Whyalla Orchids Club Spring Show

ORCHID: Whyalla Orchid Club President Brian Moodie with his own Cattleya Orchid, next to a Dendrobium Speciosun which helped form a colourful display last Thursday.

ORCHID: Whyalla Orchid Club President Brian Moodie with his own Cattleya Orchid, next to a Dendrobium Speciosun which helped form a colourful display last Thursday.

The Whyalla Orchid Club’s (WOC) Spring Show brought colour and life to the surrounds of Westland Shopping Centre last Thursday.

Existing for around 50 years, WOC’s Spring Show is the second of the year after the July Winter Show.

Seven different species of orchid were on display, and WOC President Brian Moodie said it was a ‘strong showing’.

“We’re always at the risk of the climate … we’re hoping people will come along, buy plants and then become members,” Mr Moodie said.

The show aims to engage Whyalla to what Mr Moodie describes as a ‘nice outdoor hobby’, one he’s been part of for 20 years.

“The community love it, they really do. The thing is, orchids are very easy to grow in the media but the problem is flowering them so people just come to ask for advice,” Mr Moodie said.

“You’d be amazed at how many people come and say, ‘we bought one last year and we bought one the year before’, so many people have orchids.”

On display were the 2016 Whyalla Show Grand Champion, Reserve Champion and Best of Each Species.

WOC meets monthly at the St James Lutheran Church Whyalla monthly where members and visitors engage orchids with such activities as discussing topical subjects, practical demonstrations and ‘split plant demonstrations’.

Mr Moodie said the love for orchids is hard to explain, just as any other hobby is, but said his passion is just as strong as it was when he started 20 years ago.

For more information contact the WOC (8645 4198 ).

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