This past week, Gulliver Schools Third Graders visited us, for a tour of the nursery and garden, as part of their outing to several locations in the Redland. The field trip is a culminating activity of their language arts program on plant life. We have hosted these Gulliver field trips for the past several years, and the kids always have a great time.
Visiting R.F. Orchids
Needless to say, we get lots of phone calls and emails from folks who want to visit, and many of them involve the same questions: how much is admission, and can we see the orchids on weekdays? Let’s clear this up! We are open to the public 9am to 5pm, 6 days a week (closed on Mondays and a few major holidays), visitors are welcome during those hours, and there is no admission charge! If you do come see us, the public areas of the nursery (including four of our shadehouses) are open, you’re welcome to wander in them. Our weekend garden tours are escorted walks through the private residential portion of the property. Note also that local shows and orchid-related events have no effect on our hours…we’re open! Please come see us!
AOS Spring Meetings in South Florida
The 2017 Spring AOS Members’ Meeting, May 17-21, will be in conjunction with the Redland Festival here in South Florida. Meeting registration includes admission to the Festival and to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, AOS has some terrific social events planned, the new AOS library at Fairchild will be open, and “Orchids Through the Artists’ Eyes”, a fabulous exhibition of orchid-themed art will be open in Fairchild’s beautiful new art gallery space. We’ll have more information on the art exhibit soon, but in the meantime, you can register for the AOS meetings on the society’s site, www.aos.org. There are special hotel rates, too.
22WOC Tour Filling Fast!
If you’re thinking about joining our tour group to 22WOC in Ecuador, don’t wait too long! We already have many reservations for this amazing itinerary, and space is limited. We do still have room for you, but we may not have it much longer. We’re going on to Peru after the Conference, and among other fascinating locations, we’ll be visiting fabled Machu Picchu. You don’t want to miss this! Tour details are here on the site.