Wide variety of orchids on display
Orchids are an exquisite passion. This weekend, that passion will be on display during the Manawatu Orchid Society’s annual two-day show in the the Ferguson St Community Leisure Centre.
Open 10am – 4pm both days, this is the society’s 42nd how and Brian promises that members of the public won’t be disappointed with the quality of the blooms.
‘‘There will be a lot of orchids people probably won’t have seen before. When it comes to orchids many people will think ‘cymbidiums’, but there are plenty of other varieties.’’
On a quick tour of the recently renovated Peter Black Conservatory in the Esplanade, Brian points out several species growing among the luxuriant foliage of the recently refurbished conservatory, including a vanilla plant.
It’s a member of flowering family that has more than 20,000 recognised species, while the numbers of hybrids are beyond 100,000, so there is plenty to learn and know.
A long serving city council nurseryman, Brian fell in love with the flower 25 years ago.
‘‘I joined the orchid society to learn more about them. There are members who have so much experience and knowledge about them.’’
Some of that expertise will be made available at the weekend’s show, with free entry and visitors able to admire and learn from some of the best, as well as buy plants, orchid bark and growing supplies. ‘‘It attracts growers and trade stalls from all over. The Leisure Centre is such a wonderful venue. As well as local growers, they are coming here from Levin, Wairarapa, Hawkes Bay and Wellington.’’
There will be food and refreshment available, while Brian has noticed an increase in appreciation for the show over the years.
‘‘It’s getting quite popular. There are often people waiting at the door to get in before we open in the morning.’’
The Manawatu Orchid Society’s Brian Adam with a cymbidium hybrid at the Peter Black conservatory in the Esplanade.