Welcome to the CANWOS 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 -
28th April 2020
PRIVACY: This is a passive web site whose purpose is to share information with Society members and the public at large.
COVID-19 Update - 21th March 2020
All meetings of the Society are now cancelled and the speakers postponed until we are able to
start meeting again.
We will post further information here as soon as it is available.
In the meantime, we are running a society wide, moderated blog for members and supporters. Contact details have been sent to
you via the normal update emails.
If you have forgotten how to access the blog, or you are an interested member
of the public, please email email@example.com by using the contact facility just below.
Use the same technique to enter photographs, comments and perhaps very short articles to the blog.
Friday 20st September
A few pictures from the CANWOS field trip to Talacre
Friday 18th October
| Members' Bring and Tell meeting
Friday 15th November
|A Gentle Introduction to Orchids
and (time permitting)
CANWOS entries for BOC Photographic Competition
Friday 17th January
|| Growing Orchids Epiphytically
Friday 21th February
| Orchids of Briain, Europe
and Western Australia
| Friday 20th March
| Growing Orchids in a Terranium and the story of how the Wardian Case changed the world.
Friday 17th April
Friday 15th May
|Orchid Culture. A practical evening led by CANWOS members
?Friday 19st June
?An Auction of members' Orchids
Friday 18th 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
clicking on "CANWOS Constitution.pdf
". 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.
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
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.
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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.