The 22nd World Orchid conference and show was held in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 2017 and included some spectacular species from South America as well as other parts of the world.
The 21st World Orchid conference and show was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 10-14 September 2014. I also travelled to Cape Town and Madagascar, where I photographed a number of orchids in the wild, as well as seeing some amazing other plants and scenery.
The 20th World Orchid conference and Show was held in Singapore, in November 2011, and I was particularly interested in the species orchids.
The 19th World Orchid Conference and Show was held in Miami, Florida, USA in 2008. Displays and prize-winning orchids, and others are featured.
The 18th World Orchid Conference and Show was held in Dijon, in central France in March 2005, in conjunction with the Florrissimo which takes place there every four years. I have talked separately about the show itself, the species orchids, and the Slipper orchids.
The China Orchid Shows. The 10th Asia-Pacific Orchid Show, and the 20th China Orchid Show, were held in Chongqing, China in March 2010. A spectacular show, with some amazing surprises, both inside and outside the conference!
The 20th Australian Orchid Conference and Show was held in Mackay, Queensland, with theme of ‘Orchids in Paradise’. It is not often you see a brand new Holden Ute in an orchid show, and it also gave me the opportunity to find some of the native species in the area.
The 17th Australian Orchid Conference and Show, also had the theme ‘Orchids in Paradise’ and was held in Port Macquarie, in Northern New South Wales in 2006, with speakers from around the world.
Orchids around the world
Epiphytic and Lithophytic Orchids of SE Queensland. Yes, there are plenty of native orchids in the rainforest, and eucalypt forests of Queensland’s subtropics, as well as spectacular scenery.
Australasian Terrestrials. A brief overview of the many deciduous, terrestrial orchids in the Australasian region, and hints on the cultivation of some of them, under southeast Queensland conditions.
Spectacular Western Australia. Springtime in Western Australia is the best time to see its amazing collection of unique wildflowers, and is also the time at which they organise their orchid shows and conferences. On one trip I photographed 60 different orchid species in the wild, many of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. WA is also host to one of the amazing underground orchids.
The Orchids of Niugini. Based on a visit to Papua New Guinea with Phil Spence, and Geoff Stocker. This presentation takes in the PNG International Orchid Show, Enga Cultural show, and orchids in the highlands.
The Orchids of Borneo and Kota Kinabalu. A trip through the highlands of Borneo, looking at orchids in the wild, and some in collections, as well as some of the other flora, and fauna, which you can meet if you aren’t careful!
Trekking Northern Thailand with a local orchid expert I was able to see many of the unusual species in the mountain areas.
A taste of China and China and Thailand were trips to photograph orchids in high mountain habitats in Yunnan, and Sichuan Provinces in southern and central China, and in parts of northern Thailand. They were a mix of very isolated areas, in small villages, and tourist areas with big hotels.
Trekking Yunnan, China A trip organised by Wenqing Perner and her late husband took us to various mountainous areas Southern China, which I supplemented with a trip with another local expert.
The Orchids of Madagascar are unique, as are some of the other flora and fauna. I was able to photograph some of the species, and also talk to various conservationists.
Orchids in Guatemala. Guatemala has a number of unique orchid species, as well as having others which can be found further north, and south in Central America.
Orchid Conservation in Costa Rica. The 3rd International Orchid Conservation Congress was held in San Jose, Costa Rica. The talk includes the 36th National Orchid Show, Lankester Botanic Gardens, and the Orchid Garden at Monteverde. Costa Rica is the country with the highest proportion of National Parks in the world.
Slipper Orchids in Ecuador and Peru. Yes! there are orchids at Machu Picchu as well as several other parts of the Andes, and the Amazon basin.
Exploring Ecuador and Exploring Ecuador and Peru. Yes! there are orchids at Machu Picchu, as well as several other parts of the Andes, and the Amazon basin. These talks feature species in situ, and the wonderful orchid collection of Ecuagenera in Gualaceo.
The OCA in Ecuador The Orchid Conservation Alliance organises trips in various parts of the world and this was a chance to see orchids in the wild in Ecuador and learn about their conservation projects.
The OCA in Colombia Another Orchid Conservation Alliance trip braving the mountainous areas of Colombia and its orchids.
Slipper Orchids in Situ. Cypripedium, Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium and Selenipedium occur in the wild, in different parts of the world.
Orchid Collections. See behind the scenes at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Wisley RHS Gardens, and the National Collection of Anguloa, Ida & Lycaste in the UK, the Eric Young Orchid Foundation in Jersey, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Kabukiran Orchids in the Philippines, Orchid Zone in the USA, Ecuagenera in Ecuador, and Kenntner’s Nursery buried in snow in Germany!
Weird and Wonderful Species. A small selection of wonderful species from the 30,000 found throughout the world. Not all of these are weird but they are certainly unique.