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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November 18th MEETING & PROGRAM

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

Thursday November 18th ! Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance’s November meeting on Thursday the 18th will feature Carol DeBiase, speaking on Miniature Orchids. Miniatures are the perfect way to add unusual orchids to your collection, take advantage of small growing spaces, or grow orchids in terrariums!

Carol was the Curator of Orchids for Vizcaya Museum and Gardens for more than 15 years. She has been growing orchids for over 40 years, starting when her husband John was practicing medicine. Carol has been an American Orchid Society judge for the past 40 years, traveling extensively to Peru,  Borneo, South Africa, Malaysia, Columbia, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and the Caribbean! She will also speak about different growing techniques and microclimates throughout South and Southwest Florida. Should be a great presentation!!

A HUGE thanks to all the volunteers who participated in our very successful Orchid Sale this past weekend! And a special commendation and thanks to Diane Ervin, who coordinated the event and made certain everything went smoothly and successfully! Thanks, Diane!!!

Looking forward to seeing everyone Thursday night! Guests are always welcome. If you’d like to bring wrapped, individual snacks or drinks (we especially need small water bottles), you’ll be entered in a special raffle for a nice orchid.

Orchid Exhibition Judging will be the highlight of the evening, so bring your beautiful blooming orchids in to enter!

Masks are strongly encouraged, and all are requested to wear one inside the Conference Center. We meet in the full Conference Center, which is thoroughly cleaned before the event, and there is plenty of space for social distancing. We’ve had great meetings so far this year, and plan to repeat another fun, informative meeting in a safe and friendly environment.

For more information, text (preferred) or call Elaine at 239-269-6389.

Thursday night, November 18th, 6:30-8:30, Naples Conference Center, 1455 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, We start setting up at 5:30, and all are welcome to come help set up! See you Thursday for a fun evening with fellow orchid lovers!

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"...