediate future though the meeting in June 2020 remains a possibility.
  • The Hinckley & District Orchid Society Annual Spring Show on Saturday 04 April 2020 is postponed until Saturday 21 November 2020.
  • The RHS London Spring Launch & Orchid Show on Tuesday 07 and Wednesday 08 April 2020 is cancelled.
    (In fact we understand that all RHS shows are currently cancelled until 30 June 2020, including the Malvern Spring Festival, Chelsea Flower Show and Chatsworth Flower Show.)
  • The Solihull and District Orchid Society Spring Orchid Show on Saturday 11 April 2020 is cancelled.
  • The Central Orchid Society Spring Show on Saturday 25 April 2020 is cancelled.
  • The BOC Judging Symposium at RHS, Wisley on Sunday 26 April 2020 is cancelled.
  • The Darlington and District Orchid Society Show at Raby Castle on Saturday 02 and Sunday 03 May is cancelled.
  • The Scottish Orchid Society Glasgow Orchid Fair on Saturday 09 and Sunday 10 May 2020 is cancelled.
  • The Southport International Orchid Show incorporating the British Orchid Congress 2020 on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May is postponed until Friday 23 to Sunday 25 July 2021.
  • The International Orchid Show, Malvern from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 June 2020 is cancelled.
    (Indeed the Royal Three Counties Show 2020 itself is cancelled.)

We asked Dorothy (Phoenix Orchids) and Roy (Royden Orchids) if they could do mail order in lieu of  attending our show but this is not possible. Jeff Hutchings of Laneside Hardy Orchid Nursery was due to attend the Solihull show. Jeff has said “I have put special offers on hardy calanthe, cypripediums and bletillas. They are beginning to grow so need to send out in the next fortnight. They are all listed on the Laneside web shop headed “Spring Sale” under each genus. Rather complicated to list everything.

Our UK traders are heading for very difficult times in the coming months and any support that people can give might make a difference. You can find a list of UK traders on the BOC website at

Meetings and Shows

25 Jan 2020 John Spires & Mike Bull Orchid problems and Show & Tell
22 Feb 2020 Tom Price (Meeting as usual but speaker postponed because of weather) Pleiones (and plants for sale)
28 Mar 2020 AGM and Plant Auction -
25 Apr 2020 SPRING SHOW See below
16 May 2020 Mike Bull and Roger Hill Phragmipediums
(Care - not the last Saturday in month)
27 Jun 2020 Richard Flemming Odontoglossums
25 Jul 2020 Keith Bates Phalaenopsis species
26 Sep 2020 Trey Sanders Amazing orchid stories (and plants for sale)
24 Oct 2020 Zsuzsanna Serer (Spicesotic plants) Maintaining a mixed orchid collection (and plants for sale)
28 Nov 2020 AUTUMN SHOW (and deadline for submission of 5 photographs for 2019 BOC Photographic Competition) See below
12 Dec 2020 Christmas Social and BOC Photographic Competition voting

Other Events *

18 & 19 Jan 2020 British Paphiopedilum Society Annual Winter Meeting Ramada Birmingham Solihull, The Square, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 2RF
01 Mar 2020 Harrogate Orchid Society Annual Show The Pavilions, Harrogate Showground, Wetherby Road, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ
10.30am - 4.00pm
- Cheltenham & District Orchid Society Annual Show 2020 Show cancelled as the Show Hall is unavailable
- East Midlands Orchid Society Annual Show Show now 11 Oct 2020
04 Apr 2020 Hinckley & District Orchid Society Annual Spring Show Stoke Golding Club, 42 Hinckley Road, Stoke Golding, Warwickshire, CV13 6DZ
10.00am - 4.00pm
07 & 08 Apr 2020 RHS Orchid Show & Plant Fair (Late event 7 April (6.00pm - 9.00pm)) RHS Lindley Hall, Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2QW
10.00am - 5.00pm
11 Apr 2020 Solihull and District Orchid Society Spring Orchid Show Arden School, Knowle, West Midlands, B93 0PT
11.00am - 4.00pm
25 Apr 2020 Central Orchid Society Spring Show Perton Civic Centre, Church Road, Perton, Wolverhampton, WV6 7PD
11.00am - 4.00pm
26 Apr 2020 BOC Judging Symposium RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley Lane, Wisley, Woking, GU23 6QB
10.00am - 4.00pm
02 May 2020 The Devon Orchid Society 45th Annual Show Budleigh Salterton Public Hall, Station Road, Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 6RJ
10.30am - 4.00pm
16 May 2020 South Wales Orchid Study Group Orchid Day Aberglasney Gardens, Llangathen, Carmarthenshire SA32 8QH
10.00am - 5.00pm
30 & 31 May 2020 Southport International Orchid Show incorporating the British Orchid Congress 2020 Southport Theatre and Convention Centre, The Promenade, Southport, PR9 0DZ
10.00am to 4.00pm each day
12 - 14 Jun 2020 International Orchid Show, Malvern Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW
9.00am - 5.00pm
05 & 06 Sep 2020 South Wales Orchid Study Group Welsh Orchid Festival Aberglasney Gardens, Llangathen, Carmarthenshire SA32 8QH
10.00am - 5.00pm
27 Sep 2020 Pleurothallid Alliance - UK Annual General Meeting Wilnecote Parish Hall, Watling Street, Tamworth, B77 5AD
10.00am - 4.00pm
11 Oct 2020 East Midlands Orchid Society Annual Show Lowdham Village Hall, Main Street, Lowdham, Nottingham, NG14 7BD
10:00am - 4:00pm
17 Oct 2020 Birmingham & Midland Orchid Society BMOS Annual Orchid Show United Reformed Church, 1 Bassington Avenue, Sutton Coldfield, B73 6AA
10.30am - 4.30pm
25 Oct 2020 BOC Judging Symposium Bottesford Village Hall, Belvoir Road, Bottesford, Nottingham, NG13 0BG
10.00am - 4.00pm
28 Nov 2020 Central Orchid Society Autumn Show Perton Civic Centre, Church Road, Perton, Wolverhampton, WV6 7PD
11.00am - 4.00pm

* The above information provided in good faith but please check dates (and, if need be, details of traders attending) before travelling. Most societies have their own web sites or you can use, for example: