Nature's perfume at show
If you're heading down to the orchid show in Kelston tomorrow don't bother wearing perfume.
With more than 1000 orchids on display by Waitakere Orchid Club the scent at Kelston Community Centre will be wonderful, president Lee Neale says.
With 100 different species of orchid, this year's show is bigger and better than ever, Mrs Neale says.
For the first time they're joining seven other clubs from Whangerei, Bay of Islands and Waikato to make it the biggest orchid show in Auckland.
Coinciding with seasonal changes such as a longer summer followed by a mild winter the public are likely to see flowers that wouldn't normally be blooming such as sarcochilus and dendrobiums.
People will be able to buy orchids that aren't normally available through the shops directly from growers for a better price, Mrs Neale says.
And you don't need to have a great deal of knowledge about orchids to have a great day.
Growers will be on hand to give you tips should you need them and the scent of the flowers alone are worth a visit, she says.
Anne Bernard has been a club member for about four years and grows around half a dozen orchids.
The club has taught her a lot about growing and she still enjoys the challenge of encouraging an orchid to bloom, she says.
Thanks to funding from Massey Henderson local board, entry to the show will be free for the first time.
The Waitakere Orchid Club show is held at the Kelston Community Centre on the corner of Awaroa and Great North roads tomorrow and Saturday from 10am until 4pm.
Visit aoc.inetgardens.com for more information.
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