About us

CULTURAL MEETING: The Nambour Orchid Society, meets every fourth  SATURDAY of the month, except December,  Uniting Church Hall, Coronation Ave, Nambour at 2.00 pm.     All members, prospective members and visitors are welcome.

BUSINESS MEETING – : The monthly business meeting of the Society is held prior to the cultural meeting at 12.45 pm. All members are welcome to attend.

History

On  9th of August 1955 a group of people interested in growing Orchids, met with a view to forming an Orchid Society. The Society was formed and named North Coast Orchid Society.

Founded  as North Coast Orchid Society: 9th August 1955

Incorporated: 10th July 1986

Name Change to Nambour Orchid Society: 9th July 2002

The objects for which the Association is established are:

[1] To promote all aspects of orchid growing.

[2] To encourage a free interchange of ideas and information.

[3] To foster and promote goodwill among members.

[4] Members shall assist to prevent vandalism and the destruction of Native Orchids.

The 50th Anniversary of the Society was celebrated at our Spring show in 2005 where a book on the history of the Society, titled A Blooming Success! North Coast Orchid Society Nambour written by our Patron Benny Alcorn was released.

Dr. Alcorn was patron of the Society from 1997- 2014. A local historian at the time, Benny is the wife of one of the founding members of the Society,  the late Bill Alcorn.

In February 2015 the society elected Rob Wright as patron. Rob is a founding member of the society and participated in the 2005 50th anniversary celebrations. He rejoined as a member in January 2012 along with his wife Margie.

The Society had a very successful year in 2015/16, to celebrate 60 years since the formation and inaugural meeting on the 9th August 1955.

We started the year of celebration  at our  Spring Show in September with many visitors attending to see the Spring blooms that are abundant at our show each year for the first weekend of Spring. A birthday cake was made and iced for afternoon tea that was shared with members of visiting societies at the close of the show on the Saturday afternoon.

Our big event for the year was ‘The Diamond Festival of Orchids’ held on the weekend of June 11th & 12th 2016 at Lake Kawana Community Centre, Bokarina. Hosted on behalf of the Sub-Tropical Orchid Council Qld, the triennial event attracted more than 2000 locals and visitors from around the country over the two days. Orchids, Craft, Botanical Art, Floral Art & Fourteen vendors with orchids for sale provided plenty for all to see and do for several hours. Guest speakers spoke on a range of Orchid and Garden topics, spread across the two days.

The event was a great success, and we were pleased to be able to give some worthwhile support and donations to Caloundra Meals on Wheels as our caterers, And also to the Nambour Orchid Society Charity of Choice, Cittamani Hospice Services.