Gold Coast District Orchid Society president Peter Emerton and club member Ruby Brown are two of the 90 members of the society gearing up for their annual Spring Show.
Gold Coast District Orchid Society president Peter Emerton and club member Ruby Brown are two of the 90 members of the society gearing up for their annual Spring Show.

Orchid stars set to flower on the Gold Coast

THE Albert Waterways Community Centre will be awash with colour on Friday and Saturday 14-15 September for the annual Gold Coast District Orchid Society Spring Show.

And while there are 90 members from all over the Coast taking part in the event society president Peter Emerton, 75, hopes he might just have the one to win big this year - if he can get it in the car.

"I have a native orchid - the type that is found out on the swampy parts of Moreton Island - but it's five foot tall so I'm not sure if I can get it in the car yet," he laughed.

"I have a Catleya coming out and I'm hoping it will still be good by then -it's all about the timing."

And Peter would know, a member of the Gold Coast club for the past seven or eight years he has had an interest in the plants since he was a boy in Melbourne.

"As a young kid I was always impressed by the big box of Cymbidium orchids sent to ys by my grandmother in Sydney every year," he said.

"I stayed at her house and walked into our green house, I found something different - the humidity the plants. It always stuck with me."

However it wasn't until much later that he started growing them himself - getting his first one after he and his wife had a disagreement.

"She must have thought she was in the wrong and bought me an orchid from the local market," he joked. It was the first of many and before they left Melbourne he had a collection of hundreds and hundreds.

"I'm never going to get in that position again - I keep it small now with a few spectacular plants."

The Gold Coast District Orchid Society Spring Show will be held at the Albert Waterways Community Centre, corner Hooker and Sunshine Boulevard, Mermaid Waters.

The show, a judged orchid and foliage event, opens Friday from 8am to 4.30pm and Saturday from 8am to 3pm admission is $4 for Adults and children under 12 are free.

There will be ten traders selling Orchids., Bromeliads, Cactus, Succulents and growing needs as well as a members plant sale table and potting demonstrations, refreshments by Espresso Xcellence and lucky draws and raffles.


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