I was out and about visiting other orchid societies during April – guest speaker at Hibiscus Coast Orchid Society; NZOS to hear their overseas speaker; and judging at the Te Puke Show. I heard from Ruth Coles that the Manawatu Orchid Society show in Feilding had some nice plants on display.
The NZOS overseas speaker was Benjamin Wang, a representative of Green World Horticultural Co. Ltd who was visiting from Taiwan. Members from orchid societies around Auckland took the opportunity to hear Benjamin speak about Phalaenopsis production in Taiwan. We learned that Phalaenopsis is the biggest export product for Taiwan, currently exporting 100 million plants around the world with the United States being their largest market. Benjamin told us about their growing conditions and feeding programme, Peters being the orchid food of choice. The current breeding programme is focusing on fragrant varieties with a very strong fragrance, with most of these being the mini type.
The Bay of Plenty Orchid Society had a colourful show in Te Puke. The Grand Champion was an impressive Bulbophyllum Elizabeth Ann ‘Buckleberry’; with many more flowers still to open this plant would look fabulous in another week or so. Reserve Grand Champion went to an Oncidium papilio.
There is still time to register for the seminar; registrations will be taken right up to June 1, however, for the Saturday night dinner the organising committee requires final numbers no later than Friday, May 25.
The Whangarei Orchid Society will be holding a show for the public at the same venue. If you are in the area over Queen’s Birthday weekend please do visit the show they would love to see you. Venue: Badminton Hall, 4 Porowini Ave, Morningside, Whangarei. Saturday, June 2, 10am-4pm; Sunday, June 3, 9am-3pm.
2018 Orchid Yearbook
During April OCNZ was successful in obtaining $5,000 funding from Pub Charity to go towards the cost of printing and binding the 2018 Yearbooks. It has been a number of years since OCNZ has received a grant for the yearbook so we are thrilled to get this.
Joy Hopson our Yearbook editor is pleased to advise that Yearbooks will be ready for distribution in late May-early June, either by courier or for pick-up at the Whangarei National Seminar & AGM weekend. We don’t expect books to be uplifted by seminar participants who are flying into Whangarei; in these cases books will be couriered to the society.