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, 2017-2018 . . .
Saturday 30 September Autumn Show
at Allendale Community Centre
Hanham Road
Dorset  BH21 1AS
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Friday 27 October Meeting
Plant Clinic
Friday 24 November Meeting
Malcolm Moodie - Orchids of Borneo
Saturday 16 December Christmas Lunch at 12.30 for 1.00 p.m.
at Marsham Court Hotel
3 Russell-Cotes Road
Dorset  BH1 3AB
Location Map
Hotel Web Site
. . . menu and booking form are available in the Members' Area
Friday 26 January Meeting
Chris Barker - Orchid Hunting in Malaysia
Saturday 24 February Spring Show
at Allendale Community Centre
Hanham Road
Dorset  BH21 1AS
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Friday 23 March Meeting
Paul Johnson - The Orchids of Badbury Rings
Saturday 7 April Coach Outing
to London Orchid Show
RHS Halls
Vincent Square
Outing Details
Friday 27 April Meeting
Plant Clinic
Friday 25 May Annual General Meeting
followed by
Auction of Members' Plants
Fri-Sun 15-17 June Exhibiting
at Malvern International Orchid Show
Three Counties Showground
Worcestershire  WR13 6NW
Location Map
MIOS Web Site
Friday 29 June Meeting
Sara Rittershausen - Windowsill Orchid Cultivation
Tue-Thu 24-26 July Exhibiting
at The New Forest Show
The Showground
New Park
Hampshire  SO42 7QH
Location Map
NFS Web Site
Sunday 29 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
Friday 31 August Meeting
Mike Powell - Orchidoidae
Saturday 29 September Autumn Show
at Allendale Community Centre
Hanham Road
Dorset  BH21 1AS
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Summaries of the last few years' Programmes are also available here, offering a fuller picture of the Society's activities . . .

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