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Grow your own orchids (22nd June 2015)

After a successful visit to the Severn Valley Country Park earlier in the year, orchid expert Phil Seaton is returning to lead a hands-on demonstration.

Phil is passionate about the conservation of orchids and travels around the world to study and aid his research into seed storage and seedling growth.

Phil took early retirement from lecturing in Biology to pursue his love of orchids full time. He has worked at the seed conservation department at Kew Gardens, and more recently works out of the labs of King Charles 1st School in Kidderminster helping the students both study and grow local and tropical orchids.

Phil is bringing his expertise to the country park for an orchid workshop on Monday 6th July 10am-1pm. Phil will be teaching visitors how to grow native orchids from seed. Visitors will learn how to sow dactylorhiza (marsh orchid) seed and will end up with a petri dish of seedlings to take home.

The country park is the perfect place to learn how to grow orchids. It is home to 5 native species and during June, the Spring Pieces meadow is filled with hundreds, possibly thousands, of common spotted orchids.

Visitor centre manager, Susie Comaish says, ‘Earlier in the year, Phil’s talk about orchid conservation proved very popular. It is great that we are able to give our visitors the opportunity to grow orchids from seed. We have had to limit the number of the people on the workshop to 12, so we are asking for visitors to book their place early to avoid disappointment.’

Everything needed for the workshop will be provided. £15 per person or £20 per person (includes an informative orchid book). Please call rangers at Severn Valley Country Park on 01746 781 192 for more information or to book your place.