Top prizes awarded at Orchid show
By CAROL MATROO Sunday, October 6 2013
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Anis Baig stoops in front of his winning Best Large Display, "Mi Jardin Hermoso", for which he won the Paul Foster Memorial Trophy during the 56th Ann...
Carlyle McMillan won several top prizes at the 56th Annual Orchid Society show, one of which gave him the privilege of naming his prize-winning orchid after his mother after receiving a First Class Certificate (FCC).
Only 40 FCCs are awarded in the world annually by the American Orchid Society.
The Memoria Vera McMillan –Millenium Queen, won top honours as the best local hybrid and best grown orchid.
McMillan, who has been rearing orchids since 1990, said he fell in love with orchids after one of his neighbours gave him a plant years ago.
“Some people grow orchids for commercial reasons, but I want to conserve them. There are over 20,000 species of orchid in the world,” he said.
McMillan is also the only Trinidadian to have a locally hybridised orchid that won two times.
It was a riot of colours and textures as orchid lovers displayed their delicate blooms at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, Port-of-Spain, on Friday evening.
First vice-president of the Orchid Society Robin Naipaul explained that cross-breeding the orchids to create new species was mainly done in Thailand and South Florida.
“Orchids differ depending on the species, some of them need a lot of shade while others are much hardier and like the outdoors.” The biggest problem when growing orchids was the slug, Naipaul said, but they could be easily dealt with by destroying them with sodium chloride, or what we know as regular pot salt.
Several types of bonsai plants, the miniature trees that are trained and groomed to grow in a certain way, were also on display.