A meeting of the RHS Orchid Committee taken in 1917. Albert Millican was sponsored by R. Brooman White. Brooman White is fifth from the left, with what looks like an Odontoglossum in his buttonhole.
A commemorative postcard of Joseph Chamberlain wearing an Odontoglossum cripsum in his buttonhole
Cattleya fabia FCC (9 Nov 1897). Image courtesy of Kew Gardens.
Although never a member of the Orchid Committee, some of Chamberlain's plants did receive awards.
Brassocattleya Mrs Chamberlain (1902). Image courtesy of Kew Gardens.
This orchid was named for Chamberlain's third wife Mary Endicott.
Odontoglossum crispum 'Avalanche'.
A question remains, in horticultural circles at least, as to whether what we see in the UK today is ‘pure’ crispum, or has it been hybridised with other species? Certainly Joseph Charlesworth was breeding some very fine crispums in the early 20th century, most notably his ‘Premier’ type.
Odontoglossum crispum 'The Premier' (1923). Image from the records of the North of England Orchid Society
The North of England Orchid Society also awarded plants in the late nineteenth and early 20th centuries.
Jim Durrant from Mc Beans orchid nursery continues to grow Oncidium crispum 'Avalanche' derived from Charlesworth's original collection.
Amazingly divisions of some of the original plants still exist today.
Seed-raised plants are to be found in large numbers in some Colombian orchid nurseries.