2007 Australian Native Orchid Show

04 November 2007


The Sapphire Coast Orchid Club presented its annual Australian Native Orchid Show at Twyford Hall, Merimbula on the 2nd and 3rd November. Visitors were treated to a beautiful display of the infrequently seen Sarcochilus orchids. These little Australian gems are becoming more and more popular as selective breeding increases their flower size and colour range. Many well grown specimens were on display, covered in flowers of pure white, white with red centres, all shades of pink, red and even yellow. The native orchids were well supported by a range of exotics, including cymbidiums, softcane dendrobiums and cattleyas.

Another feature of this years show was a display of 'Bonsai' by expert David Hof of Merimbula.

Local grower Shirley Bedingfield from Merimbula grows her sarcochilus orchids to perfection, and the judges rewarded her efforts with a raft of prizes. Shirley 'scooped the pool' and came away with 4 championships. Her beautifully grown Sarcochilus Heidi x Jewel Dungog, carrying perfectly shaped, crystalline white flowers with red centres, was awarded Grand Champion of the show, as well as Champion Sarcanthinae Hybrid. Her well presented Sarcochilus Fitzhart 'Red' gained Champion Sarcanthinae Specimen, and her lovely white Sarcochilus hartmannii 'My Joy' was awarded Champion Sarcanthinae Species. Shirley also came away with the overall point score.

Champion Any Other Orchid was awarded to Tura grower Joy Richardson, for her impressive softcane dendrombium Malones Victory. Champion Novice was won by Tathra growers Graham and Adrianne Dempster for their colourful Potinara Love Call 'Lai'.

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© 2007 Ulli Cliff
Publicity Officer