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Australasian Native Orchid Society
(Victoria Group) Inc.

Coming Up

5/04/24 - April Meeting

Professor Ary Hoffman presenting "Dealing with climate change effects on biodiversity by mixing genotypes: Essential or too risky?""

6/04/24 - Terrestrial Seed Group

Learn the techniques of growing terrestrial orchids from seed.

7/04/24 - Epiphyte Study Group

Hosted by George and Fran Byrne-Dimos, topic Bulbophyllums.

8/04/24 - Conservation Group

Diuris fragrantissima site maintenance, Sunshine.

16/04/24 - Conservation Group

Diuris fragrantissima site maintenance, Laverton.

22/04/24 - Conservation Group

Diuris fragrantissima site maintenance, Sunshine.

3/05/24 - May Meeting

Guest speaker & presentation topic to be advised.


The society now has two facilities for terrestrial seed propagation.

Richard Thomson has established a propagation laboratory in his home which he opens up for members to use, usually on the first Saturday afternoon following the monthly meeting. This group gives members an opportunity to grow terrestrial orchids not readily available through the tuber bank.

Brendan Janissen's business is focused on the proagation of endangered terrestrial orchids. Brendan is now opening up his laboratory to members, usually on the first Tuesday evening of the month, to learn the processes required to get endangered orchids from seed to reintroduction. Brendan is also the coordinator of the Orchid Stewards Group and his lab nights will be more focused on threatened orchids and following through the entire process from seed to the establishment of ex-situ populations.

These are hands on practical meetings where members can use lamina flow cabinets in sterile conditions to propagate orchids from seed.  Meanwhile other members can observe and discuss techniques as well as their successes and failures.

All members are welcome to attend the Seed Propagation Group meetings.  The techniques of orchid seed propagation are not difficult, so come along to the meetings and learn the techniques in a friendly atmosphere, using the equipment provided.

All orchids are protected.  It is illegal to collect plant or seed material from orchids in the wild without a permit.

Diuris laxiflora

Meeting Dates

Saturday Afternoons
(Richard Thomson)

Tuesday Evenings
(Brendan Janissen)

Sat 6 April 2024 On hold until further notice due to work commitments
Sat 4 May 2024
Sat 1 June 2024
Sat 6 July 2024
Sat 3 August 2024
Sat 7 September 2024
Sat 5 October 2024
Sat 2 November 2024
Sat 7 December 2024
Caladenia latifolia

Cultivation Notes

If you are interested in growing Australian native terrestrial orchids and would like to know the basics, click on this link to download a copy of "How to Grow Australian Terrestrial Orchids".

If you are interested in the background of terrestrial orchid culture and would like some information on why you should be growing terrestrial orchids, click on this link to download a copy of "101 Reasons for Growing Terrestrials".  This document is a transcript of the presentation that Helen Richards gave at the national ANOS Conference in 2010.

Richard Thomson Richard Thomson


Seed Propagation Group Coordinator - Richard Thomson.

Orchid Stewards Group Coordinator - Bredan Janissen.

If you have any questions about the Seed Propagation Groups or wish to find out more about the groups' activities, contact Richard or Brendan.  Alternatively, become a member of ANOS Vic. to receive your copy of the Bulletin which publishes details about these and other upcoming events.

Contact Richard Thomson

Contact Brendan Janissen