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Unread 09-19-2008, 10:36 PM
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Thumbs up Fenderís Flora, Inc. in Venice, Florida

I visited Fenderís Flora, Inc. in Venice, Florida today to check out the nursery and to hopefully add a few chids to my collection. I want to tell you that I had a great time, and ended up with 5 hybrid cattleya crosses to house with my other chidrenÖ

I met Bill Fender, who was wonderful and took his time to show me and my friend around his greenhouse. He talked freely about his hybridization program, explaining what he was hoping to achieve by taking this parent and crossing it with that with respect to flower coloration, fragrance and bloom time(s). His prices are very fair, and all of his stock looked quite healthy; many of the plants had multiple leadsÖvery robust! He did have material other than cattleya alliance, but I stuck with this genus because it is his specialty, and I was interested in getting plants that were hybrid crosses and not clones. The photo Iíve posted here is of the five plants I purchased. The small numbers on the pots correspond with the names below:

1 Pot. (Pot. Susan Fender `Valencia` x Pot. Frank Gilmore `Mendenhall`)
2 Pot. (Pot. Carolina Splendor x Blc. Goldenzelle `Taida`, HCC/AOS)
3 Blc. Against the Wind
4 Pot. Good Vibrations
5 Pot. (Pot. Jimmy Cook `Golden Beach` x Blc. Bryce Canyon `Splendiferous`, AM/AOS)

Fenderís Flora does ship around the USÖIím not sure about shipments abroad. If youíre interested in visiting their website, hereís the link: Fenderís Flora, Inc.
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Unread 09-19-2008, 10:41 PM
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Thanks for that information, Dave, much appreciated. I will check out their website.
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I want to purchase a plant from them and was a little hesitant. I was able to search the forum and come up with a thumbs up...thanks
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Nice selection David. I was wondering about Fenders too. You sure got some great size chids. I like the crosses too.

I will be checking them out real soon.

Are you coming over to the Boca Show Valentines' weekend?
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Thank youso much for this post! I ordered a "pacharadelight" from them last week and I am waiting for them to ship it to me. I'm hoping they can ship it this week as we are expecting warm temps later in the week. I'm soo excited! I will let you all know when it arrives.
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Nice selection David. I was wondering about Fenders too. You sure got some great size chids. I like the crosses too.

I will be checking them out real soon.

Are you coming over to the Boca Show Valentines' weekend?
Hi Lorraine,

Yes, I will be at the Boca show on Saturday...helping with judging in the morning and then enjoying the show briefly before heading back to Naples...I have a surprise B-Day party to be at by 5pm!

Maybe I'll see you thereÖhopefully anyway. PM me if you'd like to exchange cell numbers.
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