Adult Education


by the West Palm Beach Judging Center
Monthly orchid judging takes place at Flamingo Gardens the fourth Saturday of each month (except December), and the public is invited to observe the judging process. The West Palm Beach Judging Center of the American Orchid Society encourages everyone to bring orchids in for judging. It's a great way to learn about orchids, and most monthly meetings also include educational presentations.

Visit for plant entry procedures and more information


January 24, Judging from 2-4pm
February 28, Judging from 2-4pm
March 28, Judging from 2-4pm
April 25, Judging from 2-4pm
May 23, Judging from 2-4pm
June 27Judging from 2-4pm
July 25 Judging from 2-4pm

August 22, Judging from 2-4pm
September 26, Judging from 2-4pm
October 24, Judging from 2-4pm
November 28, Judging from 2-4pm
December 20, Judging from 2-4pm

Contact Carol Holdren at (561) 212-4876 or email for more information. 

American Orchid Society and Flamingo Gardens Members are admitted free; complimentary participation for non-members with paid admission to Flamingo Gardens.

CLICK HERE for latest Press Release about AOS Judging at Flamingo Gardens.

The Flamingo Gardens Orchid Society meets the second Monday of each month at 7:30pm in the Gallery at Flamingo Gardens. Guests speakers provide insight on the culture, growing, hybridization, preservation, and perpetuation of native and hybrid orchids.

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co-chairs Lorenzo Cassina and Pat Birdsong
Monthly meetings take place the second (or third) Saturday of every month at Flamingo Gardens. Once a month, Camera Club members enjoy early entry to Flamingo Gardens to capture morning light and a meeting with lectures, tips, and lessons from award winning wildlife and landscape photographers. Camera Club members are also eligible to participate in an annual Gallery exhibit and receive one free pass for a photo friend to join them for early entry.

January 10, Early Entry 8am, Gallery at 10am
February 14, Early Entry 8am, Meeting Rm. at 10am
March 14, Early Entry 8am, Meeting Rm. at 10am
April 11, Early Entry 8am, Gallery at 10am
May 2, Early Entry 8am, Gallery at 10am
June 13, Early Entry 8am, Gallery at 10am
July 11, Early Entry 8am, Gallery at 10am
August 8, Early Entry 8am, Gallery at 10am
September 12, Early Entry 8am, Gallery at 10am
October 10, Early Entry 8am, Gallery at 10am
November 7, Early Entry 8am, Gallery at 10am
December 5, Early Entry 8am, Gallery at 10am

Contact Pat Birdsong at (954) 473-2955 x134 or email for more information. 

You must be a current member of Flamingo Gardens to participate in the Camera Club. Camera Club dues are an additional $100 to help defray the cost of the meetings and lectures.


Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 5:00pm
Experience our Rookery at dusk and sight unique and endangered Florida Birds, then tour the back wetlands to hear and see the sights and sounds. Hosted by 2 of our education guides, this is a rare opportunity to see and photograph these birds in the wild at dusk. Bring a flashlight, bottled water, wear comfortable walking attire, and apply insect/mosquito repellent. COST: $18 per session ($15 for members) for adults and children over 8 years old. Pre-registration is required. This tour requires walking and is not appropriate for children under 8 years of age, and those with difficulty walking. Please meet at the front entrance of Flamingo Gardens. Pre-register online or call the Education Department at (954) 473-2955 x115. Rookery photo by Melissa Machonis.

by Paddy Cunningham

Oct 11, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ascend to Better Birding

Join Paddy Cunningham, one of Florida's top birding guides and owner of Birding Adventures, at Flamingo Gardens for a series of Birding Classes which will reveal the secrets of bird watching. All classes include a workshop with instructional materials, and an educational walk-about to help reinforce the day's teaching. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and appropriate attire. Notebooks and field guides are suggested but not mandatory. Water will be provided and cameras are welcome.

Nov 1, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Bird Behavior-A Key to Better I.D.
Learn how observing bird behavior can be essential to identifying a bird. Gain knowledge about flight and feeding behaviors that are unique to a variety of birds. The class will include a workshop with hand outs and a walk around the garden to look for birds. Call for reservations (954) 473-2955.

Nov 22, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Birding by Season- Right Bird, Right Time, Right Place-
Discover when and how to find the birds you seek, by learning to Bird by Season. Journey through a Florida birding year during a power point presentation. Through the use of checklists, annual graphs, range maps and apps you will learn to find the target and life birds. The class will include a workshop with hand outs and a walk around the garden to look for birds. Reservations required.

All Classes include admission to Flamingo Gardens for the day. $25 Non-members ages 12+, $10 Members ages 12+. Narrated Tram Tour is included. Seating is limited. Pre-registration is suggested and tickets may be purchased online. Call (954) 473-2955 for more information or to reserve seats by phone.

Instructors Marcia Fung Sang & Art Cid 
Learn traditional Japanese techniques working on your own Bonsai using a variety of plant species including subtropical natives. Workshop includes instructions on methods of wiring, pruning, potting and maintaining Bonsai.

Saturdays, 9:00 am to noon

Current Workshop dates:
Aug. 1, 29, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, 24, & Dec. 5, 2015
Next Workshop date:
Jan. 9, 23, Feb. 6, 13, March 5 & 19, 2016

6 class session: $30 for members, $40 for non-members 
plus optional costs to purchase your results. You may also register for classes online.

Call 954-473-2955 for more information. Registration is limited.

For the Beginner and Intermediate Painter

instructor Barbara Dix

Join watercolor instructor Barbara Dix on select Wednesdays from Noon to 4pm for six sessions of traditional watercolor instruction for beginning and intermediate painters. Learn color theory, composition, & design fundamentals. For more information about Barbara Dix and view her paintings go to:

Current Workshop dates:
Wednesdays: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14
Next Workshop dates
Wednesdays: 1/13. 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17
Workshop is $135 for members/ $145 non-members for 4 sessions.
Class size is limited. Pre-registration for entire series is required.
Supplies not included. Click here for list of supplies needed.

For more information or to register call the Education Department at 954-473-2955 ext 115. You may also register online.

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