Orchid growers breathe new life

WHEN she turned 95-years-of-age, Phyl Nicholas decided it was time to cut back on her orchid collection, but trimming down to less than 50 plants was no easy task for a person who had avidly collected and grown orchids for the past 50-years.

Mrs Nicholas is one of the oldest members of the Tasmanian Orchid Society, which is hosting its annual free orchid show at the Hobart Town Hall from 29 September to 2 October.

It was this very event that initially sparked Mrs Nicholas’ interest in growing orchids after she dropped into the 1958 show with her late husband, Chris.

Instantly falling in love with the beautiful blooms, she went on to buy him an orchid for his next birthday and it was from this initial flower that their mutual passion for the pastime bloomed.

They soon joined the Hobart orchid society and went on to establish societies in Burnie, Devonport and Launceston, as well as starting a monthly newsletter.

Mrs Nicholas will be on hand, alongside other orchid society members, at the September show to provide visitors with tips and advice on growing their own orchids.

The show will feature a range of bulbs for sale, floral art lessons for young people and bonsai and ikebana displays.

There is no charge for exhibiting and first-time exhibitors are welcomed with open arms.

The City of Hobart supports the Hobart Horticultural Society’s annual floral art and cut flower shows at the Town Hall every year.

This year’s show season will include orchids from 29 September to 2 October, roses and irises from 4-5 November and dahlias from 24-25 February 2017.

Caption: Visitors enjoying the flowers on display. Photo credit City of Hobart.

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