Bloomin’ good week­end

NT News - - NEWS - LAU­REN ROBERTS

SHORTLY af­ter Cy­clone Tracy tore through Dar­win, a friend gifted long-time Ter­ri­to­rian Sarah Hen­der­son her first or­chard.

“It was not long af­ter the cy­clone and there wasn’t much colour around,” she said.

“It was a big pur­ple flower and I fell in love with it.”

Ms Hen­der­son said her love of the flower stemmed from that one or­chard.

Now, she be­longs to a com­mit­tee man­ag­ing the largest orchid show in North­ern Aus­tralia — the NT Orchid Spec­tac­u­lar at Dar­win Show­grounds which runs from 9am to 4pm to­day and to­mor­row. “It’s a great day — ev­ery­body’s happy,” she said.

Ms Hen­der­son said or­chids thrived in the Ter­ri­tory’s hu­mid­ity — which was sim­i­lar in cli­mate to Sin­ga­pore.

About a thou­sand peo­ple are ex­pected to at­tend the show which will show­case pot­ting demon­stra­tions by orchid, bon­sai and bromeliad grow­ers; a com­pe­ti­tion with over 60 classes (in­clud­ing pho­tog­ra­phy and flo­ral art); raf­fles; dis­plays; Devon­shire teas; and plenty of or­chids and plants for sale.

En­try is $7 for adults; $5 for se­niors and free for kids un­der 12.

Pic­ture: KA­T­RINA BRIDGEFORD

Sarah Hen­der­son, pic­tured at her Palmer­ston home, is ex­cited about this week­end’s NT Orchid Spec­tac­u­lar at Dar­win Show­grounds

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