2020 was a year we will not forget. In March it was announced that D. Martin 'Gold' had won the G. Hermon Slade Australasian Hybrid trophy for 2019. While D. Jesmond Star 'Melissa' recieved a silver Ira Butlrer Trophy Certificate. Then we packed up shop and isolated. On a positive note five of our plants were granted AOC awards throughout 2020;
D. Awesome 'Marilyn' HCC, Zygo. Jumpin Jack 'Chromatica' HCC, D. Amphion Algaea 'Venus Shadow' AM, D. Amphion Veil 'Charlotte' AM, and Plectochilus Scallywag 'Liam' AM.
2019 was a successful year at Down Under Native Orchids. In March we were advised that our Dendrobium Tweetas ‘Curly Gold’ AM/AOC had received a silver G. Hermon Slade Australasian hybrid certificate for 2018. In 2019 we had a fantastic flowering season and as we moved into spring our plants won grand champion at the 9th ANOS Conference and show, held in Brisbane. We also won multiple other championships and out display also won its section. Further, we had one of the most successful years with our Dendrobium breeding program so watch this space, exciting things to come!
In 2019 we totaled 42 show champions, showing that our breeding parents are proving themselves on the show bench consistently. D. Australian Freckles ‘Best Blue’ received an ACM/AOC 9th ANOS Conference and show, while D. Bellambi 'Genesis' received an HCC/ANOS, D. Jesmond Star 'Melissa' received an HCC/AOC, and D. Martin 'Gold' received an HCC-ACC/ANOS all at the same event. Callyn has been busy on ANOS council and speaking about all things orchids and Down Under across Australia and New Zealand, while still studying and working. Grahame & Lynette have been working harder than ever, while still finding small pockets of time to escape for some rest and relaxation. Grahame has had his second knee replacement which will keep him in the nursery for the next 20 years at least!
We have now been providing the highest quality Australian native orchid breeding to our loyal customer base for eight years and we would like to thank every single person who has ever purchased a seedling from us and we hope to see it flower soon. Thank you to those that continually support our endeavors and us. We have been busier than ever supporting local societies and shows, an aim that we have never lost sight of. This is the reason Down Under does and will not appear as a commercial vendor at shows and fairs, with exception to the Wyong Springtime Orchid Show. We urge you personally to be as involved as possible in your local societies and their governing bodies, as it is these organisations that remain the bloodline of the hobby that we all enjoy.
Lastly, I wish to say if you ever have any questions about what is happening here at Down Under please do not hesitate to contact us. We are more contactable then ever through our website; and of course Facebook. So please do not hesitate to contact us throughout the year, we always love seeing pictures of plants you may have purchased off us over the years.
Happy Growing and Showing!
Grahame & Lynette Young and Callyn Farrell