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Life is now blooming lovely

A SINGLE flower has blossomed into a new passion for sisters Lina and Jean Altaweel (pictured).

Resettled to the Mid North Coast by the United Nations almost four years ago, these two Iraqi refugees quickly embraced life in Coffs Harbour and enjoy volunteering at the Botanic Garden.

"I always loved gardening and had a small flower garden in Baghdad," Jean said.

While volunteering at the Botanic Garden the sisters were impressed by an autumn display from the Coffs Harbour Orchid Society.

"We saw these flowers, the orchids, and thought 'how beautiful' - we didn't have them in Iraq, it is too hot and the heat is very dry there, here everything is so green," Lina said.

The sisters became members of the Coffs Harbour Orchid Society and now their little balcony garden is bursting with orchids.

The Coffs Harbour Orchid Society Orchid Show is on again today, 9am-5pm and tomorrow 9am-3pm, at the Botanic Garden with gold coin donation entry.

There will be plenty of plants to view and for sale and free advice from passionate orchid society members like Jean and Lina.

Topics:  botanic gardens coffs harbour orchid society united nations



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