(Last Update: 11.11.2017)
Österreichische Orchideengesellschaft ÖOG
The Österreichische Orchideengesellschaft ÖOG (Austrian Orchid Society) was founded by about 50 members in Vienna in 1949 with the aim to increase common knowledge about cultivation and protection of orchids. At the very beginning of the society members met only in Vienna where most members lived. Supported by the DOG the young Austrian Orchid Society hosted the very first EOC in Vienna in 1967.
Later on more and more members from other Austrian regions joined the society, therefore in the 1980ies local groups began to form and meet outside Vienna. In 2005 the ÖOG was transformed into a head organisation and now consists of 4 equal partner societies: the Wiener Orchideengesellschaft (Viennese Orchid Society), the Landesgruppe Niederösterreich and Burgenland (Society of Lower Austria and Burgenland), the Oberösterreichische Orchideengesellschaft (Orchid Society of Upper Austria) and the Kärntner Orchideenverein (Orchid Society of Carinthia). In these partner societies their members meet regularly once a month.
At the moment the Österreichische Orchideengesellschaft has about 500 members all over the country. The society publishes a full colour review every other month by which members get information about cultivation and protection of orchids. Because of the new structure of the ÖOG all shows lie in the responsibility of the 4 partner societies and are regionally held every two or three years.
The Viennese Orchid Society (Wiener Orchideengesellschaft) was officially founded 2006 out of the local Viennese Group of the Österreichische Orchideengesellschaft after that was turned into an umbrella organization but in fact it does have a long history as part of the Austrian Orchid Society.1949 the Österreichische Orchideengesellschaft was founded in Vienna and the society hosted the first European Orchid Congress 1967 in Vienna.
The Viennese Orchid Society has about 200 members and organizes 2 meetings every month. Among other activities an international orchid exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Blumengärten Hirschstätten every other year.
Orchideën Vereniging Vlaanderen
Orchideeën Vereniging Vlaanderen v.z.w. is a Belgian nonprofit organization following the Belgian laws. The O.V.V. has been founded in 1973 as ‘De Orchideevriend’ but changed name in the early 2000’s.
President at the Moment: Paul Noben
EOC contact: Rik Neirynck
Bulletin: ‘Het Venusschoentje’ 4 times a year.
The O.V.V. has 5 regional clubs (West-Vlaanderen, Oost-Vlaanderen, Antwerpen, Limburg, Leuven en Vlaams Brabant. They meet once a month for lectures, chatting or discussions about orchids… Most clubs also have a monthly tombola that, of course, attract the members a lot. The money earned with this goes to the organization of the club.
In 1983 we had our first orchid show in the UGent Botanic Garden. Other shows there followed in 1986, 1989, 1993, 1996, 2007 and 2009. In 2007, 2009 important shows ware organized in Alden Biezen (named ‘Orchilim’) and also in 2011 an orchid show will be organized there. Alden Biezen is a top site, an old commanderie, owned by the Flemish government that was completely restored (www.alden-biesen.be). The both passed shows ware a huge success.
The website and the bulletin brought many interested people to become member.
Danish Orchid Society
Mr. Jan H. LARSEN
Tel: +45 86 96 86 00
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Suomen Orkideayhdistys Finlands Orkidéförening
The Finnish Orchid Society has been established in 1961. It works as a link between growers of tropical orchids as well as those more interested in exploring domestic hardy orchids.
The total number of members lingers around 800 covering the whole country. It is worth mentioning that our northernmost orchid hobbyists live well above the Arctic Circle.
The membership journal of the society is called Orkidealehti. It is published five times a year with ca. 44 pages, one of the issues being a more extensive double number. The journal with its inspiring and useful contents about tropical and hardy orchids is targeted to our members, while not forgetting to take care of its scientific validity.
The society organises monthly meetings in Helsinki and occasionally in other cities. The meetings are recorded on video and published on our web pages to serve those unable to attend the meetings personally.
The web pages offer information about orchid growing and list a library of orchid books for our members to use. Our web store sells orchid related products like older issues of our orchid journal. In addition, for example, orchid excursions can be purchased and paid directly on the web. The membership management is web based. Our Facebook pages can be found here.
