1937 ~ 30-08-2016
Val Krebet, was a long term member of the Australasian Native Orchid Society Victorian Group, and a regular attendee at that Society’s special interest group – the Epiphyte Study Group. She was also an enthusiastic supporter and helper at ANOS Vic’s annual Spring Show and many of the other shows where ANOS Vic set up an official display.
Val will be remembered for her excellent cultivation of Australian native orchids, especially the Dendrobium and Sarcochilus hybrids that she benched at monthly meetings and at shows. Her friends will, however, miss her intelligent observations, her cheeky grin and her acid sense of humour that often had us in gales of laughter. She was also an excellent correspondent, especially addicted to e-mail.
Val could, however, be implacably stubborn and intensely private, demanding that her photograph never appear in the ANOS Vic Bulletin (including in group photos), and she requested the Editor to not insert the usual “thinking of you” notice when she became ill and could no longer attend meetings. Her death notices in Melbourne newspapers stated there would be no funeral service as she was leaving her body to science.
Val Krebet passed away on the 30th August 2016.
A donation has been made to the Australian Orchid Trust Fund by the Directors of The Australian Orchid Foundation.