The Beaudesert Districts Orchid and Foliage Society’s annual Spring Show, held on the weekend of September 9 and 10, attracted a record crowd.
Show secretary Peter Rice said 788 visitors enjoyed a most impressive display of over 250 spring-flowering orchids and over 150 foliage plants.
“A visiting orchid judge insisted that our show exhibition was the best by far of those she’d had to judge this season, a worthy commendation for a society that is now centred in Canungra after been a part of Beaudesert for several decades” Mr Rice said.
“Being held in Canungra, it has attracted great growers from the Gold Coast, Mount Tamborine and surrounding Hinterlands and the standard of entries has been greatly enhanced.”
The Canungra event was an open show, so entrants also came from as far away as Tweed Heads, Springbrook and Slacks Creek.
“Visitors came from near and far to enjoy the overall experience that our show offers, one even coming up from Byron Bay for the chance to view what was benched on the exhibition tables,” Mr Rice said.
“The hall was busy on both days as they admired such wonderful entries, listened to an expert guest speaker, perused the thousands of quality sales plants grown by our members or relaxed at the refreshment area.”
Prizes this year totalled $3,165 in cash and the winners were Danny Asquith (Grand Champion Orchid award) and Lee Thorneycroft (Grand Champion Foliage award).