Bob Printz, left, and Dr. Jan Abernathy climb high ladders to tie orchids onto the trees at the zoo.

Over the past several years, NOS has been using orchid plants which are viable but not particularly outstanding to naturalize in trees at the Naples Zoo, the Garden of Hope and Courage at the Naples campus of the Naples Community Hospital and several local hospices.

When fastened on to rough-barked trees with a padding of sphagnum moss and tied with stretchable nylon panty hose strips, these plants will usually grow roots onto the tree and partake of the rain water, condensation and natural fertilizer from birds, organic detritus, frogs and lizards that also inhabit the area.

NOS has been aided in this project by contributions from members, landscapers and commercial growers who have donated orchids that are too large or that would take more work to bring to competition level. We are grateful to the volunteers who have worked on this project.

Upcoming Events

  • September 4, 2014
    Monthly Meeting

    Alan Koch from Gold Country Orchids in Lincoln, CA will be our guest lecturer.
    Further details will be provided when available.


    6:30 pm,

  • November 8, 2014
    Fall Orchid Sale

    Our 2014 NOS annual orchid sale will be held on Saturday, November 8. We need donations from members to increase the number of orchids on our sales tables. We will start collecting at our August thru October monthly meetings. Contact orchid sale chair Sheila Demkovich for more information. The sale will run from noon til three.


    12:00 pm,

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