Naples Orchid Society’s bustling plant sale opens Saturday

Richard Sauer of Naples and Sandi Clement examine orchids during the during the 38th annual Naples Orchid Society Show 2011 held at the Moorings Presbyterian Church in Naples on Saturday. The event, themed 'Orchid Fantasy', was a nationally juried show and had over 200 orchid entries. Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News

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Richard Sauer of Naples and Sandi Clement examine orchids during the during the 38th annual Naples Orchid Society Show 2011 held at the Moorings Presbyterian Church in Naples on Saturday. The event, themed "Orchid Fantasy", was a nationally juried show and had over 200 orchid entries. Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News

Naples Orchid Society sale

When: Noon Saturday Where: Moorings Presbyterian Church gymnasium,

791 Harbour Drive, Naples Admission: Free Information: 239-403-7155.

For more information, go to www.NaplesOrchidSociety.org.

It’s a little too early yet to start lining up for the Naples Orchid Society’s annual plant sale, but it will help to be at the Moorings Presbyterian Church at 791 Harbour Drive, Naples, before noon this Saturday.

When the doors open then, crowds pour in and orchids are gone in several hours. More than 500 orchids of all kinds, most will be for sale. Raffle tickets ($1 or six for $5) will be sold to waiting customers in line until 12:30 p.m. At that time, three winning tickets will be drawn and the winners will receive special blooming orchid plants.

Prices will range from $8 and up, depending on the size and type of orchid. The plants are donated by members of the society from divisions and duplications. Cattleyas, dendrobiums, phalaenopsis, vandas, oncidiums and others of many genera will be available. Most will be potted, a few will be mounted and some will be bare-root and ready for potting. All will be healthy plants. A select number of other plants may be offered as well.

Many plants will not be in bloom at the time of purchase, but members of the society will be present to offer information about the care and growing habits of the plants.

Members generally will be able to tell buyers what color and how long blooms last on the plants. Culture sheets about each genus will be available to help the buyers. These publications are from the American Orchid Society and explain what each genus needs in terms of light, watering, fertilizing and general care.

This year, Connie Bransilver, an internationally known nature photographer who lives in Naples will showing and sell her striking Florida species orchid photo banners, which are printed on 8- by 4-foot diaphanous fabric. There’s information about the Society’s 50th anniversary celebration dinner Feb. 2. Those who are interested can sign up to receive more information about it.

Kit Kitchen-Maran is a member of the Naples Orchid Society.

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