The Cymbidium Orchid Society of Victoria Inc.
Reg. No. A0023705W
The society meets every second Tuesday of each month (except January) at the Mt Waverley Community Centre, Youth Centre Hall, Miller Crescent, Mount Waverley (Melway reference 61/D12 and 70/D1; click here for a map). The hall is off Stephensons Road and is next to the Library.
The Hall is open from 7:15pm and meetings start at 8pm. Members or anyone interested to see what the club is all about can join us for a cup of coffee and a chat before the meeting (usually from 7:30pm). After the meeting, a basket supper is provided (plates of easy-to-handle finger foods are brought in by members to share with others) which gives everyone the opportunity to mingle and chat. The evening usually wraps up around 10.00pm.
Starting at 7:15pm before most monthly meetings there is a Cymbidium tutorial session. This is run by experienced members for those wishing to learn more about growing Cymbidiums. For 2018, Gordon Young and Denis Oliver have volunteered their time to run the Cymschool.
Guest Speakers and Cultural Talks
We have as many guest speakers as is possible throughout the year to come and talk to us about Cymbidiums and who often bring plants for sale — an added bonus to an evening of stimulating information. In addition, we have a cultural segment during each meeting that is a good-natured and informative general discussion with plenty of excellent advice from our most experienced growers.
Competitions and Judging
The club holds a growing competition for members so that the year's nominated young plants can be assessed for their successful progress each month. For those interested in competitions, there are many formal shows held a various venues during each year to participate in with generous prize money and awards to be won.
There is also an interesting commentary each month about any plants that have been brought in for judging and prizes are awarded for the monthly competition winners.
Members' Newsletter and Trips
We have a monthly newsletter to keep everyone informed of important dates, events, or any supplies that may be available from time to time. Visits to other growers' shade houses are arranged now and then during the flowering season and these occasions are a great way to acquire that "special" plant as well have a great deal of fun.
Annual shows are normally held in September each year. The show page will be updated as information becomes available; details will also be published in the members' newsletter.