Wrapup On The Bribie Island Orchid Society’s 2019 Spring Show

By Sandy Jensen

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Den. Chet’s Choice Champion Orchid of Show & Champion Specimen Growers — R & J Hopkins

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Our final Show for the year has been run and won. Despite the lack of rain over the last few months, enthusiastic orchid and foliage growers from near and far managed to bench a breathtaking blur of colours, shapes, sizes, and fragrances at The Orchid House and the Indoor Bowls Club.

Added to that were the various vendors with their colourful stalls with society members and the general public availing themselves of the great selection of plants and other items for sale. It seemed like Mother Nature giving us the nod late Friday/Saturday with a good downpour to dampen the ground but not the spirits of our visitors with good patronage and comments like ‘what a stunning display’, ‘your benches are packed’, ‘smell that perfume’ etc.

The folks in the kitchens were kept busy serving morning and afternoon teas, making sandwiches and making sure that all the vendors and volunteers were fed. Great job! The success of our Show was dependent on a lot of hard work, effort and support from our vendors, some from as far away as Mackay, our Society members, the general public, other Orchid Society members, our Patron Simone Wilson, Woorim Surfside Pharmacy, Gary Parsons from BIDCA (Bribie Island District Community Appeal), and by no means least our Sponsors, The Bribie Island Bowls Club, McKenzie Aged Care and Browns Mitre 10.

Huperzia PMB Rock Tassel Fern Champion Foliage Grower — T Beenders

A big thank you to all. Our Spring Show major raffle, a portion of the proceeds from which will be donated to the Vietnam Veterans Association, turned out to be a ‘family affair’ with all three prizes going to Bribie Island Orchid Society Members.

The winning ticket was drawn out of the box by Barry Svensson who was representing our sponsor The Bribie Island Bowls Club was indeed his own ticket. Second Prize was won by our Treasurer, Ros Grant—duly rewarded for all her hard behind-the-scenes work supporting the Show and Third Prize went to Sheron Strasser. This is a first for all three prizes to be won by our members.

Our raffle of the Wheelbarrow filled with gardening items, kindly donated by sponsors Browns Mitre 10 was won by Sue from Kingaroy and Simone Wilson’s basket of goodies was won by another of our club members, Rose Dalgleish.


The society welcomes new members or anyone who just wants to come along to a meeting or two to see what goes on. For more information about the society itself, those interested should log onto the website www.bribieislandorchidsociety.com.au, our Facebook page which has updates, or give Teresa a call on 0407 782 290.

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