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The Sultanate of Oman & The Orchid Society of Great Britain join forces at the Chelsea Flower Show 2013

13 May 2013

The Orchid Society of Great Britain’s 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show exhibit will be sponsored by the Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism.

Oman Tourism Office

The Orchid Society of Great Britain’s 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show exhibit will be sponsored by the Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism. The Sponsorship is due to Oman’s strong association with orchids, as exotic orchids including Eulophia guineensis, Eulophia petersii, Habenaria myodes and Habenaria malacophylla are all native to Oman.

The Chelsea Flower Show runs from 21 – 25 May 2013, in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital, with press day on 20 May 2013. It is Britain’s most prestigious flower show, mainly due to its connection with the royal family, who attend on the opening day every year.

Oman is a nation that is keen to protect its magnificent nature with a new Botanic Garden being created near Muscat, Oman’s capital, that will endeavour to display the entire flora of the Sultanate, including native orchids such as Eulophia guineensis.  This orchid grows in the mountain forests of Oman and has attractive pink and white flowers with the extravagant ‘lip’, or modified petal, which is characteristic of most orchids.

For thousands of years orchids have captivated mankind with their exotic beauty but have also been believed to have medicinal, almost magical, properties. Eulophia guineensis and Eulophia petersii are both used medicinally.

Visit The Orchid Society of Great Britain’s exhibit at Chelsea Flower Show from 21 – 25 May 2013 and discover Oman: www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events/RHS-Chelsea-Flower-Show/2013

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For more information and high resolution images please contact:

Oman Ministry of Tourism Representative Office in the UK and Ireland
Alison Cryer/Nick Smith
Tel: + 44 (0) 208 877 4501/4504
Email: oman@representationplus.co.uk
 Visit: www.omantourism.gov.om

 

The Orchid Society of Great Britain

Visit: www.osgb.org.uk

Media Contact/Designer:   Val Micklewright, 01293 528615, val@micklewright.com

Media Contact/Designer:   Sam Hurley, 07900 250247, sam@ballyhurley.com

 

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