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Garden Club speaker focuses on orchids

Chuck McClung will share his more than 20 -years of professional gardening experience with the Scripps-Mesa Garden Club at the March 24 meeting. (courtesy photo)

Garden Club speaker focuses on orchids

The Scripps-Mesa Garden Club scheduled orchid expert Chuck McClung at its meeting March 24 at the Scripps Ranch Library Community Room at 6 p.m. (This meeting was scheduled but might be changed based on the coronavirus crisis)

McClung is the author of “How Orchids Rebloom.” “I’ve developed what I’ve been told is a simple, structured, easy-to-follow approach to how orchids rebloom,” he said. “I completed my master’s degree in botany in 1996 from Washington State University and have worked in ecological and botanical research for the University of Illinois – Chicago, Oregon State University and the University of Montana.

“Long ago, I gained a lot knowledge working in commercial greenhouses and nurseries. But it was all my over 20-years’ experience in large, family-owned independent garden centers and nurseries where I really honed my skills helping others find happiness successfully growing and tending to their favorite plants.”

In addition to the March meeting, the gardeners have booked several outings this spring to local nurseries to hear talks by local farmers, seed cultivators and agricultural historians.

The Scripps-Mesa Garden Club began in 1993 and since that time has encouraged gardeners from both sides of I-15 to share their gardening knowledge and experiences with their community. Plant enthusiasts are invited to attend the meeting this month at the library.  Later in the growing season, the club will be meeting off-site and on garden tours. For more information, contact rgale1943@gmail.com.

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