A blooming great show

Vice president of the City of Lismore Orchid Society, Ron Campbell, with some of his beautiful orchids that will be on display in the Spring Show.

Ron Campbell from Goonellabah and his wife Heather have been growing orchids for the last 26 years and say its by far the best hobby theyve ever had.

Their prize plants will be amongst 600-odd orchids on display at Lismore Central Shopping Centre over the next three days during the City of Lismore Orchid Society annual Spring Show.

As well as admiring the beautiful blossoms you can get expert advice from members and purchase pre-loved plants, garden accessories and books.

Ron said the ultimate hope of all growers was to have their plant declared Show Champion.

Its a fascinating hobby, said Ron. Every year you learn something different. The hybridising they are doing today is magic.

Ron said the joy of orchid growing was in anticipating the results. It was a fairly complex process and took around three years from pollination to seeing a flower. He said he currently had around 10,000 seedlings on the go which he wanted to see flower before he died.

You try and get the two top parents that are going to get you the shape, the colour and the size that are going to give you a Show Champion, he said. I was once offered $1400 for an orchid after it won a show in Ballina. But that particular plant was part of my family. I called it Heather after my wife.

The City of Lismore Orchid Society annual Spring Show is held downstairs at Lismore Central today and tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, September 14-15, from 7am-9pm and Saturday from 7am 2pm. For more information phone Ron on 6624 2316.


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