Robert Cleveland will present a talk on orchids on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at noon at Merryspring Nature Center.

Orchids are one of nature’s most diverse and well-adapted plants. With twice as many orchid species as there are bird species and four times as many as mammal species, orchids are currently considered the largest family of flowering plants. These amazing flowers occur in nearly every habitat excluding glaciers, and have become adept at mimicking visual and chemical insect queues in order to be pollinated. For flower lovers, what could be more fascinating than learning about these beautiful plants? And who better to speak to us about them than former president of the Maine Orchid Society, Robert Cleveland.

Cleveland has been growing orchids in his home for more than 30 years and has operated his own small orchid business, raising hybrids from seed. He has given orchid presentations to garden clubs, Whole Foods, Skillins Greenhouses, and anyone who will listen. Following his slide presentation, Cleveland will answer questions and demonstrate how to re-pot an orchid. There will be a few plants in bloom from his own personal collection, and possibly a few to sell, depending on availability.

This program is part of Merryspring’s Summer Tuesday Talk Series, which is co-sponsored by The First and by Jaret and Cohn.

Admission to the Tuesday Talks is free to Merryspring members and children. There is a $5 charge for non-members. Merryspring is a member-supported, non-profit nature education center and park located at the end of Conway Road just off Route 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza in Camden. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit the website at