Peter Emerton (left) shares growing tips with Nev Ludwig.
Peter Emerton (left) shares growing tips with Nev Ludwig.

Spring into a love of plants at Gold Coast orchid show

THE Gold Coast District Orchid Society extends an invitation to all orchid and plant lovers to visit the 2016 Orchid, Foliage and Bromeliad Spring Show early in September.

At least eight traders will be selling orchids, foliage, bromeliads, cactus and succulents - as well as supplies for growing plants.

There will also be a members' plant sale table and potting demonstrations with free advice by experienced growers.

Orchid grower and club vice-president Peter Emerton said the annual show was the biggest on the calendar for members.

Peter's love of orchids "goes back a long way".

"My grandmother lived in Sydney and, as a young kid, I remember going into her shadehouse and seeing the beautiful flowers," he said.

"My wife bought me my first orchid 30 years ago - she's been sorry ever since," he joked.

"Once you get the hang of it, they're very easy to grow."

Peter now has a "small collection" after downsizing to 100 plants.

The 2016 Orchid, Foliage and Bromeliad Spring Show will be held on Friday, September 2, from 8am to 4.30pm and Saturday, September 3, 8am to 3pm at the Albert Waterways Community Centre, corner Hooker Boulevard and Sunshine Boulevard, Mermaid Waters (opposite Pacific Fair).

The daily entry fee is $4. Bus trips are welcome.

Contact Lewis Smith on 0438189942 with inquiries.


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