Blooming good time

By Mitch Gaynor

HINTERLAND orchid growers are celebrating a run of successful recent shows including Champion Species at the recent Australian Orchid Council Conference in Brisbane this month.

Glasshouse Orchid Society’s Noela Frizzo won Champion Specimen and Champion Species with her mature plant, Stelis papaquerensis, a species from the Americas.

It has been four years since the tri-annual conference was held due to its postponement over Covid in 2021.

“There was significant support from the orchid community to participate and get back to normal,” Candle Mountains Cymbidiums owner Sue Jones said.

Attendees, orchid clubs and vendors came from all over Australia and overseas.  

“There were spectacular displays of orchids showcasing the wide variety of orchid genera and benching of specimen plants,” Sue said. 

The grand champion of the show was a spectacular ‘rose red’ cymbidium named Regal Flames ‘Queen Of Hearts’ with six spikes with over 20 flowers per spike. 

Glasshouse Orchid Society was successful at the show with its display coming second to the Orchid Society of New South Wales. 

Other successful members were Russ and Jan Hopkins who won Champion Laeliinae with their plant Cattleya Rosella’s Royal Flare.

Paul and Sue, who sell wholesale around Australia from the Crohamhurst nursery, said the Glasshouse Spring Orchid Spectacular on September 23 and 24 will be the perfect time to see beautiful and perfumed Australian Native Orchids, Cymbidiums and Softcane Dendrobiums at their blooming best.

There will be lots of orchid plants for sale – many in flower.

To be held from 8.30am both days at the Beerwah Community Hall, the event also features show orchids and foliage, expert advice, refreshments and raffles.

Admission: $4 adults. Children free.

Noela Frizzo (inset) with her prizewinners.