West Gippsland Orchid Club
At the September meeting, the hall was so chilly that a fire was lit in the open fireplace to help the heater keep the members warm.
There was a practical session provided for all members to join in and take the baby orchid plants out of agar and re-pot into orchid bark.
This was interesting and helped everyone to better understand the process of growing orchids from seed. Members all took home a few different plants to care for and hopefully grow successfully.
Once again there was a limited number of flowering orchids brought in to the meeting due to the very cold winter keeping the buds from opening.
Fortunately there were a few sunny days after the September meeting allowing the flowers to open in time for the annual spring show.
There were many more plants on display than expected and the general public gave positive comments about the show throughout the weekend. The show was well attended.
At the next meeting on October 5 we will have a guest speaker who grows beautiful Cymbidium orchids giving us his up to date growing ideas and a digital presentation.
This meeting will also incorporate the annual general meeting for a short segment. As nominations are in advance, the AGM is a formality and takes a short time.
Discussion and planning will also be included in the October meeting for the arrangements for our display at the Drouin Lions Garden and Home Show at Lardner Park in October. Plants will also e available for sale.
The WGOC meetings are held in the Drouin Scout Hall which will open at 7pm for members to set up their orchids and have a chat before the meeting begins at 8pm. At the end of the evening everyone is invited to enjoy supper and a chat.
Anyone from the public with an interest in orchid culture is most welcome to attend the evening. For further details ring president Bob Lowrie on 0408525134.