The Orchid Society of Great Britain, who were sponsored by Baycroft at last week’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, won Gold for their exquisite exhibit.
The Society’s exhibit of tropical orchids from its members was awarded the prestigious Gold medal by the Royal Horticultural Society in the Floral category.
The orchids were a mix of species and hybrids, with origins from Japan, Vietnam, China, New Guinea, Thailand, India, Sumatra, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, and Madagascar. There were slipper orchids, baby in the cradle orchids, dancing lady orchids, giant purple Vandas, tiny orchids that must be pollinated by very small midges, others producing pheromones to attract giant bees; orchids grown in kokedama moss balls and on pieces of tree ferns, and each one had its own story to entertain the visitors. The orchids were supplemented by an educational exhibit with photos, text and miniature orchids in Perspex boxes to demonstrate their growth habits and different cultural techniques required for growing them at home. A background triptych of photos showing a slipper orchid on a forested cliff in the Peruvian Andes with its petals nearly 3 metres long, a blue Maxillaria orchid in the clouds at 4,000 metres in the Andes, rediscovered after being lost for 200 years, and little scarlet flowered jewels of miniature orchids growing on mossy trees.
Baycroft sponsored a prize giveaway where entrants chose the orchid they liked most. The winner’s entry will be pulled out of a hat on June 1 and gain them a prize of a voucher for £100 worth of orchids.
Baycroft currently have two care homes open in Orpington, Kent and Great Baddow, Essex. Three new homes will be opening this summer in Fairfield, Flitwick and West Kempston, all in Bedfordshire.
Images of the Orchid Society of Great Britain's exhibit