Reports of Shows and Other Events

Report of the Orchid Society of the Royal Botanical Gardens Show, February 20 – March 1, 2020

by Wendy Hearder-Moan

A team composed of Frank Washburn, Gavin Clark, Rob Vanderheyden, Heather Detheridge, Martha Novoselac, Cindy Boers and Amanda  Crabbe executed Ben Boers’ vision for the  OSRBG display, assisted by Sandra Ianiri, Jacqui Arrindell and myself working “behind the scenes” doing the labelling and fitting up the plants with pot socks. (‘Pot socks” for the uninitiated are the black cloths that cover the clay and plastic pots.) Many thanks to all the members who contributed plants for the display. Special thanks to Linda Will and Robert Johnstone who registered not only the plants in our display but also those in all the other displays in the Show, a labour-intensive and  painstaking task which must be acknowledged. Karen Logan organized the art portion of the Show virtually single-handedly for which we are very grateful. This aspect of the Show grows in importance every year thanks to her involvement. Thanks are also due to Lynda and Pat Vuurman who arranged for the AOS judging (Pat as head judge), in addition to their many other functions, and of course our eminent Show Director, Ben Boers (and not forgetting the essential role played by Cindy Boers!)

Coming back to our display, the big winner was a Coelogyne cristata, grown by Gavin Clark. It rang all the changes, winning Best in Class, Best Specimen Plant and Best in Show. Congratulations, Gavin!

Gavin Clark’s Coelogyne cristata

Other ribbon winners were as follows:

Royal Botanical Gardens 

Myrmecophila (Schomburgkia) wendlandii – 1st

Ansellia africana ‘Garden Party’ HCC/AOS – 3rd

Linda Will

Phragmipedium Eric Young – 1st

Phragmipedium Zopatilla de la Virgen – 2nd

Phragmipedium Fritz Schomburg – 2nd

Bc. Green bird – 2nd

Phragmipedium Cape Sunset – 3rd

Paphiopedilum Lady Booth x sanderianum – 3rd

Robert Johnstone

Phragmipedium Penns Creek Cascade – 1st

Paphiopedilum Doll’s Kobold – 2nd

Paphiopedilum tuxedo Junction ‘ David Warren’ HCC/AOS – 2nd

Paphiopedilum Fairly Sauced – 3rd

Paphiopedilum spicerianum – 3rd

Phragmipedium Cardinale ‘Kilworth’ AM/AOS – 3rd

Wendy Hearder-Moan

Phalaenopsis Sogo Jessica ‘Blush’ – 1st

Phalaenopsis (No ID – Pink) – 3rd

Phalaenopsis (No ID – Yellow) – 3rd

Ed Drury 

Cattleya (Slc. Newberry Promise x Pot. Lynette and Alan) x Rlc. Dream Circle – 1st

June Cramer 

Cymbidium Swan Lake ‘Margot’ – 1st

Cymbidium Intermediate Yellow – 2nd

Cymbidium Jia Ho’s Green Emerald – 2nd

Cymbidium Fuss ‘ Fantasy’ – 3rd

Cymbidium Mighty Remus ‘Vintage’ – 3rd

Pat and Lynda Vuurman

Bifrenaria (leucorrhoda x vitellina) – 2nd

Phalaenopsis Yushan Green Pixie (Timothy Christopher x Chang Maw Evergreen) – 2nd

Phalaenopsis Queen Beer (pulcherrima x Meteor) – 3rd

Robert Vanderheyden

Phragmipedium Leslie Garay (Phrag. longifolium x Phrag. caudatum) – 3rd

Paphiopedilum gratrixianum – 3rd

Ben and Cindy Boers

Phalaenopsis Almanis – 3rd

Sarco. Metalica – 3rd

June Cramer”s Cymbidiums were a big hit with Show attendees

A list of award winners in the various categories will be posted elsewhere on the website, but I should take this opportunity to thank all the donors who make the awards possible.

The show was well-attended and it seemed to me that just about everyone who visited the sales area went away with at least one purchase. Thanks to all our vendors for helping to make the customers happy. The talks on re-potting and on orchid culture were also well-attended and the participation of Sandra Ianiri, Heather Detheridge, Pitson Dantanarayana, Katherine Golightly, Denise McLeod, and Ann Stallman was much appreciated, as well as that of Spencer Hauk who spoke on orchid pests.

A myriad of other volunteers helped to make this show a success. Whether you sold raffle tickets (thanks, John Boers), worked Security, staffed the info desk or the Society Sales Table, sold memberships or helped dismantle the display, give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.


Ed Drury’s Cattleya

SOOS Orchid Show February 8 & 9, 2020 Report

By Rob Vanderheyden

The OSRBG display at the SOOS Orchid Show featured 22 plants: 18 on loan from members of our society and 4 from the RBG greenhouse.

Heather Detheridge, Cathy Tozer, Gavin Clark, and myself, Rob Vanderheyden, had the pleasure of setting up the OSRBG display at the SOOS Valentines Orchid Show 2020. Twenty-two plants is not a large number of plants for a display but there were some very impressive plants that the team had to work with. Thank you to the team for your efforts in creating a display that showed off our orchids well.

