Ready to blossom, orchid buff’s bloom go on show
IT TAKES more time to become an orchid judge than to graduate from most university degrees.
Four and a half years of effort will culminate in 18 months time for Gladstone Orchid and Foliage Society president Len Dowling, along with five members of the group, who will graduate as judiciaries.
The group is gearing up for its annual Easter show, held at Bill Robertson Toyota on Hansen Rd.
Mr Dowling said the pleasure each of the group members gained from growing and displaying their flora was all the reward they need.
"We all just do it for the enjoyment," he said.
"We hope everyone takes us much pleasure in viewing them as we do."
It takes patience and a careful eye for detail to judge and grow the beautiful flower.
"The three main elements are shape, colour and texture. We have them everywhere: in the house, on the verandah, they are just beautiful flowers."
The Gladstone orchid show will be preceded by the Boyne Tannum show this weekend.
- Boyne Tannum Orchid and Foliage Expo, April 5 and 6, High School Auditorium, Coronation Dr, Tannum Sands
- Gladstone Orchid and Foliage Society Easter show, Good Friday through to Easter Sunday, Bill Robertson Toyota on Hansen Rd. Free off-street parking available. Entry is free.