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BLOOMING BEAUTIES: Ipoh Orchid Society is holding the Festive Orchid Show in conjunction with the Christmas and New Year celebrations

IPOH: IPOH Orchid Society (IOS) is  holding the Festive Orchid Show in conjunction with the  Christmas and New Year celebrations at Tesco Hypermarket (Ipoh Garden South) until Jan 1.

A competition was held prior to the show. It attracted 200 exhibits which were divided into 32 classes of orchids.

Teacher P. Maheswary Rajah's Phaphiopedilum stonei was the grand champion. She took home RM500.

Maheswary said the Borneo orchid took her nine years to grow and this was the first time it had won a prize.

IOS show manager S. Rajah said the annual event was aimed at promoting the beauty of orchids through shows and competitions.

"The society plans to organise a Chinese New Year flower sales carnival and two national-level orchid shows in February and March.

"A delegation, representing the society, will leave for Taiwan to set up a display of Malaysian orchids at the Taiwan International Orchid Show in March," he said.

Also present were IOS deputy president Datuk Mohamad Rafiai Moktar, IOS vice-president Abdul Wahid Salim, IOS secretary Ahmad Zahar Abdul Wahab and Tesco Hypermarket store general manager M. Magendran.

For details, call 012-508 3642.

(From left) B. Riisha Keshma, S. Rajah, Ahmad Zahar Abdul Wahab, Datuk Mohamad Rafiai Moktar and M. Magendran admiring an orchid called Dendrobium Christmas. Pix by Diana Yeoh

An Allied Hybrid class champion plant called EPI Don Herman.

A popular orchid from the Doritis family called ONC Genting Beauty.

A group of Paphiopedilum orchids.

This Phaphiopedilum stonei orchid was the grand champion.


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