The trophy presentation more or less closed the Tauranga Orchid Show yesterday. Well done to all the winners, and all those who won placings for their plants. The full set of results is available here. Many thanks to Pam Signal of the BOP Judging Group for preparation of the results.
Judging took place at the Tauranga Orchid Show this morning, keeping the hall buzzing as the various groups deliberated their choices. But finally not only were placing certificates slipped on to plants, but the trophies were decided too.
Not surprisingly Tauranga club member Craig Parsons won large for his huge Dendrobium nobile that comes complete with a section of tree trunk! Craig told the story of this plant in a 2018 post. Read it here.
Champion display: Helen McDonald 1st, Leroy Orchids 2nd, Patricia Hutchins (Sunvale Orchids) 3rd. All small displays and all beautifully presented. Great to see Helen and Patricia (both TOS members) do so well.
If today’s wet weather put you off from venturing out, here’s a little photo teaser from the Tauranga Orchid Show to tempt you to visit tomorrow or Sunday – open 10am-4pm at Tauranga Racecourse, $3 entry (under-12 free). Champion plants will be chosen tomorrow.
The kokedama (Japanese moss ball) demonstrations at 11am and 2pm have proved popular and lots of happy buyers left with a kokedama orchid. See you there!
Our theme this year is Plenty – so plenty of orchids!
Please join us at Tauranga Racecourse from October 11-13, 10am-4pm daily. Entry is $3 with under 12s free.
What will you see? Tauranga, Bay of Plenty and Whangarei orchid societies, and Leroy Orchids (Auckland) will all have orchid displays, and the BOP Bromeliad Group will also stage a display. Plants will be available from commercial growers from Whangarei, Auckland, Wairoa, Napier and Whakatane, as well as the Western Bay, and the popular Posy Sales stand is back.
New this year are demonstrations on making kokedama balls (seen right) for orchids – essentially growing orchids in a moss ball, not a pot. These will take place at 11am and 2pm daily.
Our always-popular rolling repotting demonstrations will continue at other times and growing advice will be freely available from members at any time.
Tauranga Orchid Society has a special ‘taster’ membership offer for the show – $12 until April 2020 when a regular sub ($25 single; $35 family) kicks in. It’s cheap enough that we hope you will try out the club to see if it fits.
Our usual great raffles will be on offer, we have a cafe for a refreshing cuppa and there’s plenty of free parking.
The show will be free of single-use plastic bags this year. Our vendors have made a great effort and will have paper bags, cloth bags and multi-use fully recyclable plastic bags. You’re very welcome to bring your own forever bags and boxes for purchases.
My little laptop went phut on the second day of Expo, hence no further postings (I finished the post below this one on my phone which was no fun). So here’s a wrap-up of a few bits and pieces.
The Manawatu Evening Standard reported that 2,600 people had visited the Expo and the organisers I spoke to were pleased with entry numbers.
Tauranga member Helen McDonald made an individual entry in the Table-top Display section and ‘Memories of Japan’ was placed a very creditable second (Nelson Orchid Society was first).
Tauranga/BOP members recognised by OCNZ for 25 years of judging service were: Diane Hintz, Pam Signal and Trevor Signal.
Bill Liddy was presented with an Award of Honour for outstanding service to OCNZ, including his decade-long stewardship of the Iwitahi Native Orchid Reserve (on the Napier-Taupo highway).
Australian grower David Banks was the after-dinner speaker (he also appeared on the lecture programme) and was full of entertaining thoughts and ideas. “When I’ve matured a bit more with orchids,” he said (after earlier telling us he attended his first show at the age of 5 and is now 54!), “I’ll start to grow clivias.” Read more about his business, Hills District Orchids.
He also reminded his audience that we don’t grow orchids to win prizes but because we love them.
Both the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion plants were exhibited on Chris Whitby’s commercial display. Chris also achieved personal success by growing the Champion Hybrid plant, Paphiopedilum Vogue Wonder ‘Shellnick’.
Thomas Petrie, grower of the Grand Champion orchid, is only 33 and has been growing orchids for 15 years! He trained at Wellington Botanic Gardens. Read more about Thomas here.
I know we all came home and slept the sleep of the hard-working so I daresay the organising committee may still be catching up. No one has stepped forward to offer to host the next Expo … as yet …
With the official opening tonight, the winners of the National Orchid Expo were announced.
Unfortunately, patron Ross Taylor was unable to be present so OCNZ president Margaret Lomas stepped in and, after thanking the organising committee, presented the show’s awards.
Best Vandaceous alliance: Gillian Lyster (Nelson). Best miscellaneous genera: Conrad Coenen (Tauranga). Best Sarcochilus: Janice Brown (Wellington). Best Oncidiinae: Leroy Orchids. Best Phalaenopsis alliance: Gillian Lyster. Best Paphiopedilum: Thomas Petrie (Hawkes Bay). Best Cattleya alliance: Conrad Coenen. Best Dendrobium: Barry Baxter (Waitakere). Best Pleione: Graham Jackson (Manawatu). Best Australasian native orchid: Bill Liddy (Hawkes Bay). Best Cymbidium: Villa Orchids. Best Pleurothallid alliance: Paul Topp (Wairoa).
Best commercial display: Chris Whitby. Best tabletop display: Nelson Orchid Society. Best society display, small: NZ Paphiopedilum Alliance. Best society display, large & Champion display: Waitakere Orchid Society.
Grand champion of the show & Champion species: Phragmepidium caudatum ‘Jacqui’s Dream’, grown by Thomas Petrie. Reserve champion: Paphiopedilum lowii ‘Katipo’, grown by Jason Strong (Hawkes Bay). Champion hybrid: Paphiopedilum Vogue Wonder ‘Shellnick’, grown by Chris Whitby (Hawkes Bay). Champion specimen: Cattleya intermedia var. orlata ‘Rio’, grown by Conrad Coenen.