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OSCOV & AOC Rumours

The OSCOV Executive has become aware that there are a number of rumours circulating in relation to discussions between OSCOV and the Australian Orchid Council (AOC) to be undertaken, concerning possible closer alignment of those 2 organisations.  Most of the rumours we have heard are inaccurate – therefore OSCOV wants to make a public statement to ensure that the correct OSCOV position on this matter is clear. 

OSCOV has not requested that its Member Societies, nor its Judging Panel, become formally included in the AOC structure.  Likewise – the AOC has not formally approached OSCOV to request any specific alignment or restructure.  The possibility of a discussion being organised at some time in the coming months has been floated, and OSCOV is open to participating in any such discussion.  However – there is no commitment at this stage from OSCOV to effect any closer alignment, or in fact any different association with the AOC.  Any such commitment could only ever come following detailed discussions which resulted in a structural outcome that preserved the existence and independence of the OSCOV Judging Panel, the freedom of association of the OSCOV Member Societies, and the independence of OSCOV itself as the peak body representing the significant majority of Victorian Orchid Societies. 

OSCOV would enter any such discussions in good faith, with the expectation that there would be some benefits in closer alignment – but the net benefit would need to be significant, and both our Judging Panel, and our Member Societies would also each need to approve any particular proposal.

If anyone has specific queries in relation to this matter – please email me directly (mc011@bigpond.com).  Michael J Coker – President

Victorian Shows 2014

I have just put up a list of the Victorian shows being held in Victoria in 2014. It is a long list sorted by date. If any information is incorrect or changes please let me know so I can update the list. The list is on the show page or you can click here.

Melbourne Orchid Spectacular m
Friday 22nd August - Sunday 24th August

The list of orchid (and orchid product) vendors for the 2014 Melbourne Orchid Spectacular has now been completed:
- Atlantis Orchids
- Aussie Shade & Hot Houses
- B & T Ferns & Orchids
- Botanic Ridge Orchids (flask vendor - Australia)...
- Brogo River View
- Castle Creek Orchids
- Collectors Corner
- David Keneally Orchids
- David Wain Orchids
- Devon Meadows Orchids
- Ecuagenera (flask vendor - Ecuador)
- Flora Laboratories/KeikiGrow
- The Hanging Garden
- Johnston Orchids
- Kimberley Orchids
- Lawranna Orchids
- Magic Meadow
- Mount Beenak Orchids
- Nicky’s Slippers
- Orchid SpeciesPlus
- Orchids on Newbold
- Sims Orchids
-Stephen Monkhouse Orchids
- Tinonee Orchids
- Western Orchids Laboratory (flask vendor - Australia)
- Water Orchids (flask vendor - Taiwan

More Information will be posted as it is finalised.

Melbourne Orchid Spectacular
Friday 22nd August - Sunday 24th August

The Art and Photo Exhibition

Information can be found by downloading this form.

Victorian Orchids of the Year - 2013

The judging for these awards has now been completed and all the winners can be found on the Orchids of the Year pages or using this link . The Victorian Orchid of the Year for 2013 was Phragmipedium caudatum 'Charlotte' AM/OSCOV and was grown by Dieter Weise. This is the second year in a row he has won this competition with a species. The flowers were 840mm long and very clean and I am sure all would agree a worthy winner.

The Victorian Best Cultured Orchid of the Year for 2013 and the Memoria Gunter Haar Award was the species Masdevallia glandulosa 'Tutu' CC/OSCOV. This plant was grown by Marita Anderson and Chris Waterman and is the second year in a row they have won this award with a masdevallia, this year with a species.

Melbourne Orchid Spectacular
Friday 22nd August - Sunday 24th August

OSCOV is pleased to announce that details for the 2014 Spectacular have now been set:

- Exhibitor display set-up & exhibit registration: Wednesday 20 August 2014: from 8:30am until 4:00pm
- Judging: Thursday 21 August 2014: from 8:30am
- Vendor hall set-up: Thursday 21 August 2014: from 9:00am
- Open to the public: Friday 22 August: 9:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday 23 August: 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday 24 August: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Please put those dates in your diaries!

