Colourful display for all to enjoy

South Western Times

The Bunbury Orchid Society will show off its beautiful blooms this weekend at the annual Winter Orchid Show as the society celebrates its 45th anniversary.

Len Munnings is the sole remaining foundation member actively involved in the society and he will be presenting 10 to 20 orchids for inspection at the show as well as judging the stiff competition for the 25th year.

“I have always been a pretty keen gardener,” Mr Munnings said.

“This is a good hobby, especially with orchids because there are so many varieties – there are small and large orchids and they all bloom at different times in the year.”

Mr Munnings said the blooms would be judged across a number of aspects, including presentation, shape, colour and overall size.

“It’s a very involved process, you just about have to go over them with a magnifying glass,” he said.

Members will enter their orchids into a number of categories, including a competition to see who grew the best Zygopetalum seedling which was bred and distributed by society members.

“The Zygopetalum is unusual in colour and very different to the other varieties,” he said.

“We get different plants every year at the show and get a huge variety of colours.”

The show will be attended by about 70 members from clubs across the South West and the public is encouraged to come along and admire the best orchids for a gold coin donation.

The show will be held at the Australind Community Hall on Saturday from 11.30am to 3pm and Sunday from 10am to 3pm.

Those interested in joining the society can sign-up at the event.

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