Howick and Pakuranga Times
Botany and Ormiston Times : Howick and Botany Times Wednesday October 1 2014
4 — Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, October 1, 2014 www.times.co.nz Volunteer in our charity shops, have fun whilst supporting the work of Hospice. Join a friendly team at the heart of your local community in one of our Totara Hospice shops. Our dedicated and caring volunteers need more help! Turn kindly donated goods into much needed support for our patients and their families. Full training is provided, a great chance to meet new friends - and there are many ways you can help. Please contact Wendy Stanmore now if you can help on: (09) 2983108 or firstname.lastname@example.org Totara Hospice, 140 Charles Prevost Drive, Manurewa Volunteer in our charity shops, have fun whilst supporting the work of Hospice. Join a friendly team at the heart of your local community in one of our Totara Hospice shops. Our dedicated and caring volunteers need more help! Turn kindly donated goods into much needed support for our patients and their families. Full training is provided, a great chance to meet new friends - and there are many ways you can help. Please contact Wendy Stanmore now if you can help on: (09) 2983108 or email@example.com Totara Hospice, 140 Charles Prevost Drive, Manurewa Treat family and friends to a unique gift that puts Howick in your home. UNIQUE LOCAL GIFT To buy, call into Times House, 50 Stonedon Dr, East Tamaki. Or order online @ www.times.co.nz Tea Towel $15 By Marianne Kelly WITH a career as an advertising agency art director under his belt, Leonard Cobb devotes his profes- sional skills to an equally absorb- ing pastime, growing and painting orchids. The patron of the Howick Orchid Society became hooked on the exotic plants when a client asked him to do the design for a book on orchids, one of 100 books he worked on during his career. “The client came in to show me a couple of plants,” he says. “I asked, ‘what are they?’ That was it and that’s how it all started.” Twenty years later, Mr Cobb spends many hours transferring the environment he has created in his garden to canvas. While he grows some orchids in pots, he’s a fan of replicating what happens in the wild. Conse- quently, many of his plants can be found cascading out of trees on his large Pakuranga property. “In a pot orchids need artificial fertiliser, but in the wild it hap- pens naturally,” he says. “Rainwa- ter often contains enough fertiliser and they [orchids] don’t need that much. “I like to put the plants out on trees.” After a downturn about 10 years ago, membership of the orchid society went back up when the emphasis returned to the basics, concentrating on helping mem- bers learn about and enjoy grow- ing orchids. These days the society Mr Cobb joined 20 years ago has grown to a membership of 80 with monthly meetings attracting 45-50 people. Some specialise in certain spe- cies, while others concentrate on Australian orchids and, he says, “we’re now getting some of the growers [new migrants] from China, who specialise in the tra- ditional orchid species found in China”. “This has brought new knowl- edge into the society and that’s reflected in the annual orchid show. Members can show off their orchids and vie for the ‘grand champion’ and other prizes.” Vice-president and marshal for the society’s upcoming spring show, Anton Wehman, says: “It’s now a healthy society. “People bring their plants to meetings to show and discuss how to grow them. “Most people still grow them in pots,” he says. “But in nature they grow in sym- biosis with fungus, which breaks down natural nutrients in a form the orchids can use. “Certain species, including cym- bidiums, do well outside. There are also terrestrial species grown in the soil, but most are epiphytes and live in the trees.” Consequently, Mr Cobb’s paint- ings hone in on the epiphytes and their tree-borne way of life. He uses acrylics because they make it easier to create the fine detail. “If I used oil, I would have to wait for various points of detail to dry. “With the acrylic, I can build the picture up slowly and surely. It’s about looking and adding details – the orchid plant, a frog, lichens, ferns and butterflies. “Careful attention to detail and the subtle differences in the envi- ronments that orchids are growing in helps create a painting that has a story to tell.” Orchid growers don’t necessar- ily need a glasshouse, Mr Wehman says. “There are plenty of spaces most people can grow orchids outdoors. “In Auckland conditions they just need a bit of shelter but not too warm. Only the specialist plants need to be inside.” Mr Cobb says the exciting thing about orchids is their difference and the fact they’re a challenge to grow. That’s where the orchid society comes in, he says, where grow- ers can attend meetings and find out about the right conditions and how to handle the plants. About 400 people, including members of the public looking to buy plants, usually attend the annual spring show. The plant sales, Mr Wehman says, make up a show by them- selves. This year, 15 New Zealand Orchid Society judges will pon- der over 50 different classes of orchids. “This season has been good for dendrobiums, so we expect a lot of them.” Mr Wehman is also part of an Orchid Council of NZ team organ- ising an orchid and flower show to be held next year. “For the first time, orchids and other flowers will be shown together,” he says. “We have invited major flower growers and specialist garden clubs to take part. “A lot of growers have missed having the Ellerslie Flower Show in Auckland, so this is an opportu- nity for our local Auckland people to have their show.” More than 50 sales booths and displays by NZ orchid societies and overseas participants are expected at the show to be held at the ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane, on Sep- tember 22-25 next year. The Howick Orchid Society ■■ spring show is at 9am-4pm this Saturday at Fencible Lounge, Uxbridge Road, Howick. Entry to the event is $4. Leonard Cobb enjoys recreating the tree-borne way of life of his outdoor orchids on canvas. Times photo Wayne Martin Orchids replicated in wild Men’s 75 years and over players are eligible for a special trophy in the Simmonds Lumber Totara Hospice charity golf tournament. Times photo Daniel Silverton Chipping in for hospice charity day REGARDLESS of how you play or what you score, the Simmonds Lumber Totara Hospice charity golf tournament will be one of the most rewarding rounds you ever take part in. Entries are open for the event at Pakuranga Golf Club on Friday, October 10, with all proceeds from the day going to Totara Hospice South Auckland. The organisation provides free palliative care services to a community of more than 450,000 people, supporting patients with life-limiting illness and their families. All golfers are eligible to play in the charity tournament, with a special trophy awarded to the men’s 75 years and over category. There is also a special hole-in-one prize of a new Subaru Forester valued at nearly $50,000. The entry fee is a $60 donation, and every additional $10 paid gets an extra chance in the mystery prize draw. Refreshments and a barbecue are provided. There will also be raffles and an auction, all of which will go towards helping with Totara Hospice’s annual funding shortfall of $3.8 million. To enter, phone Pakuranga Golf Club on 534-3818.
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