Bloom­ing suc­cess

Plenty of eyes on stalks at Childers Orchid Show:

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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.”

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

CHILDERS ORCHID SHOW: It was a busy morn­ing at the first day of the show.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

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.

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