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March 15; 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Growing Hardy / Terrestrial Orchids

Tuesday, March 15, 7 pm

Details:

The Virginia Orchid Society is opening its March 15 meeting and lecture to the general public at 7 pm in the Robins Room of the Robins Visitors Center at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

Dr. William Mathis, Ph.D., will speak on how to grow hardy orchid species using a non-technical and practical approach to present the basic requirements for successfully growing hardy perennial orchids in the average gardener's backyard.  He founded The Wild Orchid Company in 2001, focusing on the production and sales of a variety of terrestrial orchids (North American, European and Asian species) that are hardy in Southeastern Pennsylvania.   He .

Currently, he is working with hybridization and induced polyploidy of several Bletilla, Cypripedium, Calopogon, Arethusa and Calanthe species in an effort to select specific plants for horticultural use.

Dr. Mathis  became interested in native terrestrial orchids in 1970 as a graduate student at the University of Arkansas. After completing his Ph.D, he accepted a job with a major agricultural company and worked as a research scientist and manager for 25 years. He maintained his interest in terrestrial orchids over the years and, in 2000, he set up a lab and started growing a number of species from seed, as well as buying seedlings and mature plants in an effort to accumulate large numbers of ‘Showy’ upland and wetland terrestrial orchids species.

Dr. Mathis started The Wild Orchid Company in 2001, focusing on the production and sales of a variety of terrestrial orchids (North American, European and Asian species) that are hardy in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Currently, he is working with hybridization and induced polyploidy of several Bletilla, Cypripedium, Calopogon, Arethusa and Calanthe species in an effort to select specific plants for horticultural use.

His book, The Gardener's Guide to Growing Hardy Perennial Orchids, published in 2005 is a 'how to' guide to growing hardy terrestrial orchids in the average backyard without a greenhouse.

This program is open to the public free of charge as part of the "Orchids Galore!" event at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, March 12 - April 10, 2011.