There are more than 800 species of Native Orchids growing in Australia and over 150 of these spectacular plants will be on display at the Spring Native Orchid Show at Kellyville this month.
The orchids on display will cover a huge variety of the thousands of native orchids in Australasia, from tropical species from far North Queensland and beyond, to cool growing species as far south as Tasmania.
The exhibition is being held on the weekend of September 14 and 15 by the Australasian Native Orchid Society Sydney Group at Kellyville Village (in front of Coles) between 8.30am and 4pm on the Saturday and 8.30am and 3pm on the Sunday.
It’s not only a great opportunity to see a spectacular array of orchids but also a rare chance to talk to award-winning growers.
Charlie Moraza from the Australasian Native Orchid Society Sydney Group said members had won many national awards and were well known for their work in not only growing, but also promoting the understanding and appreciation of orchids growing naturally in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and the Western Pacific.
“People are not aware that Australia has so many native orchids. They are quite tough.
“(At the show) you have the chance to talk to people who really know how to grow orchids.
“It is advice you really never get anywhere else.
“These are the growers who live in the area so they know the conditions and the climate you are growing in.”
President of the Australasian Native Orchid Society Barry Moore said the range of orchid types in Australia is incredible.
“From tiny specimens with flowers so small you need a magnifying glass to see them,to huge Dendrobium species which grow on rocks & trees in the bush & can develop into giants with thousands of flowers(although our members plants are
restricted to a size they can fit into a van!).
“The variety in colour of our orchids is also astonishing.
“From pure whites, through creams, yellows, golds, reds, purples, pinks, greens, and just about any other colour
you can think of!
“Not to mention many of the latest hybrids have beautiful markings in contrasting colours, with stripes, spots & other shapes,” he said.
There will be over 300 native orchids for sale on the day and experts on hand to give advice on orchid care and culture. Nearly all of which will be in flower,from under $20 each and there will be smaller easy to grow varieties which are ideal for novice growers just trying native orchids for the first time.
The Spring Native Orchid will be held on the weekend of September 14 and 15 at Kellyville Village (in front of Coles) between 8.30am and 4pm on the Saturday and 8.30am and 3pm on the Sunday.
It is an Orange Blossom festival event.