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!!

4 comments:

  1. I have never tried to grow Orchids, always admired them though. What great place to spend a few hours..

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  2. What a delightful tour! I have a few orchids outside, and this tour and video were very informative. Did you buy an orchid while there? It would be hard to pick just one I'd think. Thanks for sharing this wonderful little trip.

    FlowerLady

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  3. Hi Brooke. I am a little intimidated by orchids. I have only one at it is surviving barely. LOL! How gorgeous are all of those. They ave such wonderful blooms. Thanks for sharing your tour.

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  4. Hi Brooke~~ The most delicious eye candy. Thank you for the fabulous tour.

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Wonderful to hear from you and taking the time to visit. Come back soon and let me know how I can visit you online as well. I love to meet new gardeners!

Here is the finalized list of all the stops on the Christmas in the Country Tour 2014 here at Creative Country Mom's.

Featured Home Tours - Panoply, Aiken House and Garden,


Featured Home Tours - A Delightsome Life, Shabby Art Boutique,


DAY THREE - DECEMBER 2ND

Featured Home Tours - Nancherrow and

Sweet Tea and Saving Grace


DAY FOUR - DECEMBER 3RD

Featured Home Tours - Meadow Lake Road, Designer's Sweet Spot,

Bohemian Juncktion and White Lace Cottage


DAY FIVE - DECEMBER 4TH

Featured Home Tours - Momcrieff and

Somewhat Quirky Designs


DAY SIX - DECEMBER 5TH

Featured Home Tours - Shabby FuFu, What Meegan Makes,

I Am A Homemaker and Major Huff Takes A Wife


DAY SEVEN - DECEMBER 8TH

Featured Home Tours - Lilacs and Longhorns,

Garden Matter and Southern Seazons


DAY EIGHT - DECEMBER 9TH

Featured Home Tours - Atta Girl Says, Our Southern Home

For What It's Worth and Designthusiasm


DAY NINE - DECEMBER 10TH

Featured Home Tours - Chatfield Court

and Holidays At The Harris Home


DAY TEN - DECEMBER 11TH
Featured Home Tours - Dwellings - The Heart of the Home,
DIY 180, Domicile 37 and Little Red Brick House

DAY ELEVEN - DECEMBER 12TH

Featured Home Tours - Dandelion Patina,

Real Inspired and Sweet Melanie


I wish to thank all of the bloggers that participated and all the ones whom shared their links at the party. I so enjoyed every day of the tour and all the wonderful homes all decorated for the holidays. Merry Christmas to everyone! xxx....Brooke