Upcoming Event: Native Orchids

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On March 10, 2013 the Gulf Coast Orchid Society will host Dr. Doug Martin from Kansas City. KS.  He will speak on “Growing  Hardy Orchids.”  These plants are traditionally considered to be difficult to grow.  In reality, like all plants, hardy orchids will grow well if provided with the conditions to which they are adapted in the wild.  Doug has grown and studied hardy orchids for over fifteen years.  He has received 7 AOS awards for hardy orchids including a certificate of cultural excellence and a certificate of cultural merit.   He will discuss what he has learned about the conditions that hardy orchids need to grow well, and will describe the methods he uses to provide those conditions.

There has been concern over the years about the rapidly dwindling native orchids in our area by members of the GC Orchid Society. Some members have managed to rescue a few and get them sort of established in their yards.

The meeting is free, open to the public and starts at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 10, 2013 in the large meeting room behind the cafeteria of the Jefferson Davis campus of MGCCC (off Switzer and Debuys Roads) in Biloxi.  There will be  a tropical orchid sale following the workshop.

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About veggiedr

Christine is an Associate Research and Extension Professor of Urban Horticulture at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, MS. She works as the resident scientist at the Beaumont Horticultural Unit in Perry County, MS. Her research interests include urban agriculture, backyard farming, container gardening, high tunnel production, local foods, horticultural therapy, green roofs, and small farm issues. Christine is passionate about feeding people and growing farmers.

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