Winter Show 2014

03 September 2014

Winter Orchid Show Results

The Sapphire Coast Orchid Club presented its annual winter show at Twyford Hall, Merimbula, from the 15th to the 17th August. Growers from all over the South Coast and as far afield as Bairnsdale and Wodonga put together a spectacular and colourful display, much enjoyed by the many visitors who came to see our orchids over the three days. The ever popular Cymbidiums provided the mainstay of the show, supported by a strong showing of Australian Natives and a variety of exotic orchids such as Masdevallias, Slipper Orchids and Cattleyas. The quality of the plants on display was of a very high standard, attracting many positive comments from judges and visitors alike.

Bobby and Muriel Bell from Eden are well known for their outstanding collection of cymbidiums. The love and care given to their plants throughout the year and the attention to detail in presentation makes their plants stand out, and was well rewarded with 5 championships. Their Cymbidium One Tree Hill ‘Beenak’ made a stunning display and was much admired. It carried 9 racemes of deep yellow, red-lipped flowers and was awarded Champion Cymbidium 60-90mm, Champion Specimen Orchid and Grand Champion of the Show. Bobby and Muriel also won Champion Cymbidium 90mm and over with Cym. Sturman’s Rose ‘Patricia Margaret’, carrying 2 arching racemes of beautiful pink flowers. Rounding out a very successful show, their dainty pink striped Masdevallia Harlequin ‘Dracula’ x Vampire ‘Beenak’ was judged Champion Orchid Any Other Genera. Bobby and Muriel were winners of the overall pointscore and received the AOC Trophy. Congratulations and well done!

John and Irene Stubbs from Brogo are no strangers to the championship bench, and this year was no exception. Their aptly named Rhynchostylis retusa ‘Red’, carrying 5 pendulous racemes of deep red flowers, attracted much attention and was awarded Champion Vandaceous Orchid and Reserve Champion of the Show. John and Irene enjoyed more success with their lovely Rhynchostylis gigantea, which was awarded Champion Seedling Other than Cymbidium.

Phil Grech from Bairnsdale was successful with his beautiful dark red Cymbidium Warringah Winter ‘National Show’, winning Champion Cymbidium Under 60mm. Phil also won Champion Cymbidium Seedling with Cym. Kalbeeba King x Ruby Eyes, and was awarded the Phil Grech Cymbidium Seedling Medal.

Jeffrey Lee from Cobargo claimed Champion Laeliinae Alliance and Champion Species Orchid with his beautiful soft pink Cattleya loddegesii ‘Martinique’. Ulli Cliff from Bega was successful with her Paph. sukhakulii, winning Champion Pahiopedilum.

Michael Wood from Kalaru, exhibiting in the Open section for the first time, won Champion Australian Native or Native Hybrid with Dendrobium Saigon x Aussie Victory ‘Castle Creek’, carrying large pink and white flowers of outstanding shape.

Les and Ann Tudberry from Tura Beach won Champion Novice with their beautifully presented Cymbidium Pastel Jewel, carrying a tall raceme of white flowers with a pink blush.

Champion Floral Art was won by Helen Fraser from Bega for her lovely arrangement featuring Cymbidium orchids.
Champion Fern or Foliage was won by Adrian and Kathy Goodall from Wodonga for their Pyrossia.

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.

© 2014 Ulli Cliff