An orchid show is arranged biannually. The next one will be held in Helsinki in 2017.
For many years now, the society has organised a joint order to some European orchid nursery known for its quality, price level and ability to handle large volumes of plants. In recent years, the order has amounted to over 1 200 orchids. As there are no commercial orchid growers in Finland, our members buy the species orchids mainly from Central European web stores
Société Française d’Orchidophilie (SFO)
Founded in 1969, the “Société Française d’Orchidophilie” is a non-profit association, recognized by the Ministry of Ecology and long-lasting Development in terms of Nature Protection and Quality of Life. It has about 1 500 members. Its review, “L’orchidophile”, published 4 times a year in four-colour printing, is devoted both to wild orchids worldwide and to cultivated ones.
The SFO’s various activities are aimed at :
the knowledge and protection of wild orchids in France and worlwide;
the development of orchids growing by seeds or meristematic multiplication, for the happiness of seeing their blossoming and in order to stop the disappearance of endangered species.
The SFO was asked by the Ministry of Ecology for a cartography of French orchids. After a 10-year work, the “Atlas des orchidées de France” has just been published. Other activities, as well near Paris as in regional sections and groups, include meetings, lectures, exhibitions, study travels in France and worldwide, congresses organisation by the scientific committee, publication of the review and various books (growing manual, regional guides, protection leaflets, etc.), clearing and other protection actions.
Further details may be found in the website.
ASSOCIATION FRANCOPHONE POUR LE JUGEMENT D’ORCHIDEES AFJO
Delegate of AFJO’s Association
Mr Dominique BARTHELEMY
827 Route de Kiliou
tel : +33(0)2 98042786
AFJO, acronym of “French speaking Association for OrchidJudging” gathers enthusiasts who are interested in learning how to judge. Some are professionals or accredited judges and act as such at the WOC 2005 ‘s judging in Dijon. Others are experienced amateurs who wish to improve their knowledge in orchids, their favorite plants. During the last three years, most of them were trained at exhibitions or lessons and hopefully learned more than the basics of judging criteria. One of the goals of the association is to sustain this discipline by forming new French speaking judges. After successfully completing a series of tests, seven new judges on probation recently joined our judging team. The membership of our association within the EOC will allow them to expand their access to European shows and enhance their experience and their knowledge of English language.
Mr. Marc DUMONT
37, chemin Jean-Achard
Tel. +41 22 346 93 45 & +33 608 15 53 11
Fax +41 22 789 28 91
The purpose of “France Orchidées” is cultural and scientific; it aims at the development, coordination and promotion of activities related to orchids.
France Orchidées successfully organized the 18th “World Orchid Conference” in Dijon (2005). The proceedings, a 620 page volume, have been published in the following year. The next action was the Organization of a Symposium to celebrate the three hundred anniversary of Carl Von Linné and Buffon and the edition of its proceedings (Belin – 2008).
Meanwhile, the association participates as a partner or organizer in floral and orchid shows (Pau 2006 and 2010, Talant in 2011). Presentations are made at each of these events emphasizing the importance of species conservation through their habitats: municipalities are learning about the positive effects of “late mowing” of the road sides and children are becoming aware of orchid protection.
Société Nationale d’Horticulture de France (SNHF)
Mr Philippe LEMETTAIS
2 chemin de Villiers le bois
10210 Balnot la Grange
Tel : +33-(0)3 25 70 02 80
Mobile : +33 (0)6 80 50 43 41
The Société national d’Horticulture de France is a fairly large and old society gathering individuals as well as associations interested or involved in all kind of horticulture related activities. It is organized in a variety of sections dedicated to a particular group of plants. One of them is the ” Section Orchidées et plantes d’intérieur” of which I am the president. This section was received lately as a member of EOC during the Budapest meeting. This section, primarily, is a forum gathering many orchid associations local or national, offering to them a forum where they can meet, exchange and join their actions in terms of protection, and orchid science as well as in terms of orchids culture. Among more specific activities we could point out formations sessions for gardening store sales persons, animation on sales points, training of judges in orchids exhibitions. The section is also trying to develop a better relation between orchids amateurs and professionals, growers and researchers. All the large Orchids amateurs associations in France (SFO, FFAO, AFCPO…) are members of this section.
