From the Editor’s Desk....
In this issue we have two major reports on significant orchid events recently held on either side of the continent. In August 2017 the Western Australian Orchid Spectacular & Conference 2017, was organised by the Western Australian Regional Orchid Organisation and hosted by the Wanneroo/Joondalup Orchid Society. They have successfully held similar events in 2005, 2008, plus the Australian Orchid Conference in 2012. Perhaps sometime in the near future they may get the opportunity of hosting a World Orchid Conference, as they would do it for all the right reasons, in a most unique botanical corner of the planet. They also have a huge team of experienced helpers as well as State Government promotional and financial support. Tony Watkinson gives us an illustrated report on this show.
It was also pleasing to see that a new orchid (a seedling Cymbidium hybrid) won the top prize at the above event. I must say it does get boring at some annual orchid shows that bring out the exact same plants year after year. There should be more “first flowering” classes to encourage the growing of new hybrids (and support true orchid hybridists), unlike the production line of pot plant mericlones that is fast becoming the norm. Cymbidium Lemon Sorbet ‘Dancer’ was judged Grand Champion orchid and the Champion Cymbidium, plus the Best Seedling in the show. It was exhibited and grown by Kevin Butler of Ezi-Gro Orchids, who has done an enormous amount of work promoting orchids in Western Australia over several decades. Kevin tells us more about this new cultivar in this issue.
The Orchid Societies Council of Victoria (OSCOV) judged the 2016 Victorian Orchids of the Year (VOOTY) earlier this year. Each orchid awarded by the OSCOV Judging Panel during the year is automatically entered in the VOOTY finals, and growers may submit additional entries for consideration. In 2016 the OSCOV judges granted 78 awards, 18 more than in 2015. Each VOOTY category winner receives a framed picture of their winner, including a plaque and medallion. The pictures are presented at the annual OSCOV dinner which is held in conjunction with the OSCOV Show in August. The energetic and enthusiastic Michael Coker, as the President of OSCOV, has written this report published here. I must say the Victorians of OSCOV do the prestige, recognition and promotion of significant awards better than the other states and even the national body. Many orchid administrators could learn a lot from the very successful OSCOV model.
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