Edinburgh Branch

Orchids occupy almost every conceivable type of habitat except the ocean and represent one of the largest families of flowering plants in the world. This fascinating plant family is so large you will be able to find varieties to suit your growing conditions. Many orchids make wonderful house plants and some remain in flower over a long period of time.

Our members range from beginners to enthusiasts with many years experience. Some grow their plants successfully on their windowsills at home and others may cultivate a larger collection in a greenhouse or conservatory.

We offer you a varied and interesting programme of events. Experienced growers will deliver presentations about orchid growing that will inform, inspire and entertain you. We also have sessions where you will learn about basic cultivation and watering techniques, repotting methods and pest and disease control. Experienced members are always happy to give you advice. Our meetings are friendly informal occasions with time for socialising, sharing growing tips, receiving advice from other members and enjoying tea or coffee and cake. The monthly raffle often offers flowering orchid plants as prizes.

Before every meeting you will receive a copy of our very informative Edinburgh Newsletter which will give you detailed information about the guest speaker at the next meeting, the programme of events, growing tips and other information about orchid related issues in the local area.

Annual Single membership is £15 and Double membership (two people living at the same address) is £25.

All levels of expertise are welcome and attendance at your first meeting is free.

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2019 - 2020 Programme

Thursday 26th September 2019

Latest trends in hybridising at the Eric Young Foundation in Jersey.

Mariano Medda

Thursday 31st October 2019

Orchid nurseries around the world.

David Menzies

Wednesday 27th November 2019
Note change of date

A members evening discussing watering techniques.

Thursday 12th December 2019

Christmas social event.

Thursday 30th January 2020

Photographing orchids.

Robert Jones

Thursday 27th February 2020

Orchid Pollination.

George Findlay

Thursday 26th March 2020

Cancelled. tba at a later date

Pest and diseases.

Peter Timoney

Saturday 25th or Sunday 26th April 2020

A guided tour round the orchid collection at Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

Bruce Robertson

Thursday 28th May 2020

Repotting seedlings from flask and community pots.

Rosemary Butterfield

Thursday 25th June 2020

Branch Annual General Meeting

Easily reached by car or public transport with parking available on site

We are a group of orchid lovers who meet in the comfort of Dobbies Garden Centre at 7:00pm on the last Thursday of the month, with the exception of July and August.

Dobbies Garden Centre
Melville Nursery


EH18 1AZ

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Branch meetings have been cancelled until further notice. This page will be updated as and when the situation changes. The guided tour round the orchid collection at the RBGE will now be held in 2021