Orchids blooming in time for spring show

Rob Bishop has chosen his best blooms to entre the Spring Orchid Show this weekend. Picture: VICKY HUGHSONA FOUNDING member of a local orchid enthusiasts group is gearing up for the annual Spring Orchid Show in Warrnambool on October 5 and 6.
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Ron Bishop has been a member of the Warrnambool District Orchid Society Inc since it began about 25 years ago.

Mr Bishop first became involved with orchids 30 years ago when his persistent mother finally convinced him to look after hers once she went into care.

“The ones she had that were before World War II were quite plainly coloured… but I went to the Royal Melbourne Show once and got a pretty pink one,” Mr Bishop said. “There’s nothing like getting something a little bit different, and I’ve been getting something different about every three months since.” He said he and a few friends decided to start a club.

“Once you can see things can be done better, you like to do better,” he said.

Mr Bishop grows predominantly cymbidium orchids .

“They’re easy to grow, comparatively,” Mr Bishop said.

He has about 130 cymbidium orchids and 150 others of mixed origin.

Mr Bishop and fellow member Paul Horsnell said it was always a nervous time leading up to a show, not knowing what orchids would be at display quality.

“It depends on the season.

“It’s a bit of work and everyone is always worried in the society that people are going to come in and say ‘where are the orchids’?”

In the past, Mr Bishop has received accolades including Champion Cymbidium and Champion Display.

“Every year I get something,” he joked.

Mr Horsnell said the society was always keen to welcome new members.

“There’s a challenge involved and (we cater for) learners… you become more interested as you learn,” Mr Horsnell said.

Secretary Helen Gower said the show would display many types of orchids with beautiful perfumes.

There will be sales tables, raffles, and morning and afternoon tea. Entry is $3 and doors are open from 10am to 4pm on the Saturday and 10am to 3pm on the Sunday.

You can find the show at Warrnambool College, Grafton Road, Warrnambool. For more information phone Helen Gower on 0408 613 181

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