Published: 27 August 2012
Orchid MOT Events
Orchid enthusiasts are being invited to a selection of garden centres nationwide during October 2012 for free advice and plant MOTs.

Chris Channon
Award-winning orchid growers will host eight events in association with product supplier Growth Technology throughout October.
Growth Technology’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Manos Kanellos explained: “The orchid events will be hosted by Chris Channon, who is a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) gold medallist, Peter White, Chairman of both The British Orchid Growers Association and The Phalaenopsis Alliance UK Branch, and Ian Parsons, who has 40 years’ experience growing orchids and is President of the South West Orchid Society.”
Chris Channon will be holding events at Barton Grange Garden Centre in Lancashire, Barnett Hill Garden & Leisure in the West Midlands, Percy Throwers Garden & Leisure in Shropshire and Gardenlands Garden & Leisure in the West Midlands.
Meanwhile, Ian Parsons will be at Whitehall Garden Centre in Wiltshire and Cadbury Garden & Leisure in Bristol.
Peter White will be holding Orchid Weekends on behalf of Growth Technology at Huntingdon Garden & Leisure in Cambridgeshire and Melbicks Garden & Leisure in Warwickshire.
Growth Technology, which is based in Somerset, has teamed up with Chris, Peter and Ian to offer garden centre customers the best care and advice for orchids.
Chris Channon said: “I’m delighted to be hosting Orchid Days in association with Growth Technology, these events give orchid lovers the opportunity to find out how to best look after their plants, as well as have any queries answered’’. 
“People are welcome to bring their own orchids along during the events. Peter, Ian and I will be able to give them a free orchid MOT and diagnose any problems they may have, as well as give handy ‘dos and don’ts’ on how to treat orchids when they’re not at their best.”
Chris managed Deva Orchids, a successful orchid nursery near Chester, for more than 21 years before he retired from growing and showing orchids in December, 2008.
Peter owns ‘Orchids by Peter White’, which stocks a wide range of orchid plants in different genera from seedlings to plants in flower, including Phalaenopsis, Cattleyas, Cymbidiums, Oncidium type, Paphiopedilums and many unusual species and hybrids.
Ian is Chairman of the British Orchid Council and President of the South West Orchid Society.
They are now using their knowledge and experience to support Growth Technology’s Orchid Days by informing orchid owners about looking after the exotic plants and offering free advice on issues they may have. 
Growth Technology has been developing innovative horticultural products since it was founded in 1985 and has a wide range of products with nutrient solutions being the core of the business. In recent years there has been an increasing focus on orchids and other specialist plants – creating products for enthusiasts who understand the need for them.   

Dates & Locations

Chris Channon’s Orchid Day events take place on the following dates:
Barton Grange Garden Centre in Preston, Lancashire – October 6 and 7, 2012
Barnett Hill Garden & Leisure in Stourbridge, West Midlands – October 14, 2012
Percy Throwers Garden & Leisure in Shrewsbury, Shropshire – October 20, 2012
Gardenlands Garden & Leisure in Wolverhampton, West Midlands – October 21, 2012.
Peter White’s Orchid Day events take place on the following dates:
Huntingdon Garden & Leisure in Wyton, Cambridgeshire – October 13 and 14, 2012
Melbicks Garden & Leisure in Coleshill, Warwickshire – October 20 and 21, 2012.
Ian Parsons’ Orchid Day events take place on the following dates:
Whitehall Garden Centre in Lacock, Wiltshire – October 6, 2012
Cadbury Garden & Leisure in Congresbury, Bristol – October 20 and 21, 2012.
These events will be invaluable to all those with an interest in growing orchids at home. This huge group of plants is often considered to be difficult to maintain indoors but the experts will be able to pass on valuable tips towards growing a good display.
Reported by Chris Allen  

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