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David's Monthly Orchid Tip August 2010
By waldororchids at 2010-08-14 17:29
David's Monthly Orchid Tip August 2010

David Off is a 3rd generation member of the highly respected WALDOR ORCHIDS family.
The Simple Joys of Orchid Growing
I was reading the January 1945 AOS Bulletin and an article intriqued me. Edna Richter, then the secretary of the AOS was looking through the greenhouses of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Wilcox Jones, the former being AOS president at the time. At the greenhouses, called Broadview, she gives a personal account of walking around the potting area, and greenhouses. The words she writes reveal the passion of an avid orchid grower. She takes time to appreciate the potting area how things are well kept and organized. Then as she tours the greenhouses and comes across blooming plants she is struck with awe at the beauty and detail of the flowers. In her wandering she also notices things like plants in bud, potting mediums and a hidden goldfish pool. The show table was said to be the main attraction, Mrs. WK duPont had even taken the time to cut a spray of her famous C. Remy Chollet `Stillpond' and bring it to the meeting, since the cold weather did not permit easy travel with the plant itself. As I read on I realized that these founding members of the AOS were just plain excited to get together and enjoy their mutual love for orchids. We should take some time to just look at our plants, to handle them and appreciate the fact that they are so readily available to us. I'd like to end with this quote from our tour guide from 65 years ago, "As I retraced my steps I felt that the day was over too soon and I wondered if I could retain the picture that was in my mind's eye and fit in my notes so that our members who could not attend the meeting would feel that they, to, had walked along the paths through the orchids at Broadview."

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