Fédération Française des Amateurs d’Orchidées (FFAO)
25 Chemin de Madame
95320 SAINT LEU LA FORET
Tel: +33 (0)1 39 60 75 15
Mobile: +33 (0)6 46 70 02 22
Founded in 1982, the FFAO (Fédération Française des Amateurs d’Orchidées) endeavours to further orchid association creation and development in French regions and departments. Ten associations, totalling about 720 members, are currently affiliated to the FFAO, that is, consequently, the second largest French orchid amateur association. In addition, the FFAO has also corresponding member associations throughout Europe and Asia.
Affiliated associations hold monthly meetings where a speaker provides cultural information for conveying and broadening the knowledge of orchids. In addition, they also invite their members, in spring and early summer, to go for walks to places where indigenous orchids grow.
The FFAO publishes a review, “L’Orchidée”, on a quarterly basis and organises an international orchid exhibition every year.
Deutsche Orchideen Gesellschaft
The D.O.G. e.V., founded 1906 in Berlin as “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Orchideenkunde”, represents more than 3000 members worldwide today. From people who love flowers and orchid lovers through orchid scientists to Orchid sellers, all of them are active in the society.
The goal of D.O.G. e.V. is to promote the orchidology within the national education through all social levels. For this goal the D.O.G. e.V. provides monthly judgings including photo-documentation of the judged plants, symposia with lectural lessons, exhibitions across germany and many things more.
The journal “Die Orchidee” distributed to more than 35 countries, will be published bimonthly on the DIN A4-format with more than 50 pages colourful on high-gloss paper. The membership-fee of 50 € per year, 60 € for foreign country members incl. standard postage, contains the delivery of “Die Orchidee”.
For further details, please visit our internet-site or contact us via e-mail.
Magyar Orchidea Társaság
The professional aim of the Hungarian Orchid Society is to give scientific and practical support for its members’ activities – for a professional or leisure purpose – on the protection, cultivation, multiplication, and physiological phenomena research of the orchid species.
It is stated in our regulations: “The aim is to take good care of the members’ professional and social relationships, to arrange club-like gatherings and exhibitions, to organize high-level presentations and conferences with the invitation of local and foreign lecturers. Part of the society’s activities is providing information service about the biological-scientific research; a basic mission is the protection of nature and the environment. The Society publishes booklets, runs a professional journal, and organizes research and education exchange-programs both locally and abroad.
Also the Society arranges exhibitions and fairs two times a year – in the spring and autumn, for both events we invite exhibitors and sellers from abroad as well. Currently we have 250 members. We operate a website, and we also have a page on Facebook, where we notify the general public about the events of the Hungarian Orchid Society, and where we try to recruit further members.
In connection with different websites we provide online orchid consultation.
The Irish Orchid Society
The Irish Orchid Society (in Gaelic: An Cumanann Magairlini na hÉireann) was founded in 2001 at the Irish National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin, where society meetings have continued to be held on 9 months each year. The Glasnevin gardens are of great historical significance to orchidophiles, for during the European era of “Orchidmania” in the mid-19th century, it held one of the finest orchid collections in the world.
The emblem of the society is the tropical orchid Neomoorea irrorata which is one of the many species named in honour of Sir Frederick Moore who was the curator of the Glasnevin gardens during its golden age and whose efforts gained for Ireland an international reputation.
The society maintains a close association with the botanic gardens which itself has an impressive commitment to orchid projects and publications.
The society endeavours to make orchid cultivation part of mainstream horticulture and to educate in aspects of orchid biology, evolution, conservation, history and even art!
Our society takes a strong interest in our native species and organises field trips to many of the unspoilt botanical havens we cherish in Ireland.
The society boasts two websites; The main website which gives a detailed description of what the society is about and the other which is an online archive of the society’s publication “Pollinia” issued two times a year.
Associazione Italiana di Orchidologia A.I.O.
