Spring colours in bloom

Local orchid dis­plays draw crowd

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS - BONI HOLMES boni.holmes@her­ald.com.au

MORE than 600 dif­fer­ent or­chids have per­me­ated the Angli­can Church Hall dur­ing the an­nual Spring Show which fin­ishes to­day at 1pm.

Hosted by the Mary­bor­ough and Dis­trict Orchid So­ci­ety the event fea­tures dis­plays from six clubs, in­clud­ing first­time en­trants the Agnes Wa­ters Orchid and Fo­liage Club.

MDOS mem­ber Narelle Hoff­man said there were six dis­plays fea­tur­ing hun­dreds of or­chids in dif­fer­ent genus in­clud­ing a new and smaller breed of cat­t­leya.

“This year I think there are a lot of smaller cat­t­leya, as well as the tra­di­tional pur­ple and much big­ger cat­t­leya,” she said.

“There were 34 classes in the orchid sec­tion and six classes in the fo­liage sec­tion.”

Agnes Wa­ters Or­chids and Fo­liage Club mem­ber Lea Craw­ford will be one of those judges.

“I have come to rep­re­sent my club and hold a dis­play,” Lea said.

“There are about four or five mem­bers who have con­trib­uted.”

Lea brought some of her own or­chids in­clud­ing the arun­d­ina va­ri­ety which flow­ers all year round.

So­ci­ety sec­re­tary Sue Muller said more than 500 peo­ple had al­ready vis­ited the show.

“We are ex­pect­ing more vis­i­tors with the Tech­nol­ogy Chal­lenge,” she said.

“Each year more and more peo­ple visit the dis­plays.

“We are very proud of our show with many of our mem­bers taking home prizes.”

There will be pre­sen­ta­tions from 1pm to­day with Mary­bor­ough Dis­trict Orchid So­ci­ety pa­tron Cassie Frank hand­ing out the prizes, in­clud­ing the Lex Frank Me­mo­rial tro­phy.

The Spring Show is open from 8.30am-1pm.

Pho­tos: Boni Holmes

STUN­NING DIS­PLAY: Agnes Wa­ters Or­chids and Fo­liage Club mem­ber Lea Craw­ford will rep­re­sent her club with a small dis­play for the first time at the Mary­bor­ough and Dis­trict Orchid So­ci­ety's Spring Show.

Ray Suter was pre­sented with the Lex Frank Me­mo­rial tro­phy for his cat­t­leya in­ter­me­dia.

Chris­tine Delfatti from Ho­bart was spot­ted pho­tograph­ing some of the beau­ti­ful dis­plays.

Mary­bor­ough’s Joyce Rout­ledge loves or­chids.

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