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On a recent open day Francine van Rooyen showed some easy, but very creative, ways to use slipper orchids in flower arrangements. Slippers (Paphiopedilum) are one of the most popular orchid cut flowers because they are so very long lasting and versatile.


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Our local society , the Lowveld Orchid Group (LOG), had a very succesful spring show in August.
The Riverside Mall had a facelift with beautiful displays of indigenous and exotic orchids filling the air with sweet (and sometimes strange) perfumes.



On a lovely Winters day (first of June) we had our ninth open day at the nursery.

This time we had a display of many different orchid books for the public to browse through.

Quite a few of the Cattleyas were in full bloom and made quite a show for all the friendly visitors. As always it was a pleasure to throw our doors open to plant lovers from all over the country.

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kremetartOrchids have never failed to take us to meet wonderful people and see fascinating places. On a recent trip to judge at the Wolkberg show, we had the incredible experience of visiting the largest Baobab tree and enjoying a quick beer in the inner depths of this majestic giant.



Judged best on show at Wolkberg was an exceptionally well-grown and well-flowered Arpophyllum giganteum (owners: Sarel and Marieta Spies) with Lc Flirty x L. flava (owners: George and Ramona Short), the cheerful runner-up.

Lowveld Orchid Group (LOG) Show

We would like to share with you some of our winners at the recent show of the Lowveld Orchid Group (LOG) held at the Botanical garden in Nelspruit.


We were pleasantly surprised to win Best on Show with Dendrobium formosum var. giganteum ‘Witrivier’. The delicate blooms started to open about three weeks before the show and was in an immaculate condition on the day of judging. It was also awarded an AM/SAOC of 84% (pending ratification by the judges of the SAOC). Sieg Hamman, proud of his champion plant.

Roelie van Rooyen with a well-deserved Runner-up champion, Paph Ma-Belle ‘Witrivier’ AM/SAOC

Lc Tricksi (Cat. Nitsi x Lc. Chicanery). A very fine and colourful clone of this grex made by Roelie in 1983, won the trophy for the best Lowveld bred hybrid.

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