Continue to celebrate orchids after the Naples Orchid Society Annual Show & Sale with Orchid Fest at the Garden!
From February 25 – March 2, join us for hands-on demonstrations, informative talks, and activities for the whole family!
Orchid Fest is jam-packed with activities each day. It is included with regular Garden admission; Free for Members as always!
Vice President of Conservation, Naples Botanical Garden
Chad leads the development of the Garden’s plant conservation programs in South Florida and across the Caribbean and Central American region. He has been with the Garden in a leadership capacity throughout the early stages of development and planning through the completion of each phase of the Garden’s construction and restoration of the preserve areas. Chad is a member of the Greenscape Alliance and Collier County Commercial Horticultural Advisory Team.
Associate Director of Horticulture, Naples Botanical Garden
Nick Ewy has served as the Garden’s in-house orchid expert since 2013. He studied Botany and Plant Pathology from Michigan State University, and now propagates plants in a grow lab of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Harvey Kapnick Education and Research Center at Naples Botanical Garden. He has a special connection to the functionality of plants, helping to provide food sources for birds, butterflies and other native pollinators.
Dick Pippen, PhD
President, Naples Orchid Society
Dr. Richard Pippen is from central Illinois. He earned his Ph.D. in Botany at The University of Michigan and spent 40 years as a Professor of Biology at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serving as Chairman of the Department for 16 years. For the last nine years of his career, he was the Resident Director of the Western Michigan University Twinning Program at Sunway College in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Park Biologist, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
In 1993, Mike Owen became Park Biologist at the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, where he still works today. His duties include hydrological monitoring, endangered plant surveys, herbarium collection, wildlife observations including roadkill data, vertebrate species list, plant species list, non-native plant removal, prescribed burns, and interpretive programs, including swamp walks.
Schedule of Events
No registration necessary for Orchid Fest events.
Program topic and location subject to change; please consult the Daily Activities posted at the Garden when you visit.
Monday, February 25
Tuesday, February 26
Wednesday, February 27
Thursday, February 28
Friday, March 1
Saturday, March 2