John Hoffmann with some of his Cattleya intermedia species of orchids which will be on display at the Maryborough Orchid Society’s spring show.
John Hoffmann with some of his Cattleya intermedia species of orchids which will be on display at the Maryborough Orchid Society’s spring show.

Orchid show to bloom

JOHN and Narelle Hoffmann have had a 40-year love affair with orchids.

The Maryborough couple were inaugural members of the Maryborough District Orchid Society in 1971 and their love for the exotic flower hasn’t waned.

John’s collection of orchids numbers about 1000 – and 35 of those will be entered in the society’s annual spring show this week.

His interest in orchids began in the late 1960s when he was a National Serviceman.

“I’d always liked gardening, but when I was in the army doing exercises I came across all sorts of native varieties in the bush.

“You can’t collect them from the wild now, of course.

“One of my cousins grew orchids and I thought I’d try my hand at it.”

Over the years John and Narelle have figured out the right recipe for a thriving orchid.

“Like all plants they need water, and they also like to be fertilised every few weeks,” John said.

Narelle is now the society’s secretary and said this year’s show would feature entries from the Fraser Coast, Bundaberg and Gympie.

“There are hundreds of species of orchids,” she said.

“And these days there are more varieties.

“The society was formed in 1971 and we had our first show in Tarrants car dealership showroom that year. We’ve had a show every year since.

“It’s really worth seeing, with all the blooms set out in displays.”

The show is on at St Paul’s Memorial Hall on Adelaide Street, Maryborough.

It is on tomorrow and Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm and Saturday from 8.30am to 1pm.

Entry is $2 for adults and children enter free.



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