Thursday nights Growers Clinic at the Venice Community Center is cancelled. We hope that everyone has been safe. The Community Center Is being used as a shelter for many of our Venice residents. We know they are taking very good care of our friend’s and family’s. VAOS knows we all have a lot of work to do with post Irma cleaning and look forward to our next meeting


Dr. Carol Uthus,

Topic – “Japanese Orchids, The Small and the Mighty

VAOS Meeting September 6th, 7pm


September Meeting:  Sept. 6th, 7pm
Venice Community Center
(doors open at 6:30pm)
Speaker: Fred Clarke
Topic: Spotted and Splashed Cattleyas
We’re pleased that Fred Clarke will once again be speaking at our monthly meeting on the 1st Wednesday, September 6, 2017. He’s internationally known for his informative and entertaining presentations as well as the outstanding quality of his plants.
Fred will be accepting pre-orders from his website,, for delivery to members at the meeting. You’ll be getting the best plants in the best condition while saving the shipping costs and receiving a 10% discount from prices on website. The deadline for orders is Friday, September 1, 2017 and orders should be sent to Fred at: and must include:
SVO number (from website)
Full name of plant ordered and price
Number of plants ordered
Your name, address and email.


August Meeting: Wednesday August 2, 7pm

Venice Community Center
(doors open at 6:30pm)
Speaker: Jeff Higel
Topic: Growing Better Orchids

Jeff has been fascinated with orchids for over 30 years, growing them commercially for nearly 20. He has served as President and Show Chair for the Venice Area Orchid Society. Jeff has a penchant for learning things the hard way, and would like to share some, or even most of, his hard- learned knowledge with you.
This program will discuss what he does, and why, to successfully cultivate these fascinating and sometimes frustrating plants. He will try to make it profitable for the novice as well as the most experienced grower.
Jeff will have a nice variety of plants for sale. These plants are grown locally under conditions that are easily duplicated.

Jeff’s greenhouse is located at Honey Bee Nursery, 2383 Englewood Rd. (Rt. 776) in Englewood (941-474-6866)