The most significant change from 2013 is that the Spectacular will be held in 2014 at the Victorian Canine Association facility at ‘KCC Park’, 655 Western Port Highway, Skye, Vic 3977.

OSCOV itself will manage the trade function at the Spectacular in 2014. In addition – it is expected that there will be additional vendors of orchids or orchid products. These are likely to include Devon Meadows Orchids, Royale Orchids and additional vendors offering other types of plants such as bromeliads, ferns, bulbs, African violets, cacti and succulents.

The OSCOV Executive is currently negotiating arrangements with potential international flask vendors.

More details will follow over the next few weeks.

Photo Gallery

This has just been updated and now contains well over 1700 pictures of mostly awarded orchids. The plants are listed by what is now the currently accepted name for that plant. This includes the changes in the Laeliinea, Onciidiinae and Vandacious groups. The gallery can be found on this link If there are any errors please let me know on web@oscov.asn.au

Victorian Country Clubs Challenge
Saturday 5th July and Sunday 6th July
McIntosh Centre, Shepparton

The Country Clubs Challenge information has been updated and can be found on this link This is a show well worth going to and I have not missed a single show. It would be the second best orchid event in Victoria behind the Melbourne Orchid Spectacular.



Orchid Wiz

OSCOV has a couple of copies of the current Orchid Wiz program for sale. The cost is $150 which is half retail price. To obtain a copy (which can be used on 2 computers) contact John Skews on (03) 9439 8890.

OSCOV Executive

Following the AGM there has been a number of changes to the OSCOV executive. Bill Miles a past president has decided to step down. He has been a great worker for OSCOV, on the executive for 18 years and will be sadly missed. Also Ern Kettle has decided to stand down. Ern was on the executive since it formed over 21 years ago, the first 20 as Judging Registrar. He will be greatly missed by all. Michael Coker has become the President with Stephen Early taking over the Past Presidents position. Geoff Bailey has become a Vice President with Marita Anderson coming on to the executive as Assistant Secretary and Chris Waterman coming on as Promotions officer.


- Each Society has been granted space (free of charge) on this site for their own web page. These are now posted and will be updated as more information is made available. Eventually It is hoped that members of many of these Societies will look after their own sites and be able to update them more often than is possible for one or two volunteers. As for now you can simply find a society on the map of Victoria or Melbourne and click to go to that Society's web site.

- Under Articles you will find a collection of 87 articles from Orchids in Victoria and More Orchids in Victoria on a wide range of topics. More will come later.

- Under the Photo Gallery you will find over 1000 pictures of awarded orchids and other orchids. Each is thumb-nailed with a larger picture available. More will be added later.

- Under Awards there is a complete list of all awarded orchids. This will be updated as more awards are added and be linked to relevant pictures in the future.

- Under Conservation find a list of many of the conservation activities in Australia.

- Under Links there is a list of many valuable links. This will be expanded in the future and has already been updated once.

- Under Judges you will find a list of all OSCOV Judges

- Under Executive there is a list of all Executive Members and their phone numbers.

- Under About Us find a description of what OSCOV is and what it does for its clubs.

- Details on how to join the Free Online Orchid Group and keep up to date on orchid events in Victoria.

- Who to Contact and get information about this site and orchids in Victoria.

- The last seven Victorian Orchids of the Year winners, together with articles by Brian Milligan about the winners for each of the last three year's winners.

- Information about all exclusive Publications and badges available from OSCOV and where to get them. This includes the Orchids in Victoria series of books. Please note that while the first Volume is sold out the articles from this can be found under the articles section of this web site. Copies of Volume 3, 4 and 5 are still available. These books will not be reprinted.

- A list of all upcoming Shows as soon as OSCOV is informed of these details. Some shows are already listed.

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