Moore prizes for Tom

Campaspe News - - NEWS - By VIVI­ENNE DUCK

OR­CHIDS run in Tom Moore’s fam­ily.

And the 76-year-old Rochester man is pil­ing up awards for his ex­per­tise.

Tom came home with five first places at the Goul­burn Val­ley Or­chid Club Spring Show re­cently and his love for the flower is for­ever blos­som­ing.

“My dad started grow­ing or­chids be­fore me and then when he stopped I started up prob­a­bly 10-15 years ago,” Tom said. “And I haven’t stopped since. “My first places came in the novice sec­tion and I just love watch­ing them grow and take real pride in see­ing them blos­som into beau­ti­ful flow­ers.”

Tom has been at­tend­ing the GV Or­chid Club’s shows since 2005.

“And I haven’t come back with­out a prize yet,” he said.

“The first year I came home with nine first places and four sec­ond places.

“It is a real hobby for me and takes up a lot of my time.”

Like any good or­chid, Tom’s are grown in his back yard in a hot house.

“I am only al­lowed to have one hot house,” he said.

“And al­though you can spray them and keep the stems up­right, it is all re­ally the luck of the draw.

“Some­times they don’t flower when you want them to.”

Tom was born in the house next door to his cur­rent home on Pas­coe St and said Rochester will al­ways be his home.

“I was born here and grew up here and this is where my wife Kath­leen and I will al­ways live,” he said.

Stand­ing look­ing over his ar­ray of or­chids in the spring af­ter­noon sun, Tom is right at home.

Tom Moore came home with five first places at the Goul­burn Val­ley Or­chid Club Spring Show.

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