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Type: Seasonal 
Age Group: Adults, Seniors & Teens 

3/29/2014 • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

West Charleston Library

Room: Lecture Hall


A Passion for Orchids

Come join us and enjoy the beauty of fresh orchids as you learn more about them during the free lectures. The show begins at 10 a.m. with lectures at 11 a.m., 1 p.m.,  2 p.m. and 3p.m.

The lecture schedule is:  

11 a.m.-noon -  Cathy Loftfield "A Passion for Orchids" This talk is a photograph tribute to Cathy's passion for orchids.Their colors, forms and fragrances  thrilled her when she started photographing them.  She is certain it was their shimmering contrasts and infinite range of tones that inspired her love and aroused her interest to collect, grow, and continue to photograph these wonderful plants.   

1-2 p.m. -  Carol Siegel "The Sex Life of Orchids" This talk presents the fascinating world of orchid pollination and orchid pollinators. It tells the amazing story of how orchids will stop at nothing to get pollinated- they will lie, they will cheat, and they will swindle. In this amusing talk,we show the ways in which orchids use color, pattern, movement, fragrance, traps, mimicry and outright lies to lure pollinators.

2-3 p.m. - Diana Smith "Orchids 101" If you love the orchids you bring home from Trader Joe's and Home Depot, you're going to appreciate this talk. Did you know there are approximately 25,000 orchid species and that they can be found on all continents including Antarctica? We'll show you how to keep the most popular ones healthy and blooming on your windowsill.  

3-4 p.m. -  Carol Siegel "Orchidmania- The Human History of Orchids" In the 19th century, the world went wild for orchids, and people paid as much as $100,000 for one exotic orchid. Fearless collectors braved terrible dangers to bring them back. This is the story of the people who fanned the fires of orchidmania including the Duke of Devonshire, Joseph Paxton, Frederick Sander and Charles Darwin.    

Free and open to the public.  For more information: 702-507-3964.