HOW TO EXHIBIT AWARD-WINNING ORCHIDS; A Trio of American Orchid Society Judges to Give Advise to Orchid Hobbyists

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March 4, 2015




A Trio of American Orchid Society Judges to Give Advise to Orchid Hobbyists

Naples, FL, Mar. 4, 2015 – Want to exhibit award-winning orchids? Then this presentation to be given by three judges from the American Orchid Society is what you need to take your orchid knowledge to exhibition level.

Learning how orchids are judged is fundamental to learning how to exhibit them. AOS judges, Carol Holdren, Jackie Wood, and Judy Bailey, will give a special presentation about what they look for in flower conformation, color and presence at the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance’s “Third Thursday” Member Event on March 19, 2015 at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 from 6:30–8:30 pm. Guests are welcome at no charge.

Carol Holdren has grown orchids for more than 20 years and has been an accredited AOS judge for 15 years, having served on the AOS Board of Trustees and as committee chair for AOS affiliated societies.  Jackie Wood currently serves as the judging center’s society liaison, and Judy Bailey serves as the center’s registrar as well as assisting with the education of student judges.

The West Palm Beach Judging Center is one of the most prolific centers in the country in terms of the number of individual plants and orchid shows it judges, and is honored to serve the busy South Florida orchid community.  The center has sixteen accredited judges, six senior judges, three emeritus judges, two probationary judges and two student judges. Judging takes place on the fourth Saturday of each month at Flamingo Gardens, located in Davie, Florida, and is open for everyone to participate.  For more information:

Another highlight of the evening will be the Monthly Exhibition Judging, where Alliance members participate as exhibitors as well as judges, winning accolades for beautifully grown plants.

An orchid raffle will be held, and exotic tropical orchids plants flown in from Hawaii will be available for sale.

The Alliance welcomes new members! Come and learn with us! The Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization formed in 2012 to promote interest in orchids – focusing on orchid education, community outreach and orchid conservation – and to bring people together in an enjoyable, inclusive atmosphere.

The Alliance also sponsors a year-round “Orchid Rescue Mission”, taking donations of out-of-bloom or unwanted orchids that are then used for educational purposes. Free pick up is available: call 239-498-9741.

Please mark your calendar for March 19!

For info: (239) 498-9741 or

What: Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance “Third Thursday” Event

Program: How to Exhibit Award-winning Orchids

by Three Judges from the American Orchid Society

When: March 19, 2015, 6:30-8:30 pm

Where: Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, 1255 Piper Blvd., Naples FL 34110

(Look for the tall steeples across from Sam’s Club on Immokalee Road.)

Cost: Guests welcome at no charge.

Our Mission: The Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance is committed to promoting interest in orchids by providing educational opportunities to learn about orchid culture in an enthusiastic, enjoyable, supportive and inclusive environment where beginners to advanced hobbyists can exchange orchid information and ideas. The Alliance reaches out to the community, inspiring others to learn about orchids and orchid conservation.


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