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Ex situ orchid survey

Botanic Gardens Conservation International-US, in partnership with the United States Botanic Garden, last month published a global survey of ex situ orchids (those held outside their natural habitat; ex situ literally means off site). One of the largest plant families … Continue reading

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BOP Orchid Show 2018

Congratulations to Barry Curtis (Tauranga) and Bob Parsons (BOP) who respectively won the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion titles at this week’s Bay of Plenty Orchid Society Show. Despite a somewhat difficult growing season – although not for everyone, clearly … Continue reading

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2013 Orchid of the Year

A flower grown by Erica Cowdell of the Tauranga Orchid Society was chosen by the New Zealand Orchid Council as its 2013 Orchid of the Year and Species of the Year. The same plant – Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum var esquirolei ‘Skye’ – was … Continue reading

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Easter egg hunt

Time to go on an Easter egg hunt … for a Fabergé egg! Gustav Fabergé founded the jewellery firm that bears his name in 1842 in the old Russian capital of St Petersburg after the Huguenot family (then named Favri) … Continue reading

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Orchid Names: Goodale Moir

William Whitmore Goodale Moir (pronounced Moyer) was born in 1896 in Papaikou on the big island, Hawaii, the son of Scottish migrants. As well as being a long-time sugar industry agronomist with Amfax, Mr Moir was also a noted orchid breeder, developing … Continue reading

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Orchid Auction

Tauranga Orchid Society traditionally starts its year with a fun Orchid Auction – to which everyone, club member or not, is most welcome. This year’s event is on Tuesday, February 20, starting at 7pm in the Wesley Church Hall. As … Continue reading

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Beating the Summer Doldrums

This is the summary of the talk given by Conrad Coenen at our November 2017 meeting and carried in the December newsletter but, given the long spells of heat and humidity we’ve been having, I thought it might be useful … Continue reading

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