Moore prizes for Tom
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.