HELEN Gower could hardly believe her ears when she heard her plants had won major awards in the Warrnambool District Orchid Society annual show.
She’s the group’s secretary and had worked for weeks to prepare for the big show, which drew hundreds of people to see plants in glorious spring bloom.
“I never expected this,” she said yesterday.
“It’s just luck. If your plants are flowering at show time there’s a good chance you’ll get a prize.
“The show was fantastic — it’s that amazing perfume that fills the air and impresses visitors as they walk into the hall.”
Her cascading cymbidium, called Doctor Len Geyserlane, was judged best in the show and she also won three other categories. Society president Murray Coverdale said it was one of the best shows and crowd attendance in the group’s 26-year history.
“Plant sales were unreal. We probably sold 300 to 400 orchids, with the proceeds keeping us going,” he said.
“We’d love more people to join us and learn from guest speakers and other group members.
“Some people assume orchids are hard to grow, but that’s a fallacy.
“A lot of orchids are easy to grow and give lots enjoyment.”