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Maclean & District Orchid Society Inc

Our Spring Show took place at the Maclean Bowls Club at the end of September, with another spectacular variety of beautiful blooms to admire, plus plants for sale.


Grand Champion Trophy – Australian Native, Dendrobium Amphion Vale, H. Seiver from Woolgoolga OS; Reserve Trophy, Champion Cymbidium Dr. Len ‘Ruby Sunset,’ Terry & Penny Bird; Culture Award, Dendrobium CKAi ‘Oka’, Brian Donaghy; Specimen Award, Species, Den. aguratom, Dianne Moran. Other Champions in their sections: Cattleya Exhibition, Rlc. Brunswick Bonanza ‘Caitlin,’ Kevin & Kathy Rose; Cattleya (Other) Ctt. Trick or Treat, Woolgoolga OS; Dendrobium CKAi ‘Oka’, Albert Irons; Vandaceous, Vasco. Pine Rivers ‘KBR’, Terry & Penny Bird; Phalaenopsis, Sogo Manager x I-H Sin Sunflower, Albert Irons; Miscellaneous, Odctm. Cherry Fudge ‘Carmela,’ Albert Irons; Novice, Enc. Cochleate, Judy Abbott; Foliage, Begonia, Albert Irons; Cut Flower, Hippeastrum, John & Kathy Bruce; Floral Art, Sue King; and the Sally Irons Encouragement Award to be presented at the next meeting. Congratulations to all the winners for your appreciated participation, and to all of our valued members, great sponsors, and welcome visitors who contribute goodwill and support our delightful bi-annual event.

Raffle winners as follows: Purple orchid – Gail Paine; Iluka vouchers – Pat Campbell; car care pack – Coral Rogers; life jacket/photo frame – Liam Gillett; blue ceramic pot – another Terry; light/dog case – Joan Scadden; red orchid – Julie; Yamba vouchers – Jan Johnson; potting mixes – Kathy Bruce; blue/white bag – J. Revell; white frame/mat – Dianne Moran.

At our meeting in September, a diverse 109 lovely plants were benched. Both Judges’ Choice and Popular Vote winner – Narelle Francis, for her floriferous Brassidium Yellow Star ‘Golden Gambol’ in the Oncidium Alliance section; Judges’ Choice Flower – Sue King’s Rose; and Popular Vote Flower, a tie between Sue’s Rose and Helen Connolly’s Cyclamen.

Next meeting is on Saturday October 19, at the Presbyterian Church Hall, Church Street Maclean. Plants are benched by 1pm, for a 1.30pm start after the judging, and includes lucky door and raffle prizes, plus afternoon tea.

Penny Bird