Our York Street gardens will close at 3 p.m. on June 22, 25 and 27 for concerts. More early closings.
The class Orchids 101 will cover basic orchid biology, ecology, cultivation, and propagation, with demonstrations of proper watering, repotting, and mounting techniques. Topics covered will include:
- Basic information about where orchids are found and how they grow in the wild
- Some interesting facts about the history of orchid cultivation
- Detailed explanation of how to care for orchids in your home
- Discussion of popular cultivated orchid genera and their care, including what grows well in Colorado
- Discussion of repotting, mounting, and dividing with demonstrations of each
- Discussion of common orchid pests and diseases, and how to control them
- Basic orchid nutrition and how/when to apply fertilizer
- Question and answer/orchid ailment diagnosis portion
Instructor: Andrew Hatch is current president of the Denver Orchid Society, and has been growing orchids for fifteen years. He attended Colorado State University, where he earned a degree in Soil and Crop Science in the Plant Biotechnology, Genetics and Breeding concentration. He and his wife own Rikki’s Tropicals, a specialty orchid and bromeliad nursery in Fort Collins, where they live with their two children, Rikki and Franklin.
Price: $44, $39 members
Special Instructions: Attendees are encouraged to bring plants that have problems that need diagnosing, and will each receive an orchid to take home. This will be a hands-on class, and active participation and questions are encouraged!