Australian Native Show 2017

14 January 2018

The Sapphire Coast Orchid Club’s Australian Native Orchid show was held on the 3rd and 4th November at Twyford Hall, Merimbula. This show is dedicated to the dainty Sarcochilus Orchids which are rarely seen at the regular orchid shows. Their flowers may be small but are carried in profusion, and displayed ‘en- masse’, with their ever-increasing colour range they made quite a show. They were complimented by a variety of exotic orchids, with a particularly good showing of Masdevallias, pendulous Cymbidiums and Softcane Dendrobiums.

Grand Champion Sarcanthinae Orchid and winner of the Bev & George Parker Perpetual Trophy was Sarc Lyn x Triple Red, grown by Austin Legler from Pambula. This charming little plant had perfectly shaped white flowers with a red centre and was also awarded Champion Sarcanthinae Hybrid.

Ulli Cliff from Bega won Champion Sarcanthinae Species with her well grown white Sarc hartmannii ‘Rebecca’ x ‘Red Snow’, and her Sarc (Hot Ice x fitzgeraldii) ‘Bright’ x Hot Ice ‘4x’, carrying numerous racemes of pink flowers all around the pot, was awarded Champion Sarcanthinae Specimen.

Phil Grech from Bairnsdale won Champion Any Other Orchid with his eye catching C Orpettii ‘Lana’, carrying 12 shapely bright red blooms.

Warwick Matthews from Tathra won Champion Novice with his beautifully grown Cymbidium Cricket ‘Cameron’, carrying 6 pendulous racemes of dainty flowers.

Bruce Dennett from Bairnsdale has a fine collection of Australian Native orchids, among them many less commonly grown species. Bruce was the winner of the overall pointscore.

The Sapphire Coast Orchid Club would like to especially thank the Pambula and District Community Bank for their generous support of our show. Thank you also to all exhibitors and helpers who made this show a success.

© 2018 Ulli Cliff