Taranaki Orchid Show

Slipped off to New Plymouth for a long weekend with the excuse that it was about time I visited the Taranaki Orchid Society Summer Show. I talked myself out of the stress of trying to transport a flowering orchid in the heat of summer – I haven’t moved a flowering orchid any distance to a show before – and instead brought back photos, 4 small plants and some supplies!

Champion of the show was Dendrobium Gerald McCraith grown by Jenny Walsh. The hybrid was registered in 1995 and is named for the co-founder of the Australian Orchid Foundation. Read more about the plant here.

Dendrobium Gerald McCraith grown by Jenny Walsh of the Taranaki Orchid Society was adjudged the best in show. Photo: Sandra Simpson

About half-a-dozen Tauranga Orchid Society members were there, some showing, and among those with sales tables outside were people from Auckland, Wellington, Napier and Whakatane. Attending a summer show meant I was introduced to a whole lot of plants that I almost never see in flower. Lots of fun with the camera.

Disa Pukekura Park ‘Red Grandeur’ bred by the late George Fuller and named after his beloved Pukekura Park, a well-established city greenspace. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Read more about George Fuller here; he passed away last year. Disa Pukekura Park was first shown in 2011.

One of the champion orchids – Epidendrum Pacific Sparkle x Pacific Senorita – has its vital details recorded. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Another orchid on the champions’ table was Cattleya guttata, grown by Helen McDonald of Tauranga. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Bulbophyllum pecten-veneris has a striking flower. Another from the champions’ table. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Bulbophyllum pecten-veneris is native to part of China, Hong Kong, south Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. It grows in evergreen lowland forests at elevations of 800 to 1200m and is classed as a warm to cool-growing plant.

And I couldn’t resist this one shown below, Encyclia alata makes a pretty picture.

Apparently the flowers of Encyclia alata are lightly fragrant. Photo: Sandra Simpson