Orchid Fair

Spring in Sydney starts on 1 September but nature does not obey our official calendar and it was 20ºC on this sunny Sunday when my friends and I visited the St. Ives Orchid Fair.

I do not own a car so I was grateful to Ben and Ang who invited me along.  These shows tend to be located in out of the way places; this time in a couple of tin sheds at the St. Ives Show Ground.

There were so many orchids both in variety and number that one hardly knows where to focus.  I felt disadvantaged by my lack of knowledge but was able to enjoy the displays.

Here is a fraction of the photographs I took.  The setting was as ugly as can be and some of the decorations detracted from the beauty of the blooms.   Fortunately I can eliminate them from the closeups but they remain in the longer shots.


Winner despite the inclusion of ugly decorations and white gum leaf shaped labels with red, yellow and blue dots on them.  I had to edit out the dots; they drove me mad.



Fortunately the camera can seek out the elegant from the gaudy.







The vendors had a great day too but we didn’t buy.  Everything I liked was too expensive.  :(


One of my favourites: an unusual green and purple

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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9 Responses to Orchid Fair

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  2. Sunshine Jansen says:

    Wow, some of those I’d scarcely recognize as orchids! I too have a special fondness for green ones with purple accents; those are lovely.

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  3. angela1313 says:

    I love orchids but have no room. My cousin in Florida had a sheltered patio area were he grew them in profusion. They got moved into the sunroom during the odd cold snap. I was so envious! Lou never had anything as exotic as the ones you photographed, though.

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  4. A good set, Mary. I like the close-ups, especially the last and fourth from last; but you need some of the others for context, and you have done well with those

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  5. arlingwoman says:

    Such beautiful plants and such variety! Thanks for the tour!

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