Tips on growing orchids and pruning perennials are the focus of two gardening presentations scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St.

The event, which is free and open to everyone, is the second in an ongoing series offered by the East Baton Rouge Master Gardener Association. Registration is not necessary.

The first presentation, “How to Grow and Successfully Re-Bloom Orchids,” is about the popular but often misunderstood orchid plant.

The beauty and fragility of these flowers belie the hardiness and adaptability of these rewarding plants if given proper care, according to Angie Wall, chairwoman of the EBRMG Educational Presentations committee.

Proper light, temperature, planting media and fertilization are essential to successfully growing orchids.

In the second presentation, “Pruning Trees, Shrubs and Perennials,” the how, why, when and where of pruning plants to promote health, growth, fruit and blooms will be fully explained.

“Even in the midst of winter, orchid lovers can enjoy beautiful blooms,” Wall said. “The vivid colors of the orchid flowers brighten our homes, patios and gardens.

“As homeowners get ready for a new growing season, questions come up about pruning spring- and summer-blooming shrubs and perennials. We’re trying to get folks prepared,” she said.

This year’s EBR Master Gardener’s library talks rotate among five library locations. All presentations are delivered by Louisiana Master Gardeners, who have completed the LSU Agriculture Center’s comprehensive education program of the same name.

For information on the series or the association’s other outreach activities, visit or email Laura Deavers at