We meet regularly in Edinburgh and Glasgow and our meetings usually include an orchid related talk, sometimes practical demonstrations as well as a table show where members bring their flowering orchids for others to enjoy and learn their cultivation tips. Our meetings are a great opportunity to spend time with other members who all share the same passion, not forgetting there is also time socialising and chatting over tea, coffee and cake. We have a number of very approachable orchid judges, botanists and garden experts among our group, who are keen to help and always on hand to answer any queries or provide growing advice.
Not everyone is able to travel to these meetings and since the COVID lockdowns in 2020 we have run regular on-line meetings via ZOOM. These meetings, which have proved to be extremely popular, are more informal and a great opportunity to ask for advice on any aspect of orchid cultivation, Flowering plants are shared either live or by sending in photographs beforehand. We may also have presentation as well.
As a member of the Society you can attend any of our meetings and dates and times can be found on our Programme page. You are welcome to come along to an ‘in-person’ or ZOOM meeting to see what goes on before deciding to join us.
Edinburgh meetings are held March to November at St. Fillan’s Episcopal Church Hall in Buckstone which is located on the southernmost edge of Edinburgh City in the suburban area of Fairmilehead, not far off the Edinburgh City Bypass, Junction 6 Lothianburn.
Parking is available in the surrounding streets and there is disabled access to the hall.
St. Fillan’s Episcopal Church Hall
8 Buckstone Drive
0131 445 2745
For dates of Edinburgh meetings, see our Programme page.
Glasgow meetings are held September to June in the Hopkirk Building at the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow, home of the Kibble Palace one of the most prestigious iron and glass structures remaining from the Victorian era. The Gardens also has a dedicated orchid display house which is open to the public and it’s collection of Dendrobium species and old hybrids has been granted a National Collection status by Plant Heritage. Although not open to the general public, this collection can be viewed by arrangement with the Gardens management.
Please note there is no parking within the Gardens other than for holders of a disabled parking permit (Blue Badge) and this must be agreed in advance. Parking is available in the surrounding streets – Queen Margaret Drive (metered) adjacent to the Gardens or in Kirklee Road or Ford Road where there is pedestrian access to the Gardens. Please ensure you leave enough time to find a parking space.
The Gardens are well served by public transport. The No. 6 bus from the City Centre stops on the Great Western Road close to the entrance and the nearest subway station is Hillhead and it is then a short walk up Byres Road.
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
730 Great Western Road
For dates of Glasgow meetings, see our Programme page.