Mr. Guido Diana
Via Fiume delle Perle, 188
Tel: +39 335 642 65 61
The Italian Association of Orchidology was founded in 1993 with scientific and cultural non-profit purpose and based in Rome, and it aims to:
1 – promote printing of an scientific journal on ochids that collect both original works and information on the orchids world;
2 – promote and coordinate Italian judgments about orchids presented in national and international exhibitions of Italian territory;
3 – promote national courses for judges and encourage to participate in international juries, maintain a list of national judges and trainee judges, international juries crediting;
4 – issue certificates, diplomas, awards, certificates and anything else determined from time to time in recognition of merit for participation in exhibition (stands, taxonomic groups, species and hybrids)
5 – spread at European level and international activities, conferences and congresses held at country level.
Federazione Italiana Orchidee – FIO
Tel.: +39 3357710210
The Federation is born from the desire of a group of enthusiast and experienced growers to breathe new life and to act as a point of reference for the different local and national realities.
The main objective of our activities is the dissemination of the highest possible number of concepts, gleaning from both Italian and foreign sources, for that reason it’s essential to share the acquired knowledge and the exchange of opinions and experiences with growers, without any border.
The Federation also strives in its activities by setting up, in collaboration with other realities, or in complete autonomy, to organize and promote events, exposing the plants of members and / or organizing meetings and training / in-depth seminars.
In order to not only become the cornerstone, but also the unifying factor behind all Italian orchid realities, the Federation is constantly active in the research of collaborations with universities, professional experts and figures of the world of orchids, with the aim to build solid training and information bases.
Latvijas Orhideju un eksotisko augu draugu asociãcija – LOEADA
Tel: +371 26100197
Latvian Orchid and Exotics Plants friends Association (LOEADA) was created to unite enthusiasts-amateurs and professionals, who have in common, love for orchids, variety of species in nature, selection news and interest in growing them at home. The Society was founded in 2009, but it existed from 1997 as a club. The main goal of the society is to popularize the orchid and other exotic plants in Latvia.
Founding Society LOEADA, we tried to work actively and hard – we have educational lectures every month, practical classes, exhibitions, competitions, study tours to visit our Latvian and foreign colleagues.
Society LOEADA unites not only Orchid enthusiasts-amateurs but also professional biologists of Latvia and other countries. For more convenient and pleasant communication was created our website.
Nederlandse Orchideeën Vereiniging
Despite its small size, the Netherlands has a lot to offer to orchid enthusiasts. Dutch people love flowers – and orchids in particular. That’s why already in 1931 the Netherlands Orchid Society (NOV) was established. Just as everywhere else at that time, only the wealthy could afford growing orchids, but this changed in the nineteen seventies. Now, the NOV has about 1300 members; 120 of them are from Belgium.
The core of the NOV consists of eighteen regional orchid associations, spread over the country. They organise monthly or bimonthly meetings. Typically, such meetings contain a presentation on an orchid country or an orchid genus, or hands-on lessons on potting plants. Members may bring their flowering (or troublesome) plants for discussion. Often, excursions are organised to nurseries or orchid reserves.
The NOV has two national working groups, one on slipper orchids, and the other on Pleurothallids. Close links exist with two more national working groups, one on orchid reproduction, and the other on native orchids in Europe.
All NOV members receive ‘Orchideeën’, a beautiful 24-page full colour magazine, A4 format, six times a year. Moreover, the society has published several booklets on home orchid growing that are available at a reduced charge for members.
All NOV members have free access to the ‘NOV Day’ which is organised annually, with lots of possibilities to exchange experiences, purchase orchid books or rare plants from fellow hobbyists or commercial growers.
The NOV has its own team of orchid judges who operate on demand throughout the country, particularly at orchid exhibitions of the society or of the regional orchid associations.
The Norwegian Orchid Society (NOF), founded 1988, is affiliated to The European Orchid Council.
Our publication “Orkideer” (6 issues a year/colourprint) is a joint venture between NOF and the Danish organisation: Dansk Orkideklub.
NOF promotes interest about orchids, knowledge about how to grow them and awareness of protection of threatened species.
The members of NOF are found in all parts of the country. Even north of the Arctic Circle are people successfully growing tropical orchids!
