BEST IN SHOW: Last year's Grand Champion Orchid winner Neil Campbell is awarded the trophy by bcu Woolgoolga and Northside branch manager, Karen Mills.
BEST IN SHOW: Last year's Grand Champion Orchid winner Neil Campbell is awarded the trophy by bcu Woolgoolga and Northside branch manager, Karen Mills. Contributed

Best in the orchid business set to bloom

THE Woolgoolga District Orchid Society Annual Spring Show and Garden Expo is back on Saturday, October 1.

Be blown away by the spectacular display of blooming orchids nurtured by local and intrastate orchid enthusiasts.

Friendly and long-standing expert growers will be on hand to chat, guide and provide the best tips and advice for local conditions.

This year Woolgoolga Orchid Society has taken up the challenge of organising the Garden Expo in conjunction with its own Spring Orchid Show as the Woolgoolga Garden Club found itself unable to do so.

The Garden Club will still be supporting the expo with a garden stall and providing tea and coffee on the day.

Woolgoolga's Orchid Show is held in very high esteem, not only throughout the Mid North Coast but as far south as Newcastle and north to Ballina, and beyond.

The Orchid Society has been putting on this magnificent display for over 30 years - its reputation growing exponentially, boasting the best show on the coast.

Woolgoolga Orchid Society's inaugural show was held at the Woolgoolga RSL with plants displayed atop polystyrene packing crates and pine needles scattered on the floor.

"We are really excited to be introducing two new awards," Orchid Society president Brian Newman said.

"You, the public, will be able to nominate the orchid plant which you believe deserves the People's Choice Award... although this may differ from that selected by the official judges as being the grand champion.

"The President's Choice Award will be nominated by myself with both awards attracting a $20 prize and certificate on the day."

The society will be running a number of raffles and there will be many different species of orchid plants for sale.

The Garden Expo will boast a plethora of plants for purchase from bromeliads, bonsai, hippeastrums, roses and carnivorous plants to name but a few.

Interesting and informative speakers will be giving brief accounts of how to grow many of your favourite plants, including the specialised plants available.

There will be a tasty sausage sizzle from mid-morning to keep the hungry wolves at bay so why not make a day of it, bring the whole family to enjoy a great day out.

The Annual Spring Orchid Show and Garden Expo will be held at Yeates Hall, Woolgoolga Public School.

Doors are open from 9.30am until 3.30pm, with the award presentation commencing at 3pm with the drawing of the raffles.

Entry is free but you may wish to donate a gold coin to assist the Woolgoolga District Orchid Society.

If you think orchid growing is too difficult, here's your opportunity to find out just how easy it really is.

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