Happy New Year! Welcome back to another year of orchids. I hope your orchids are coping with the hot, dry weather we are experiencing. My latest water rates are much higher than usual!
OCNZ Executive Committee & COA Meetings
The OCNZ Executive Committee and the Committee on Awards met on the weekend of Feb 1-2. COA can advise that the 2020 National Judges’ seminar and the OCNZ AGM will be hosted by the Howick Orchid Society, Queen’s Birthday weekend, May 30-31. Thank you Howick. The venue is the Pakuranga Bowling Club, 451 Pakuranga Rd, Pakuranga, Auckland. David Banks from Australia will be the guest speaker. Non-judges are very welcome to register for the seminar. Registration details are now available.
Club Contact Details and Show Dates
Orchid Society Secretaries will soon receive a form requesting club contact details and show dates for inclusion in the 2020 Yearbook.
We could still do with a few more articles and advertisements. If you have something you would like to share with us please get copy in by mid-February at the very latest.
Several Anniversary Shows will be held over the next 12 months.
- Bay of Plenty Orchid Society 50th Anniversary Orchid Show, April 3-4, Te Puke
- Waikato Orchid Society 60th Anniversary Orchid Show, September 5-6, Hamilton Gardens
- Taranaki Orchid Society 50th Anniversary Summer Show, January 9-10, 2021. Fred Clarke from
the USA has been confirmed as guest speaker.
These shows would be great for club bus trips or for small groups of orchid enthusiasts on a road trip. If your club is having an anniversary show this year please let me know and I will advertise it in the
Farewell Australian Orchid Review
The December 2019 – January 2020 edition of the Australian Orchid Review is the last. Editor David Banks sadly advised in his last editorial that it is no longer viable to produce this publication. David has
seen a decline in interest in printed specialist magazines and the AOR was no exception. For the time being they will maintain their Facebook page, as well as their website, for the sale of books and back
issues. They also intend publishing a number of new limited print run texts on orchids and other collectable plants over the decade.
Vale Paddy Fox
OCNZ was sad to hear of the passing of Paddy Fox from Taranaki. Paddy always had something different and exceptionally well grown plants. Paddy and his wife Girlie often sold plants at the Taranaki Summer Show. Paddy will be missed by the orchid fraternity and by the Taranaki Orchid Society in particular. We send our condolences to Girlie.