September Meeting Thursday, September 20, 2018


Garden Club of Indian River County

2625 17th Ave

​Vero Beach, Florida

​​Our speaker for the September meeting will be Louise Odom.  The topic of her presentation "The Private Lives of Orchids", is a peak preview into the private world of orchids and the mysteries we still have not fully discovered. Orchids are masterful survivors and this presentation will illustrate just how they have adapted to nature's plan despite man's interruptions!

Louise Odom attended St. Mary College in Maryland and the University of Maryland as an art major. Louise grew roses while raising four children (which included a set of twin boys), and applied to be a rose judge and became the youngest woman rose judge on the east coast.  Later, she accepted a position on the research panel team of Jackson & Perkins Roses.

Moving to Florida, Louise found out rose bushes were not easy to grow.  Her first love was always orchids, so she started growing them as a hobby on her screened in porch in Ocean Ridge.  Louise met John Odom through her family doctor who was one off his customers. The "orchid addiction" set in. and I became a "volunteer" at John's greenhouse helping with shows, customers and repotting orchids. She became John's partner for 10 years and they were married in the year 2000. Louse was officially in the "orchid business".  Louise taught beginners orchid classes for about 15 years at the greenhouse. Her most prized accomplishments is when she received her Doctorate degree in Theology in 2012.

Oh, forgot to mention, when John and Louise are not involved in growing orchids, we are raising Rottweiler puppies.