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An orchid is beauty to behold - Buy yours at orchid show
There are approximately 30,000 species of orchids in the world. Many can easily grow on trees and in their natural settings they can be found in many jungles attached to a tree. Their roots or epiphytes as they are called, do not require soil to grow; they collect water from the humid air.
Although I have always loved orchids, I, like many others, have had disasters and had moved away from considering trying again until purchasing a home where some lovely varieties were found living happily in the garden. Amazingly, doing absolutely nothing but watering the orchids, they thrived and multiplied bringing beauty to my garden each year. However, my only tip is not to move them, for if they are thriving in one place, they will almost certainly know better than you, as to where they are the happiest.
Recently popularity in orchids has been on the rise with pots of varieties and colours seen at markets and chain stores across the state. Queensland's floral emblem is not only the Cooktown Orchid, but the orchid is also close to our State's colour "maroon".
This year, the Aspley Orchid Society is hosting two Orchid Shows; one in summer and one during the winter months. Both these exhibitions will be held at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-Tha Road, Toowong. Entry is $4.00 per person payable at the door. Children under 16 years are free. The following dates are as follows.
During February's summer show you will see a wonderful display of flowering orchids, ferns and foliage with the opportunity of speaking to the experts for some cultural advice. Plants will be for sale, although you will probably have trouble deciding just what variety you want as they are all so beautiful. All your orchid growing requirements will also be on display for purchase and EFTPOS is available. Potting demonstrations will be conducted throughout the weekend.
If you are wishing to sell your orchids or enter the competitions, information and forms can be sourced from the Aspley Orchid Society website. You may even consider becoming a member of the Society and enjoy the company of other avid orchid growers while gaining valuable knowledge along the way. A membership form can be located here. Fees start at $15.00 per single and $20.00 for family with concession rates as well.
This is an event not to be missed and may just give you the enthusiasm to try once again to grow these amazing plants. The exquisite beauty of these flowers is something to behold!
Hello Susan. Just letting you know the Orchid Show on the 22nd and 23rd of June is the North Moreton Queensland Orchid Council Charity Show in support of Breast Cancer group Be Uplifted at Mt Coot-tha. Aspley's second show was on the Saturday before Mothers Day at Wavell Heights. Anne Maloney, North Brisbane Orchid Society.