FANTASIES AND FACTS ABOUT ORCHIDS

 

Amusing stories about orchids, ancient beliefs and remedies ...

 
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Free Orchid shows.

Every month we hold a free orchid show; either near Preston, Manchester or Warrington.

New members are always welcome, but our normal monthly shows are free to all, come along and take a look at your local orchid society.

See our orchid show page

Orchid Paintings


Orchid Paintings

historical paintings

 The above are just two images of the many Historical Paintings of Orchids awarded at our shows from the turn of the century through to the Second World War.

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The RHS Flower Show
Tatton Park

July 19th to 23rd 2017
Come along and meet us in the Society Marquee, free helpful advice and orchid potting demonstrations; we can supply you with  top quality approved orchid compost.

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The Society once again has taken a Gold Medal as in last years event, along with the coveted trophy for Best display in the Marquee.

2015 results
Our display in 2015 year created in association with the OSGB and took Gold, as well as the coveted Holford Medal for a slideshow of it please click here

Fact or Fantasy

You decide......

laelia purpurata Orchids have always appeared mysterious, and have therefore been the object of intrigue and curiosity of people for centuries. Ancient cultures believed magical cures for all sorts of ills could be made from the roots.
Wild Orchid Two European types of terrestrial orchids The Pink Butterfly and The Long Spurred Because of the appearance of the pseudo bulbs of these plants and others and their similarity in appearance to certain part of the human anatomy, they were considered to be the cure for many sexual problems, indeed the word orchis is the Latin name for testicle, and the Ancient Greeks believed that elixirs made from orchid roots would have aphrodisiac qualities, and be a cure to various reproductive problems.
See also our story on orchis

In Theatrum Botanicum which was first published in 1640, a r. John Parkinson wrote:-

"if a man ate a large orchid tuber, he would begat many children"

Culpepper writing in the British Herbal stated:-

"The roots are to be used with discretion... They are hot and moist in operation, under the dominance of Venus, and provoke lust exceedingly which the dried and withered roots do restrain".

The ancient Chinese were one of the first people to use orchids as medicine, and some of the earliest paintings of orchids can be found on the oldest of Chinese vases.

In India in the 1800's a nutritious drink made from the roots of several orchid species was produced and known by the name of Salep or Saloop.

Today, one of our most popular flavourings Vanilla is derived from the seed pods of orchids.

 

 

 

 

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One of our Gold Medal RHS Displays

For many years we created Gold Medal Winning Displays at the RHS Show Tatton Park....

Large Annual Orchid Show

Each year our Annual Show brings one of the largest orchid events to the North of England, Held in the Tenants Hall at Tatton Park....

World's Oldest Orchid Society?

Established in 1897, we have been giving awards to orchids since the turn of the Century, this is an image of one of the early orchid paintings, from which our badge is derived....

Catesatum pilateum

There are over 35000 species of orchid, here is one of the more unusual from the tropics, often seen at our monthly shows....

Laelia purpurata

This showy species makes a change from the usual Phalaenopsis Orchids found in the supermarkets; many specialist growers attend our shows....

Anguloa

Another species of orchid prized by the enthusiastic grower, these plants can be quite large, and are very showy...

Ophrys - The Bee Orchid

At each of our monthly shows, you will see (at the right time of the year) some fine specimens of terrestrial orchids from the temperate zones....

Dendrobium thrysiflorum

For sheer flower power you cannot beat some of the orchid species which may carry over a thousand blooms....

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