JOE Wooding “grows until he shows”.
At least that’s the word among his fellow members of the Albury-Wodonga and District Orchid Club, including his wife, Jill.
Tomorrow and Sunday he will be displaying more than 20 varieties of orchids in the 2013 Inland Championship Orchid Show at Mirambeena centre in Lavington.
Mr Wooding said he was bitten with the orchid bug when he visited northern Australia back in the ’80s.
“The variety of them is just mind boggling,” he said.
Mr Wooding is well known in the club for growing his orchids to exhibit in shows.
“It’s a challenge to grow the orchids,” he said.
“So it’s great to exhibit them and hear people say they wish they could grow something like I can.”
Mr Wooding said it was an expensive hobby, with fans continuously running in his greenhouse to create the right atmosphere so the flowers can flourish.
“It’s worth it if you’re mad about it,” he said.
He hoped he would be up against at least 30 other exhibitors and expected them to travel from Wagga, Wangaratta and Kerang.
Mrs Wooding said it was something they both looked forward to every year.
The show will feature potting demonstrations.
It is open tomorrow 9am to 5pm and Sunday 9am to 4pm, with $4 entry fee for anybody over 15.