HUNDREDS of people have flowed through the Uniting Church Hall to view the Manning River Orchid Society's two-day annual show, which ended on Friday.
Treasurer, Beryl Beeton said the society was ecstatic with the response to the show which helped boost awareness in the group and its activities.
"It's been a really good twoday show," Mrs Beeton said.
"There has been a good quality of plant on display with plenty of people taking advantage of our sale table.
"Cymbidiums have been the orchid of choice, appealing to people who like colour in their plants. And we have sold quite a few too.
"The sale of these orchids helps us cover our costs for prizemoney, while any extra money we make from this show helps to fund things for our club over the coming year.
"We aren't a club that relies on making money, we are more in this for the pure joy of orchids," she said.
Some home gardens tend to shy away from orchids but Mrs Beeton says they are easy to grow.
"I feed my plants once a week and with fertilisers ... and we also sterilise our implements after use too," she added.
The Manning club is renowned for versatility of orchids grown in the area with members 'growing a bit of everything'.
The two-day show featured around 135 plants on display with Max and Miriam Graham from Harrington and Newcastle's Ken Williams the judges for the event.
The grand champion of the show and winner of the Jobson Memorial Trophy for the most successful exhibitor was Mal Myers, with a Paphiopedlum Norito Hassegawa.
The reserve champion of the show was Old Bar grower, Col Beetham with an Australian Native Dendrobium 'Nice One'.
Prizes were also awarded in each class while there were also several other awards.
Champion Cymbidium, Cym Ruby Pendant 'Shiraz', Rob Wells; champion Laeliinae, Le Bonanea Queen X Sylvan Fry, Roy Difford; champion exotic species, Paph Sukkahullii, Mal Myers; champion Paphiopedlum Paph, Norito Hassegawa, Mal Myers; champion Australian native, Den Spec Nice One, Col Beetham; champion any other orchid, Odont Golden Gate, Syd Burton; champion fern or foliage, Daryl Wells; best specimen orchid, Den Spec Creea Aureum X Wills Gold, John Zeitch.
In the novice section, Janet Mould picked up a prize for her Cymbidium and her Australian Native hybrid while K Beeton picked up a prize for any other genus.