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September 9, 2016 - September 11, 2016

Every three years all the orchids societies affiliated with the South African Orchid Council converge on one city for the three-yearly National Show and Conference. This is an event that must not be missed!

ORCHIDS 2016 will take place at the Carbineers Drill Hall, Pietermaritzburg, from 9 to 11 September 2016. The conference portion of the show will be held at Ascot Conference Centre on 9 and 10 September 2016.

Theme of ORCHIDS 2016 is Colour our Nation.


  • Early-bird registration ends on 31 May 2016 and is R 1200.00.
  • Registration after 31 May 2016 costs R 1400.00.
  • Partner registration costs R 600.

Registration includes entry to the show and conference, which includes teas, lunches, the opening cocktail party and the closing buffet dinner.

Accomodation is available at Ascot Inn (next to the conference centre) or Aintree Lodge (a few minutes walk from the conference centre). There are also many B&B’s close by.

Preliminary Programme

Mon – 5 Sept Plant acceptance
Tue – 6 Sept Plant acceptance and stall building
Wed – 7 Sept Plant judging and award judging (afternoon)
Stall building
Thu – 8 Sept Judge Comm meeting (afternoon)
Judges’ Forum (afternoon
Stall building (final day)
Stand judging (15:00)
Opening cocktail party and registrants’ preview of show (evening)
Fri – 9 Sept Show opens 09:00 to 20:00
Sat – 10 Sept Show opens 09:00 to 16:00
Conference starts
Buffet supper and prize-giving ceremony (evening)
 Sun – 11 Sept Show open 09:00 to 14:00
Packing up 14:00 onwards


The registration form is available by clicking here.


September 9, 2016
September 11, 2016
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Drill Hall
Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu-Natal South Africa + Google Map