2011 World Orchid Conference

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It seems barely yesterday that the 20th World Orchid Conference (WOC) was under way. Actually, it is 11 months ago as this article is written. It took up to eight years of preparation, from the submission of a written proposal and the site visit by the WOC Trustees, and it will take a little longer before a final account is presented in the shape of the Proceedings of the Conference. The Proceedings will be a more comprehensive account: this brief article cannot be more than a sketch, in which, in the interim, I would like to briefly summarise some impressions of this event. The previous Singapore WOC, help in 1963, transformed the local orchid scene. Will this latest WOC do likewise? I am unsure, but hop it may. The Malayan Orchid Review (MOR) is, after all, the journal of the Orchid Society of South-East Asia (OSSEA). So I also want to five some report of the contribution of OSSEA to the show, in the form of its Gold Medal-winning display and the plants therein; an, of course, to illustrate the whole thing and thus evoke pleasant memories of the event.

Singapore Orchid Show 2012

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Hardly eight months after hosting the 20th World Orchid Conference, the Orchid Society of South East Asia (OSSEA) was called to stage the Singapore Orchid Show (SOS), which is part of the biennial Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) 2012.

Held at the usual location, Level 4 at Suntec City Convention Centre, the Show comprised 18 landscape displays, 10 floral window displays, and over 400 plants submitted for show judging. We had a total of 12 overseas groups who participated, not including 24 foreign judges – a clear sign that many of our overseas friends have recovered from the exertions of the recent WOC event and were eager to come to another Singapore show again, and so soon after the last one.

The Singapore Orchid Ball 2013

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Held on 2 August 2013 at the Conrad Centennial Singapore, the gala fundraise evening, and was a success in many ways. Every one of the 31 tables was filled to the brim and there was a heady buzz in the air with much mingling amongst friends, casual acquaintances and people in the orchid business.

OSSEA is honoured to have the Minster for National Development Mr. Khaw Boon Wan as our Guest-of-Honour. He not only went on stage to congratulate the Master Hybridisers and successful auction bidders of naming rights hybrids, but also subsequently walked over to several tables to speak with the guests, especially the orchid growers.