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Welcome to the British Paphiopedilum Society - Est.1990

Are you a Slipper Orchid fanatic, or do you just want to improve the way you grow them?

If so, then you can join a society whose members enjoy sharing information on all aspects of these beautiful and sometimes bizarre plants. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced grower, the society welcomes all who share a passion for this distinctive group of orchids.

The British Paphiopedilum Society was founded in August 1990 and encompasses all slipper orchids - paphiopedilum, phragmipedium, cypripedium, mexipedium and selenipedium.  It currently has a membership of over 100, drawn from countries throughout the world.

The Society currently holds one main meeting (including its AGM) at the start of each year in Malvern, Worcestershire, although members take full advantage of the social opportunities offered by the society to meet up and attend other orchid events throughout the year and all around the country. The society is also represented at the International Orchid Show, giving members the chance to exhibit their best plants for public appreciation and judging. It is hoped that further events may be possible in future.


The Solihull meeting is a full weekend event and symposium.  At each meeting there are guest speakers, discussion forums, a table show and plant sales.  Cultural and habitat information, given by the speakers and members, is invaluable for successful growing and is usually accompanied by superb slides.

Since 1990 the Society has adopted a policy of inviting leading experts in the field of slipper orchids as our guest speakers.  Members have enjoyed over 40 "World Class Speakers", including experts like:

Dr Phillip Cribb (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK),  Frank Smith (Krull-Smith Orchids, USA), Masayoshi Takahashi (Tokyo Orchid Nursery, Japan),  Jerry Fischer (Orchids Ltd., USA), Dr Guido Braem (Schlechter Institut, Germany), Roelle Van Rooyen (Van Rooyen Orchids, South Africa), Prof. Leonid Averyanov (St. Petersburg, Russia), Jim Clarkson (University of South Florida Botanical Gardens), Sam Tsui (Orchid Inn, USA).

Many orchid growers from around the world have had sales tables at our meetings, giving members the opportunity of acquiring rare and unusual top-quality plants.

A colourful Society Journal is published twice a year and sent to members by email, reporting on events, talks and forthcoming activities. The latest issue, along with back issues, can also be viewed and downloaded, by logging in to the members-only area of this website. Here, members can also view and download further information and application forms for society events. Sample back issues of the Journal can be viewed and downloaded here - Society Journal Back Issues

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We look forward to welcoming you into the society and meeting you at one of our events.


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