Events -Keiki Club for Orchid Beginners

Orchid Events - Keiki Club for Beginners
The Keiki Club is for our beginner orchid growers. The meeting locations change depending on the time of year. This year we're trying a new format where we double up during the spring months and go on vacation during the summer. We meet at a members home so you can see how others grow their orchids. The Keiki Club allows us to talk about orchids in an informal environment. While designed to meet the needs of our beginner growers, the Keiki Club meetings are enjoyed by all members. Visitors and guests are always welcome!
2017 Get Togethers

January 15 Keiki Club

Topic 1:   Staking Your Orchids
Moderator:   Terry Bottom

It's good to spend some quality time with your orchids, particularly if you take the time to stake the flower spikes for their best presentation.  Staking techniques will be discussed, along with some other tricks for getting your plants ready to exhibit.

Topic 2:   Orchid Toolbox
Moderator:   Mary Colee

There are handy gadgets and tools that all orchid growers should have readily available. Keep them in a toolbox close to your growing area for instant access.

Where:   Kathy and Mark Young's Home
160 West Genung Street, St. Augustine 32086
When: January 15, 1 - 3 pm
February 19 Keiki Club

Topic 1:   A Winterizable Shade Structure
Moderator:   Janis Croft

A traditional greenhouse is great for the winter cold months, but it can become an oven during the summer heat. Janis will show you how she built her shade house which is open to the elements during the growing season and closes with a retractable curtain when it's cold.

Topic 2:   Designing a Rain Barrel System
Moderator:  Linda Stewart

Our well and tap water contains lots of dissolved salts that can build up around your orchid's roots. You can correct this problem by collecting rain water to water and flush your orchids. Linda Stewart will show you how.

Where:   Janis Croft and Alan Winer's Home
8311 County Road 208, St. Augustine 32092
When: February 19, 1 - 3 pm
March 12 - Potting Mixes and Repotting Orchids

Many of your orchids are sending out new roots, this is the best time to move them to a new home. We'll talk about repotting using different potting mixes as opposed to how to grow your orchids au naturale. There may be some orchid divisions for you to mount and or pot up (one to a customer), bring a 4 and 6 in clay pot, just in case. To cover the cost of supplies, there will be a $5 charge. If you have more than 1 or 2 of your own plants that need repotting, please bring them to the Ace repotting clinic.

Moderator:   Sue Bottom
Where:   Sue and Terry Bottom's Home
6916 Cypress Lake Court, St. Aug 32086
When: March 12, 1 - 3 pm
April 23 - Picnic and Orchid Swap  

In lieu of the keiki club, we'll have a picnic and orchid swap. We'll be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs for all. Feel free to bring a side dish and liquid libations and join the fun. Bring any extra plants you have to swap with other members. If you don't have plants to barter with, cash works too! Please let Events Veep Lady Di (436-5618) know if you plan on attending to assure there is a hamburger and/or hot dog for you.
  Susan Smith will give a brief talk on how to grow Paphiopedilums and Phragmipediums (previously scheduled for May). These beautiful and exotic orchids put on an elegant and long lived display. Susan will talk about how she grows her beautiful specimens, you may decide to grow them too!

Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
3375 US 1 South, St. Aug 32086
When: April 23, 4 - 6 pm
May through August

Summer Hiatus
September 17 - Getting Ready for Winter Cancelled Due to Damage from Irma

It may not feel like it, but winter is coming. We'll talk about fall preparations and the minimum night time temperatures your plants can tolerate in winter. We'll also talk about those orchids that require special winter care, like the deciduous dendrobiums and the catasetinae.

Moderator:   Bob Schimmel
Where:   Bob and Yvonne Schimmel's Home
702 Wilkes Court, St. Aug 32086
When: September 17, 1 - 3 pm
October - Want to Carpool? 

Orchtoberfest at EFG in DeLand
Sign up if you want to car pool to go down to the Orchtoberfest at EFG where orchids, tropical plants and orchid supplies will be offered for sale. The Hausermann clan will be busy grilling brats and serving German potato salad and more, including German beer!
Where:   EFG Orchids
4265 Marsh Rd, DeLand, FL 32724

Gainesville Orchid Society Show at Kanapaha
Sign up if you want to car pool to go down to the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens to visit the Gainesville Orchid Society Show, visit with different orchid and garden vendors or attend orchid seminars.
Where:   Gainesville OS Show at Kanapaha
4700 SW 58th Dr, Gainesville 32608
November and December

Winter Hiatus