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Growing Orchids Is within the Capabilities of Any Gardener

Large Purple Cattleya Orchid Corsage

Large Purple Cattleya Orchid Corsage

When I was growing up, I believed that the most glamorous corsage any woman could receive was either a huge purple or white Cattleya orchid. My dad believed that too and usually presented both my grandmothers and my mother with either this type of showy bloom or a couple of Cymbidium orchids for most special occasions.

When I lived in College Park, Maryland, I visited Kensington Orchids just off the Beltway outside of Washington, D. C., and bought my first Cattleya orchid plant. When I lived in Belmont, Massachusetts, I was fortunate to belong to the Massachusetts Orchid Society and to get to know Dick Peterson, then editor of the American Orchid Society Bulletin. When I moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, I was one of the founding members of the Charlottesville Orchid Society and served as its first president.

Orchids became a wonderful hobby that I enjoyed for many years. By 1980, I had left these wonderful plants behind along with my first husband and it was not until the past couple of years that I once again began to incorporate orchid growing in my gardening efforts. «Read the rest of this article»

The Friends of Fort Defiance to hold Civil War reenactment this Sunday


The Friends Of Fort Defiance are hosting their 6th annual March To The Past on Sunday April 18th 2010 from 1:00 pm till 5:00 pm.  The event will be held on Old Clarksville-Springfield Road on private property adjacent to Port Royal State Historic Area.

Military and Civilian reenactors will be giving presentations showing what life was like in the 1860’s.  Displays on soldier’s rations, quilting, sewing, family life, 19th century medicine, soldier life and many more are planned. There will be a cannon firing  and other military activities.

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