Orchids to star at Shoppingworld

ORCHIDS will be the stars of Tamworth Shoppingworld next week with a show of colour.

ORCHID TALK: Cheryl Harris is preparing for another orchid show in Tamworth next week.  Photo: Gareth Gardner 030914GGC01

ORCHID TALK: Cheryl Harris is preparing for another orchid show in Tamworth next week. Photo: Gareth Gardner 030914GGC01

Cymbidium, slipper, native and catlia orchids will welcome the new season at the Spring Orchid Show from September 11 to 13.

Tamworth Orchid Society publicity officer Cheryl Harris said orchids were special because they were “temperamental in the winter and summer”.

“They just like temperate climates so we have to use hot houses and shade houses to give them a nice warm bed for the winter,” she said.

“They’re very time consuming at times and we grow them in bark and cocoa peat.” 

Mrs Harris said the society was a small one, with 23 members, but they always had a colourful display for their shows.

“Our April one was spectacular,” she said.

Mrs Harris said the society welcomed anybody who wanted to attend their casual meetings at St Stephen’s Church Hall at 7.30pm on the third Wednesday of each month.

“We bring our orchids and enjoy a yummy supper afterwards,” she said.

“It’s a social thing and if people have any problems with their plants, they bring it in and there is always someone there who can help.” 

The show will run from 9am to 9pm on Thursday and Friday and 9am to 1pm on the Saturday.

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