South Burnett Orchid Society president Linda Olsen.
South Burnett Orchid Society president Linda Olsen. Tobi Loftus

Orchid Show joins Garden Expo for blooming beaut weekend

THE South Burnett Orchid Society will be celebrating its 26-year anniversary at this year's orchid show.

But it will be the first time the event is held in conjunction with the Wondai Garden Expo on Saturday, April 20.

The South Burnett Orchid Society was formed in January 1993, when it was known as The South Burnett Orchid Growers Club.

Linda Olsen, the club's president, was a founding member of club.

Mrs Olsen said she wasn't always as keen on growing orchids as she was now.

"I suppose my interest began with my wedding bouquet," she said.

"It was made of white orchids and it was beautiful. Ever since then I've been in awe of orchids."

Mrs Olsen married her husband more than 45 years ago and both are active members of The South Burnett Orchid Society.

"At our first meeting we had about 20 interested members come from Kingaroy, Wondai, Nanango, Murgon, and Benarkin," Mrs Olsen said.

"We now have about 30 members from all over the South Burnett.

"They're all going to be at our show and will probably be entering some orchids into the competition."

Mrs Olsen said the club usually had about 300 orchids entered in its annual show.

A lot of behind-the-scenes work goes into organising such a large event.

"The hardest and most important part is getting all of the judges there," Mrs Olsen said.

"I mean it's pretty hard to pick the winners without judges who really know their orchids."

The South Burnett Orchard Show will be held in the Diggers Room at Wondai RSL and will be open from 9.30am. Winners will be announced after 2.30pm.

Entry to the event will cost $3.

"We also have a sales table where you are able to purchase some easy-to-grow orchids, or some more unusual ones," Mrs Olsen said.

Mrs Olsen said she was particularly excited to see one of the show's regular entrants from the Sunshine Coast.

"He always has such impressive orchids," she said.

"He fills up the tray of his ute with about a hundred orchids. It really is quite a stunning sight to see."