CALICO Creek orchid growers and breeders John and Kaye Green received two Australian Orchid Council awards for quality at the Gympie and District Orchid Show held as part of the Gympie Garden Expo at the Pavilion on the weekend.
The Green's took out the award for champion orchid with Dendrobium Cooloola Cove Shirley, which has the local name because a piece of the plant was awarded for quality some years ago by Bevan Neuendorf who then lived at Cooloola Cove.
Because the flowering this year had improved the plant received a higher award from AOC.
The Green's also took home an AOC trophy for best specimen orchid Bulbophyllum rothschildianum.
Gympie and District Orchid Society spokesman John Rees said societies from Glasshouse, Caloundra, Maroochydore, Nambour, Noosa, Hervey Bay and Maryborough once again joined the Gympie group to make a colourful and quality display.
He said a large crowd of visitors attended at the weekend, travelling from far and wide.
Forty-one judges attended to judge the show and to make the two AOC awards for quality.