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A new venue was the start of a sprouting season for this year's Southern Orchid Spectacular. Sutherland Basketball Stadium was in full colour, with the prettiest of purples, pinks peaches and more. The stadium was the fresh location for the annual floral showcase, where orchids of flawless quality were on display for the record-breaking 2274 visitors. As soon as doors opened, green thumb crowds with eager eyes were ready to observe nature in its loveliest. The event was presented by the non-profit Orchid Society of NSW in conjunction with Eastern Suburbs Orchid Society and Sutherland Shire Orchid Society. Keen orchid grower and Society President Jan Robinson said the move to a larger venue enabled vendors to have more room to demonstrate their contemporary finesse in plant breeding. They offered a big range of eye catching exotic hybrids and species from all across the world, and Australian native plants rarely seen by the public. The event was also a chance for floral admirers to learn from the experts about how to successfully grow the colourful and popular flowering pot plant. Hughes MP Craig Kelly officially opened the event this year, which marked its 15th year. "It was fantastic to see such overwhelming community support for the show, which clearly demonstrates how much orchids are loved by people of all ages and backgrounds" he said. "I was proud to officially open this year's show and enjoyed meeting the many orchid growers and enthusiasts who made the show so successful. "I'd like to congratulate everyone involved in organising the show and I particularly acknowledge the Sutherland Shire Orchid Society, Eastern Suburbs Orchid Society and Orchid Society NSW for putting together such an exceptional show. "Special mention goes to Leisure Coast Orchid Society for being awarded numerous honours including Best in Show and Grand Champion Species of the Show and Bromleys/Barrita Orchids for their First Prize, Class 1 Display."