Port Lincoln spring orchid show

The Port Lincoln Orchid Club is hosting their annual spring orchid show this week at Kallinyalla Nursery.

The event aims to showcase the local talent across the orchid categories and to help raise funds for the volunteer run club. 

Club president Frank Johnson said the club would be selling plants, holding a raffle and hosting a potting demonstration on Sunday.

Mr Johnson said it had been a hard few months for the club, as they were no longer able to afford the fees the Port Lincoln Council were charging for their Mark Street shed. 

“We built the shed at least 20 years ago, maybe around 1990,” he said.

“It was good, but then the council decided they were low on money.”

Mr Johnson said they tried to raise funds by raffling off seedlings within their members to pay the bills and rates, but about three months ago they were forced to move out.

“We were raising the funds from within the club members to survive,” he said. 

“We moved out and we now have our meetings in members’ homes.”

Mr Johnson has been in the industry for about 50 years and said the craft had come a long way from his father’s growing days.

“They didn’t know how to grow them back then, but I learnt a bit from him,” he said.

“Then you get hooked don’t you?”

Mr Johnson said although the cold weather had been difficult for growers this year, the annual event could get about 60 plants.

A registered judge will conduct the competition, with the succulents facing the judge on Tuesday before the show is opened up to the public on Wednesday.

Club member Doug Easson said he had also been growing orchids for about 50 years.

“I saw a few at a show and I thought ‘wow’ so I bought some.”

Mr Easson said each plant only flowered for six weeks and that it was a worth while, but prolonged process.

Visit the spring show at 10 Shaen Street, from September 12 to 16.