NOF`s library contains a good selection of orchid literature. Members may borrow books and have them sent to their home address.
On a non-profit base NOF imports orchid plants for the members. NOF therefore welcomes catalogues and price lists from orchid growers all over the world.
Polish Orchid Association
Monika Lipińska, MSc
Department of Plant Taxonomy and Nature Conservation, University of Gdańsk
Wita Stwosza 59
Polish Orchid Association is a newly established foundation. Our main aim is to bring together orchid enthusiast and build connections between hobbyists, scientists and institutions. We strongly believe that love for orchids do not know boundaries and both amateurs and professionals can benefit from bilateral cooperation. Education is an important aspect of our activity. Our actions cover organizing orchid shows, workshops, conferences, lectures and field trips. So far, our biggest project is the organization of International Orchid Show “Świat Storczyków – The World of Orchids” in Sopot, Poland.
Polskie Towarzystwo Milosnikow Storczykow
Ms. Magdalena Gniadzik
ul. Książka 8a
The Polish Orchid Society brings together orchid enthusiasts from all over the country. The organization has been established on 10th March, 2003 in Łódź (Poland). Currently, there are three local groups- in Łódź, Gdańsk (Pomeranian Group) and Warsaw, respectively. Our aim is to propagate the interest and knowledge concerning orchids, their cultivation and ecology. Our actions cover regular meetings of the local groups, lectures and workshops, participation in popular science events and orchid exhibitions, both national and foreign. Since November 2005, we annually publish the newsletter “Świat Storczyków”. It contains not only the descriptions of activity of our Society, reports from exhibitions, meetings and trips, but also includes articles about genera and species of orchids and methods of their cultivation. Since 2012 the bulletin gain a new editor in chief, Prof. Dr. Dariusz L. Szlachetko, who is the eminent polish orchideologist.
So far, the Polish Orchid Society is the only member of the European Orchid Council (EOC) coming from Poland. We are very open for all kinds of cooperation with European orchid societies- please feel free to send us an email!
C.O.P. – Clube dos Orquidófilos de Portugal
Calçada do Tojal, 58 R/C D
1500 – 596 Lisboa
Tel: + 351 962835128
The C.O.P. – Clube dos Orquidófilos de Portugal (The Orchidophiles from Portugal) was created in 2014 with the aim of being the connection of the Portuguese orchid lovers. Our purpose is to disclose the orchids not only as ornamental plants but in all aspects that they are present in the world society (history, culture, among others).
Our Club is open to all ages and organizes monthly meetings in several cities where we have members. We also give workshops, lectures and participate in plant events to help and gather orchid hobbyists around Portugal.
We have a website, blog and Facebook page to get to as many people as possible. We also publish a monthly journal with news and many information about orchids. The journal is sent by email to our members.
A.P.O. – Associacao Portuguesa de Orquidofilia
Av. da Boavista, 3528
The Portuguese Orchid Society was registered in 2007. It has (in 2012) around 200 members in Portugal and a few international members.
The members can varied from the hobbyist with a few plants in the windowsill to the big colector and also members with comercial interest.
The society has a few groups that meet monthly in Porto, Lisbon, in the Algarve and Madeira Island wich organise lectures and help the members with their plants. Country walks to photograph wild orchids are other activities organised by the several regional groups.
The Society organises an annual Orchid Exhibition in Porto and participates in other plant Exhibitions and Fairs.
A journal called LUSORQUIDEAS is published 3-4 times a year wich registeres the society’s activities and publishes original texts and photos from the members.
Associació Catalana Amics de les Orquídis
ACAO is the Catalonian Association of Friends of Orchids based in Barcelona city but that includes enthusiasts from all over Catalonia and Spain. The association was formally established in 1996 but already a few years earlier, a group of friends gathered to share their common passion for orchids.
The association carried out various activities spread throughout the year such as lectures on the cultivation of various genera of orchids, workshops, transplant and start growing, field trips to witness native orchids in situ. We usually make an annual trip to an international exhibition and visits to orchids nurseries. We have also visited other exhibitions are held regularly in Valencia, Madrid and France.
