The Mathers Foundation Guided Tour

Date: Saturday 6 April 2024

Visit the Mathers Foundation Orchid Collection from 10.30m to 12.30pm BST on Saturday 6th April 2024. Visitors will enjoy a guided tour of the glasshouses which house over 4,000 cool growing orchids from around the world. During the tour, attendees will: Explore the different areas of the site including the Oncidium, Miltoniopsis, Cymbidium, and Pleione houses with with ample opportunities to take photographs. Discover the wonderful variety of species and hybrids within the National Collection of Oncidiums and hear about how they are cultivated. Delve into the fascinating history of some of the older hybrids, whilst hearing about the way new hybrids are being made. Observe the state of the art greenhouse technology and learn about how this enables the collection to thrive. The event will conclude with refreshments. Located in West Sussex, The Mathers Foundation was established in 2019 to preserve and develop substantial collections of orchid species and hybrids, supporting both ex situ and in situ conservation. It currently holds the National Plant Collection of Oncidiums with over 1,000 different species and hybrids, together with Ian Butterfields’ unique Pleione collection. The Mathers Foundation is a not-for-profit charity and all tour proceeds are reinvested to support the collection. Any additional donations towards our sponsorship of La Reserva Orquídeas, an orchid reserve and wildlife refuge in Colombia would be very welcome. Parking is available on site and details of how to reach the nursery will be forwarded to ticket holders. Due to the size of the glasshouse tickets are limited to 20 people and entrance is given to ticket holders only. To book your place, please click here.

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