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•African Violet Society of Oklahoma City, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N Portland, Room 194. Call 256-6881 or 376-3369.
•Oklahoma Horticultural Society, 7 p.m. May 27, OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N Portland. Speaker is David Hillock, Oklahoma State University consumer horticulturist. Program is on Oklahoma Proven Program for outstanding landscape plants for Oklahoma promoted by OSU and the Oklahoma Botanical Garden. Free. Door prizes. Refreshments will be served.
•Apogon Iris Garden Club, noon luncheon, May 28, 1941 NW 17. Hosted by P. Sullens and T. Bohlman. Program is “How does my Garden Grow or Survive a Hot Dry Summer?” Speaker is radio talk show host Vivian Stewart and a panel of Apogon Iris gardeners. Call 751-1145.
•Jr. Master Gardener class, 9 a.m. June 12 and 3:30 p.m. June 21, Oklahoma County Cooperative Extension Service, 930 N Portland. Youths ages 9 to 11 can learn about gardening through this hands-on workshop. Class is offered June 12 and June 21 and is limited to 20. Pre-registration is due by June 13. Call 713-1125.
•Splendor in the Gardens, June 19, Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno. Evening will include a VIP sponsor reception, followed by a farm-to-table feast served at on the Great Lawn. Drinks and dancing will follow dinner. Sponsorships are available for $500 per couple. Individual tickets will be available after May 8. Call 297-3995.
IN THE GARDEN
Orchids are not hard to grow
Contrary to popular belief, most orchids are not finicky or hard to grow. Many can be grown inside of your home or office. The key to success in orchid growing is selecting the right type of orchid for the kind of growing environment that you can provide for it.
The six main factors to consider for orchid growing are light, temperature, water, humidity, air movement and fertilization. Considering that there are more than 25,000 species and more than 250,000 hybrids of orchids, there is an orchid for everyone.
A good beginning and long-lasting orchid is the Phalaenopsis. “Phals,” also called “moth orchids,” are readily available. Phals will hold their blooms, sometimes for months, and will often re-bloom on the same spike. After a rest period and with proper care, it will bloom again usually the following spring. Phalaenopsis are low-light plants, making them a good choice for home or office. If they are not overwatered, are given a low dose of fertilizer now and then, and light from an east window or fluorescent you can enjoy your orchid for many years.
Reliable resources to help you determine what kind of growing environment you can provide and how to select and grow types of orchids include the American Orchid Society and your local Oklahoma Orchid Society.
For more information about the Oklahoma Orchid Society, call 478-5789 or visit www.oosorchids.org. The organization meets at 1 p.m. every third Sunday of the month at OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N Portland. Meetings are open to the public.
— Jana Butcher, Oklahoma Orchid Society
Rethinking the ‘Rule of Three’
Q: I am told that three is the magic number in decorating: three ... or five ... any odd number, rather than even numbers of things. Where did this notion come from? Does it really look “wrong” to use even numbers of elements?
A: You're questioning the so-called Rule of Three, which holds that details and objects arranged or grouped in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable and effective than even-numbered pairings.
Obviously, it is easier to create symmetry by balancing elements in twos, but artists have long held that odd numbers create harmony and force movement and visual interest.
In feng shui, for example, it’s odd numbers that energize yang, while even numbers animate yin. Yang expands and moves. Yin contracts and condenses.
Also, a grouping of objects should offer variety, that is, different heights, textures or shapes that provide more visual interest than a grouping of all-alike elements.
Bottom line: Decorating is not a numbers game, but there are certain guidelines that add up to a more successful outcome. The Rule of Three is among the top five on that list.
— Rose Bennett Gilbert, Creator’s Syndicate
Rose Bennett Gilbert is the co-author of “Manhattan Style” and six other books on interior design.