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Judging Symposia.

Judging Symposia are held on a regular basis (two or more times a year) at Orchid Shows and events at different venues throughout the UK.

The Symposia are aimed at Trainee Judges, to allow them to view as wide a selection of orchids as possible, and to judge them for themselves.

Each Symposium consists of a number of tables of plants chosen from displays at the show (usually four or more tables). These are judged by a panel of expert judges, and Trainees then judge each table and record their results.

Records of results are kept and analysed to determine the Trainees’ progress, and when a score of 75% over 30 or so tables is achieved (rated against the results of a panel of experts for each table) a Trainee may be deemed to become a fully qualified BOC Orchid Judge.

BOC Judging Symposia 2019

Sunday 31st March.
Bournemouth 60th Anniversary Show,
Highcliffe Castle, Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe, Dorset BH23 4LE

** Please note this next change of venue **

Sunday 13th October.
This will now take place at
Burnham Nurseries, Forches Cross, Newton Abbot TQ12 6PZ

Sadly, the Devon Orchid Society have had to cancel their Orchid weekend at the Langstone Cliff Hotel; the management at the hotel decided to set prices at a level where it was no longer economically viable. In case some well organised people had already made plans, we wanted to continue to use the same weekend and in the same area for the symposium. Sara Rittershausen of Burnham Nurseries has kindly offered to host the symposium at the nursery on the Sunday. The RHS Orchid Committee were also going to meet at the Orchid weekend and they will now hold their meeting at the nursery on the Saturday.

We will now have the Orchid Committee meeting on Saturday 12 October and the BOC Judging Symposium on Sunday 13. The Devon Orchid Society will still be involved in the event and it is very fitting that we will join Sara at the nursery for the firm's 70th Birthday celebrations. Saturday will be an opportunity to look around the nursery and make some purchases, submit some of your star plants to the Orchid Committee, and sit in on the public part of the committee meeting. On the Sunday we plan to get through five judging tables at the symposium. Further plans have still to be made, but we hope to include at least one talk over the weekend.


Lycaste Cassiopeia ‘Wyld Peach’
Photo by Norma Burgess.