Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Garden Club Trip….Hilltop Orchids

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Oh my do I have a feast for the eyes today!

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Today our garden club visited Hilltop Orchids owned by Dick and Sandy Wells in Cloverdale, Indiana.

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http://www.hilltoporchids.com/shop/home.php

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We were honored to be given a tour by Dick Wells, who is a legend in the Orchid field. IMG_4818

He told us today that he has bred over 150 orchid varieties…. many named after his family members and friends.

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I really must say I was not very knowledgeable about these plants, but he was so informative…. he makes it all look easy.

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And look at all the lovely plants he has in bloom!

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I think he said he had over 60,000 orchids, most were in bloom during out visit.

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There was just dazzling color everywhere you looked.

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Such beauty for us “Spring Hungry” Indiana Gardeners!

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The colors were so vivid.

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Of course I am always drawn to the pinks….

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Each one more fantastic than the last.

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There were just so many to choose from, it was mind blowing.

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He let us tour the entire greenhouse, and get close and touch the blooms.

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I was almost afraid too, they were too beautiful…. and delicate.

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I am sorry, I do not know all the names, there were far too many to keep track.

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We stayed there for over two hours enjoying the over a quarter an acre of greenhouses.

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We also got to see his breeding building, a sterile environment like a chemistry lab.

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This bunch were getting ready to be shipped out.

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But I must say if you are ever near I70, in Cloverdale, Indiana…..

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Especially in December thru Early Spring when they have the best blooms……

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Stop in and visit with Dick at Hilltop Orchids.

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To me it really did feel like a once in a lifetime experience.

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And yes, I did bring one home…. it is called a “Montclair”. Mine is not in bloom yet, but it looks like the one above. The reason I chose it is because it has a very spicy scent. I think it is much prettier in person, but this photo is from his website….here is more about the plant.

http://www.hilltoporchids.com/shop/product.php?productid=16180&cat=290&page=1

Sorry it is such a long post today, but how could I leave out such lovely pictures!

I couldn’t decide what ones to not use, so I used them all!


This is a video from where I was today….. cool huh?

Happy Gardening……Brooke

And thank you Dick for a very nice visit today!!

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