Or­chids on show

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This year’s Tau­ranga Or­chid Show will cel­e­brate the di­verse coun­tries and cli­mates where the mag­nif­i­cent plants are found grow­ing nat­u­rally.

Pres­i­dent Con­rad Coe­nen and vice-pres­i­dent Barry Cur­tis have put their heads to­gether to come up with the Queen of Flow­ers theme which will show just how wide­spread these plants are.

“Or­chids are found on six con­ti­nents and are one of the largest fam­ily of flow­er­ing plants in the world,” Con­rad says. “We’re rep­re­sent­ing where the or­chids that we grow come from — Aus­tralia, Latin Amer­ica, Asia and Africa.”

He and Barry have de­signed five stands, one for each geo­graph­i­cal area, and Barry has also made a larger-than-life crown which will be filled with or­chids as the show’s cen­tre­piece.

“Peo­ple think or­chids must be tem­per­a­men­tal plants be­cause the flow­ers look so ex­otic,” Con­rad says, “but there are plenty that are easy to grow in this area with­out any ex­tra heat­ing, in­clud­ing Cym­bid­ium or­chids from the Hi­malayas, Laelia from the high­lands of Mex­ico, Zy­gopetalum from Brazil or or­chids na­tive to Aus­tralia, such as Den­dro­bi­ums and Sar­cochilus.”

When: Septem­ber 28-30 (Fri­daySun­day), 10am-4pm Where: Tau­ranga Race­course, Greer­ton What: Massed dis­play of flow­er­ing plants, plants for sale, grow­ing ad­vice, re­pot­ting demos, raf­fles, cafe´. Free park­ing. Cost: $3 en­try (un­der 12 free).

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