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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May 19th MEETING & PROGRAM

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

WHAT DO YOU MEAN IT WON’T GROW???

May 19th, GCOA’s monthly meeting will present Brian Monk, orchid expert and owner of local nursery Blu Llama Orchids in Golden Gate Estates. He’ll be speaking on “What Do You Mean It Won’t Grow?” – focusing on best orchid care for maximum plant health and blooms, how to identify pests and problems, and what orchids will grow best in our sub-tropical SW Florida!

Brian has been growing orchids since he was a young teenager and has had a lifelong passion for Cattleyas harrisoniana and loddigesii, achieving cutting-edge research in both gorgeous species. He also specializes in warm-growing Miltonia, Cymbidiums, Oncidiums, and other genera. He has been hybridizing orchids for decades and one of his hybridizing goals is to create the perfect standard pink Cattleya with an all-white lip.

In his professional life, Brian is Dr. Monk, a Veterinarian here in Naples, specializing in exotic animals, emergency care, and mobile pet care.

Brian is an award-winning photographer and specializes in AOS Award photography. You can view his amazing orchid photographs at his Facebook page, Blu Llama Orchids & Photography.

Brian is a great speaker and will have lots of practical information on growing orchids and choosing the best orchids to grow here for maximum success! He’s presented to GCOA in the past, and his combination of humor and orchid knowledge makes for a VERY interesting evening! See you Thursday the 19th!

Thursday, 6:30-8:30, Naples Conference Center, 1455 Pine Ridge Rd. We start setting up at 5:30, All Welcome! Plant Registration & Voting (and Socializing – fun!), 6:30-7:15, Program begins at 7:15. Come for a welcoming, informal evening with fellow orchid lovers! Guests welcome!

For More Information, text (preferred) or call Elaine @ 239-269-6389

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"...