Australian Native Orchids Show 2016

01 November 2016

The Sapphire Coast Orchid Club"s Australian Native Orchid show was held on the 28th and 29th October at Twyford Hall, Merimbula. This show is dedicated to the dainty Sarcochilus Orchids which are rarely seen at the regular orchid shows. Their flowers may be small but are carried in profusion, and displayed en masse, with their ever increasing colour range they made quite a show. They were complimented by a variety of exotic orchids, with a particularly good showing of Masdevallias and some eye catching pendulous Cymbidiums. It was great to see such a nice display from our Novice growers too.

Grand Champion Sarcanthinae Orchid and winner of the Bev & George Parker Perpetual Trophy was Sarc Sweetheart #1 x Elegance ‘Super’, grown by Michael Wood from Kalaru. This charming little plant had perfectly shaped white flowers with a red centre and was also awarded Champion Sarcanthinae Hybrid. Michael also won the overall pointscore.

Our northern friends Paula and Michael Brown from the Eurobodalla Orchid Club had a very successful show. Their lovely white Sarc hartmannii ‘Delight’ x ‘Red Snow’ won Champion Sarcanthinae Species, and their very large potful of Sarc Heidi, carrying numerous racemes of white and red flowers all around the pot, was awarded Champion Sarcanthinae Specimen.

Jeff Knox from Merimbula won Champion Any Other Orchid with his eye catching Cymbidium Cricket "Cameron", carrying 13 very long, pendulous racemes of dainty flowers.

Kaye Bowles from Towamba won Champion Novice with her beautifully grown Onc. Singapore Delight, with a single raceme of "dancing lady" flowers of a striking yellow colour.

The Sapphire Coast Orchid Club would like to especially thank the Pambula and District Community Bank for their generous support of our show. Thank you also to all exhibitors and helpers who made this show a success.

© 2016 Ulli Cliff