Bundaberg Orchid Society Inc members Leith and John Schouten and Alwyn and Bev Heidke prepare for the Orchids in Fairyland Mothers Day Show.
Bundaberg Orchid Society Inc members Leith and John Schouten and Alwyn and Bev Heidke prepare for the Orchids in Fairyland Mothers Day Show. Max Fleet BUNORC

Blooming Beautiful Orchids

HUNDREDS of exotic flowers have been watered, delicately manicured and made ready to shine – it must be orchid show time.

And what better weekend for the beautiful blooms of the Bundaberg Orchid Society's Autumn Show than that which encompasses Mother's Day?

The popular annual orchid show, which runs for three days, will be opened at 10am on Friday by Bundaberg Region Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch.

Orchid Society president Alwyn Heidke said the event promised to be bigger than ever, with 43 classes of orchids and special displays from areas including Bundaberg, Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Childers and Tannum Sands.

The theme for this year's display is Orchids in Fairyland, promising to be a fun day out for all the family – especially mums, who can celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday by enjoying a morning tea of sandwiches, slices and a coffee.

Mr Heidke said if anyone was interested in growing their own orchids, this was the show to visit, with plenty of advice available from friendly orchid growers.

Not only will the day provide the public with hints and tips on how to grow the beautiful flowers, but the Bundaberg Orchid Society will also be making a donation to Cancer Council Queensland's Wide Bay-Burnett branch.

“We support them every year by making a donation,” Mr Heidke said.

“We are not just about growing orchids – we are also very much a community group.”

With thousands of exotic plants on display, there will be orchids for sale to visitors as well as pots, fertilisers, bark and potting aids.

Mr Heidke said there would also be the opportunity to buy a copy of the society's highly successful book, Orchid Growing in Queensland, which has sold more than 20,000 copies since being published in 2003 and reprinted last year.

The orchid show will be open from 8am to 4pm Friday and Saturday and from 8am to 1pm on Sunday.

Entry costs $2 for adults and children go in for free.

For more information about the show, contact Mr Heidke on 41593291.



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