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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FEBRUARY 16-18, 2024

Naples Botanical Garden
4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples, FL
Click here for Garden map

The Naples Orchid Society Show is THIS week at the Naples Botanical Garden! GCOA members, if you have a blooming orchid, bring it to Registration Day on Wednesday the 14th! If you have a blooming ‘NOID’, enter that flower in a Cut Flower Display! Containers also welcomed. Refer to the guidelines on the NOS website for instructions, under the Show section.

If you’d like to volunteer at the Show, please contact Marie Harris at mharris@johnrwood.com.

Plants can be registered from 9am to 5pm on Wednesday. For those only bringing a couple of plants, come in through the front entrance gate. Those that have a bigger load of plants or displays can drop them off through the service yard. Refer to the map for directions. See you on Wednesday!

Remember, if you enter plants or displays or volunteer, you get free admission to the Garden.

Text Elaine at 239-269-6389 for more information or questions. See you at the Show!

Members please note:
GCOA’s monthly meeting is Thursday, February 22nd! More info to come, looking forward to seeing everyone!




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



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December Holiday Party

December Holiday Party

What fun we had at the Holiday Party! Delicious food (I heard a lot of “could I have your recipe?”), beautiful decorations, and great orchid fellowship! Thanks to Christine Miller for these GREAT pictures of the event! Here’s what she wrote on her Facebook post:...

Orchid Propagation and Unflasking

Orchid Propagation and Unflasking

How are orchid seeds propagated? We learned all about it with a hands-on demonstration of the sterile-environment sowing of orchid seeds!  Jim Longwell brought his Laminar Flow cabinet, a Sterile-Environment Hood, and demonstrated how to clean, open, and remove...

Orchid Bingo

Orchid Bingo

Each summer, one of our monthly meetings is Orchid Bingo! In a fun and collegial atmosphere, we play Bingo for orchids! Our Bingo night is also a Potluck Picnic night – Bingo AND great food!  The past two years have been SO much fun – join us this coming summer...

Happehatchee Orchid Outreach Program

Happehatchee Orchid Outreach Program

Wendy Mazuk and Elaine Gates presented an “Orchids 101” and “How to Mount Orchids in the Landscape” program at the beautiful Happehatchee nature center in Estero. Participants got to learn all about growing different kinds of orchids and, in teams, mount orchids into...

January Orchid Sale

January Orchid Sale

In alternate years, GCOA holds an Orchid Sale in January, with more than 1,000 plants from Hawaii and throughout Florida, as a fund-raiser and to give the public a chance to purchase beautiful, rare and unusual orchids![ngg src="galleries" ids="4"...