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San-Cap Orchid Society announces guest speaker for month

By Staff | Nov 14, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED A variety of orchids were for sale at the October meeting by SunLand Orchids of Fort Myers.

The Sanibel Captiva Orchid Society will meet on Nov. 18 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, at 2304 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

Presented by Carol Holdren, the topic will be “Orchids You Should Own.”

Holdren is a long-time orchid lover with a mission of supporting orchidists and orchid societies. As her collection grew she took a class in orchidology at the University of Florida and joined the West Palm Beach Judging Center, becoming an accredited judge in 2003. Holdren is a former American Orchid Society trustee, active in the West Palm Beach Judging Center, on the board for Flamingo Gardens and a director of the International Orchid Foundation, which has a free orchid site at www.Orchids.org.

The club also will hold an orchid auction at the meeting; cash and checks will be accepted.

Orchid enthusiasts are encouraged to come at 1 p.m. for a fundamentals session, when members talk about orchid basics. In October, the topic will be “How Orchids are Identified.” Anyone with questions or an “ill” orchid that needs diagnosis can bring the plants to the meeting during show and tell.

Most meetings will have orchid sales, as well as an orchid raffle.

Members are invited to participate in a monthly show at each meeting. Ribbons are awarded for the best hybrid and the best species orchids.

Annual membership is $25 per person or $45 for couples; guests are $5.

For more information, visit www.sancaporchid.org.