Choosing, propagating and caring for orchids

  • September 29, 2013 · 9:00 AM
  • Driftwood Garden Center

Many gardeners are reluctant to try growing orchids because they believe they're too difficult to care for, and to get them to re-bloom. But on Sunday morning, September 29, we'll learn the simple techniques that can enhance our gardens all year long with these spectacularly beautiful flowers. Here in southwest Florida, the temperature and humidity are ideal for them. Orchids can brighten almost any semi-shady part of your garden, and they make striking houseplants.

Our garden group is being given a private orchid class at the very large Driftwood Garden Center in Naples. Our instructor will be professional horticulturist Sherrie MacLean, who's been working with orchids at Driftwood for ten years. With her demonstrations on plants during the class, we'll learn how to choose, plant, grow, fertilize, water, mist, repot, propagate, and care for the various kinds of orchids.

At the end of the class we'll getting a fact-filled guided tour around the garden center's extensive grounds to see orchids and other plants, ranging from tiny cacti to impressive trees. All members who attend this class will get a 10% discount on any purchases made that day, so bring along your club membership card. (New members receive their cards at the first meeting they attend.) The cards are imprinted with your name, and can be shown at checkout.

Sherrie or other instructors from Driftwood will be giving our group additional private classes on other gardening topics in the future. Class titles include Fall Gardening Plants, Container Gardening, Creating Fairy Gardens, and Holiday Decorating. These classes can be held either in the garden center or in the gardens of any of our members. (If you'd like to have one of these classes in your own garden, please contact club leaders Peter and Suzanne.) All who attend a class held in a member's garden will be given 10% discount vouchers to be used later at Driftwood.

The orchid class starts at 9 AM, so please arrive at the garden center on time. We encourage ride-sharing to our events, especially for members who have to drive a great distance to reach them. Offers and requests for rides can be posted right on our web site's Carpooling page. When you arrive at Driftwood, head inside to the shade house. Our class will be given around the potting table there.

Please let Driftwood know on line whether you can or can't attend this class. Just scroll up to the RSVP link near the top right of the screen, and select Yes or No. Visitors are always welcome at the group's events, so feel free to invite your gardening friends and neighbors to this class. Please specify how many will attend when you RSVP. We're looking forward to meeting at this class many of the new members who recently joined the group. See you there?

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  • Jackie R.

    I had a wonderful time. It was very organized and was made to feel so comfortable for this being my first time.

    September 29, 2013

  • Suzanne and P.

    Driftwood's orchid expert, Sherrie, gave us all a good overview of the various families of orchids. We learned which prefer light shade or deeper shade, which grow to varying heights, which need more or less frequent watering, which can be encouraged to re-bloom in various ways, and much more. She showed us how to remove non-productive roots, how to protect orchids against disease, how to give the leaves a shine, how to place them in attractive temporary arrangements, and other techniques to enhance the beauty they provide. Sherrie answered everyone's questions, both during the class and on our guided tour around Driftwood's very extensive grounds. Future classes on other gardening topics will be held in club members' gardens, so let us know if you'd like a class conducted in your own place. Professional photographer Matt Adi took 26 photos during this meeting. We posted the shots in the album you can access by clicking on the thumbnail photo above. This was a really informative event.

    September 29, 2013

  • Matt

    Very informative talk and demonstration.

    September 29, 2013

  • Jeanie

    sorry. Would love to but Out if town

    September 28, 2013

  • Marilyn

    I would love to go but it conflicts with church.What are the hours?

    September 24, 2013

    • Suzanne and P.

      We normally meet on Saturday or Sunday afternoons, Marilyn, but Driftwood's orchid expert is available only on Sunday mornings starting at 9 AM. The class will last an hour, followed by a guided tour of the garden center, and after that members can browse as long as they like. We wouldn't want you to miss a church service, so we hope to see you at one of our afternoon meetings instead. We usually have at least three upcoming meetings listed on our schedule, accessible by clicking the link marked "Home" near the top of the screen.

      September 24, 2013

  • Leah R.

    Have great time everyone! I am a Church goer so I will miss this 9 AM one.

    September 23, 2013

  • Suzanne and P.

    We've received more requests for meetings about orchids than for any other gardening subject. Please let us know what else you'd like to be the main topic of discussion at future meetings. This is your garden club, and we want to get every member's input

    August 20, 2013

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