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Got Picture-Perfect Orchids? Learn how to photograph them so they won't curse you later. Hit the Tampa Bay Orchid Society's meeting at 7:30 p.m. July 17. Brian Monk of Blu Llama Orchids will talk about the theory of documentary orchid photography, and how to do it, in "Pictures to Be Proud Of." Monk is an award-winning orchid photographer and student judge with the American
Orchid Society. Bring your camera! The meeting's at Seminole United Methodist Church, 1209 Hanna Ave., Tampa. Questions? Call (813) 310-7676. Stock Up For Your Stay-Cation You'll find the plants you can't find at (insert generic garden center name here) during the Tropical Plant Fair this weekend at USF Botanical Gardens. Vendors with gingers, orchids, plumeria, banana plants and a whole lot more will be on hand in this shady setting. On Sunday, you'll also get workshops (every half-hour) and the Pepper Beauty Contest (bring a decorated pepper and admission is free). Want fruit trees? Got 'em. Got problems with your fruit trees? Got answers. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4; garden members and kids 12 and younger get in free. To get there, take Interstate 275 to the Fowler Avenue exit (east). Go to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, turn north, take a right at the first light. For information, call (813) 974-2329 or visit www.cas.usf.edu/ garden. Need A Builder? Teach Your Kid Lowe's free workshops for kids this summer are a great way to introduce them to hammers, nails and, eventually, helping you with home repairs. This Saturday, they can build a wooden dune buggy from 10 to 11 a.m. On July 26, it's a tabletop tetherball. Space is limited. Go to www.lowesbuildandgrow .com to reserve a spot. Give Your Feet A Break Trying to redecorate? If your head says "SHOP" and your feet say "STOP," put your mouse to work. Visit www.home decorators.com. You'll find decorated rooms and breakdowns of each piece, where to buy it and what it costs, along with enough alternative selections to make you think you're in a mega-mall. Too pricey? Take the ideas. They're free. Penny Carnathan
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