HYBRID: Vicky Riley, horticulturalist at the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens, with a vanda hybrid orchid – Pat’s Delight.
HYBRID: Vicky Riley, horticulturalist at the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens, with a vanda hybrid orchid – Pat’s Delight. Alistair Brightman

Orchid culture workshop today at Botanic Gardens

WITH temperatures still hitting 30 degrees across the Fraser Coast, it may be hard to believe autumn is here.

The Fraser Coast's summer of wild storms and 100mm downpours has come to an end, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting less rain this month.

Hervey Bay's hottest day for February reached 32.8 degrees on February 4, and Maryborough's top temperature was a couple of degrees hotter, reaching 34.5 on February 2.

By the end of February, Hervey Bay had received 108.4mm of rain, while Maryborough had a wetter month at 147.4mm.

BoM is forecasting a drier than average March for most of the state, including the Fraser Coast.

To learn about the best way to take care of your orchids over the cooler, drier months, head down to the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens today from 10am.

Orchid enthusiast John Hughes will present an orchid culture workshop, sharing his knowledge about these unique plants and exciting new innovations in orchid culture.

Over the past 50 years, he has collected several thousand types of orchids and created many hybrids.

Entry is $3 and includes tea or coffee.

Participants are encouraged to bring along a fold-up chair for comfort during the presentation.

There will also be quality orchids for sale on the day.