Byron Orchid Society

The club was founded in 1956. In those days the only orchids of interest grown were cymbidiums. The club used to meet every month rotating between Byron, Mullimbimby and Bangalow. Two members, Percy and June Scheaffe were largely responsible for starting the club. The club has organised an annual orchid show each year starting in its inaugural year. Members who have won national awards include Gordon Valance for the hybridisation of cattelyas and Tony Woodbine for dendrobiums

Special Shows were put on in 1988 to celebrate the Queen's jubilee and in 2006 to celebrate the club's fifty years in existence.

A special lunchen was held at the Mullumbimby Services club for 60th Anniversery; on 26th July 2015.

Below are just a few photos of previous prize winning orchids grown by club members


Brunswick Bonanaza Michael


D lustrus speciosum v curvicaule Daylight Moon

Brunswick Blush Belle

Brunswick Blush Belle A.M./AOC

A friendly club for orchid growers for over 60 years


The first orchid from the western hemisphere to reach Europe was
vanilla, sent to Spain in 1515. Other tropical orchids arrived, but
often failed to grow and flower. The first Cattleya orchid to flower in
Europe was almost thrown away in the trash! It had been used as packing
material to protect other specimen plants. A sharp-eyed botanist,
William Cattley, recognized its uniqueness and saved it from
destruction. The year was 1818

The first man-made orchid hybrid was created in 1856. Over the years hybridizers have learned to
cross as many as five genera to create a single plant – the equivalent of mixing a hummingbird with a
blue jay, eagle, mallard and whooping crane. The orchid scientist John Lindley, on viewing the first
hybrid, exclaimed: “You will drive the botanists mad!” And they have.

Chincogan Laura

BLC Chincogan Laura

Chincogan Sharon

BLC Chincogan Sandra

Chincogan Sharon

BLC Chincogan Sharon

Chincogan Lorinda

BLC Chincogan Lorinda

Bruns Fantasy Pink Gem

Brunswick Fantasy Pink Gem

Bruns Chicogan Amanda

BLC Chincogan Amanda

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