Congratulations to all who received awards at the show. The display was awarded a 2nd place ribbon, 13 member plants and 2 RBG plants were awarded ribbons as noted below. Congratulations to Wendy Hearder-Moan as her Phalaenopsis Sogo Jessica ‘Blush’ was awarded 1st in Phalaenopsis hybrids – Class 047, Best in Class and the International Phalaenopsis Alliance Trophy. 

Phalaenopsis Sogo Jessica ‘Blush’

Ribbon Report

Wendy Hearder-Moan 

Phalaenopsis Sogo Jessica ‘Blush’ (Liu’s Twilight Rainbow x Sogo Rostris) – 1st, Best in Class and the International Phalaenopsis Alliance Trophy

Coelogyne Unchained Melody (cristata x flaccida) 2nd

Gavin Clark

Coelogyne cristata 2nd

June Cramer

Cymbidium (pumilum x Flare) x Clarissa ‘Austin’ 3rd

Cymbidium Kyancutta ‘Sweet Lorraine’ (airy Wand x Paracel) 3rd

Sandra Micucci

Laelianthe Meadow Gold (Laelia anceps x Guarianthe aurantiaca) 2nd

Rhyncattleanthe Key Mersorcamdan (Izumi Charm x C. Fire Fantasy ‘Royalty’) 3rd

Linda Will

Miltoniopsis Sun Glow ‘Amazing’ (Pink Lady x santanaei) 3rd

Phragmipedium Eric Young (besseae x longifolium) 2nd

Phragmipedium Fritz Schomburg (kovachii x besseae) 3rd

Rob Vanderheyden

Cymbidium sinensis 3rd

Oncostele Eye Candy ‘Pinkie’ (Catatante x Oncidium Barossa Delight) 3rd

Phragmipedium Sedenii (longifolium x schlimii) 3rd

Royal Botanical Gardens

Trichocentrum sprucei 1st

Schomburgkia undulata 1st

COOS Report – 2019

By Wendy Hearder-Moan

The OSRBG display at the COOS Show featured 45 plants, of which 8 were from the RBG greenhouse and the remaining 37 were on loan from members of the Society.  Thank you to everyone who contributed their prized specimens. Without your participation there would be no display.

Forty-five plants made for a large display, as shown above. Many thanks to Frank Washburn, Jacqui Arrindell, Heather Detheridge and her friend Cathy, and Gavin Clark who, along with myself, put together the display.

Four of the RBG orchids received ribbons as did 20 of the plants belonging to members. Congratulations to all the ribbon winners and a special congratulations to Ben Boers whose Cattleya maxima var coerulea received the award for Best Cattleya in the Show. A photo of his Cattleya can be found below.


Here is a list of all the ribbon winners from our display.

Royal Botanical Gardens

Epidendrum prismatocarpum – 2nd

Rhyncholaeliocattleya Déese Charles – 2nd

Epidendrum (Mabel Kanda x cordigera alba) – 3rd

Guarianthe bowringiana – 3rd

Pat and Linda Vuurman

Kefericzella Ash Trees (Kefst. tolimensis x W. marginata) – 2nd

Phragmidpedium Apple Pie (Magdalene Rose x besseae) – 2nd

Coelogyne Orchideengarten Joachim (salmonicolor x usitana) – 3rd

Ben and Cindy Boers

Cattleya maxima var coerulea ‘Ben Boers’ HCC/AOS – 1st and Best Cattleya Award

Cattleya Walkerinter var coerulea (walkeriana x intermedia) – 1st

Cattleya tigrinia – 2nd

Rhynchostylis coelestits – 3rd

Wendy Hearder-Moan

Phalaenopsis Queen Beer (pulcherrima x Meteor) – 1st

Miltonidium Plum Fancy ‘The Best’ – 2nd

Frank Washburn

Oncidium Heaven Scent ‘Redolence’ (Ruffles x Sharry Baby)  – 3rd

Linda Will

Paphiopedilum purpuratum – 2nd

Phragmipedium Norvin Olivas (pearcei x kaieteurum) – 3rd

Phragmidpedium (lindleyanum x Hanna Popow) – 3rd

Faye Menzies

Brassolaelia Aurora (L. anceps x B. nodosa) – 1st

Encyclia vespa – 3rd

Cattleya Hawaiian Wedding Song ‘Virgin’ HCC/AOS – 3rd

Daniel Scher

Paphiopedilum Predacious ‘Lestat’ (adductum x glanduliferum) – 2nd

Cattleya jenmanii var typo ‘Mem. Emily Scher – 3rd

Philip Scher

Dracuvallia Dorothy Stevenson (Masd. uniflora x Drac. roezlii) – 1st

Masdevallia peristeria ‘Predator’ – 1st

Gavin Clark

Dendrobium trinervum x sib – 1st

Here are a few more photos from the Show: