Horsham and District Orchid Society spring show attracts colourful entries

ORCHIDS of all different shapes, sizes and colours lit up the Horsham College hall at the weekend as part of the Horsham and District Orchid Society’s annual spring show.

The event ran on Saturday and Sunday. Society president Joy Scott said overall it was a great event.

“We had people here from 9am on Saturday, especially for the plant sales, which are always popular,” she said.

Judges from South Australia awarded prizes in each category.

“We had dinner and presentations on Saturday night and all our judges stayed for that, which was great,” Mrs Scott said. 

She said there wasn’t as many flowers this year because it had been a late season, but the quality of entries was fantastic.

“There are still lots of beautiful plants around,” she said.

The weekend also included potting demonstrations, which were well attended.

Mrs Scott said most people who loved gardening had an orchid or two at home.

“However, lots of people don’t know how to look after them, so they like to come to the demonstrations,” she said.

Stawell’s John and Barbara Welsh won grand champion and reserve grand champion of the show. They also won the Proctor Family Award for the most artistic display.

Halls Gap orchid grower Roy Lee said the flowers at the show were a culmination of 12-months’ work.

“It’s not something you can do at the last minute – there is a checklist that you have to work with throughout the year,” he said.

“You only get out what you put in with orchid growing.”