Celebrating mums and 50 years of beautiful blooms

The Bundaberg Orchid Society’s Mother’s Day Show is celebrating its golden jubilee and 20 years of celebrating mums with a record number of plants on show.

Society president Alwyn Heidke said it had become a Bundaberg Region tradition.

“When we started 20 odd years [ago] to have this show here for Mother's Day we wanted to illustrate the beauty of orchids - which are the most beautiful flower you can ever get - for your mother,” Alwyn said.

“We thought ‘well if they come on Mother's Day they can actually get a plant for Mother's Day’.

“And it's really taken off because you come here on Mother's Day and they all want flowering plants to give.

“People actually respond to it because we have record - about 2600 people in - because of this region they identify Orchid Show with Mother's Day.”

He said it was important to mark the day.

“They’re our mums, and they look after us and we love them. So that's why we do it.”

On opening morning, Alwyn said the Mother’s Day Show was going even better than expected.

“It’s really beyond our belief,” he said.

“We were worried because of the weather that we wouldn’t get the amount of flowers that would be out but they have come out and we have a record number of plants in the show.

“The displays are brilliant and we are really rapt on our fiftieth anniversary.”

Visitors were treated to beautiful displays on the opening day as they shopped for Mother’s Day gifts, including Sherrie Gabler and her daughter Penni Sheehan who were visiting the show for the first time.

“We’re a food vendor outside and as soon as I saw someone walk out with some beautiful peace lilies and things I thought I’d better go in before it’s too late!” said Sherrie.

Her daughter Penni agreed that it was a great spot for a bit of Mother’s Day shopping.

“She loves plants, especially orchids and things like that,” said Penni.

Golden Jubilee show a community effort

The Bundaberg Orchid Society’s Mother’s Day Show continues at the Bundaberg Civic Centre from 8 am to 4 pm on Saturday and 8 am to 12 pm on Sunday.

Alwyn thanked the community for its support for the special anniversary event.

“The council has recognised our Mother's Day Orchid Show by helping us out with the rent of the hall they've given to us, and our sponsors have been very generous for a Mother's Day show together with our 50th anniversary.”

Admission is $2 (children under 12 are free) with proceeds supporting local charities.

“We've got a wonderful club that really backs us and works,” Alwyn said.

“This is a club that is orientated around helping people grow orchids but also we are a charitable organisation.

“Last year, we gave $4,000 to charity so that's a part of our constitution that we do that.”

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