Orchids inspire gardeners of every stripe


Orchids comprise the largest family of flowering plants in the world, with more than 30,000 different species and some 200,000 hybrids.

If you're thinking of introducing an orchid plant or two into your home as a design accent (many professional designers do), now is the time and the Venice Orchid Show and Sale is the place. The theme this year is Rhapsody in Hue.

You can browse rows of spectacular orchids, see 15 artistically designed specialty exhibits, get advice from experienced growers, buy supplies and, maybe most important, pick up some inspiration and confidence.

Growing orchids isn't that difficult. Most orchid plants want good air circulation, plenty of light and occasional watering. Their thick roots are adapted to absorb moisture and dissolved nutrients. If your plant is in a pot, good drainage in essential. Orchids don't want to sit in water.

This weekend's orchid event, which has been sponsored by the Venice Area Orchid Society for 47 years, takes place Saturday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at the Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice. Admission is $5. Children under 10 get in free.



Marsha Fottler

Marsha Fottler has been a newspaper and magazine lifestyle, food and design writer since 1968 first in Boston and in Florida since 1970. She contributes to regional and national publications and she is co-publisher and editor of a monthly online magazine that celebrates the pleasures of the table called Flavors & More. (941) 371-8593.
Last modified: January 31, 2013
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