Flower Power

The orchid is a complicated botanical figure that pretty obviously asks you, in all its Georgia O’Keeffe glory, How often do you think about sex? The ancient Greeks — whose word orkhis means testicle — gave the flower its name based on the appearance of its tuberous roots. Orchis, the mythical son of a nymph and a satyr, attempted to rape a priestess, only to be torn apart by wild beasts and metamorphose into the flower at death. Needless to say, orchids are teeming with a tortured sexuality that may be hindering its full potential as the beacons of fecundity in your garden. Never fear, Bruce Rogers, the Orchid Whisperer (and author of a book by the same name) is here to whisper some sweet nothings to your ailing plants. The “orchid-growing guru” is holding a hands-on workshop for lovers of the complicated flower. We’re not sure what an orchid needs to hear to bloom, but maybe that explains our wilting success with the tubers of the non-plant world.
Tue., Sept. 18, 6 p.m., 2012

 
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