Our main goal is to share a good time with other people with similar interests but also demystify some of these fascinating plants growing that, with proper care, they grow very well in our latitudes although its origin is tropical in most cases.Our native orchids are a treasure to protect and promote our Association since its care and conservation, and we offer our cooperation to the institutions involved in its preservation.
The Association is open to anyone wishing to share experiences and learn the care of these wonderful and mysterious plants.
Orquidario de Estepona
Calle Terraza nº86
29680-Estepona (Málaga) Spain.
Tef: (+34) 951 51 70 74
Contact: Manuel Lucas García (curator)
mobile (wassap only): +34 622646407.
The Swedish Orchid Society was established back in 1956.
The aim of the society is to bring knowledge about orchids, their habitats and their cultivation. To contribute to the conservation of orchids and their habitats in Sweden is a part of this aim.
International contacts with orchid friends are considered an important issue for further development.
This aim is communicated mainly through the attractive magazine “Orkidéer”, issued eight times per year. A majority of the 1000 members are also engaged in local orchid clubs, arranging local shows, events, excursions and trips abroad.
A group of orchid judges takes care of table judging and show judging in Sweden, as well as, at occasions, abroad. This group is also gathered at the annual, friendly matches with the Danish and the German Orchid Societies, about the honour of having the most perfect plants.
Arbeitsgruppe Einheimische Orchideen AGEO
The AGEO has been established in 1976 in Aarau as a regional society for Orchid friends. In the mean time we have activities in the whole of Switzerland. Our main aim is to Map out whereabouts of Native Orchids and sites in Switzerland, Lectures and Excursions, Fieldwork, Biotope clearing and maintenance.
We have a total of 270 members; mostly are from the German speaking part of Switzerland. Our society holds monthly meetings in Brugg-Windisch. We run an Orchid data bank with over 150’000 entry’s. Its valuable information is used for Scientific and Nature protection work for its disposal. The Lectures handle Orchids and there whereabouts’ in Switzerland and Europe and parts of other Continents. Also other scientific topics are discussed. Three Excursions yearly are carried out in rich Orchid areas – Jura Mountain range and in the middle and Alpine areas. In Erlinsbach Aarau, we have an Orchid path which has about 20 Native Orchids which can be seen from April to July.
An important engagement are caretakers for maintaining(clearing weeds and ditches etc) in 10 lean fields and light forest areas, between August and October which is carried out at two weeks intervals. Four times yearly our members are informed about the Society’s activities – Lectures –Excursions etc. Since 2005 we publish a small booklet also in electronic form, which can be found in our Homepage www.ageo.ch and downloaded. The Homepage explains about the origin of our Society and its functions, including Native Orchid species in Switzerland, also maps and sites.
Schweizerische Orchideen Gesellschaft
Originally the Swiss orchid enthusiasts have been organised within the German Orchid Society, only on 15th February 1957 an own group was formed in Zurich. This group was the core of the later founded Swiss Orchid Society. Between 1965 and 2006 regional societies in all 3 language-parts of Switzerland were founded, today the roof-organisation includes 10 regional societies.
The SOG is promoting all areas of orchideology, especially information about cultivation and propagation, and distributes the knowledge about the protection of indigenous orchids in their natural habitats in Switzerland. The SOG also cultivates international contacts with other organisations with the same targets. The SOG is financed by the membership fees and by a fixed share from the deficit-guarantees for exhibitions of its regional societies. Beside this the SOG also owns an internationally recognized judging organisation. The SOG is member of the European Orchid Council (EOC) and takes part in the activities of the EOC as far as possible. The SOG was organising two European Orchid Conferences 1979 in Zurich and 1997 in Geneva, and is helping each year one of its regional societies to organize an international show. The Society has some 600 members and is publishing an own journal in 3 languages, and it maintains an own library and website.
Mrs. Vinciane DUMONT
37, chemin Jean-Achard
Tel: +41 -22 346 93 45
Fax: +41-22 789 28 91
“Fondation Orchidée” is a small Foundation that the Swiss Orchid Society, groupe de Romandie, created with the proceeds of several large orchid shows. The goal of the Foundation is orchid conservation, in any possible aspect such as education, research, species and habitat conservation. It concerns exotic species as well as native species, Swiss as well as international projects.
