Orchid and Bromelaid Society hosts annual spring show

Blooming show: Committee member Wayne Stephensen, vice president Andrew Young and secretary Ken McNaught preparing for the upcoming spring show.
Blooming show: Committee member Wayne Stephensen, vice president Andrew Young and secretary Ken McNaught preparing for the upcoming spring show.

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Eighty different types of orchid plants and 10 types of bromeliads will be on show when the Port Macquarie Orchid and Bromeliad Society hosts its annual spring show.

The event is at Panthers Port Macquarie.

Secretary Ken McNaught said the society is looking forward to the spring show.

“The recent unseasonal variations in the weather has made for interesting growing conditions for the orchids,” he said.

“Nevertheless, we expect a good display of plants to be available for the show.

“The show is a little later this year and it is expected that there will be more native orchids in bloom, especially the Dendrobium speciosum (rock orchids).

“This is also the prime time of year for Cymbidium orchids. In addition to the orchids, there will be a range of bromeliads and foliage plants also on display.”

With the unseasonal weather playing its part, it is too difficult to predict the exact number of plants which will be on display.

However, society members have indicated that they all have quite a number of plants in flower so we expect the display to be quite good, Mr McNaught said.

“The judges will be coming from the surrounding districts so we can expect the competition for prizes to be fierce,” he said.

“Exhibitors in the show are typically from the Port Macquarie region and surrounding towns.

“We expect to see exhibits from as far north as the Nambucca region, as far south as Foster and of course, the hinterland of these coastal regions.

The show is a little later this year and it is expected that there will be more native orchids in bloom.

Ken McNaught

“There will be 11 Classes of orchids resulting in over 80 different types of orchid plants being on display. There will be 10 types of bromeliads exhibited and a special section for Ferns and Foliage plants (non-flowering).”

In addition to the orchid and bromeliad show, there will also be a display of bonsai plants by the Hastings Bonsai Group.

The members make themselves available to teach Orchid and Bromeliad care by not only making formal presentations but also providing one-on-one assistance to people who are interested in starting an orchid collection or those who have encountered problems when growing these types of plants.

Membership of the society is not necessary to receive guidance and assistance.

“Members of the society will have a variety of both bromeliad and orchid plants for sale to the general public during the show period,” Mr McNaught said.

“There will be members available throughout the show to help people with any issues they might be experiencing in growing either orchids or bromeliads.”

Orchids and bromeliads will also be available for sale to the general public through two regional bromeliad and orchid nurseries.

The Port Macquarie Orchid and Bromeliad Society spring show is at Panthers Port Macquarie from 9am until 5pm on Saturday September 16 and 9am until 3pm on Sunday September 17. Admission is $2 and children under 12 are admitted free.

The Port Macquarie Orchid and Bromeliad Society meets the fourth Monday of each month, at 7.30pm in the Rushcutter Room, Panthers Port Macquarie.