Orchid show’s colourful winners

The Sapphire Coast Orchid Club presented its annual winter show at Twyford Hall, Merimbula, over the weekend of August 18-20.

In spite of the recent cold weather, there were plenty of wonderful orchids on display, with the ever popular and reliable cymbidiums providing a blaze of color.

Australian native orchids were well represented, including a lovely display of terrestrial orchids.

A variety of exotic orchids with their flamboyant blooms provided extra interest.

Eden growers Bob and Muriel Bell had an outstanding show, claiming a total of  five championships, including Grand Champion Orchid of the show with their superb Cymbidium Golden Embers ‘Golden Teepee’.

Novice grower Warwick Matthews from Mogareeka proved he can mix it with the best of them, by taking out Champion Cymbidium Under 60mm and Champion Novice of the Show with his beautifully grown and presented Cymbidium Warringah Winter 'National Show'.

Joy and Alf Rizzetti from Tura Beach were awarded Champion Laeliinae Alliance, with their striking cluster Cattleya bicolour.

Jeff Knox from Merimbula was awarded Champion Species Orchid for his dainty Osmoglossum pulchella 'Pure', carrying six racemes of perfect snow white flowers.

The tough job of deciding winners across all categories fell to chief judge Nette Meggetto from Drouin Victoria with the help of Sapphire Coast Orchid Club president Graham Gray.