ORCHID BEAUTY: A golden shower, one of the orchids benched at the February Woodburn Orchid Society meeting.
ORCHID BEAUTY: A golden shower, one of the orchids benched at the February Woodburn Orchid Society meeting. Contributed

Orchid-lovers reveal best

WOODBURN Orchid Society welcomed three visitors, Maria, Ria and Betty, to its February 17 meeting.

Betty needed help with a couple of "out of control" orchids.

"If I can't get advice on how to 'tame' them then they are going in the bin," she said.

Cec Henery and a number of other members soon had Betty's dendrobiums sorted out.

Cec showed Betty how to carefully sever new growth, which can then be potted up to produce new plants.

She also gained a few points on repotting.

Maria and Ria, who themselves were interested in Cec's 'orchid taming' instructions, received a few keikis to take home and pot for themselves.

Murray Shergold, a member of the sub-committee formed to organise an orchid growing workshop, has offered to invite two high-profile Australian orchid specialist speakers to present this important learning activity.

As early planning is required in preparing for such an event, the workshop will probably be held a little over a year from now.

As Woodburn is regarded as the Orchid Capital of New South Wales, over the years there have been a number of suggestions regarding the possibility of establishing a permanent orchid display in that town.

The society has undertaken to seek input from Richmond Valley Council and from the Woodburn Chamber of Commerce regarding such a project.

Society member Mick Clifford described how he had greatly improved the performance of one of his vandas by raising the plant to a higher position in his orchid house, for better air circulation.

A total 22 members and three visitors were at the meeting and 57 beautiful plants were benched by 11 growers. Josh Felsch announced awarded plants.

Interestingly, as with last month, there was a three-way tie for Popular Vote, the winners being Albert and Sally Irons with two plants, DTPS Ox Prince and Vanda Chtra Renee Gerber, Lobpur i and Danny Bell's Exhibition Cattleya 'Mt Isa Jean'.

Judges' choice went to Oncidium golden showers grown by Peter Furniss.

Next meeting is April 21 at Woodburn CWA Hall.



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