We meet once each month except December, July and August. Visitors
are welcome for a small fee.
This season the hall that we have used for more than thirty years,
St Mary's Church Hall in Handbridge, is being rebuilt and we have
to use temporary accomodation.
Our April and May meetings will be held at Saltney Community Centre. (Directions)
The venue for the June meeting has not yet been fixed
but will be listed here as soon as it has.
Traditionally, we have met on the evening of the last Friday of the
month. Those of us who come a distance to the meetings have
experienced problems with traffic congestion at Bank Holliday
weekends as Chester is on a major holiday route to North Wales.
This year, as an experiment, we are varying our meeting day.
Whilst we have British Summer Time in operation, we will be meeting
on the next to last Friday evening of the month and when Greenwich
Mean time is in operation, we will meet on the next to last
Saturday afternoon of the month. The one exception to this is the
March 2018 meeting which is on the third Saturday of a five
Saturday month, enabling us to avoid overlapping with the European
Orchid Congress in Paris on the fourth Saturday and keeping well
away from Easter on the fifth weekend.
Saturday afternoon meetings will usually have the room booked from
2 to 5pm with the meeting starting at 2.30pm whilst Friday evening
meetings usually have the room booked from 7 to 10pm with the
meeting starting at 8pm.
Members are encouraged to bring their plants in flower to each
meeting. Records are kept of how these plants are grown and
sometimes, individual plants are discussed with the owner. There is
a wealth of information within the Society and it is our tradition
that this is shared freely amongst members.
We send an email to all our members about ten days before our
regular meetings, to remind them what is on and to pass on other
information. We are happy to send these to non-members and
potential visitors - please make the request via the 'Contact Us'
tab at the foot of this page.
At most meetings there is a raffle. Members usually donate orchid
plants. Refreshments such as tea and coffee are available during
the evening, usually immediately after the speaker.
We have a library that contains many books suitable for both
beginners and experts. Members can borrow books for one month and
can browse the reference books, which cannot be loaned out.
Plants & Auction
We try to arrange the sale of plants regularly throughout the year
from respected nurseries.
At meetings where no other plants are available, members may offer
their own orchid plants for sale. A 20% seller's premium is
levied abd donated to the Society.
Each year we hold an auction where members buy and sell plants.
Typically, about eighty plants are sold each year, usually at very
advantageous prices. A seller's and buyer's premium operates (10%
for each) and the proceeds are donated to the Society. This is an
excellent way to extend a collection and try new types of orchid.
Some useful links
Our national organisation for orchid growing. There are lots of
links here to other orchid societies around the country.
If you like orchid pictures, this site is a good place to
start. If you like orchid species pictures, then ...
Jay Pfahl's Orchid
... this is the place for you. Work down through the preamble
and finally reach over 17,158 orchids.
The International Orchid Register
Search the database of registered hybrids.
Use full or partial names to identify parents and children of a
Ron Rigby's site with lots of information on the history of
The annual subscription is currently £12. We no longer offer double
or family membership. Subscriptions are normally paid to the
Membership Secretary at or just after the October meeting.
CANWOS registered with the the Charity Commission in 1993 but
surrendered its registration in 2011. It is now a "Charity
exempt from the need to register". Tax paying members can still
benefit the Society by making a Gift Aid declaration. Details can be
obtained from the Treasurer at any of the meetings.
Membership & Affiliation
The Society is a member of the British Orchid Council (BOC) and sends
two representatives to its meetings. CANWOS is affiliated to the
Royal Horticultural Society and members can use some of the benefits
A copy of our present Constitution is available for downloading by
clicking on " CANWOS
Constitution.pdf". This was revised at our 2012 AGM.
Getting To Saltney Community Centre, Sandy Lane, Saltney CH4 8UB.
Come into Chester to the large roundabout on the A483, just to the south of the Grosvenor Bridge across the river Dee.
Instead of turning east onto Overleigh Road, towards St Mary’s Church, turn west onto the A5104, towards Saltney and Hough Green.
Follow the A5104 for nearly three miles, under a railway bridge and past trading estates until you see a Morrisons supermarket on the right.
Once you are past the Morrison’s petrol station, take the next left turn onto Sandy Lane and within 20 metres, turn right into the Community Centre’s car park.