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‘Summering Your Orchids’ topic of next Orchid Society meeting

By Staff | Feb 12, 2010

It’s hard to believe with the cold weather we have been experiencing that warmer temperatures are around the corner.

“Summering Your Orchids ” will be the topic of the Monday, Feb. 15 meeting of the Sanibel Captiva Orchid Society at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, located at 2304 Periwinkle Way beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Jim Roberts, owner of Florida SunCoast Orchids in Bradenton, will discuss various techniques to get orchids ready for summer’s heat and humidity both for those who live in Florida year round or keep plants here while they head north.

Roberts has been a popular speaker on Sanibel the past several years. He began his all-consuming passion for growing orchids after a trip to a doctor’s office for routine physical. While in the office, Jim noticed a large Cattleya on the physician’s desk. Answering Jim’s question “What kind of flower is that?” the doctor laughingly replied “You do NOT want to know!” Unfortunately, the doctor only piqued the then college student’s curiosity and Jim not only began a lifelong hobby but a career in managing and later owning orchid nurseries.

Novices are encouraged to come to the meeting at 1 p.m. to hear Deborah Whittman discuss “Orchids in Hawaii.” Participants are also encouraged to come early to purchase plants or to do so during intermission. Anyone with questions or an “ill orchid” that needs diagnosis can bring their plants to the meeting during Show-and-Tell.

Orchid Society members are invited to participate in a monthly show. Ribbons are awarded for best Hybrid and best Species Orchids. Members and guests are also invited to participate in a monthly raffle. Society membership is $20 annually; guests may attend for $4.

Questions may be directed to Nannette Lehr at 395-3327.