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Launch of Wild Orchids Southern Africa

 

The 21st World Orchid Conference and Exhibition in Sept. 2014 in South Africa, was the event where we launched WILD ORCHIDS SOUTHERN AFRICA. WOSA built a 200m2 Wetland Exhibit in the Sandton Convention Centre featuring a Highveld, Cape and Coastal wetland.
The Exhibit was judged the best in its section and awarded a first prize for education. Wild orchids were exhibited and visitors were pleased to see our indigenous orchids in their natural environment. Brochures were distributed which explained the importance of wetlands in South Africa and discussed the WOSA philosophy.

We held an evening workshop attended, amongst others, by Dr. Noushka Reiter who isa leading researcher of Australian terrestrial orchids, and Professor Craig Peters of Rhodes University who is an expert on orchid pollination, both of whom are willing to help on the research program for our Brachycorythis conica subs. transvaalensis Research Project which is our inaugural conservation and propagation project, for this species which is under threat of extinction.
We were assisted by Mark Shuttleworth and his mother Ronelle who provided the major portion of the finances for the Exhibit and a firm financial base for the launch of WOSA.

 WOC21 Wetland Exhibit

WOC21 Wetland Exhibit

  

The Executive Committee wishes to thank Piet and Jacobus Uys who built the exhibit and all the companies that assisted with goods and services. They were Aquatan Liners, C&M Landscaping, Culterra, Diverse Ecological Solutions, Du Prins Nurseries, Fibre Features,Forever Green Lawn, Hartebeespoort Fisheries, JP Landscaping, Remacon Products, Tip Top Nurseries, Tusker Packaging Solutions, and Wetland Consulting Services.
The Exhibit was managed by members of WOSA, members of the Country Garden Club, Rod Campbell, Jim Holmes, Joey Kok, Ines Neto, Gerhard Sieberg, and Peter Worthington. We also wish to thank David Eastman for building the Bird Hide which was subsequently donated to Birdlife SA.

We will now return to building the Website which is our marketing tool and to build the Chapter infrastructure which will be the vehicle of our deliberations and our success.

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