The spring orchid show is set for a blooming display
AS SPRING approaches and the seasons change, the Isis District Orchid Society is getting ready to host its annual spring orchid show.
The blooming orchids will be on display in all their glory for the entire community to enjoy at the Isis Cultural Centre on Churchill St on September 2–3 from 8am.
Childers and Isis District Orchid Society publicity officer Fay Partridge said the event was growing each year, with plenty of plants for sale.
“We will have live demonstrations during the day of re-potting orchids,” Mrs Partridge said.
“There will be plant, horticulture and photography competitions and is open to all.”
The two-day event each year grows with popularity of the orchid show, with growers and visitors from all over the region and as far as Gladstone.
The doors will open from 8am–4pm on the Friday and from 8am–2.30pm on the Saturday.
Mrs Partridge said the presentation of trophies would be held from 2.30pm Saturday.
“I encourage the locals to be present during the presentation and cheer on the winners,” she said.
“Orchids are a popular plant and require special treatment to get the best flowers from its bloom.
“Winter can be unkind to plants and the frosty nights will damage the delicate petals of an orchid.”
Mrs Partridge looks forward to the orchid show every year and she wants to encourage more locals to attend.
“We have great prizes on offer in our raffle this year, a fantastic wheelbarrow full of goodies valued at $200,” she said.
“There will be light refreshments on offer and a place to sit and relax between displays and presentations.
“Last year was a great success and this year plans to be bigger and better.”
Orchid show schedules are available from the Childers information centre on Churchill St.
Orchids are the most sought-after flowers in the world.
They can be very expensive, are elegant, dainty, and rare to find in nature.
A French botanist, Noel Barnard, was the first to discover this magnificent flower. In 1899, he came across seeds of a terrestrial orchid, Neottia.
He discovered the seeds had germinated in some fruits which were infected by mould.
He collected it, thereby realising the significance of it, and produced a hybrid of orchid called Laeliocattleya with the help of pod parent.
Pollination is an important process in the life of an orchid.
It was discovered pollination was done by the insects as they carried pollen from one orchid to the other and then help in the fertilising as well.
Once the insect is lured to the flower, colourful markings and ridges on the lip serve as guides to lead the insect towards the nectary, causing the insect head to come into contact with the stigma.
"Orchids require special treatment to get the best flowers from its bloom. — Fay Partridge
COLOURFUL EVENT: Childers and Isis District Orchid Society publicity officer Fay Partridge.