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In 2013 Native Bee Orchids (Ophrys apifera) were spotted growing in the College for the first time and they flowered again in 2014.
Dr Frank Maine College (G60) was visiting the College when the Bee Orchids were first spotted and due to his life-long passion for orchids set up an orchid fund to grow orchids under glass. The College currently has over 170 different orchids growing in its glasshouse and the collection is still expanding.
If you are interested in orchids then please do join our orchid interest group by contacting Frank Maine.
This Orchid has been a pivotal hybrid that has influenced the breeding for generations. The two plants used to create ‘Winston Churchill’ were Paphiopedilum ‘Eridge ‘and Paphiopedilum ‘Hampton’. This hybrid was registered by Stuart Low Co England in 1951, but it is often thought to be a American. This confusion is caused because lots of Orchids were shipped over to America during World War II to protect them from the bombing also because there was a restriction on fuel for heating other than for providing food.
Two of the best early hybrids created were ‘Indomitable’ and ‘Redoubtable’ (1950s) and a latter one called ‘British Bulldog’ (1979)