Africa Tour Filling Fast!
If you’re thinking about joining our tour to Kenya in October, send us your reservation soon, please. This tour is filling up very fast, and we only have a few double-occupancy rooms left.
News flash! We have buds on the jade vine! We won’t have flowers for a few weeks, but we are thrilled to see some inflorescences beginning. This is a young vine, we weren’t sure it would bloom this winter, but we spied the buds just a couple of days ago. So stay tuned to this news page and we will keep you updated, and announce it when the flowers begin to open. This is one of the most amazing and beautiful plants in the garden, we hope you can come to see it!
Lots of other things are blooming right now: Onc. Twinkles are covered with flowers, we always have plenty of vandaceous orchids blooming and the red and orange ascocendas are really lighting up the garden. One of the most interesting orchid-related things in the garden is the absolutely huge stem of seed capsules on one of our Grammatophyllum scriptum plants. The capsules are the size of hen’s eggs! And our big Neoregelia Fireball, an amazing bromeliad, is just glowing red!
We hope you can join one of our free weekend garden tours to see all of these beautiful plants (and lots more!). Every Saturday and Sunday*, weather permitting, we escort a walking tour of Bob’s and Mike’s private garden at 11am and 3pm. No reservation necessary, just be here a few minutes before start-time, and meet your guide at the bridge. The tour runs about an hour, we hope you can join us for it some time soon. It’s a garden, it changes with the seasons, so there’s always something new going on. We can arrange garden tours for groups, too, please contact us. (*note that we will not have public garden tours on Saturday, March 3)
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!
A Note About Winter Shipping
At this time of year we may hold your order if we believe the weather conditions are unsuitable for standard shipping. We do monitor the weather daily, and we’ll ship as soon as we think it’s safe to do so. We appreciate your patience during weather-related delays. Expedited (overnight) shipping may be an option, at an additional charge. We do not use “heat packs”. Conditions here in south Florida are warm; if we put a heat pack in the box before shipping the plants will be cooked long before the box gets to its destination.