Another Barn Another Orchid Show

Last Sunday my friends Ang and Ben took me to the St. Ives Orchid Fair where they have displays of many orchid societies in one barn.  Thanks, boys.


I’d already visited and posted about some of the societies’ shows individually so there was a sense of deja vu on entering the barn.  Still, the camera had to come out; the flowers that open differ from week to week.

Despite the austere surroundings the orchids put on their brave faces; their best faces.  However they reminded me of a Chinese saying, 好花插在牛糞上 - putting good flowers on a pile of cow manure.   The beauty and the beast.

As if the venue was not ugly enough,  inappropriate decorations abound – as if orchids need decorating.  Overall they were not as bad as last year .  Looking back at last year’s photo of the fair I can see quite different flowers being featured (other than the ubiquitous cymbidiums)  Maybe the recent heat wave followed by a cold snap in Sydney has something to do with it


Do we really need that fellow (bottom right)?  It’s true: there is no accounting for taste.  It is amazing that people who must possess a sense of beauty have no sense of the ugly.


This little wombat, however, is a great improvement on last year’s giant kangaroo.



We were most impressed by these Dendrobiums.  We also like the display pots and clear labels.










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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6 Responses to Another Barn Another Orchid Show

  1. Another good set of photographs

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  2. Amazing plants, I have never seen anything like that last one!

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