Orchid grower wins big

PRIZE WINNER: Mount Gambier resident Jim Shaughnessy received the grand champion prize for one of his orchids at the recent Mount Gambier and District Orchid Society Spring Show.

DEVELOPING his passion for botany at a young age, Mount Gambier resident Jim Shaughnessy said growing orchids is a bit like a disease that becomes a large part of your life.

Marking 45 years since he first began to grow and show the popular species, the Australian Orchid Council president is showing no signs of saying goodbye to his beloved hobby.

“When I was a child we used to always have picnics at One Tree Hill and there

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