Many orchid questions? Come to the International Orchid Fair
Orchids are one of the largest families of flowering plants in the world. There are currently more than 25,000 species and at the rate at which new species are being discovered, suggests that the number may even reach up to 30,000! Whether you are an orchid enthusiast or amateur, everyone is bound to be captivated by the beautiful petals, vibrant colours and the fragrant perfume.
Hosted by the Orchid Societies Council of Victoria Inc, the largest annual Orchid Show in Australia is back again in 2013. This spectacular will bring together growers from over 20 local, interstate and overseas nurseries.
The fair features thousands of orchid flowers, cultural talks every hour and experts to help out with all your orchid questions. There are also a variety of merchandise for those who are hoping to bring home some souvenirs –orchids, book sales, fertilisers, clivias, iris, bromeliads, carnivorous plants and more! Food and light refreshments are also available throughout the day.
Here are 5 orchid growing tips to get you warmed up: 1. Good light and regular watering 2. Orchids need protection from burn and frost 3. Food and nutrients to be applied on a regular basis 4. Good potting media and hygiene
The first ever International Orchid Fair was held in 1999 in Castle Hill, Sydney. After the success of Sydney, the Victorian International Orchid Fair committee was formed and held their first fair on May, 2004. With continued success the fair was held annually each year and in 2009, merged with Orchid Societies Council of Victoria to present to the public The Melbourne Orchid Spectacular and International Orchid Fair together. In 2007 the first fair was held by The Queensland International Orchid Fair at Bray Park, Brisbane.
The fair will be held at the Springers Leisure Centre in Keysborough on the 23rd, 24th and 25th of August from 9am till 5pm and 9am till 4pm on Sunday. Admission to the fair is $8 for adults and $5 for concessions
The Springers Leisure Centre in located in Tatterson Park on Cheltenham road in Keysborough. For those who are travelling from the city, visitors may travel on the Nepean Highway down Lower Dandenong road to Cheltenham road or via Dandenong road to Westall road then Springvale rd and Cheltenham rod. Access can also be made through the Monash Freeway and Eastlink Tollway exiting at Cheltenham road. There is also parking on the site.
Other Orchid Shows On The Calendar
Bayside Orchid Society
Winter Show –Endeavour Hills Shopping Centre 28/07/13 - 03/08/13
Spring Show –Centro Cranbourne Shopping Centre 08/09/13 – 14/09/13
Summer Show –Public Hall Cranbourne 02/11/13 – 03/11/13
Melbourne Cymbidium Orchid Festival
Admission: $5 Adults, $3 Concession
Hungarian Community Centre 07/09/13 – 08/09/13