Grand Champion

Natalie Simmonds of Pyes Pa in Tauranga has taken out the Grand Champion title at the Australasian Bromeliad Show held in Auckland last weekend.

Natalie won the supreme award with Tillandsia tectorum – and this magic little plant also won Best Large Tillandsia, Best Tillandsia Species and Best Specimen Plant.

“I haven’t stopped smiling,” she says.

And Audrey Hewson of Greerton took a first place in the Pitcairnioideae class with a Deuterocohnia brevifolia, a clumping bromeliad (see some pictures here). “Years ago” Audrey also won a Grand Champion prize with a Dyckia marnier-lapostollei. Read more about Dyckias here.

The recent show was the equivalent to a national bromeliad show as none of the Australian or other overseas delegates were able to bring in plants due to biosecurity regulations. However, entries were assessed by a panel of international judges.

Natalie and Audrey are both members of the BOP Bromeliad Group and Tauranga Orchid Society.

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