Blooming beautiful day
Orchid club members hit the highway
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.”
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.