Bewdley Orchids: Conservation in your garden
Welcome to Bewdley Orchids in 2021
We hope all our customers are staying well in these challenging times. We have currently reduced our sales of plants until March or early April, depending upon the weather. In the meantime, we are continuing to sell our book How to Grow Native Orchids directly from the website; more details can be found on the Plants for Sale pages. This will hopefully encourage more people to start growing our lovely native orchids and to develop garden meadows.
Although we are not sending out plants at the moment, we remain busy in anticipation of next season. We already have a number of talks booked for 2021, which we are looking forward to. The current talks booked will be carried out using Zoom, as this is safer than face to face meetings.
Dr Wilson Wall, Technical Director, Bewdley Orchids.
We celebrate the native orchids of Great Britain, growing them from seed under sterile laboratory conditions and selling them when they are ready for planting directly into the garden or meadow. We will be increasing our range this year and will put the new species on the Plants for Sale section on this website. We hope you will join us in helping to conserve these lovely wild plants. We occasionally get requests for flowering-sized plants, which tend to be much older than our usual plants. If you do want flowering sized plants, send us a message as a special request, if possible a year in advance. This may seem a long time, but will give us the opportunity to choose the best plants to keep for you.
It will be a little while before the new species are available, but for those that are new to growing orchids in the garden or meadow, we recommend Common Spotted Orchids as an excellent starting point.
There are around 50 native orchid in Great Britain. We currently stock a small number of these and are adding to our plant list all the time. We only sell recognised species, not varieties or crosses, and all grown from seed.
For those not familiar with our native orchids, the scrolling photographs at the top of the page are all to be found in the wild, but sadly not very often. Growing them in your garden is the best thing you can do to help them. But never, ever dig them up. We grow them from seed, so they never compromise wild populations.
Our stock can be used to produce a naturalised meadow, or reintroduce plants into a landscape where they once thrived but have been lost. It is our aim to help enhance the biodiversity of gardens, meadows and orchards by encouraging the conservation of these plants.
Our book How to Grow Native Orchids in Gardens Large and Small, is now available to order from Green Books. You can, of course order it from your local bookshop or go to Amazon.co.uk. This unique book gives lots of information for the orchid grower and we are proud to be associated with the conservation credentials of Green Books. If you click on the link above you will go to their catalogue page, where it is possible to order a copy. Alternatively you could always go to your local bookshop and order a copy there. As you can see from the photographs we had a splendid book launch at Wyre Forest Books in Bewdley with Dave bringing along some of his original watercolours for people to see.
The latest information on talks we will be giving can be found on our Talks page. We do hope we will see as many of you at these as can make it. We are always happy to help and advise on any aspect of orchid cultivation.
Many thanks to Dr David Morgan for providing the header photograph on our Catalogue and Contact pages.
We can supply plants in sterile culture (at least 5/jar) at £30, which you can pick up at any of the talks that we attend. Although we routinely take these to our talks, it is worth checking for availability if you would like something specific. At the moment all of our talks are carried out on Zoom, for which we are accepting bookings now. As soon as restrictions are lifted we will be back in person, with plants and books for you to look at and buy.
Talks cover growing orchids in your garden and how we go about getting plants from seed to flowerpot. We also touch on the larger subject of culturing a garden meadow. If you would like a talk on garden orchids please get in touch via our contact page.
We hope to see as many of you at our talks as possible. Don't forget that if you have any questions or queries, you can get in touch using the Contact page.