A look inside the Naples Orchid Show
NAPLES — Orange, red and purple were just a few of the colors of orchid blooms filling the room at the Naples Orchid Show and Sale this weekend.
The three-day event, hosted by the Naples Orchid Society, gives members a chance to present their flowers in a judged show, while allowing attendees to learn more about the many types of orchids.
“Orchids are the second largest species other than grass...there are hundreds of types of orchids here today,” said Nancy Ginocchio, president of the Naples Orchid Society.
Ginocchio, a Naples resident, has been growing orchids for almost 10 years and now has more than 1,200 throughout her house and property.
“It all started with my husband getting me an orchid from Home Depot,” said Ginocchio. “You just look at them and they’re so beautiful — the colors, the shapes, the forms.”
The beauty and intricacy of orchids is also what drew Lynn Means to the plants.
“People usually take note of the orchids in your house over other plants you might have,” said Means, a Naples resident who has been growing orchids for seven years.
Initially, Means was concerned about being able to properly care for her orchids, but she said she soon found out how simple it was.
“My biggest surprise is how easy they are to care for and how long the blooms last,” said Means.
The myth of how difficult it is to grow orchids is something the Naples Orchid Society is working to dispel.
“People get scared because they’re so beautiful, and I’ve killed my share, but that’s how you learn sometimes,” said Ginocchio. “The biggest mistake a novice gardener can make is overwatering.”
The Naples Orchid Society, which currently has about 200 members, hosts classes for beginners to teach about basic plant care.
“They teach you everything you need to know,” said Karen Cronin, a member of the organization. “The three key things are fertilizing, water and light...it takes a bit of patience to figure out but it all pays off when you see the blooms come out.”
For more information, visit www.NaplesOrchidSociety.org.
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