|Orchid expert Stig Dalstrom explores Fakahatchee Strand in a scene from his film “The Wild Orchid Man in the Ghost Orchid Swamp”.
SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota County Extension Master Gardeners will host a special screening of “The Wild Orchid Man in the Ghost Orchid Swamp” on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at the Sarasota County Extension and Sustainability Office at Twin Lakes Park.
Join former Selby Gardens botanist and orchid expert Stig Dalström, and filmmaker Darryl Saffer, as they discuss the arduous task of orchid hunting and answer questions pertaining to orchids in Florida. Learn about the raw beauty and surprising survivability of orchids, along with a wider look at ecological preservation.
Registration is $5 for the general public and free for active Sarasota County Extension Master Gardeners. Proceeds from the screening benefit the Master Gardeners’ Chapter of the Friends of Sarasota County Parks, which supports educational outreach programs in Sarasota County. Advanced registration is required.
The 2009 film focuses on Dalström’s hunt for the rare “ghost orchid” among the bald cypress, alligators, panthers, snakes and more in Florida’s Fakahatchee Strand. Dalström highlights what the mysterious, magical orchids can teach about adapting and surviving in the global ecosystem.
After the ghost orchid search, Dalström and Saffer filmed orchid-hunting trips to the Arctic, Amazon, Andes and other stops around the globe as part of a “Wild Orchid Man” series.
The event is 10 a.m. – noon, Jan. 6, at Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota.