If your don't possess an accurate light meter, and wish to know exactly what amount of light your orchids are getting, here is a simple way using a camera ...

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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 18th to 22nd 2018
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

Most orchid books, and instructions will give a recommendation on how many foot candles of light a plant requires, that's all very well if you possess a foot candles meter, however as the average home does not, here is a way to make the calculations using the light meter of an ordinary camera.

You need

1. a camera with a built in light meter

2. a grey scale neutral test card, obtainable form most camera stores.

3. a calculator.

Set the camera  to ASA (ISO) 100, and the shutter speed to 1/100th of a second.

Place the card in the position your orchid is to occupy and adjust the camera aperture until you get correct reading, and note the aperture required ( i.e.  f 11)

The light falling on the card in foot candles can then be calculated by taking the f stop needed(11) and squaring it (121) and then multiply that answer by 11.5 which will give you 1391.5 ft. candles.

It is probably a good idea to do a few readings under different conditions to arrive at a comfortable solution, especially in the more northern or southern hemispheres.




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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....


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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