Beginner and intermediate-level orchid growers will learn the basics of growing healthy orchids. Healthy plants can live for decades and will produce countless blooms during their lifetimes.
This class will focus on several of the most commonly available orchids including the Phalaenopsis, or moth orchid, and the classic Cattleya, or corsage orchid. Techniques which encourage plants to rebloom will be particularly emphasized.
You’ll learn all the basics of orchid culture including providing the proper light, water, temperature, fertilizer, and potting media. Basic care for common pests and diseases will also be covered. Feel free to bring an orchid or two from home to learn specific techniques. If the weather is chilly, please cover your plant with a plastic bag to keep it warm.
Payment is required in advance due to materials fees, and is non-refundable. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing. You’ll be standing and working with plant material. This program is limited to twelve people, and must have a minimum of five participants to take place. In the event that workshop is cancelled, participants may choose to participate in another session.
About the Instructor
Drew Asbury is Hillwood’s horticulturist and volunteer manager. He joined Hillwood in 2012 and is responsible for the greenhouses, the cutting garden, and the horticulture volunteer program. Drew has worked professionally in the horticulture industry for nearly twenty years in a variety of positions including garden center sales, greenhouse growing, and landscape management and design. Drew graduated from the Longwood Gardens professional gardener training program in 2006 and is currently working on his Master’s degree in landscape design from The George Washington University.