The South Eastern Times : September 30th 2014
22 NEWS Blooming good orchid society show Flower enthusiasts vie for championship title while showcasing diverse species MUSTILLO RAQUEL firstname.lastname@example.org Orchid Society’s spring show will be in full bloom for its 26th annual exhibition over the upcoming long weekend. Growers will join fl oral enthusiasts at the St Alphonsus Hall on Saturday and Sunday to showcase the best blooms the region has to offer. Visitors from across the Limestone Coast are expected to attend the two day event, according to the orchid society’s publicity offi cer Val Langley. “It is always a really well attended event and we get a lot of support from locals and tourists who are interested in orchids,” she said. “We love orchids and we love putting them on display for people to see, so the show is a great opportunity for us to show the best blooms we have.” About 100 orchids will compete for prizes, including the grand and reserve championship sash. “The list of species is endless and we have Australian natives to plants from South America and New Guinea,” Ms Langley said. “There are all kinds of different orchids, from the weird and wacky to the big and beautiful.” There will also be potting demonstrations, plant sales and opportunities to ask Millicent’s top orchid growers questions relating to bloom growing and maintenance. “If anyone wants to ask ques- tions about how to grow a certain kind of orchid, they can pick our brains or pick up a pamphlet,” she said. “There will also be an opportunity for community members to speak to the show judges.” While exhibitor entry is limited to members of the society, Ms Langley encouraged individuals interested in orchids to join the group. Prospective members are invited to attend meetings at the St Alphonsus Hall at 7.30pm on the second Monday of each month. “There is something different about orchids, they grow differently, they have so many different colours and once you get the orchid bug, you can’t shake it,” she said. “We have 20 members ranging from 10 years old to their mid-70s, but everyone has the same bug.” The orchid show will run on both days from 10am to 4pm. For more information contact Millicent Orchid Society president David Thwaites on 8733 2185. IN BLOOM: Millicent Orchid Society president David Thwaites admires some of Australia’s best orchids ahead of the society’s annual spring show. Need some STEEL? Call the local blokes at AbbSteel Industries P/L 4 Short St, Millicent • Ph: 8733 2799 • Fax 8733 2787 Carpet Dry Cleaning South East ~ GIL PURDIE ~ & Upholstery Services Locally Owned. 10 Years Experience. 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