Bernie You inspects his champion orchid Ivy ahead of the Tweed Orchid Show and Fair.
Bernie You inspects his champion orchid Ivy ahead of the Tweed Orchid Show and Fair. Daniel McKenzie

‘Ivy’ looks for love at 21st orchid show

BERNIE You and his award-winning orchid Ivy are looking to seal a second successive award when they greet judges at the Tweed Orchid Show and Fair this weekend.

Mr You, who joined the Tweed District Orchid Society after moving to the area, started growing orchids 20 years ago as a hobby.

After fine-tuning his craft, Mr You mastered the art and his skills have been turning heads during his five-year involvement at the Tweed society.

Ivy the orchid (named after Mr You’s wife) or Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum as she is known in the world of orchids, won him grand champion of the Tweed Orchid Show and Fair last year, after judges were impressed with the six flowers Ivy sprouted.

This year Ivy has sprouted a brilliant 19 flowers, which Mr You hopes will blow the judges away.

“We all think from our own perspective we have great orchids but until we put it on the bench, we won’t know,” Mr You said.

“But at home, we think we have a good chance with good orchids.”

He said competing for awards was a matter of pride and encouragement and he was looking forward to this weekend’s show.

The fair is now in its 21st year and Mr You expected there to be a great turnout, plus a range of other plants on offer.

“We should get around 1000 people over the two days,” Mr You said.

“We have 12 vendors coming that will be selling bromeliads and African violets to provide a bit of variety. Not everyone coming grows orchids.”

He said this time of year was perfect for holding the fair and, as well as Ivy, he will be submitting a variety of other orchids.

The weekend fair at the Tweed Civic Centre runs from 8.30am-4pm both days.



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