“Beau­ti­ful” or­chids make their mark

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAR­RYD BARCA

The ex­quis­ite dis­play of or­chids will be held in the Oddfel­lows Hall, where there’ll be pot­ting demon­stra­tions, work­shops and ad­vice ses­sions over the Novem­ber 17 and 18 week­end.

“We named the show Three Rivers be­cause the towns in­volved are as­so­ci­ated with the Mur­ray River, Ovens River and Mur­rumbidgee River,” Norm Gard­ner, chair­man of the Three Rivers Orchid Show, told The Free Press.

“Mem­bers of each of those orchid so­ci­eties come to present or­chids that we nor­mally wouldn’t show at the au­tumn or spring shows.

“They’re dif­fer­ent, out­stand­ing or­chids that we have now that grow at this time of the year.

“The rea­son I started this show was be­cause we can present or­chids at this time of the year that don’t usu­ally bloom at other stages of the year.

“Ev­ery­one agreed to do­ing it be­cause it’s a unique plant, peo­ple say ‘grow this stuff’ and a lot of peo­ple re­ally en­joy look­ing at them. “There’ll be around 350 or­chids on dis­play.” The unique orchid, a pre­dom­i­nately in­door plant, com­prises the largest fam­ily of flow­er­ing plants on earth.

There are nearly 30,000 dif­fer­ent species of or­chids around the world. The di­ver­sity, com­plex­ity and beauty of th­ese flow­ers are un­ri­valled.

Ask­ing what spe­cific types of or­chids there are would be like ask­ing what type of peo­ple there are in the world. Or­chids come in a plethora of dif­fer­ent col­ors, species and hy­brids, sizes and gen­era from around the globe.

There’s also more to the orchid than meets the eye; they come in ev­ery colour imag­in­able ex­cept for black and they also pro­duce vanilla.

“It’s a re­ally good hobby to have,” Mr Gard­ner said.

“They’re beau­ti­ful flow­ers and very in­ter­est­ing to look at.

“Any­body who is in­ter­ested in gar­den­ing, or­chids or any flow­ers, we’ll have de­mos on how to flower them and how to pop them up.

“Peo­ple will also be able to talk to ex­perts and there’s go­ing to be plenty of pho­tog­ra­phy and flo­ral art around.”

There will be judges from Mel­bourne and Syd­ney present over the show’s week­end who will an­a­lyse each orchid.

Mr Gard­ner said the “Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil have been very kind to us”, sup­port­ing the orchid clubs and al­low­ing the event to pros­per.

Or­chids have for decades been at­tract­ing na­tional awards as out­stand­ing spec­i­mens.

The Three Rivers Orchid Show is a great so­cial event of­fer­ing orchid en­thu­si­asts the op­por­tu­nity of show­ing a di­verse ar­ray of or­chids flow­er­ing later than the norm in the spring pe­riod.

Most or­chids bloom once a year and re­main in bloom for six to 10 weeks. They are the most di­verse flower in the world due to their abil­ity to adapt to any given en­vi­ron­ment.

Ven­dors Lawranna Or­chids and Or­chids on New­bold will also be at the show.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing the Three Rivers Orchid Show, con­tact Norm Gard­ner on 0407 099 395. Gen­eral ad­mis­sion is $5 and un­der 16s go free.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Albury-Wodonga and Dis­trict Orchid Club and the Wangaratta and Wagga Wagga orchid so­ci­eties is bring­ing to Corowa the se­cond ren­di­tion of the Three Rivers Orchid Show.

Corowa lo­cals have the chance to view some spec­tac­u­larly in­trigu­ing orchid flow­ers at the Three Rivers Orchid Show.

The Three Rivers Orchid Show will again be held at the Oddfel­lows Hall in Corowa.

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