Garden Club Meeting To Feature Talk On Florida’s Native Orchids

Rich Ackerman

The Wellington Garden Club will meet on Monday, April 3 at the Wellington Community Center, located at 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.

The meeting will feature a presentation at 10 a.m. by Rich Ackerman on orchids and what makes them different from all other plant families. He will also discuss Florida’s native orchids that are found in Palm Beach County, those that can be added to landscapes and gardens, and some invasive orchids to look out for.

Ackerman works closely with UF/IFAS Extension Broward County, where he is a Florida master gardener volunteer, serves on the Urban Horticulture Advisory Board, and is team leader of the Broward County Native Orchid Project.

A professor emeritus at Broward College, he has collaborated with Palm Beach State College, Florida Atlantic University and Broward College. He is also a former president of the Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society.

The community is invited to join the club for coffee and a plant raffle beginning at 9:30 a.m. Visitors are asked to check in at the guest table. To reserve a spot, contact Maria Wolfe at

The Wellington Garden Club, founded in 1981, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating its members and the public in the fields of gardening, horticulture, floral design, and landscape design, and to promoting conservation of natural resources, civic beautification and youth education. For more information, visit