Orchid show is ‘up to its usual high standard...’

The Wessex Orchid Society Spring Show at Portchester Community School
The Wessex Orchid Society Spring Show at Portchester Community School
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EXOTIC orchids were on show at an annual competition and exhibition.

The Wessex Orchid Society Spring Show took place at Portchester Community School and showcased a wide range of the best plants from growers in the local area.

Show secretary Tony Nappin said: ‘It went very, very well. The members are growing a better quality of plant each year.’

The show on Saturday featured a display by both the Wessex Orchid Society and the Thames Valley Orchid Society.

Mayor of Fareham, Councillor David Norris, presented prizes to winners in several categories in the annual competition, including ‘best in show’ winner Derek Ridley of Stubbington.

Mr Ridley also won ‘best species’, and ‘best culture’.

Society president Jonathan Watson won the most points over the afternoon for his plants, and society member Ruth Crosby won for ‘best floral design’, and the Diane Nappin trophy for best corsage.

‘The exhibits were marvellous and overall it was a very good show that was up to its usual high standard,’ said the mayor.

Three visiting nurseries from Devon, Crawley Down, and Winchester also had plants on display. Wessex Orchid Society presented Cllr Norris’ wife, Pamela, with an orchid to take home.

For more information visit wessexorchidsociety.org.uk