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Well it is only seven days now until the big event in London, even less if you are trading or exhibiting. I have heard it described as the biggest orchid event held in England for years, and with the way the orchid world is contracting the it may be the biggest event some of us will ever experience.
But there does not seem to be a big buzz about it, the forum is not exactly full of expectant, excited comments. So how many of you are going? What are you hoping for / expecting?


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Been to see our Show Secretary (EMOS) this morning as he's got the job of collecting a load of plants on behalf of the BOC, travelling down there and setting up the display. Sounds that will be one heck of a display. I'll send a plant or two which are not my best, so doubt they'll be awarded with the quality expected from some of the traders and excellent growers nationally who contribute. I'm travelling down with Keith (masdyman) for the day so will be a flying visit but there's one or two people I want to speak too & maybe I'll see a plant that fits the bill if the price is right. Looking forward to it.

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I will be there on Saturday with my O.S.. I plan to spend a couple of hours in the show and then visit the Tate for a bit of culture!

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I wish I was going but it my busiest time of year at work so I am just unable hoping to see lots of great pics. Shame because quite a few of my foreign friends are over doing talks.


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Going on the preview night and will surely come away with a few treasures but must restrain myself as not much room left especially after a trip to Schwerter this week.

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I will be there on Saturday with my O.S.. I plan to spend a couple of hours in the show and then visit the Tate for a bit of culture!

Not enough culture already at the RHS? :laughing-rollingyellow:

I'll be in London since monday morning, and will enjoy all week. Scientific lectures at Kew on wednesday and Thursday. Private visit of Kew on Friday. And on the show at the preview and Friday afternoon after Kew. Maybe a little bit more of show on the WE at the early entrance for registrants.

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Going on the preview night but must restrain myself

I shall be going Preview night (plus one other day (at least)) and have NO intention of restraining myself. I'm hoping to buy so many that I can't carry but have to drag all the bags back to St. James station.

I find there are certain stalls that I'm always attracted to; Akerne, Roelke, Ryanne.....etc and there's always a chap (still don't know who he is after all these years?) usually set up almost in the middle of the Halls, a small stall, where the other exhibitors unload their vans full of plants, he looks like he bought his collection in the back of his car (a Reliant Robin?) but we obviously have the same taste in plants because he always has more plants I want than any of those on some of the larger stalls........ ( :think: wonder what he's got for me this year?).

Nope, can't wait.........

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Will give this one a miss --- can't get decent food in London!!
Will have a day or two in Malvern in June and hopefully meet a few new and old faces.

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So exciting. Wish I could go!

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Phraggy, what sort of food do you like? There's so much food in London you should be able to get anything you want somewhere!


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We are going for two days, should be a brilliant show.
ED this is one not to miss!!!!!!!

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Phraggy, what sort of food do you like? There's so much food in London you should be able to get anything you want somewhere!


A good meat and potato pie with a suet crust ------------ the only place I could find within walking distance of RHS was Nandos--- yuk!!

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I am going on thursday
with loads of euros and dollars. This is probably the last decent show we will see for years as I think most of us know that the UK market is dead and ?. Anyone going on thursday .
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We are going on Thursday to see how some of my Cym's and Pleiones look on the OSGB display. Unfortunately absolutely no room for any purchases.

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What a strange show ... there are 60 orchid vendors spread between both halls, and what a mix of plants there are! Plants I have never seen before at any show I have ever been to before. Prices vary greatly between the sellers so it is good to shop around, but in gerneral they seem to be good if you do pick the right vendor
Some of the sellers have been moved around from there 'normal' selling areas so you do have to look at your floor plan to find the vendor you have pre-ordered with.
There are a good mix of Hardy plants thrown in too ;) for us that like to throw plants in the garden.

Do be warned though, there will not be the usual mad 'sell off' on Sunday that there has been in previous years as most of the international sellers are going on to a big show in Italy and will be taking there stock with them.
They sell off will happen, but it will only be limited to a few of people who are not going on to the Eurpean show.

I'm very pleased as I have at last managed to pick up an orange varient Cymbidium goeringii that didn't cost me either my arm or my leg :D and some other Asian Cyms that you all know I love.

Laurence Hobbs has some paphiopedilum rothschildianum for sale that are in bud and only £90 plus some other speice Paphs that I haven't seen for a while, Dens that I have never seen before (although you most likely already have them in your collections :D) and an Asain Cym I have never seen in the UK, Cymbidium wenshanense ... I am hoping to pick on of those up today (ran out of money yesterday)

As for the attendees, well because the show is split between the 2 halls the halls seem a lot less crowded, but that is likely to change come the weekend, there is plenty of great displays to photograph and a good atmostphere.
Bring your own food as it is as expensive as ever in the canteen and make use of the cloakroom so you're not carrying too much!

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There are also people who would be in the hall are at talks or on trips some of the time.


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Is the show still going on? How long is it gonna be?
Those who have went, do please post some pictures so I could see how it is. Not planning to go anyways being far away but surely would love to see them.




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As requested a few photos, of a few displays and Chantelle Orchids' all conquering Trichoglottis rosea. I can appreciate that this plant took a hell of a lot of growing, (let alone transporting), but it didn't really have the wow factor for me, but of course this is a very personal thing. I guess the fact that it was hanging at the back of the stand so you could not get up close and personal with it did not help. (not that I am arguing with the judges, they know their stuff and by all accounts were in a frenzy over this plant!)


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And also from a personal point of view, I am a hardy freak and have to admit I came away a tad disappointed, but perhaps I expected too much. There were some nice Pleione on some of the displays, though a worrying amount were very obviously mislabelled, but not a lot of variety to be bought, and again many of these were clearly mislabelled, hookeriana the size of eggs are not hookeriana, and if you can get an albiflora for £20 it is not an albiflora! I did manage to pick up a few from my wants list, Epipactis Serpentine Night, a couple of Cymbidium goeringii (Thanks for pointing them out, Tanis) and I had an expensive punt on Changiana amoena, as it was now or never.
Mike Powell exhibited some beautiful plants on the Bournemouth stand, especially Serapias, while Christian Schreiner had a massed display of Cypripediums, and I spent three enjoyable but tiring days extolling the virtues of Calanthe, Cypripediums and my own Mediterranean Wintergreens on the Laneside stand, but with money burning a hole in my pocket I could not find anything to spend it on.


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