by the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance
Naples, FL, August 5, 2013 – Free classes on “How to Grow Orchids in Southwest Florida” are offered to the public on “Third Saturdays” in July, August and September at the Everglades Wonder Gardens in the Historic District of Bonita Springs by the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance.
The August 17th class will feature local orchid collector and noted speaker Jim Connell, who will discuss fertilization and how to control orchid pests and diseases. The classroom will be indoors and air-conditioned, but seating is limited, so please arrive promptly for the 10:00-11:00 AM class. Sorry, reservations are not accepted.
Following the class, attendees will be given a special entry rate for the gardens that includes a guided tour by garden operator John Brady, who is preserving the history and heritage of the garden while expanding its legacy.
The well-attended July 20 orchid class was given by the Alliance’s Director of Education, Tricia Rose, who focused on the basics of growing orchids in southwest Florida. The September 21 class will be given by award-winning grower Jim Longwell, who will reveal his time-tested orchid tips and tricks.
Please mark your calendar! Free orchid classes will be held at 10:00-11:00 A.M. on August 17 and September 21, 2013. Attendees are encouraged to bring in their own orchids for questions and answers about re-potting, mounting, pest and disease control, and so much more. Attendees are asked to park in the back lot or across the street.
The Everglades Wonder Gardens has been a focal point of Bonita Springs since 1936. Recent renovations and additions include a butterfly house and Japanese garden, as well as a flamingo park and up-close settings for observing native animal species like alligators.
An “orchid walk” is being developed by volunteers from the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance and the Naples Botanical Garden. Overgrowth was cleared to reveal decades old rare trees, which have now become hosts for mounted orchids. The orchid walk adds to the botanical majesty of this historic location.
The non-profit Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance, formed in 2012 for promoting interest in orchids, brings together beginners to advanced hobbyists, who exchange information and ideas in an enjoyable and enthusiastic atmosphere. The Alliance reaches out to the community, inspiring others to learn about orchids and orchid conservation. Please join us!
What: How To Grow Orchids in Southwest Florida
When: “Third Saturdays”: August 17, and Sept. 21, 2013
Where: Everglades Wonder Gardens • (239) 992-2591
27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs, FL 34110
By: Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance, Inc. • (239) 498-9741
Cost: FREE! Seating is limited. Please be prompt. No reservations.
GCOA Mission: The Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance is committed to promoting interest in orchids by providing educational opportunities to learn about orchid culture in an enthusiastic, enjoyable, supportive and inclusive environment where beginners to advanced hobbyists can exchange orchid information and ideas. GCOA reaches out to the community, inspiring others to learn about orchids and orchid conservation.