The spring orchid show is set for a bloom­ing dis­play

Isis Town and Country - - NEWS WELCOME - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

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

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

COLOUR­FUL EVENT: Childers and Isis Dis­trict Orchid So­ci­ety pub­lic­ity of­fi­cer Fay Par­tridge.

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