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
JANUARY 15TH MEETING & PROGRAM
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15TH – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Naples Conference Center
1455 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL (click here for map)
GCOA’S January meeting will present “Show ’em where you Grow ’em!”
This will be an interactive presentation illustrating the different ways our members grow orchids in Southwest Florida. You’ve seen the amazing plants and flowers that our members bring to each meeting – come see how they grow them so beautifully!
First, we need your pictures, GCOA members! Whether you have 10, 100, or 1000+ orchids, we want to see how you grow your beauties! Send pictures of your orchid growing space – large and small – to Elaine at firstname.lastname@example.org . . . we’ll include them in the presentation!
When we did this type of presentation 2-1/2 years ago, it was awesome . . . full of great ideas and beautiful growing spaces; we all learned SO much! Since our last presentation like this, we’ve endured the devastating Hurricane Irma, so any suggestions/ideas about storm recovery would be great!
See you on WEDNESDAY the 15th, and send your pictures asap!!!
Any questions, text or call 239-269-6389.
PAST PROGRAMS & MEETINGS
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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"...