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Vale Natalie Simmonds

It is with great sadness that we record the death of Tauranga Orchid Society stalwart Natalie Simmonds on Tuesday, May 30. Natalie had stepped down as the society’s secretary only at the AGM in April, having served the society faithfully and with … Continue reading

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Orchid fancier: Roald Dahl

Several years ago I heard author Joy Cowley reminisce about a visit she had made to the home of Roald Dahl, a superstar in the firmament of children’s literature, while he was adapting her 1967 book Nest in a Fallen Tree to … Continue reading

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Waikato Orchid Society Show

The Waikato society holds its autumn show on Saturday, May 13 at Hamilton Gardens Pavilion. The venue will be open from 8am for setup with staging of plants between 9am and 10am. Judging begins at 10am. Show marshal is Pat Kenny. The … Continue reading

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New Gastrodia orchids

The great Australian website Garden Drum has posted a news story about the discovery on Okinawa Island in Japan of two new parasitic orchids which have been named Gastrodia nipponicoides and Gastrodia okinawensis. Like New Zealand’s native Gastrodia orchids, these two … Continue reading

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Singapore’s national flower

The national flower of Singapore is the orchid Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim (formerly Vanda Miss Joaquim). Selected as the national flower in 1981, the orchid was chosen from 40 other blooms, of which 30 were orchids. The National Orchid Garden website says there are several … Continue reading

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Club Officers 2017-18

The recent Tauranga Orchid Society AGM saw some changes in the club’s officers. Elected were: President: Conrad Coenen. Vice-president: Barry Curtis. Secretary: Sandra Simpson. Treasurer: Brian Simmonds. Committee: Alec Roy, Jean Richardson, Noeline Gardner, Jocelyn & Bob Mankelow (all continuing), plus Grant … Continue reading

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BOP Orchid Society champion

Popped back to the Bay of Plenty Orchid Society Show in Te Puke this afternoon – delighted to learn that the Tauranga Orchid Society stand had won first prize and that a plant grown by Tauranga member Brian Enticott was … Continue reading

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