Quality, quantity spring at show

THE Maclean District Orchid Society has waited 20 years to do it, but last weekend's spring show was their best to date.

Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson attended the Maclean Bowling Club on Saturday to present the awards for what turned out to be an outstanding event.

Club spokesperson Terry Bird said quality and quantity were top standard, with around 380 eye-catching orchids, plants and garden flowers to tantalise the judges.

"The society gives thanks to Mayor Richie Williamson for attending the presentation on Saturday and also to the various sponsors and the Maclean Bowls Club for their refreshing and continued support," he said.

Club president David Bird was the major prize winner, taking out the Grand Champion Orchid with Gordon Vallance for an outstanding pink standard cattleya. The Reserve Champion orchid was won by Peter Zylstra, for a bright yellow intermediate cattleya.

Champions were as follows in the gardening section: Cut Flower - Lorraine Dodson's hippeastrum; Foliage Plant - Albert and Sally Irons' tassell fern; and Floral Arrangement - Reg and Sue King. The club's next monthly meeting is on Saturday from 1.30pm at the Presbyterian Church Hall, Church St, Maclean.



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