The Naples Orchid Society annually sells pups from its own members — many of those plants sired by champion flowers — and the crowds come out from all over.
Although they're not necessarily in bloom, you can see photos of their moms and dads — and there is Miss America-pageant stock here. Orchid lovers know that, so count on a crowd after the doors open at noon. The sale will last until 3 p.m. but if you arrive at 2:30, you probably will find bare walls.
Be consoled, if you arrive late — there will be orchid supplies, books and plenty of members who will be happy to talk about caring for orchids.
Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.
What: Naples Orchid Society Sale
When: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3
Where: Baker Center Gym, Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive, Naples
Information: 239-404-1916 or 239-262-0987 or www.naplesorchidsociety.org
Fruit tree sale
There's a lot to be said for having fruit trees in your yard, producing mangos, star fruit, papayas, oranges and grapefruit for your table.
There's a lot to be said for having decorative trees in your yard, with glossy green leaves and a handsome canopy that gives your landscaping a warm and inviting look.
At the Collier Fruit Growers Council tree sale at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, you can do both.
It's hard to compete with the lush look of a lychee tree dotted with clusters of red, ripe fruits, or the glossy green leaves of a black sapote or grapefruit tree. And did you know you can grow some varieties of peaches down here? They'll be at the sale, too.
There will be citrus, bananas, guavas, all kinds of sapotes and possibly the unusual specimens such as dragonfruit, the football-size jackfruit and jaboticaba, which grows its sweet cherries right on the bark.
Can you handle only a small tree? Consider some of the pomegranates, prunable mangos or limes.
Or better yet, ask members of the Collier Fruit Growers Council. They are home fruit growers like yourself. They'll be at the sale in Freedom Park to talk about the varieties of fruits, the sizes of the trees — even to share some of the flavors they have harvested. They can tell you which mangos love the west coast of Florida and how to use those carambola which can be harvested several times a year.
What: Collier Fruit Growers Fall Fruit Tree Sale
Where: Freedom Park, 1515 Golden Gate Parkway, just east of Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples
When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3
Information: 239-252-8999 or http://collierfruit.org/