Hollis Garden Hosts World-Renowned R.F. Orchids for Plantae Orchideum Plant Sale
LAKELAND, FL (September 11, 2019) | On Saturday, September 21st, Hollis Garden will host the Plantae Orchideum plant sale in conjunction with world renowned R.F. Orchids. The event will take place at Hollis Garden, 702 East Orange Street, Lakeland, Florida from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
R.F. Orchids is one of the great orchid nurseries, not only in Florida, but the world. Robert Fuchs renovated and reopened his grandfather’s nursery in 1970. In 1984, their plants began winning World Orchid Conference medals and one of their vandas (Vanda Deva ‘Robert’) was honored as the Grand Champion of the 11th World Orchid Conference. R.F. Orchids has won more than 1,100 American Orchid Society awards since 1985. The nursery specializes in vandaceous orchids but also grows many dendrobiums and other species as well. They have been recognized with prestigious awards from the Royal Horticulture Society in England, World Orchid Conferences, the Japan Grand Prix, the South African Orchid Conference Shows and many orchid societies in Central and South America. R.F. Orchids has been mentioned in Time magazine, National Geographic, the New York Times, Southern Living, Casa y Estilo, and many local and regional newspapers & magazines.
Hollis Garden is 1.2 acre neo-classical botanical garden complete with public art, manicured flower beds and ornamental fountains that overlooks Lake Mirror and the picturesque Frances Langford Promenade. Hollis Garden features over 10,000 flowers and plants in 16 distinctive areas that tell a story starting with the grotto and ending with the butterfly garden. Florida’s domestication story begins in the Grotto where artesian wells bring forth water, the lifeblood of the land. Florida's agrarian roots are displayed by the many fruit, vegetable and tropical edibles within the garden rooms. The bowls and runnels form the garden’s spine and this feature represents the ability to control water. The garden becomes increasingly aesthetic through the red, yellow and white rooms based on the color of the plants and flowers.
Hollis Garden hosts several plant shows each year and each one highlights a specific theme. Stacy Smith, former Overseer of Hollis Garden (recently Kevin Polk took over the position of Grounds Maintenance Supervisor I and Overseer of Hollis Garden) said, “We partner with some of the best known growers who share their expertise and inventory of hard to find exotic plants.” He added, “We are very pleased to host orchid royalty and one of the world’s leading orchid authorities here at Hollis Garden. They will have some of the most beautiful specimens of orchids for sale and even if our visitors aren’t orchid connoisseurs, they will certainly be impressed with what R.F. Orchids puts on display.”
For more information on R.F. Orchids, please visit their website: rforchids.com.
A portion of the proceeds from all plant sales that take place at Hollis Garden benefit the garden’s perpetual care fund to help offset the cost of maintenance of the beautiful facility. For more information about Hollis Garden and/or the Plantae Orchideum event, please call 863.834.2280.
The City of Lakeland was incorporated January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida. With a current population over 100,000 Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years. With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor. The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.
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