I am honored to speak at the Long Island Orchid Society this coming Thursday, April 9th. Here is a link to their website:
The address is:
Knights of Columbus
Joseph Barry Council 2520
45 Heitz Place, Hicksville, NY 11801
This will be an historic occasion, as it will be my first Florida native orchid themed presentation given outside of the state of Florida. Previously, I have lectured many dozens of times at orchid societies, native plant societies, garden clubs, and symposiums, discussing our rare and unique orchid heritage. From the number of compliments I have received after each presentation and via FaceBook, e-mail, etc., these have been very well received.
Florida is home to many rare and beautiful orchids, as well as some that are not as rare (but just as beautiful and interesting). While the semi-tropical central and southern regions of the state boast the greatest orchid diversity in the entire US, with many of these species found nowhere else in the continental US, there is an assortment of orchids shared with other states.
This presentation, a combination of the best and most interesting orchids from two of my talks, "Orchids in Our Backyard, Florida's Wild Orchids, Part 1" and "Orchids in our Backyard, Florida's Wild Orchids, Part 2", will show both orchids shared across our borders with the rest of the US and orchids found only within Florida, including such luminaries as the Ghost Orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii).
It will be a combination of scientific information, beautiful photographs, and anecdotes from many hundreds of hours in the field hunting, observing, and photographing our orchid wonders.
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