Winter Show 2012 Results

01 September 2012

The Sapphire Coast Orchid Club presented its annual winter show at Twyford Hall, Merimbula, from the 10th to 12th August. Growers from all over the south coast and as far away as Bairnsdale came together to put their finest on display, and to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of our club. As usual, Cymbidiums provided the mainstay of the show, supported by a variety of other exotic orchids. The quality of the plants on display was of a very high standard, attracting many positive comments and making a beautiful show for the many visitors to enjoy.

John and Irene Stubbs from Brogo had amongst their exhibits two very fine examples of the exotic species Rhyncostylis retusa, the foxtail orchid, carrying pendulous racemes of many pink and white flowers. These eye-catching plants so impressed the judges that one was awarded Grand Champion and Champion Species Orchid, and the other Reserve Champion of the Show. Congratulations John and Irene.

Phil Grech from Bairnsdale is renowned for growing superb Cymbidiums and Australian native orchids. Phil proved that his reputation is well deserved by winning 7 championships, most of the Cymbidium championships among them. Champion Cymbidium 60mm to 90mm went to Cym Jess’s Luck ‘Jenny’, carrying 2 racemes of lovely pink flowers. Cym Pure and Simple x White Lace, with 2 racemes of white flowers with a red speckled lip, won Champion Cymbidium Under 60mm and Champion Cymbidium Seedling. Phil’s aptly named yellow Australian native Dendrobium Essie Banks ‘Goldie’ was awarded Champion Seedling Other than Cymbidium. His dainty Sc Jeannie Wolf ‘Queen Bee’, covered in glistening bright orange flowers, won Champion Laeliinae Alliance and Champion Specimen Orchid, and the dark red Masdevallia Rien Sun ‘Merlot’ gained Champion Orchid Any Other Genera. Phil was also the winner of the overall pointscore and received the AOC Trophy.

Eden growers Bob and Muriel Bell were successful with their Cymbidium Baltic Glacier ‘Mint Ice’ which won Champion Cymbidium 90mm and Over. This plant carried 2 very tall beautifully presented racemes of pale green flowers.

Rob Pollock and Brenda Western from Ulladulla won Champion Australian Native or Native Hybrid with their large and beautifully flowered Dockrillia teretifolium. Champion Vandaceous Orchid of the Show went to Joy and Alf Rizzetti from Tura Beach for their colourful Sartylis Braveheart ‘Sandy’.

Amongst the novices, Merimbula grower Jeff Knox’s Cymbidium Drouin Masterpiece ‘Tango’ stood out and was awarded Champion Novice. This very well grown plant carried 5 racemes of beautiful orange flowers.

Champion Junior went to Patrick Rizzetti from Tura Beach for his very dark purple Masdevallia Dark Star. Well done Patrick.

Champion Floral Art was won by Helen Fraser from Bega for her very original arrangement featuring Cymbidium orchids.

Congratulations to all winners, exhibitors and helpers for putting on a wonderful show.

Sapphire Coast Orchid Club would like to thank our major sponsors, Robert Smith Complete Furnishers of Pambula, for their very generous support of our show.

© 2012 Ulli Cliff