A greenhouse tour of a special hybridizing facility is planned for April 10 at Orchid Classics. There are three owners of varied backgrounds and skills. One is a retired firefighter, Joe Elder, who does a lot of work behind the scenes. The second is Dr. David McDaniel who is the primary hybridizer in charge of the lab, and he will be the key note speaker at the AOS meeting in Ashville, NC. His story is on the back page of the Orchid magazine. The third partner is Peter Breed who manages the day-to-day business of Orchid Classics. They have 15,000 plants in the lab most of the time, so we are not talking about a small operation.
Their primary goal is creating new and exciting inter-generic vandacious hybrids and new phalaenopsis varieties. They are trying to downsize the larger vandacious, to create windowsill size plants that everyone can enjoy. Their motto is “Everyone has a windowsill but not everyone has a greenhouse!” They have a section of large sized vandas and another area of the downsized plants that are the result of their breeding program.
This should be an exciting trip and hope many whether members or friends of ROA will attend. https://www.facebook.com/orchidclassics/?fref=ts is their Facebook page, so you can see a little of what they have.
Please email Wanda at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know whether you will be attending so that we have sufficient transportation. The greenhouse is: Orchid Classics, 500 River Road, Franklin, VA. 23851. River Road is an extension of the road that South Hampton Memorial Hospital is on. Our host is Peter Breed.
Hope to see many of you there. This is a special trip and you may see lots of phalaenopsis that you won’t find anywhere else as well as the new vandacious plants developed at this site.
Since we will be going south on 288 will meet at the Target parking lot at Westchester Shopping Center at 288 and Rt.60. It is just off Route 60 going west. It can be seen from 288. Meet at 12:30 pm. The trip will take an about an hour and half to get there. Please let me know if you are attending or have friends that are interested, perhaps other garden club members.