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Getting plants ready to show

As the 2018 Tauranga Orchid Show draws nearer, newer members may be wondering how to prepare their plants for the show. Here is some sterling advice gleaned from experience: If you haven’t already put in flower stakes to show off … Continue reading

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Queen of Flowers

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Waitakere Orchid Show 2018

Words & photos: Sandra Simpson Just back from the first day of the Waitakere Orchid Society show in the Kelston Community Centre, Auckland. Well worth a visit to see some beautifully grown plants in bloom and maybe purchase an orchid … Continue reading

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Art Nouveau orchid jewels

A few little orchid masterpieces from the Art Nouveau period (1884-1914) … Renowned French glassmaker René Lalique (1860-1945), was also a notable jewellery designer of the late 19th century and his ‘Orchid Comb’ is one of the Walters Art Museum’s … Continue reading

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Vanilla wars

Unfortunately, for the vanilla farmers of Madagascar this isn’t a ‘fake news’ headline. Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported earlier this year that in Madagascar, the world’s primary supplier of pods, vanilla has aroused dangerous passions. Crop thefts have been reported in … Continue reading

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Orchids at the wedding

For orchid lovers there wasn’t much of interest in the recent Royal wedding … or was there? I’m sure you have your own opinion of the event at Windsor Castle, but I think we’ll probably all agree that the bride’s … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth’s orchid brooch

To mark Queen’s Birthday weekend, let’s look at one of the jewels of Queen Elizabeth II, pictured above wearing the Mappin & Webb Orchid Brooch for the 2015 Maundy Thursday service at Sheffield Cathedral. She was presented with the brooch … Continue reading

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