Welcome to the Cheshire and North Wales Orchid Society website !
We are a group of enthusiasts who meet to share our enjoyment of
Membership is open to anyone who is interested.
Beginners are very welcome!
Web site last update -
15th March 2022
PRIVACY: This is a passive web site whose purpose is to share information with Society members and the
We are making a return to physical meetings. We will attempt to arrange outside speakers,
either in person or possibly by Zooming into the Hall.
If circumstances dictate that we cannot use the Hall, we will return to Zoom meetings.
Update email dated
15th March 2022
Our next meeting will be on Friday 18th March at St Mary's Church Hall. The Hall will be open at 7pm and the formal activities will begin at 7.30pm.. This will be a members' meeting with the theme of Repot, Divide and Share. I have a couple of large overgrown plants that need splitting up and a couple that need 'pruning'. Hopefully, there are some similar but different items that others can bring along. It might be a good idea for everyone to bring a few empty pots, some compost and labels?
If you have a problem plant, bring it along and get some advice about it. There is a lot of knowledge within our membership and we have a tradition of sharing it.
We can also have the usual plant table to admire and gawk at, a raffle to give a few of us something for (next to) nothing and a members sale table if anyone wants to trade. (Please let me know so we can set up a separate table. See notes below.) We can do all of this whilst maintaining proper precautions on separation and masking.
We do need a volunteer to do the teas!
Malvern International Orchid Show, 17-19 June 2022
The deadline date for booking the BOC £8 tickets for the entire Malvern Show has now been set and I need applications (payment and stamped addressed envelope) before the end of April. We will be putting on a CANWOS stand and will ask for plants nearer the event.
Public Contact, CANWOS
| AGM, Plant Table and
measurement of pH and conductivity of members' rain and tap
Friday 15th October
“Plants behaving badly : sex and lies”
| Friday 19th November
Friday 18th December
Maybe a Zoom meeting
Friday 21th January
Friday 18th February
||An actual meeting at St Mary's!|
'Pictures from an Exhibition'
Orchid culture and other Gems
Friday 18th March
"Repot, Divide and Share"
Friday 22th April
To be announced|
Friday 20st May
To be announced
To be announced|
Friday 16th September
with other delights
We meet at St Mary's Church Hall, Handbridge, Chester CH4 7HL,
usually on the third Friday of the month but not in
December, July or August. The Hall is open from 7.00pm.
Members are encouraged to bring their plants in flower to each
meeting. 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 use the index tab (☰) to reach the 'Contact Us'
At most meetings there is a raffle. Members often 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
At meetings where plants are not for sale by the evening's speaker, members may offer
their own orchid plants for sale. A 20% seller's premium is
levied and 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.
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
This was revised at our 2012 AGM.
Some useful links
Our national organisation for orchid growing. There are lots of
links here to other orchid societies around the country.
Plants of the World
The Kew database of species plants.
Search by genus or species.
Jay Pfahl's Orchid
For photographs of orchid species,this is the place for you. Access the photos of over 24,186 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
orchid growing is now back.
Where We Meet
We use the hall just behind St Mary's Church on Overleigh Road,
just South of the River Dee.
The post code for the Church is CH4 7HL.
View Google Map
The church is an imposing building and easily spotted, whether you
approach from the city center by way of the old bridge ...
... or from the west by way of the new bridge or the Wrexham road
/ A55 junction.
The hall is directly behind the church and hardly visible from the
Go down the driveway between a telephone kiosk and the church
itself and turn right.