Sounds like I ought to go to Parkside since he gets most of my money anyway.I have to say, we don't have many greenhouses near me so I generally shop online or at local shows. One of these days I'd like to get to Parkside's fest and maybe Chicagoland but who knows when that day will come.
LUCKY YOU! Did you come a year when every major expressway was NOT under construction? This last fall, I could have drove to New York & back in less time & hassle!I have been to Parkside Fest a number of times, but it could not compare to Chicagoland in the fall. There is something about visiting each each greenhouse that is so worthwhile. Also there are guest vendors at each greenhouse. My husband was working in Chicago at the time so I just tagged along for the weekend. I made the circuit by myself with a GPS unit, but it would have been much more fun with an orchid fiend like myself.
AH Shucks! You're so hospitable, as long as all I have to do is ask cause I don't (_X_) but very well!GoldenRose and others in Ill/Michigan area may make that trip if you ask nicely!
I remember the ad. I used to have a copy of the picture, but I lost it somewhere along the line. A friend and I were just talking about our visit to him in 1984. He's not an orchid grower, but he still remembers the picture!Started when I was six years old, and there were a lot of nurseries in my country, and hobbyists. International exposure was the AOS Bulletin, and dosens of cataloques a year from firms like Rod Mclellum, Macbeans, Fred A Stewart, Armacoast and Royston and a few others that were willing to send it to me.
Now,forty years down the line we only have three real orchid nurseries, and they are all selling the same stuff mainly from Tailand and Taiwan. Not a lot of orchid lovers as well, but were trying to revive the hobby.Good slippers are not really available, we rely on internationals to visit the country to pre-order.
So you must enjoy what you have in breeders and commercial establishments whenever you can. Expose yourself to orchids(I wonder who remember that ad from Emmerson Doc Charles?)
I was going to say, that sounds familiar!in an area she had cordoned off in her basement, surrounded in plastic with artificial lighting, humidity control, etc. I was impressed but said to myself I'd never want to grow plants if I had to grow them in my basement, enclosed in plastic, etc.! So here I am with a basement "greenhouse," surrounded with plastic, artificial lighting, humidity control..