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Paphiopedilums are often called "slipper orchids" because of their unique pouch. They are easily grown as houseplants and their care is very similar to African Violets.

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    Welcome to the Austin Creek Orchids website!

     

    We are located a short distance north of San Francisco in the heart of Sonoma County - home of fine wines, dairy cows, redwoods and scenic coastlines.

     

    The orchid bug first stuck me in my early teens, when I discovered a commercial Phaleonopsis grower in the Phoenix area where I grew up. After moving to the San Francisco Bay area in 1976, I quickly became acquainted with Rod McClellan's orchids in South San Francisco and it wasn't long until my kitchen window was brimming with orchids.

     

    A move to Santa Rosa (Sonoma County) in 1989, afforded an opportunity to house my rapidly growing orchid collection in a backyard greenhouse. After the first greenhouse and then the second greenhouse became full, it was time to begin looking for new options. In 1999, we completed construction of a new greenhouse (and home) in Petaluma - the future site of Austin Creek Orchids.

     

    Austin Creek Orchids is a manifestation of my long-term passion for Orchidacea. I am always looking for new and interesting varieties to add to the Austin Creek collection. I am pleased to share them with you. The plants offered here reflect my varied and sometimes eclectic tastes. Hopefully, you will find things that appeal to you as well.

     

    Dale Martin - owner

     

    The actor Raymond Burr (of Perry Mason and Ironside fame) and his partner were avid orchid growers. Over their careers, they established Sea God Nursery and created more than 2,000 Cattleya hybrids. I have been collecting a select divisions from original Sea God Nursery collection since 1994 and now divisions of many of them available. Follow the link for a current listing:

     

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    Thanks for stopping by my Virtual Greenhouse!

    First, about me. I'm the Webmaster and Newsletter Editor for the Sacramento Orchid Society and my greenhouse is located in Elk Grove, CA. My orchids and greenhouse help me relax and have become my oasis.

    My greenhouse is a 12' x 18' aluminum framed, kit greenhouse from Conley . During the summer I have to coat it with a thick coat of shading paint and 2 layers of 47% shadecloth to prevent the summer sun from frying my orchids. I have a Jaybird fogger, a misting system and evaporative cooler running all summer long to keep the temps. down. During the winter I remove the shadecloth and have a Southern Burner vented gas heater. All my climate control systems are wired through thermostats. I also have a reverse osmosis water system installed in there which is tied to my fogger. What we do for our orchids!
     

     

     

     

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    We're located just 8 miles west of the 101 Fwy., just off Hwy. 246. High on a terraced hill, overlooking the vineyards and tasting rooms of the Santa Rita Hills Wine Region, you can stroll our nine acres of woodland paradise. Commune with hawks and deer. For our new catalog ($5.00 refundable with purchase) please call us or email us. We specialize in special appointments. We always return a clear message left on our answer machine if we are out-and-about. We're having fun! Join us!

     

    We also specialize in marsupial orchids -- Paphiopedilums -- not carnivorous, but often all-consuming. Our Lady's Slippers are award and trophy winners, and we have more slippers that Imelda Marcos' closet!  Additionally, we are now the owners of the Kevin Porter Collection (Curved Air)!

     

    Buy orchids in flasks and save. We have a list available of the very newest chaotic hybrids and species. Each flask contains 25-30 one-year-old orchid seedlings, ready for compotting. We also have de-flasking instructions available.

     

    And not to be left out, we also have Cymbidiums, Encyclia's, Epidendrum's, Dendrobium's, Bulbophyllum's, Oncidium's, Odontoglossum's, Miltonia's, and many, many, more exotic orchids!

    We offer personalized instruction and get your hands dirty potting classes.
     

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    Although Jane and Rod Carpenter have retired in 2007, the web site remains as a source for beginners and novices. 

    We started with one greenhouse and a desire to grow these lovely plants. Now we are 4 greenhouses strong and over 7,000 blooming size plants. Since our beginning, we have won many show awards and several A.O.S. (American Orchid Society) judging’s for our outstanding plants. We have also developed over the years, several new crosses which have proven to be remarkable. Everyone asks the same question when coming to the nursery…     What does JA-RO-CA stand for?     The nursery was named after its owners:  Janet (JA) and Rod (RO) Carpenter (CA).

     

    Editors Note:Reprinted AOS culture sheets, so novices and experienced growers can skip this.

     

     

     

     

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    Odom’s Orchids, Inc. is one of the largest retail growers and shippers of orchids in the United States. We have the largest selection of high quality orchid plants found anywhere.

     

    Odom's Orchids focus on Cattleyas, Phalaenopsis, Lady Slippers, Oncidium, Cymbidiums, Vandaceous and select others including "house specialties" 

     

    ITEM OF INTEREST FOR BEGINNERS

    Orchid Wheel

     

    $15.00 

     

    We have designed an ORCHID WHEEL that is made of a durable plastic. Important cultural information is printed on one side of the wheel about orchid genera, temperature, water, potting mixes and fertilizing requirements. The other side of the wheel has information on how to identify insects and diseases, along with suggestions on what chemicals to use. This is a fun and fast reference tool. Makes an excellent gift for your orchid friends! (Wheel diameter approximately. 10.5" – overall length approximately 13".)

