Hil­lar y or­chid will be a liv­ing memo­rial

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B y L i s a S l o a n The beauty and peace­ful na­ture of the or­chid has al­ways cap­ti­vated Leigh Leaity.

And the New Zealand Or­chid So­ci­ety pres­i­dent felt those were the per­fect qual­i­ties for a fl ower hon­our­ing one of New Zealand’s great­est he­roes.

The so­ci­ety is recog­nis­ing the life and achieve­ments of Sir Ed­mund Hil­lary by nam­ing a cym­bid­ium or­chid af­ter him.

It will be un­veiled at the so­ci­ety’s an­nual spring show at the Mt Al­bert War Memo­rial Hall this week­end.

Mrs Leaity says it seemed fit­ting to make a trib­ute to Sir Ed at the show.

“We felt very strongly that it was some­thing we wanted to do,” she says.

“He was a very im­por­tant mem­ber of so­ci­ety and he ded­i­cated his life to the peo­ple.”

The an­nual spring show is held by the or­chid so­ci­ety as the last event of the sea­son.

Peo­ple from as far afi eld as Christchurch are ex­pected to come to see around 500 species of or­chid on dis­play in an ar­ray of dif­fer­ent colours and sizes.

The fl ower for Sir Ed­mund, who died in Jan­uary, is a white or­chid hy­bridised and raised by Tuck­ers Or­chids in Auck­land.

All or­chid reg­is­tra­tions have to be recorded with the Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety in Eng­land, so the species will be recog­nised as the Hil­lary Or­chid world­wide.

It will be un­veiled in a cer­e­mony on Fri­day morn­ing at 9am, where Lady June Hil­lary will be pre­sented with a flow­er­ing plant.

Lady Hil­lary says she is pleased to be in­vited to the cer­e­mony.

“I am looking for­ward to be­ing there and I am in­ter­ested to see what colour it is,” she says.

Mrs Leaity en­cour­ages mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to at­tend as well.

“The or­chid is such an at­trac­tive, peace­ful and beau­ti­ful fl ower,” she says.

“It is a thing of beauty worth be­hold­ing.”

The show will be open to the pub­lic from 10am to 4pm from Fri­day un­til Sun­day.

En­try is $5 and some plants will be on sale.

The so­ci­ety also meets on the third Wed­nes­day of ev­ery month at the Mt Al­bert War Memo­rial Hall.

For more in­for­ma­tion, on the or­chid show, phone 4119383.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

B e a u t i f u l flowe r:

Or­chid so­ci­ety pres­i­dent Leigh Leaity with some of the or­chids to be dis­played at the so­ci­ety’s s p r i n g s h ow t h i s we e ke n d .

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