Or­chid Show in full bloom

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

LO­CAL blokes will have no ex­cuses not to buy a bunch of flow­ers this week­end with the an­nual Au­tumn Or­chid Show kick­ing off.

The Dou­glas Or­chid So­ci­ety will be show­cas­ing some of the re­gion’s most beau­ti­ful flow­ers at the Moss­man Shire Hall for the pub­lic to ad­mire.

Dou­glas Or­chid So­ci­ety com­mit­tee mem­ber Nada Pe­tra­se­vic urged the com­mu­nity to at­tend the pop­u­lar event and see what flow­ers lo­cals have to of­fer.

“We have plants on dis­play from both pro­fes- sional and home grow­ers,” she said.

“Some of the flow­ers will be ex­am­ined by pro­fes­sional judges from Cairns and will be awarded tro­phies for their or­chids.

“The judges will be look­ing at the colour, shape, ar­range­ment and pre­sen­ta­tion of each or­chid.

“There are a lot of tricks to mak­ing the plant grow in or­der to present it well.”

Dou­glas Or­chid So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Ron Sav­age will be avail­able through­out the day to give ad­vice to grow­ers.

“The idea is for peo­ple to look and see what will grow in this re­gion and they are wel­come to ask us any ques­tions on how to grow plants, par­tic­u­larly or­chids and ex­otic plants,” he said.

There will be plant sales ta­bles by lo­cal and pro­fes­sional grow­ers, or­chid dis­plays and gor­geous flo­ral ar­range­ments set up.

Live en­ter­tain­ment will also be pro­vided by tal­ented lo­cal pi­anist Leona Skel­ton and the Moss­man State High School mu­sic stu­dents who will be con­ducted by Jenny Guy­att.

Gar­den lovers can also get in­volved with the large raf­fle which will be drawn at 1pm which will in­clude a di­verse range of prizes in­clud­ing vouch­ers, wine, and food and of course some flow­ers.

“We would also like to wel­come more mem­bers to the Dou­glas Or­chid So­ci­ety, we are only a small club but it is very so­cial and we are al­ways look­ing for new mem­bers,” Ms Pe­tra­se­vic said.

The Au­tumn Or­chid Show is free and will be on Satur­day at the Moss­man Shire Hall be­tween 9am and 2pm.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Bloomin’ mar­vel­lous: or­chid grow­ers Ron Sav­age and Joan Gray

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