Bloom­ing beau­ti­ful day

Orchid club mem­bers hit the high­way

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbt­times.com.au

CHILDERS and Isis District Orchid So­ci­ety mem­bers bun­dled up their colour­ful blooms and trav­elled down the Isis High­way for a morn­ing with the Biggenden MPHS res­i­dents.

Orchid So­ci­ety mem­ber Ann Stead­man said more mem­bers in­tended to come on the trip but they had other com­mit­ments.

“But they did send some of their or­chids along,” she said.

Biggenden Multi Pur­pose Health Ser­vice (MPHS) re­cre­ational of­fi­cer Michelle Kin­bacher said when she put the res­i­dents’ en­tries in the Childers Show, what caught her eye was the or­chids.

“Think­ing how much the res­i­dents en­joy their gar­den­ing, I de­cided to ask would the group be in­ter­ested in com­ing across to Biggenden,” she said.

Mrs Kin­bacher said the Orchid So­ci­ety un­der­stood how dif­fi­cult it was for el­derly res­i­dents to get out and about.

“The hap­pi­ness (on the day was) just amaz­ing,” she said.

Ian and Glo­ria Haaskma gave a talk on how to grow or­chids.

“You don’t grow or­chids in dirt as they need plenty of air move­ment around the roots,” Mr Haaksma ex­plained.

“By di­vid­ing up your or­chids, this is how your col­lec­tion grows.

“Then you have to build an­other green­house.”

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

POT­TED COLOUR: Ann Stead­man, of the Childers and Isis District Orchid So­ci­ety, with Biggenden MPHS res­i­dents Nell Bar­gen­quast, Ev Ja­cobi and Eu­nice Jarvis ad­mir­ing the or­chids.

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