It was a festival of colour as the Childers and Isis District Orchid Society held its Autumn charity show at the weekend, helping to raise funds for RACQ LifeFlight.
Childers and Isis District Orchid Society president Roy Moore said people travelled from all around the Wide Bay to attend and lay their eyes on some of the most beautiful orchids around.
Roy said hundreds of orchids were entered in the charity show and it was certainly a tough competition.
Winning champion orchid was a flawless Paphiopedilum Memoria Doris Behrendorff, also known as a slipper orchid, owned by Hervey Bay growers T and C Bade.
Not only was the champion orchid impeccable in shape and size, but its eye-catching colours were a standout feature.
“Judges came from everywhere to judge the hundreds of orchids,” Roy said.
“The champion orchid was a slipper orchid, and it won because it was a perfect flower in every way.”
Paphiopedilums are often called “slipper orchids” because of their unique pouch.
They are easily grown as houseplants, but hard to master when it comes to perfection.
Roy said the show opened Friday at the Isis Cultural Centre with hundreds of orchids and foliage species on display to the community.
“This is my first show as president and I am very pleased with the turnout and participation from all of the clubs,” Roy said.
“We’ve had club members from Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Bundaberg show their orchids, and over 100 plants from our Childers society.”
He thanked the Childers community for attending and showing their support for RACQ LifeFlight.
“The Childers community has been fabulous,” Roy said.
“Last year we raised $5000 for LifeFlight.
“It’s the dedication of the community and the Childers club that have really made this show – so thank you.”
Childers and Isis District Orchid Society welcome new members and anyone with an interest in orchids can contact the society through the Facebook page.
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