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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January 21st MEETING & PROGRAM

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

Happy New Year!

Hello, everyone, we’re back! GCOA’s first in-person meeting of 2021 will take place on Thursday, January 21st, 6:30-8:30, at the Naples Conference Center (our usual venue), 1455 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. The topic will be an informal discussion, “Winter in Your Orchid Collection.” Questions welcomed, and if you’d like to bring a ‘problem plant’ or picture of a problem, please do so. If you’re bringing a diseased or potentially fungal plant, please only bring a picture or place the example (a leaf perhaps, or an individual pseudobulb) in a ZipLoc bag, tightly sealed. Let’s keep our collections healthy this winter too!

Plant competition/judging will be in place as well (yay!) so bring your blooming beauties for display and member competition. Remember, you must be a member to enter plants. If you were a paid member in 2020 you are paid up through December 2021! If you haven’t paid dues yet, you can join at the meeting. Guests are always welcome too!

ALL precautions will be in place for everyone’s safety. Everyone will be required to wear masks at all times, social distancing will be assured with the setup of the room, and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the room as well. Please stay home if you are feeling any symptoms of illness, but if you’re feeling well, join us! We completely understand if you feel unable to attend a gathering at this time, no explanation whatsoever required. Stay safe!

Our October potting workshop was well attended, everyone was great about adhering to safety precautions, and we’re ready to continue to meet, safely, in person. We have reserved every 3rd Thursday for 2021, so mark your calendars. We will also be having a follow-up re-potting workshop in a Saturday morning in February, details to follow.

Due to safety concerns, refreshments will be limited to purchased, individually wrapped items; please no home-made goodies this time. Snacks such as granola bars, individual chips bags, or other like items may be brought, and some will be provided by GCOA. Small bottles of water will be available.

We look forward to seeing everyone on the 21st. For questions or additional info, text or call Elaine Gates at 239-269-6389. Happy Orchiding in 2021!

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"...