Thursday, June 13, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Cultivating Camaraderie And Conservation With Mackay & District Orchid Society

With a rich history spanning over six decades, the Mackay & District Orchid Society was
established in 1957, and to this day, remains steadfast in its commitment to the
preservation, cultivation and dissemination of knowledge surrounding these exquisite

At its core, the Mackay & District Orchid Society is driven by a set of objectives aimed at
advancing all facets of orchidology. These objectives encompass the promotion of orchid
cultivation, hybridisation and overall appreciation of their natural history.

Additionally, the association seeks to foster a sense of camaraderie among its members
while actively contributing to the preservation of orchids in their natural habitats.

With a membership exceeding 150 individuals, the club thrives through regular engagement
and activities.

Monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month for members to showcase
their prized plants and engage in friendly competitions. These meetings feature popular
votes by both members and official judges, concluding in recognition with small orchid

One of the highlights on the calendar is the new growers' workshops, where seasoned
members generously share their expertise on various aspects of orchid care. From repotting
techniques to pest management, these workshops provide invaluable insights for both
novice and experienced growers alike.

Throughout the year, the society hosts three major shows during Winter, Autumn, and
Spring, where members proudly display their blooms for official judging. These shows are
open to the public and offer a unique opportunity for orchid enthusiasts to admire and
purchase essential supplies and accessories.

Beyond local events, members actively participate in open field days organised by
neighbouring clubs, fostering cross-club collaboration and knowledge exchange. Additionally,
the judges travel to other shows, ensuring impartial assessments and enriching the broader
orchid community.

In light of recent venue changes, the club looks forward to welcoming members and visitors
to its new location at The Mackay & District Senior Citizens’ Centre, 58 Macalister Street,

On Saturday 20th and Sunday the 21st of July there will be orchids, pots and accessories for
sale as well as raffles, prizes, refreshments and eats. A $2 gold coin donation is required for

As the Mackay & District Orchid Society prepares for its upcoming "Winter Show" in July,
you’re invited to embrace this new chapter to celebrate the beauty and diversity of orchids.

For further information, visit online, Mackay and District Orchid Society
Inc on Facebook or contact President Dennis Farlow directly on 0458043132.

Table of orchids at the last Mackay & District Orchid Society Autumn Show.

Group photo taken at a “New Growers Workshop”. Images Supplied

What: Winter Orchid Show, presented by Mackay & District Orchid Society
When: Saturday 20th July 8am-4pm & Sunday 2nd July 8am-3pm
Where: Mackay Senior Citizens' Centre, 58 Macalister Street, Mackay
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