The Batemans Bay Orchid and Foliage Society is holding the first of its three annual shows in the auditorium of the Soldiers Club, Beach Road, Batemans Bay. Entry is free.
The Winter Show is open from 10am to 6pm on Friday, July 19, and from 10am until 3pm on Saturday, July 20. Presentations of championship awards and drawing of the lucky door prize and a multi-prize raffle start at 2.45pm on Saturday.
The Society recently held a successful workshop and as a result, we are planning to present four organisations within Batemans Bay with a charitable donation. The organisations are: Muddy Puddles, Sailability, Yumaro and Batemans Bay Fire Brigade. These organisations will be presented with their cheques as part of the activities at the end of the show.
The show will display the multiple genre of orchids that grow in this area. However, the cymbidium will most likely be the feature plant. There are usually upwards of 150 plants on display. These beautiful flowering plants give off a wonderful perfume within this room.
There will also be a display set up on a table near the front door. This will be set up to a theme. Last year the themes included Teddy's Bears picnic, tea party and the native show had an Aboriginal theme. Come along and see what the theme for this show will be.
Judging happens on the Thursday evening so the lucky winners will have their orchids identified by cards and ribbons on the display tables as well as the champions table.
As usual, there will be a sales table with both flowering and non-flowering orchids as well as orchid posies. Several local growers will also have plants for sale.
There will be a potting demonstration at 11am and 1pm both days. Club members are also on hand to answer any questions visitors may have.
The Spring show will be held on Friday, Saturday. September 6-7, and the Native Show on Friday, Saturday, October 11-12. These shows are also in the auditorium at the Soldiers Club and are open from 10am to 6pm on the Fridays and 10am to 3pm on the Saturdays.
The Batemans Bay Orchid and Foliage Society meets on the first Monday of the month (except January) in the Soldiers Club. Benching is from 6.30pm, popular vote judging from 7pm with a general meeting starting at 7.30pm. Visitors are always welcome. The majority of the meetings will have a guest speaker discussing orchids in some way.