Spring Orchid Society Show
A blooming success for organisers at this year’s show
WITH spring in the air, the Childers and Isis District Orchid Society have successfully hosted their annual event last weekend.
Orchids have long been a symbol of love and beauty and last Friday morning the doors opened at 8am with a steady stream of visitors throughout the day.
The spectacular displays had visitors mesmerised by the number of entrants in this year’s show.
Childers and Isis District Orchid Society president Gloria Haaskma said she was surprised with the quality of this year’s flowers.
“Every year we see different varieties of orchids and many surprising plants,” Mrs Haaskma said.
Throughout the two-day event, there were a number of detailed demonstrations from growers on how to re-pot an orchid.
For many of us that could kill a plastic plant, the Spring Orchid Show was a great place to learn about the mysterious plant.
Grown by enthusiasts for their sheer elegance and fascination, there is more than 750 genera of orchids and more than 30,000 hybrids and more introduced every year.
While the true orchid enthusiast could spend considerable time on the growth and care of orchids, the first time grower needs to begin somewhere.
Start by learning the basics of caring for orchids that are generally robust and easy to grow.
Once you've grasped these basics, if you still find your passion for orchids intensifying, you'll be able to explore the more challenging orchid varieties as you gain confidence.
Orchids have developed highly specialised pollination systems, the chances of being pollinated are often scarce, so orchid flowers usually remain receptive for very long periods.
Most orchids deliver pollen in a single mass.
Each time pollination succeeds, thousands of ovules can be fertilised.
Most cultivated orchids are tropical or subtropical plants, there are a number of orchids which grow in colder climates.
Society publicity officer Fay Partridge said the event continued to grow each year and attracted more interest from visitors.
The popularity of the orchid show continues to shine, with growers and visitors from all over the region and as far as Gladstone making the trip to Childers.
Winter can be unkind to plants and the frosty nights will damage the delicate petals of an orchid, it’s advised to shelter plants until the warmer months.
For all the Childers and Isis District Orchid Show results, turn to page 17 of Town and Country.
ORCHIDS: Childers and Isis District Orchid Society president Gloria Haaksma.