Woopi orchids wallop
A NATIONALLY-awarded phalaenopsis with nine perfect white blooms will be among hundreds of flowering beauties at Saturday's Woolgoolga Spring Orchid Show.
Woolgoolga growers Brian Newman and Gordon Clarke will also have on show most of the 17 orchids that won them 20 prizes and five major awards, including grand and reserve champions, two section champions and champion display, at the recent Grafton spring orchid show.
The phalaenopsis, which won the National Horticulture Certificate, and also the Grand Champion award at Maclean orchid show, was bought by Woolgoolga orchid grower Gordon Clarke as a seedling in Hawaii and took two years to reach maturity. It is the second time Mr Clarke has won a national award.
The Woolgoolga Orchid Society is known for the quality of its growers and their ability to manage presentations for shows. This weekend is expected to test them as top growers from Port Macquarie to Maclean, including Coffs Harbour and Bellingen, meet for the annual Woolgoolga show.
"We're not a big society but we pack a bit of a wallop," said Brian Newman.
"We put a lot of effort into our shows, but the Grafton growers will have plenty of incentive to do well after the hammering they got from us."
He said phalaenopsis, known as one of the most rewarding orchids for the house, retained their blooms for up to three months and 'they will literally flower themselves to death if they are in the right spot'.
Mr Newman is expecting about 50 growers to bring plants to the show, at the Woolgoolga Primary School's Yeates Hall, from 10am to 3pm on Saturday.
Local growers will be on hand to answer questions on orchid growing and there will be plants available for sale. Admission is free.