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Florida’s Butterfly Orchid

Florida’s Butterfly Orchid

All about Encyclia tampensis by Jim Longwell, Award-Winning Exhibitor

Orchid lovers are invited (no charge) to come and learn about one of Florida’s most beautiful native orchids – Encyclia tampensis – also known as the “Butterfly Orchid.” A dazzling presentation will be given by Jim Longwell at the Gulf Coast Alliance’s “Third Thursday Orchid Event” on August 21, 2014 at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 from 6:30–8:30 pm. (Look for the tall steeples across from Sam’s Club on Immokalee Road.)

Encyclia tampenses are native to Florida (as well as the Bahamas and Cuba) and can be found growing attached to trees. They flower mostly during Florida’s rainy summer months, giving off a sweet scent. Hobby growers use them to enrich their natural Florida gardens by mounting them on palms, pine and oak. Their easy-to-care-for existence makes owning them a pleasure. This is one of Florida’s native orchids that is grown commercially and is available from specialty growers. Every orchid collector should own at least one!

Jim Longwell has been growing orchids for over 26 years and has accumulated more than 50 American Orchid Society (AOS) awards. He won “Best of Show” at the Miami International Orchid Show as the first place hobby grower and has won the AOS show trophy at three different Florida orchid shows. He served in the AOS judging program for several years and was formerly the owner of Sanctuary Orchids for eight years.

Another highlight of the August 21 event will be the Monthly Exhibition Judging, where Alliance members participate as exhibitors as well as judges, winning accolades for beautifully grown plants. A raffle benefiting the Alliance’s educational programs will be held for members and guests, with participants having a chance to win an exquisitely grown orchid. Plants will also be available for purchase, giving attendees an opportunity to add to their collections.

The 501(c)(3) non-profit Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance was formed in 2012 to promote interest in orchids, focusing on orchid education, community outreach and orchid conservation; and brings people together in an enjoyable, inclusive atmosphere.

Please mark your calendar for August 21! For information: (239) 498-9741.

 

What:              Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance “Third Thursday” Member Event

When:              August 21, 2014, 6:30-8:30 pm

Where:             Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples FL 34110 (Look for the tall steeples across from Sam’s Club on Immokalee Road.)

Program:         Florida’s Butterfly Orchid presented by Jim Longwell   –   Plus Monthly Orchid Exhibition Judging

Cost:                Guests welcome at no charge.

OUR MISSION: The Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance is committed to promoting interest in orchids by providing educational opportunities to learn about orchid culture in an enthusiastic, enjoyable, supportive and inclusive environment where beginners to advanced hobbyists can exchange orchid information and ideas. GCOA reaches out to the community, inspiring others to learn about orchids and orchid conservation.


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