GCOA MONTHLY MEETINGS & PROGRAMS

Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance’s Monthly Programs offer an interesting blend of expert speakers and hands-on activities, all geared to helping our members and guests grow the best and most beautiful orchids possible! We attract some of the most prominent growers in Florida and the nation as speakers, who bring amazing plants for sale and demonstrate the latest trends in growing and hybridizing many different types of orchids. GCOA is becoming famous for our hands-on programs which include activities in propagating and growing orchids, techniques for potting and mounting, and tips and tricks that can be immediately put into practice in one’s own orchid collection. Each December, we hold an Annual Holiday Party, which includes a gift orchid for each member! In the summer, we have Bingo for Orchids!  Meetings are open to everyone – very informal, very welcoming, and ALL orchid-related questions are welcomed! It’s a great time to share pictures of orchids, fellowship with other orchid lovers, and ask for information when encountering problems in our subtropical growing conditions. We have a great time at meetings – come join us and learn!

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August 18th MEETING & PROGRAM

Naples Conference Center
1455 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL (click here for map)
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

THURSDAY AUGUST 18TH at 6:30 pm, GCOA hosts Thanh Nguyen presenting:

ORCHID CARE: How to grow the BEST CATTLEYAS in the World!

Next THURSDAY, August 18th, GCOA’s Monthly Meeting will feature a special speaker, Thanh Nguyen, presenting ORCHID CARE: How to Grow the BEST Cattleyas in the World!

Thanh is owner-operator of SPRINGWATER ORCHIDS in Melbourne, FL. Just this month Thanh retired after 37 years with the Department of Defense as an aerospace engineer! Thanh’s passion of orchids is now his “full-time job”, as he also has been collecting, growing, and selling orchids for over 30 years. His orchids are extraordinary, and he enjoys sharing his experiences and encouraging hobby growers to achieve great success! This month, Thanh will review the basic orchid culture of various genera of orchids, and pass on his “secrets” for his success with orchids that will thrive in Florida and beyond!

Thanh will bring all types of orchids for purchase at the meeting, including Cattleyas, Paphs, Phals and many beautiful miniatures. Thanh’s plants are really really special, healthy and robust! What a great opportunity to add interesting additions to your collection!

Orchids are available for pre-order, email Thanh at springwaterorchids@earthlink.com for the list of available orchids and prices.

We had a great meeting last month (Bingo!), and plan to repeat a fun, informative evening in a safe and friendly environment. Monthly meetings are 6:30-8:30pm, with set-up at 5:30 (All are welcome to help set up!) Naples Conference Center, 1455 Pine Ridge Road, Naples.

We’ll also be discussing our plans for our September meeting, a special fund-raiser with an Orchid Auction! This will be a fast-paced fun evening and a chance to score some amazing plants at special prices! Make your plans now to donate plants, small or large, established or bare-root, for this special fundraiser in September!

Please TEXT (preferred) or call Elaine at 239-269-6389 for more information. Guests are always welcome!

PAST PROGRAMS & MEETINGS

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December Holiday Party

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Orchid Bingo

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