Meetings

The Hardy Orchid Society holds three whole day meetings a year. Two in the southern part of UK, one in the spring and one in the autumn, and one in the northern. The programme is included in the quarterly journal and on the website. A fee is charged for attendance, lunch can also be booked. Plant Show classes are held and the annual AGM is part of the programme as well as 4 lectures. Sales tables are available and charged for. In addition there is a Members Sales table with 10% of the proceeds going to the society.
Videos of the talks are then available in the members area of the website.

Serving the members through the Internet

The Internet is a strong competitor to orchid societies and it has a clearly contributed to the declining amount of members. It’s time to fight back with the same weapon. In the Finnish Orchid Society we organise member meetings generally only in Helsinki. It means that most of the members cannot participate the meetings personally. For many years, we have video taped the most interesting lectures. These can be watched on our website. As the communication techniques have advanced, we have now headed to Zoom-meetings, where the members can participate by texting comments and questions to the performers. This also allows the lecturer or the host of the meeting to locate physically anywhere in the reach of the Internet. Please, comment what kind of experiences and practises you have in your organisation.

Creating income

Creating income

In the Finnish Orchid Society, we started to sell two types downloadable products in our web store:

* a PDF article “How to care Phalaenopsis” for 3 Euros.
* previous double and theme numbers of our memberships journal in PDF format for 6 Euros

These are one-click-buy products, which means in the case of the PDF article that by clicking a text link the PDF is ready in the shopping basket and only customer’s name and email are required to proceed into paying. In this case, the payments are made by an integrated bank transfer

Please check: https://www.suomenorkideayhdistys.fi/shop/

Cutting your Thunia

Cutting your Thunia

Propagating orchids is usually a tedious process, but there are a few orchids that multiply rapidly by cuttings. Flower stems (after flowering) of Phaius tankervilleae are an example. Here, I show the propagation of Thunia.

Noël Bernard: ‘The greatest hope of French botany’

Noël Bernard: ‘The greatest hope of French botany’

Nora De Angelli commemorates a man whose astonishingly quick mind was lost too soon to the world of orchids. During his short but productive career, Noël Bernard (1874–1911) shed much light on the nature of the endophytic fungi found in orchids and their importance to their survival. His major discovery was the symbiotic germination of orchid seeds.

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