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Event Days

We conduct orchid and houseplant talks, as well as terrarium workshops at garden centres and nurseries all over the country. With advice, repotting demonstrations, and tips on how to care for orchids and other houseplants. Come along to an event - and why not bring your plant along for an MOT?

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Orchid & Houseplant Talks

A typical orchid or houseplant talk is about 30 minutes, and is about plant care in the average home. It is followed by a repotting demonstration and Q&A. People are also invited to take along their own plant to get any problems they may be experiencing diagnosed by an expert – like a ‘Plant MOT’.

The advice is easy to understand, free from jargon and is supported by complimentary leaflets for people to take home.

Terrarium Workshop

A typical workshop has a limited number of people, each with a small area to make their own terrarium.

There is a fee for attendance that includes the glass and all of the components. The workshop starts with a talk on terrariums and a demonstration of the various techniques and principles. The attendees are then invited and assisted to make their own unique piece of horticultural art.

Three important things to remember when buying a plant:

1. What environment does this plant-like? Can I provide it?  If not, consider buying a different plant that you can provide for.
2. Buy from a specialist or garden centre - they know plants - not a supermarket.
3. Love does not equal watering – love equals correct watering. Plants typically need more water in the summer when they grow faster, and less in the winter. It’s good to check your plants every week, but water in response to the plants’ needs, not to a set timetable.

Growth Technology’s Experts

Manos Kanellos, Ph.D

Manos studied plant physiology at Reading University and has worked with houseplants for a number of years in Greece, the Netherlands and the UK. He has grown orchids and houseplants at his home for over 20 years and gives talks to garden centres all over Britain on growing tropical orchids and making terrariums. He is the co-author of the best-selling ‘Growing Orchids at Home’ published by Kew Gardens.

Growth Technology’s Experts

Chris Channon

An award-winning orchid grower and Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) gold medallist for orchid displays. Chris ran Deva Orchids, a successful orchid nursery near Chester, for more than 20 years before he retired from growing and showing orchids in 2008.

Growth Technology’s Experts

Ian Parsons

Vice President of The British Orchid Council and President of the South West Orchid Society. The British Orchid Council is an organisation that brings together amateur and commercial orchid growers and the scientific community. It strives to promote and broaden the knowledge of orchids and encourage excellence in the field.

Growth Technology’s Experts

Peter White

With over 40 years of experience in orchid growing, Peter White is an acknowledged authority on Phalaenopsis. He is a qualified judge of the RHS Orchid Committee and was President of the Orchid Society of Great Britain from 2013 to 2019. He is also the founder of www.orchidaccessories.co.uk, a popular website for everything you need to grow orchids. He is the co-author of the best-selling ‘Growing Orchids at Home’ published by Kew Gardens.

Growth Technology’s Experts

Joe Bagley

Joe is a self-confessed ‘houseplant fanatic’ and a rising horticultural star.  He started growing houseplants at the age of 13 and has a collection of 1,000 houseplants in his small Leicestershire coach house. He is the creator of the ukhouseplants.com  blog which offers top-notch, easy-to-follow plant care guides and personal advice. He has appeared numerous times on BBC Gardener’s World and radio shows, giving talks on plant care throughout the UK for a number of years. 

You can contact us by email at: enquiries@growthtechnology.com

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