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!

JOIN US THIS MONTH

May 20th MEETING & PROGRAM

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

NEXT THURSDAY, May 20th, GCOA’s Monthly Meeting will feature a special speaker, Thanh Nguyen, presenting ORCHID CARE: A Professional Viewpoint.


Thanh is owner-operator of SPRINGWATER ORCHIDS in Melbourne, FL. He is an aerospace engineer by trade, but has been collecting and growing orchids for over 30 years.  He collects fine orchid plants, grows, sells, breeds and enjoys sharing his experiences.  This month, Thanh will review the basic culture of orchids, along with specific culture of various genus via Q&A, that are suitable to our climate.

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

ALL safety precautions will be taken and adhered to by all. We have reserved the full large conference room, to allow more attendance which provides plenty of room for everyone to stay safe. All attendees will be required to wear a mask at all times and practice social distancing. We had a great meeting last month, and plan to repeat a fun, informative evening in a safe and friendly environment.  

6:30-8:30pm, set-up at 5:30 (All are welcome to help set up!) Naples Conference Center, 1455 Pine Ridge Road, Naples.

Please TEXT (preferred) Elaine at 239-269-6389 to register and save your seat or to submit a specific question you would like answered.   Guests are always welcome!

PAST PROGRAMS & MEETINGS

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December Holiday Party

December Holiday Party

 What fun we had at the December 2019 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...

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"...