Plenty of eyes on stalks at Childers Orchid Show:
THE Childers Orchid Show was a huge success for the organisers.
The Bowen Garden Club was invited to attend as part of its six-day garden tour. The 30 guests enjoyed the display and the plant sales.
Barry Mitchell, of the Bowen club, said it was a wonderful display of orchids and the winners should all be proud.
“We have a very different climate in Bowen and it’s great to see how other areas grow the same flowers,” Mr Mitchell said.
Bowen members spent two days in Bundaberg before heading to Monto.
“My only issue is we are limited on the amount of plants we can buy, the bus will be full of beautiful plants and flowers and no room for us,” he said.
The local organisers were kept busy over the two-day event.
Mel Nguyen, from Ezy Care Succulents, said neglecting succulents was the key: Water well and allow the plant to dry out completely between watering.
“Most cacti and succulents are dormant in winter, give them even less attention during the colder months,” she said.
Ian Haaksma, from the Childers Orchid Society, held a class showing guests how to successfully re-pot orchids.
The class was well received and the crowd took away great tips in re-potting.
“The most important tip to remember when re-potting is to use sterilised equipment as plants can easily contract diseases,” Mr Haaksma said.
He was nervous before making his presentation to the crowd but he quickly gained his confidence and won the crowd over with his helpful hints and his passion for orchids.
Society president Gloria Haaksma said she was delighted with this year’s turn-out.
“I want to thank every person involved in helping with this year’s show,” she said.
“The society members worked tirelessly preparing these wonderful flowers and it was a great event for everyone.”
CHILDERS ORCHID SHOW: It was a busy morning at the first day of the show.
SPRING SHOW: Jonathan Schloss, 9, from Torbanlea, enjoys the display with his family.
First day of the show draws in the locals.
Mel Nguyen's succulents fly out the door at this year’s orchid show.
Ian Haaksma gives a class on re-potting orchids at this year’s show.
Ollie Thornburne's flowers are popular with the crowds.