Ron's passion 30 years young

TERRANORA resident Ron Bailey has devoted his life to growing and showing orchids for more than 30 years and will show his latest flowers at the Annual Orchid Show at Tweed City from today.

The 84-year-old said he was born and raised in the Tweed area and was now a long time member of the Tweed District Orchid Society.

The former post-master at Tweed Heads Post Office said he discovered his love for orchids when he saw some growing while rock collecting in Coomera 30 years ago.

“I saw them and thought I would want to try and grow those when I retired,” he said.

Mr Bailey said he would enter 15 different sections at this week's orchid show but said he used to enter up to 30 sections when he was in his growing prime.

“I am quietly confident about a few orchids winning but there are a lot of good growers out there who are in their prime,” Mr Bailey said.

The Annual Orchid Show at Tweed City will be held outside of Coles every day from today until Saturday.

Show coordinator Maureen Styman said hundreds of entries would line the tables outside Coles at Tweed City.

“All members of the club will be exhibiting orchids plus there will be plants for sale,” Ms Styman said.

“Society members at the show will be available to offer advice on how to grow orchids.”



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