Penny Fox, secretary of the Byron District Orchid Society, with Ben McClymont’s dendrobiums and cattleyas.
Penny Fox, secretary of the Byron District Orchid Society, with Ben McClymont’s dendrobiums and cattleyas.

Orchids bloom despite heat

The dendrobiums are gorgeous, huge sprays of white blooms, and their perfume fills the air, but they won’t be a feature of the 54th annual Orchid Show in Mullumbimby this year.

“A lot came into flower too early because of the heat,’ explained veteran grower Ben McClymont, surrounded by the exotic blooms that have been his passion for the last 30 years.

But there will still be plenty of orchids on display for the public to come and admire, and Penny Fox, secretary of the Byron District Orchid Society, says there is still time for anyone nurturing a beautiful orchid at home to enter the show.

“You don’t have to be an Orchid Society member to enter,” Penny said.

“We’d like to encourage anyone with one or two orchids they’re proud of to put them in – we have sections for all classes of orchids and also pot plants.”

Entries must be in by 6pm today (September 10) as judging is done tonight by judges from the North Coast Judging Panel.

The show is on tomorrow and Saturday at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club from 10am to 5pm pm Friday, and 10am to 4pm on Saturday.

The usual sales table will be operating, with members of the society on hand to give advice to new growers, and entry to the show is still only $1.

Show schedules can be obtained from Penny Fox on 6680 1600.

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