     

     This item can be purchased from the above vendor

     

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       ...an orchid blog

     

    Orchids symbolize all that is exotic and bizarre in the natural world, and has done so pretty much since time began …or at least since we became obsessed with their sensuality and awesome eclectic weirdness. The boundary between stark madness and unbridled devotion in the orchid world is rather blurred, which makes life a bit more interesting.

     

    Some background on me

    I was born 1974 and I have liked orchids as long as I can remember even though I did not find the time to grow them until my final years in college, but I guess I have been a true enthusiast since 1998 or 1999 sometime. Moving back home to Sweden again after 15 years in Southern California and a short stint in Seattle I had to rebuild my collection from scratch and the passion quickly escalated to obsession, and once you get in this deep I am afraid there is no turning back. The big move back home took place in the summer of 2007. Because of the CITES laws I was able to import my 11-year-old cat without too much trouble, but I could not bring any of my orchids along. I simply had to start collecting all over again – admittedly much to my delight. It took a little adjusting; going from near constant light levels year-round and evenly warm temperatures to our cold dark climate. But it was nothing a little tenacity and good equipment couldn’t solve, and now I could finally grow some of the cooler growing genera I have admired for so long. I rigged up a fine growing room in what used to be called the guest room, but now I simply call it what it is. I have put up several shelves in the large turn of the century window to maximize the use of natural light in addition to the artificial lights. I have also converted a few old terrariums to create special micro climates for more demanding species. Two smaller intermediate vivariums and a huge one one for cool growers. It was actually a teen infatuation that opened my eyes to the orchids. It is almost a little embarrassing to admit, but apparently (according to some teen magazine back then) Morten Harket, the singer from the 80’s pop band A-ha, collected orchids. He was exciting, orchids sounded exciting… and the rest, as they say, is history. A bit more about me… I live in Gothenburg, the second largest city, on the west coast of Sweden. I also spend the summer out by the coast just north of the Gothenburg archipelago. I work as an art director in advertising so form and function comes natural, it also comes in very handy when growing orchids the way I do too. I was also the art director and editor in chief for the Swedish Orchid Society magazine “ORKIDÉER” from 2010 to 2013. A post which lead to many interesting meetings, virtual and not, and new orchid friends from all over the world. But aside from orchids I also enjoy good wine, photography, movies, electronic music and the company of my sweet Maine Coon kitty, Nova.

     

    My favorite orchids

    My favorite orchids I have not singled out one specific genus to focus on, like some growers do, but my absolute favorites are orchids of the Pleurothallid Alliance. I simply adore Masdevallia and Lepanthes for example, and I am constantly looking for more exciting species to add to the collection. That is exactly why I built a very ambitious cool vivarium to better accommodate them. My dream finally came true… a South American cloud forest in my inner city apartment in Sweden. However. I have to admit I am also a bit of a slipper-phile and neo-phile (in more ways than one) and a few other “philes” too, even though my Pleurothallid-enthusiast friends find this combination rather perplexing. A Paphiopedilum was the first orchid I ever fell in love with so this elegant genus will always remain close to my heart. And as far as I am concerned, nothing in the world smells nicer than Neofinetia so even though I don’t grow them specifically for the scent, it is a very nice bonus to an already intriguing orchid. But my focus is turning more and more towards intermediate and cool growers from Central and South America. blomma1Hope you enjoy my ramblings about orchids. Thanks for stopping by! //Karma

     

    My name is Karma and I live in Gothenburg on the West Coast of Sweden. I work in advertising and I am a hobby photographer as well as a certified orchidophile. My heart beats primarily for slipper orchids and orchids of the Pleurothallid persuasion, but we don’t have an exclusive relationship... yet.

     

    Editor's note:

    It is important to note that the writer of this blog is in Sweden and her process for growing orchids is that of growing orchids in Sweden.  Indoor information might be useful and of course the images and descriptions are educational.

     

     

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    Owned & operated by David & Stacey Sorokowsky.

    We have over 15 years experience growing and breeding top quality orchids with over 50 AOS awards.  We offer unique and exciting breeding lines using the highest quality parentage.

    David is also an AOS accredited judge and noted orchid speaker.

    Please contact us for information on our newest releases and most updated product list.

     

     

     

     

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    We specialize in fine Paphiopedilum and Phragmipedium "lady slipper" orchids.  As one of the most colorful and diverse orchid genera, slipper orchids have fascinated orchid lovers for over 150 years.  We provide only the finest, healthiest plants to our clients, whether they are buying their first Paphiopedilum or have been collecting for years.
      Part of the joy of growing orchids is the constant learning process. We continually update our culture information with advice and observations from experienced growers around the world.  You can also find information on orchid biology and genetics geared to the layperson.
      We are now blogging about slipper orchids at www.slipperorchidblog.com.   

