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?