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