Orchids draw big crowds to show

ORCHID GROWERS: Ballarat Orchid Club member Brad Haywood and his son Oscar, 12, at the 2016 Ballarat Orchid Show. Photo: Dylan Burns

ORCHID GROWERS: Ballarat Orchid Club member Brad Haywood and his son Oscar, 12, at the 2016 Ballarat Orchid Show. Photo: Dylan Burns

More than 350 people took up the opportunity to catch a glimpse at some of the regions best orchids over the three-day Ballarat Orchid Show.

Ballarat Orchid Club member Brad Haywood said the show was also a chance for locals to learn to grow orchids in Ballarat’s unpredictable and cold weather.

“It’s an opportunity for us to show the general public what (orchids) are and how to grow them,” he said.

“Orchids are the most diverse plant group in the world, there are thousands of them.

“There is always a new type of orchid to be found and always something new to see and learn.”

For 12-year-old Oscar it was the element of surprise which drew him into collecting orchids.

“Once they flower I like to see what their flowers are,” he said.

Mr Haywood urged anyone interested in orchids to join the Ballarat Orchid Club who meet every fourth Friday of the month from 8pm at the Primary Industries Training Centre on the corner of Gillies and Gregory Streets.

For more information visit @ballaratorchidclub on Facebook