Blooming Passion: The Thriving World of Aspley Orchid Society in Wavell Heights

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At the Wavell Heights Community Hall, a group of dedicated orchid enthusiasts gathers regularly to share their love for these exotic blooms. The Aspley Orchid Society, a vibrant community of plant lovers, has been nurturing orchid passion for nearly five decades.


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The society holds monthly meetings at the Wavell Heights Community Hall, where members convene on the first Thursday evening of each month at 7:30 p.m. and the third Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m., creating a schedule that accommodates various lifestyles.

The heart of the Aspley Orchid Society beats with a clear purpose: to share the love of orchids with fellow members and the public through interactive gatherings. These meetings are far from mere social events; they serve as vibrant forums for learning and growth.

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Members are encouraged to showcase their prized plants at monthly meetings, where they receive valuable feedback through judges’ commentaries. This practice not only allows growers to exhibit their successes but also provides learning opportunities for all attendees.

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A highlight of the society’s activities is the diverse array of guest speakers who share their expertise. These presentations cover a wide range of topics, from basic orchid care to advanced cultivation techniques, helping members improve their knowledge and skills in orchid appreciation and culture.

History

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Founded in November 1975, the society sprouted from the efforts of a small group of keen orchid growers who saw the need to spread orchidology in the rapidly expanding area. Their inaugural meeting, held on 6 February 1976, at the Aspley Special School, marked the beginning of a thriving horticultural community.

This spirit of camaraderie and shared learning was present from the very first meeting, which saw 18 members and 14 visitors in attendance, with 27 orchid plants on display. The society quickly established its identity, choosing a badge featuring a single flower of Oncidium varicosum on a royal blue background.

The society’s commitment to education and community engagement is evident in its history. From its inception, the Aspley Orchid Society emphasised encouraging new growers and supporting the local community.

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As the society grew, so did its ambitions. The Aspley Orchid Society’s first display at a Queensland Orchid Society Show, held at Neptunes in Fortitude Valley, marked its entry into the broader orchid community of Southeast Queensland.


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Today, the Aspley Orchid Society stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of orchids and the power of community. Whether you’re a seasoned grower or a curious novice, this society offers a welcoming environment to explore the fascinating world of orchids, right in the heart of Brisbane’s northern suburbs.

Published 3-July-2024