THE Woolgoolga District Orchid Society's Annual Spring Orchid Show and Garden Expo has a reputation far and wide for its wonderful display of orchids, and this year it will be held on Saturday, October 7, opening to the public at 9.30am.
Orchid lovers will be pitting their orchid growing skills vying for a new prize this year - the Gordon Clarke Memorial Trophy President's Choice Award. This prestigious award is in memory of one of Woolgoolga District Orchid Society's founding members.
Gordon Clarke was renowned for his Phalaenopsis Orchids and his generosity of spirit when it came to imparting his wealth of orchid growing knowledge.
A rainbow of colour and magnificent perfume will greet the visitor on arrival at Yeates Hall, Woolgoolga Public School, 1-11 Scarborough Street, Woolgoolga.
It is expected around 300 orchid plants will be on show featuring a diverse variety of classes and species. Woolgoolga is also well known for its generous award prizes. There's even a People's Choice Award to encourage the visitors to vote on the orchid they think is best in Show . . . this may vary from the judges' choice.
Woolgoolga Orchid Society has once again taken upon itself to organise the Garden Expo this year. On display will be Steve Bigg's comparatively new method of growing vegies and flowers using what is called the 'componics' method. This is an extension of Steve's VERTI-pot towers which are ideal for small spaces like courtyards.
In addition there will be Wendy Doveal's Carnivorous Plants, Gloria Brewis' Lavender, lace and soaps; Ulrieke and Ian Kethel's The Rose Patch, Jan Townsend's Bonville Bromeliads and Tony and Joanne's succulents and bird feeders, to name but a few.
A number of speakers will appear throughout the day providing tips and tricks on how to grow, pot, and nurture your orchids.
To keep the wolf from the door, there will be a sausage sizzle, with the Woolgoolga Garden Club providing coffee, tea and cake. And don't forget there will be a number of raffles with magnificent prizes to be won! And best of all, entrance is FREE.
For further information about the Show, growing orchids or joining our friendly Orchid Society, please contact Neville Anderson on 66549081.