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Meetings

A place for the novice and experienced orchid enthusiast. Visitors welcome!

Where we meet:
Faith United Methodist Church
15690 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers 33908

When we meet: (Usually)
7:30 PM on the second Tuesday of each month. (except April & December)
7:00 – 7:30 Beginners Garden Session
Doors open at 6:45

Next Meeting:

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What we do in our regular meetings:

7:00-7:30 PM, prior to the general meeting, an informal “beginners session” covering Orchid Culture is held.

At 7:30, a brief club business meeting is held immediately followed by the meeting highlight.

The main feature of the meeting is a professional in the orchid world who speaks on a topic related to some aspect of interest to Orchid lovers. Recent topics have included orchid conservation, orchid culture, and viewing specific orchid species in their natural habitat. Recently, we have been very successful in obtaining exceptionally interesting speakers, and arrangements have been made on into the coming year.

An opportunity to view unusual species as well as well grown hybrids is provided by the show tables. Two tables are provided: One for species orchids and one for hybrids. The Members display their plants to share their beauty with the other members who in turn vote on their favorites. Ribbons are awarded to the winners, who are asked to comment the cultural requirements of their plants.

There is a raffle of orchid plants obtained from the speaker, local growers, or sometimes through a special acquisition, with proceeds supporting the activities of the society.

And, of course, there are refreshments provided by the members.

Speakers

Some of the amazing presenters from past meetings

Mickey Carnell – Lady Slipper Orchid Culture – January 2017

By Lia Andrews. I have had beginner’s luck with many orchids: dendrobiums, cattleyas, phalaenopsis, and even vandaceous orchids, but my two paphiopedilums are barely hanging on. They’re alive

Barb Murza – Orchid Fungal Infection – October 2016

by Lia Andrews Expert grower and Southwest Florida Orchid Society president Barbara Murza explains identification, prevention, and treatment of the mortal enemy of our orchids: fungus. This is

John Romano – Soft Cane Dendrobiums – September 2016

by Lia Andrews As a Chinese Medicine doctor I have a special connection with this group of orchids. In Chinese dendrobiums are called Shí Hú 石斛 (literally “rock herb”

Martin Motes – Florida Orchid Culture – August 2016

notes recorded by Lia Andrews from Martin Motes' video: There are seemingly endless varieties of orchids. In fact, one in 10 flowers in the world is an orchid.

David Genovese – Vanda Culture – July 2016

by Lia Andrews. Award-winning hybridizer and grower, David Genovese shares how he grows vandas: SUN There are 3 main types of vandas: terete, strap-leaf, and semi-terete (a hybrid

Gary Murza – Orchids & Water Quality – June 2016

by Lia Andrews. Water quality is a big deal, especially when it comes to orchids. Barb and Gary Murza found this out the hard way when they moved

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“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”
Rumi
“Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun.”
Anonymous
“Keep calm and grow orchids.”
Anonymous