Week of the orchids

Ever wondered how to grow an orchid, the most exotic and temperamental of flowers?

Come along to Westfield from September 21 to 24 and find out – and learn more about this most mysterious of plants when the Berowra and Districts and Kur-ing-gai Orchid Societies host Hornsby’s fourth annual Orchid Show.

“They have an allure and charm in their own – some you can see a monkey face in them!” said Margaret Barrett from the Berowra and Kur-ing-gai Orchid Societies.

“I like the very small flowers you need a microscope to see – they’re only 10mm wide. Others prefer the hybrid Cattleya used in corsages, which can be 150mm wide.”

“The hotter climate orchids from Asia are hard to grow in Australia,” says Margaret, “so you need to replicate a steamy, tropical atmosphere in the glasshouse in winter with heat and water and fans – all the things the utility companies love us using!”

The Show is on Level 3 in Westfield Hornsby from Thursday 21st September (8.30am to 8.30pm), then on Friday and Saturday (8.30am to 5.30pm) and Sunday 24th (8.30am to noon).

Over 100 varieties of orchids from Australia, Asia and South America all grown locally in Ku-ring-gai, Hornsby and the Central Coast will be on display.

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