Te Puke Orchid Show

Just back from the first day of the BOP Orchid Society Show in Te Puke – beautiful flowers and plenty of plants for sale. It was great to bump into people I know from Rotorua, Tauranga and Katikati, all enjoying the beautiful blooms.

The Grand champion and Reserve champion plant will be named tomorrow morning but in the meantime, here are a few photos of the plants on display. As well as a display by the BOP Orchid Society, there are also stands from the Tauranga Orchid Society, the Whangarei Orchid Society, Leroy Orchids (Auckland) and Carl Christensen (Napier).

The show is in the War Memorial Hall in Te Puke’s main street and is open from 10am to 4pm with a $3 entry charge (under 12 free).

Afternoon sun lights up Oncidioda Charlesworthii on the Tauranga stand. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Ascocenda Nong Nutch x Betty May Steel on the BOP display. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Dendrobium Lori’s Star on the BOP stand. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Cattleya Brownlee ‘Riga’ x Chocolate Drop ‘Waki’ is grown by Carl Christensen of Napier. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Jim Gilchrist’s large Miltonia clowesii lives in a concrete block and covers itself in flowers every year. Photo: Sandra Simpson

This unnamed Cycnoches orchid is part of the Whangarei Orchid Society display. Photo: Sandra Simpson


Popped back to the Bay of Plenty Orchid Society Show – delighted to learn that the Tauranga Orchid Society stand had won first prize and that a plant grown by Tauranga member Brian Enticott was judged Grand Champion of the show.

A shaft of sunlight illuminates Paphiopedilum Gary Romagna ‘Palm Beach’, grown by Brian Enticott. The plant was ‘awarded’ 16 years ago – and today received a higher award from the Orchid Council, as well as its BOP Orchid Society prize. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Reserve champion was a vibrant Dendrobium Jairak ‘Ruby’ grown by Richard Christensen of Napier. Unfortunately, the photo doesn’t do justice to the colour of the flowers which was both richer and darker.

Dendrobium Jairak ‘Ruby’ grown by Richard Christensen. Photo: Sandra Simpson



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