Some of their projects were/are:
Reintroduction of Cypripedium calceolus in protected habitats in the Jura (part of Switzerland) where the chamois made a lot of damage and most of the Cypripedium plants disappeared.
One full day work to help maintaining a piece of land in the “Arboretum of Aubonne” in a way to enable the native orchids to develop.
Publishing interactive CD-Roms to teach orchid fans to evaluate the qualities of flowers.
Numerising species and habitat slides to create a bank of quality pictures for research or lecturers.
Swiss Orchid Foundation
The Swiss Orchid Foundation was established in 2001 to maintain and curate the legacy of Dr. Jany Renz, specifically his herbarium and library.
The aims of the Foundation are to make his collections available to a worldwide community on a virtual platform and to establish an active centre of orchid research. In particular, it intends to support scientific projects to improve knowledge of orchids, their affinity, morphology, distribution, phylogeny, and conservation.
Likewise, an orchid identification centre has been established, dealing also with questions from the interested layman.
With approximately 25,000 species, orchids comprise almost ten percent of the flowering plant diversity of Earth. Orchids are a flagship group for plant conservation, both in Switzerland and worldwide. One of the aims of the Foundation is to provide quality information to actively assist orchid and plant conservation in Switzerland and abroad.
The website of the Foundation is the public entrance to the digital archive. Besides informative texts about the foundation and Dr. Jany Renz it allows access to the 26,000 orchid herbarium specimens of Renz, the Botanical Institute, the “Basler Botanische Gesellschaft” and of Bernoulli and Cario. The Foundation is aiming to make a comprehensive world orchid iconography available with the addition of approximately 5,000 hand-coloured orchid drawings from the Renz library and photographs of orchids by specialists from all over the world. Currently the World Orchid Iconography consists of approximately 90’000 images of about 12’000 orchid species. The “BibliOrchidea”, a comprehensive worldwide database on orchid literature compiled by Rudolf Jenny, is also freely available on the website.
British Orchid Council
The British Orchid Council brings together amateurs, commercial growers and the scientific community in a single forum. Membership currently comprises the fifty or so British Orchid Societies, the British Orchid Growers’ Association, National Botanic Gardens maintaining significant orchid collections at Kew and Glasgow, the Eric Young Orchid Foundation in Jersey and the Royal Horticultural Society, with its major collection at Wisley.
The Council is a registered charity, the main objectives of which may be summarised as promoting and broadening the knowledge of orchids and encouraging excellence in their culture. It organises British Orchid Congresses in different parts of the country every eighteen months, maintains a training programme for internationally recognised show judges, represents its members on both European and International bodies and has a strong commitment to conservation.
The Royal Horticultural Society
Dr. Johan HERMANS
The RHS is one of the leading horticultural charities with 360 000 members. The Society has a long and interesting history dating from 1804 when it was founded by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgewood.
The RHS awarded its first orchid in 1841 and its Orchid Committee was founded in 1889 with as its first chairman Sir Trevor Lawrence MP. The Orchid Committee consists of an international group of botanists, orchid growers, hybridisers and nurserymen and meets monthly; it gives awards to worthy orchids but also advises the Society on all matters concerning orchids. The RHS organises the London Orchid show, maintains the International Orchid Register and publishes The Orchid Review.
Orchid Society of Great Britain
The OSGB was founded in 1951 and is a charity with a worldwide membership. With around 1000 members the aim is to promote all aspects of Orchid Growing, horticultural and conservation interest being high on the agenda.
The Society holds a monthly meeting in London with lectures, a plant competition and demonstrations for members. Society shows are held in Spring and Autumn and displays are organised at other orchid events both in the UK and overseas. The main UK displays are at the London Orchid Show held every March in the RHS Halls in Vincent Square and at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show held in May. The Society has a large library available to for members.
There is an arm of the OSGB which has as its aim, conservation and preservation of old hybrids and species – The Barbara Everard Trust for Orchid Conservation – which assists growers to conserve plants, especially in National Collections.
The Society publishes a quarterly Journal with articles and photos in glorious colour. There is more information including subscription details, on the web site.