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DVD's for Member Societies

These DVD's are designed to fill in a gap when a society cannot get a speaker or a speaker drops out. They are posted free of charge to OSCOV member societies and can be kept afterwards. The show the awarded orchids in a particular group and are updated to the latest awards before being created and sent. Societies can obtain copies by contacting the Awards and Internet Secretary. I do need some notice but depending on what I am doing can at times act quickly. The programs are planned to be no longer than 45 minutes and for this reason have just split the Exotic Species into Asian Species and American Species. Below is a list of all DVD's avaliable

Victorian Orchids of the Year
Awarded American Species
Awarded Asian Species
Awarded Australian Dendrobiums
Awarded Australian Sarcochilus
Awarded Australian Species
Awarded Cymbidiums
Awarded Laeliinea
Awarded Masdevalias
Awarded Oncidinae
Awarded Paphiopedilums
Awarded Any Other Hybrids

2015 Shows Listed

I have just uploaded a list of all shows held by OSCOV member societies in Victoria. As well as the Melbourne Orchid Spectacular there are 42 other shows planned by OSCOV societies and this list will give all a chance to plan where to go.

Photo Gallery Updated

I have just finished updating the Photo Gallery. It now contains almost 2000 images of orchids covering both species and hybrids. Most of the images are awarded orchids from up to 23 years ago until current time. If you click on the thumb nail you will get a larger image.

2015 OSCOV Melbourne Orchid Spectacular

Preparations for the 22 nd Annual OSCOV Melbourne Orchid Spectacular are well underway.  The Spectacular will be open to the public from Friday 28 August 2015 until Sunday 30 August 2015.  The venue remains at the Boxhall Pavilion, KCC Park, 655 Western Port Highway, Skye, Victoria.  Entry fees will be the same as for 2014 ($10 per adult and $8 concession, children under 15 free).

The list of Vendors has almost been finalised and we expect that there will be around 25 of these.  We hope that there will be a broader range of food & beverage offerings than we had for 2014 and hopefully this will include a barista for the coffee connoisseurs.

We are hoping to have even more displays than we had in 2014 a number of groups of our Country Clubs have expressed an interest in joining forces to stage bumper displays, so hopefully this will result in greater Club participation.  There should also be a few more non-orchid displays further details of these will follow.

Regular updates on the Spectacular will also be posted on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Melbourne-Orchid-Spectacular/164357086923002


The 16th Victorian Country Clubs Challenge will be hosted by Cobden Orchid Society in 2015.  This event is one of the most significant celebrations on the Victorian Orchid Calendar, and in 2015, the VCCC promises to be as good as ever!  There will be a range of fabulous orchid displays from Victorian orchid societies, and a number of commercial vendors offering great orchids and other items for sale.

The VCCC will be held on Saturday 4 July and Sunday 5 July 2015, at the Cobden Technical School.

Here is a link to more information on the VCCC:  http://www.orchid-club-cobden.com/414434921

Victorian Orchids of the Year 2014

The Victorian Orchids of the Year 2014 competition was judged by the OSCOV judging panel today (15/2/2015). The Victorian Orchid of the Year 2014 as well as Victorian seedling of the Year 2014and Victorian Paphiopedilum Species of the Year 2014 was Paphiopedilum micranthum 'Puffclere' HCC/OSCOV grown by Bill and Jan Miles of Orchid Species Plus.

The Victorian Best Cultured Orchid of the Year 2014 Victorian Best Cultured Species Orchid of the Year 2014 and the Victorian Australian Native Species of the Year 2014 was Dendrobium tetragonum var. melaleucaphilum ‘Dawkins’ HCC/OSCOV CC/OSCOV Grown by Matt Dawkins. Full results and all winners can be found on this link.

Melbourne Orchid Spectacular

The show was judged onThursday 21st August and the provisional results along with pictures of all the champions and winning stands and links to this are on our show page or you can use this link to go directly to the champions page and pictures. All the comments I have herd about the new venue KCC Park have been very positive. To the left is a picture of Cymbidium hookerianum 'Drouin' which was grown by John McMillan. This plant has won this show at least 3 times. After a successful show at our new venue - KCC Park we have already started the planning for next yrar. The proposed dates for next years show are the 28th - 30th August 2015. Put these dates in your diary as this is the one show in the year that you would not want to miss.





Vale – Mark Finnigan 

It is with sadness that we mourn the passing of Mark Finnigan last Friday 16 August 2014.  Mark had been an active member of the Yarra Valley Orchid Society and he was a keen supporter of OSCOV.    Yarra Valley Orchid Society and Mark (through his nursery, B&T Ferns and Orchids) have worked closely together over the past 10 years or so in the running of the Winter Miracles Show in July and the Sarcochilus Show in November.  Mark was also a great supporter of the OSCOV Show and was looking forward to this year’s Show at our new venue.  We offer our heartfelt condolences to his wife Jane, and to his family and friends.  He will be sadly missed.  We understand that there will be a celebration of Mark’s life at the B&T Ferns and Orchids nursery at 1:00pm on Saturday 30 August 2014, and that his friends are welcome to attend that event.

Vale Jim Buchanan

We are extremely saddened to report the passing of Jim Buchanan, Secretary and Past President of Geelong Orchid and Indoor Plant Club, staunch OSCOV supporter, and passionate about his orchid hobby. Jim was part of the OSCOV Judging Team at the club's Winter Show last Friday, when he reported not feeling well, and decided to go home. He died later that night. Jim will be sadly missed by the orchid community. OSCOV extends its deepest sympathy to his family. Michael Coker, President OSCOV.

Accomodation at the Melbourne Orchid Spectacular

The OSCOV Executive has looked into accommodation options for the Spectacular in 2014. A list of possible options is included in the attached document. Some (but not all) of these establishments offer a discount if the booking is related to the Spectacular - so make sure you mention that! Any arrangements will need to be made by you with the establishment directly. The document is on this link.

Orchids in Victoria Articles

We have now added all the articles published in all six volumes of Orchids in Victoria. There are now 246 articles on orchids and orchid culture which can be reached from the Articles link in the menu. We plan further upgrades to the photogallery when time permits but already we have approximately 1700 pictures in the gallery. This site contains approximately 350 pages (not counting the societies private pages). If you do find something you think needs correcting please let me know on web@oscov.asn.au and I will look at it.

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
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
- Australian Begonia Company
- B & T Ferns & Orchids
- Botanic Ridge Orchids (flask vendor - Australia)...
- Brogo River View Nursery
- 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.

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.

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

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