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Mar 06 2014

Seabrook Island Garden Club Discovers A Love For Orchids

By Barbara Radin Fox for The Island Connection

The Seabrook Island Garden Club enjoyed a festive Valentine’s Day meeting. Many attendees wore red and the delectable refreshments were decorated for the holiday. The guest speaker, Tom Wise, gave a presentation on “Growing to Love Your Orchids.”

Tom is the owner of Johns Island Orchids and is passionate about this flower. He is also an orchid judge with The American Orchid Society.

Tom informed the club about what an orchid is; a flower that has three petals and three sepals and has bi-lateral symmetry. Surprisingly, there are 22,000 to 26,000 species in the world with new ones being discovered all the time. They are found on every continent except Antarctica, but are mostly found growing in the tropics, between the Tropic of Cancer and The Tropic of Capricorn. There are three types of orchids: epiphytes that grow on trees, lithophytes that grow on rocks and terrestrials that grow on the ground.

Tom really tried hard to encourage the club members to grow orchids, giving easy-to-accomplish tips on how to be more successful growing them. They seem to be very particular about what soil they are planted in, how much water and humidity they get and what type of light is best, but just knowing some basics and spending time and attention on these beauties will allow anyone to grow them successfully.

The next meeting of the Seabrook Island Garden Club will be on March 14 at 9:30 a.m. The speaker is Louise Hodges who will speak about “Green Living—Saving Ourselves, Our Children and Our Planet.”

Photos by Barbara Radin Fox. 

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