Albany Orchid Society

Inter Society Orchid Display & Workshop

The Inter Society Orchid Display & Workshop (ISODW) is presented on an annual basis, other than when major national/international events are held in Perth. They are hosted by different orchid societies active in WA and who are members of the state body, Orchids Western Australia, (formerly the Western Australian Regional Orchid Organisation, - WAROO). This will be the 29th staging of the event.
A key aspect of the ISODW event is to bring the city to the country and the country to the city. The last event was held in the Perth suburban of Morley, and was hosted by the Species Orchid Society. The 2019 event will be held in Albany, WA, on the south coast of the state

The purpose of the ISOD&W is;

* To renew old orchid friendships and acquaintances while sharing growing/cultural experiences in order to assist in sharing gained knowledge.
* To present club/society orchid displays on a state wide stage and explore the limits of their ingenuity, artist flare and to showcase their orchids.
* To generate public interest and enthusiasm in the hobby of orchid growing with educational lectures from local and interstate orchid experts.
* To positively contribute to a more engaged and sustainable community.

This year's ISOD&W will be held on the 3rd & 4th August 2019 and will showcase orchid displays by orchid societies from many parts of Western Australia, for the largest collection of orchids seen in Albany for some years.

The morning of Saturday 3rd August is set aside for clubs/societies to erect display structures and to showcase their orchids.
The afternoon is focused on cultural talks/lectures by visiting growers (from interstate and/or overseas) for society/club members. Clive and Agi Halls from Mt Beenak Orchids in Victoria have already committed to attend with orchid sales and to give cultural talks to members and the public.

Also in attendance will be David from Orchidup, Walpole, with many of his sale orchids.

A dinner on Saturday evening for all club & society members along with guest speakers is also a major component of the ISODW event. This provides an opportunity for partners and members to mix in a friendly social atmosphere allowing the chance to catch up with friends.

On Sunday 4th August the event is open to the public (9am-3pm) with cultural talks, potting demonstrations with plant & product sales available. A major raffle is also on offer, which helps to off-set the costs of staging the event.

There will also be a local field trip on Sunday morning, it will be a scenic (total 3 hour) trip with stops to Whale World viewing wild flowers and orchids on the way, allowing for morning tea at Whale World and then proceeding back to Albany. We have been very lucky to have secured a photographer of wild orchids who knows the area very well, and will plan the route and act as tour guide.

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