Our Programme

The Society's year starts with the Autumn Show in September (don't ask; the reason is lost in the mists of time) and runs for the full 12 months.  We do not take a summer break.

When putting together a year's programme, our Programme Secretary aims to create a mix of events which includes something that appeals to and interests each and every member at some point in the year - visiting lecturers and in-house events; orchids in the wild and in cultivation; general beginners' stuff and more specialised items for the experienced growers - plus semi-formal meetings and social events.  He always welcomes members' suggestions.


Neville Roberts

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The majority of our monthly events are meetings held at the Bournemouth Natural Science Society (BNSS), 39 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth BH1 3NS (between the town centre and Boscombe), usually on the last Friday monthly starting at 7.30 p.m. sharp.

BNSS Location Map
Masdevallia decumana

At Members' Meeting in November 2001

Awarded maximum points (a very rare event) in the
Monthly Points Competition's Experienced Class

Exhibitor - Roger Russell

photo © Roger Russell
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Other regular events are our highly regarded Spring and Autumn Shows (usually the last Saturdays of February and September) and social events (Garden Party in July, and Christmas Lunch in December).

Our Programme for the current year, 2019-2020 . . .
Saturday 28 September Autumn Show
at Allendale Community Centre
Hanham Road
Dorset  BH21 1AS
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Friday 25 October Meeting
Dino Zelenika - The environmental history of orchids
from 1817 to the present day
Friday 29 November Meeting
Helen Milner - Scanning Electron Microscopy of
Orchids plus UV and Macro Photography
Saturday 7 December Christmas Lunch at 12.30 for 1.00 p.m.
at RNLI College
West Quay Road
Dorset  BH15 1HZ
Location Map
. . . menu and booking form are available in the Members' Area
Friday 31 January Meeting
Mike Powell - Terrestrial Epidendroideae
Saturday 29 February Spring Show
at Allendale Community Centre
Hanham Road
Dorset  BH21 1AS
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Friday 27 March Meeting
Plant Clinic
Friday 24 April Meeting
Chris Barker - World Orchid Congress in Taiwan 2020
Charles Darwin and Orchids
Sunday 26 April Coach Outing
to RHS Gardens
Outing Details
Friday 22 May Annual General Meeting
followed by
Auction of Members' Plants
Sat-Sun 30-31 May For Members' information only
BOS is not exhibiting

Southport International Orchid Show
incorporating the Brish Orchid Congress 2020
Southport Floral Halls
Southport Theatre & Convention Centre
The Promenade
Merseyside  PR9 0DZ
Location Map
Congress Web Site
Fri-Sun 12-14 June Exhibiting
at Malvern International Orchid Show
Three Counties Showground
Worcestershire  WR13 6NW
Location Map
MIOS Web Site
Friday 26 June Meeting
John Hagger - Epipactis and its Cultivation
Sunday 19 July Party in the Paddock 
Garden Party at 2.30 p.m.
Hosted by Graham & Pat Smith
at Lynmoor Farm
Newman's Lane
West Moors
Dorset  BH22 0LW
Location Map
Tue-Thu 28-30 July Exhibiting
at The New Forest Show
The Showground
New Park
Hampshire  SO42 7QH
Location Map
NFS Web Site
Friday 21 August Meeting
Bala Kompalli - Orchids of the Western Himalayas
Saturday 3 October Autumn Show   . . . IMPORTANT: note change of date
at Allendale Community Centre
Hanham Road
Dorset  BH21 1AS
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  indicates a change or addition to the originally published Programme

Summaries of the last few years' Programmes are also available here, offering a fuller picture of the Society's activities . . .

2018-2019 2017-2018 2016-2017 2015-2016
2014-2015 2013-2014 2012-2013 2011-2012
2010-2011 2009-2010 2008-2009