     

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    Information, including photos and links, about the genus Paphiopedilum.

     

     

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    Paphways Orchids
    Specializing in Paphiopedilums, with other genera including Phalaenopsis, Cattleya, Oncidium, and Cymbidium available. Custom orchid mix. Joel Bollinger. Fieldbrook, California, USA.

     

     

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    Sunset Valley Orchids is a firm dedicated to the breeding of orchids. Our breeding lines are focused in three ways:  1) the development of new flower colors and shapes:  2) vigorous, robust, and compact growing plants: 3) AOS award quality flowers.

    Our primary effort is in the hybridizing of the Cattleya, Catasetinae, Australian Native Dendrobiums and Paphiopedilums. We also have several other smaller genera that we are working with like Sarcochilus, Zygopetalum and Stanhopea.

    Orchid hobbyists from around the world have realized how interesting the Catasetinae alliance is. Sunset Valley Orchids is the top breeders of the genus and our plants have been shipped and growing worldwide. The development of the “blackest orchid seen” the Fredclarkeara After Dark (Mo. Painted Desert x Ctsm. Donna Wise) has really captured attention. The expectation for the next generation of Catasetinae hybrids is spectacular!

    Our Cattleya breeding has been under development for over 25 years and our efforts have developed many unique hybrids as well as hundreds of AOS awards. At Sunset Valley Orchids we do something different, we hybridize for the orchid hobbyist, not the mass market.  This requires that we do something different, and it distinguished us and our customers from the mass market orchids.  Our specialty is compact sized cattleyas where the plants are less than 12” tall and bloom in 4” pots.  We also breed miniature and standard sizes.

    All our Orchid hybrids are grown from seed in our laboratory at the nursery and we raise them to maturity in our 45,000 sq. ft. of greenhouse space (just over an acre).

    At Sunset Valley Orchids we take pride in offering only the best grown plants. We have a rigorous selection process where only the best plants are advanced in each phase of the production cycle. This process starts in the lab with replating, de-flasking, up potting and through to maturity. Only the most vigorous plants are offered for sale.

    Please take some time to look at the orchid listings and the pictures of the parents. You will see our breeding stock is exceptional; this is an exciting orchid hybrid list of high potential.

    E-mail, I enjoy talking orchids.

    Fred Clarke

     

    To explore Sunset Valley Orchids, click this link here.

     

    Mr. Clarke gave a presentation to the Napa Valley Orchid Society in 2014.

     

     

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    Sunset Valley Orchids is a firm dedicated to the breeding of orchids. Our breeding lines are focused in three ways:  1) the development of new flower colors and shapes:  2) vigorous, robust, and compact growing plants: 3) AOS award quality flowers.

    Our primary effort is in the hybridizing of the Cattleya, Catasetinae, Australian Native Dendrobiums and Paphiopedilums. We also have several other smaller genera that we are working with like Sarcochilus, Zygopetalum and Stanhopea.

    Orchid hobbyists from around the world have realized how interesting the Catasetinae alliance is. Sunset Valley Orchids is the top breeders of the genus and our plants have been shipped and growing worldwide. The development of the “blackest orchid seen” the Fredclarkeara After Dark (Mo. Painted Desert x Ctsm. Donna Wise) has really captured attention. The expectation for the next generation of Catasetinae hybrids is spectacular!

    Our Cattleya breeding has been under development for over 25 years and our efforts have developed many unique hybrids as well as hundreds of AOS awards. At Sunset Valley Orchids we do something different, we hybridize for the orchid hobbyist, not the mass market.  This requires that we do something different, and it distinguished us and our customers from the mass market orchids.  Our specialty is compact sized cattleyas where the plants are less than 12” tall and bloom in 4” pots.  We also breed miniature and standard sizes.

    All our Orchid hybrids are grown from seed in our laboratory at the nursery and we raise them to maturity in our 45,000 sq. ft. of greenhouse space (just over an acre).

    At Sunset Valley Orchids we take pride in offering only the best grown plants. We have a rigorous selection process where only the best plants are advanced in each phase of the production cycle. This process starts in the lab with replating, de-flasking, up potting and through to maturity. Only the most vigorous plants are offered for sale.

    Please take some time to look at the orchid listings and the pictures of the parents. You will see our breeding stock is exceptional; this is an exciting orchid hybrid list of high potential.

    E-mail, I enjoy talking orchids.

     

    Fred Clarke is an occasional speaker in the Bay Area

     

     

     

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    Address:15819 Del Monte Farms Rd, Castroville, CA 95012
     

     

    The Orchid Zone is a premier breeder of Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium and other genera of orchids. The Orchid Zone is also the proud owner of the Golden Gate Orchids collection of Odontoglossum.

    The Orchid Zone was founded by Terry Root in 1981. The quality of our collection and the success of our breeding lines are entirely due to Terry’s hard work, passion, and insight.

     

    Dr. John Chant is an occasional guest speaker at Bay Area orchid societies.


     

     

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    VINTAGE ORCHIDS

     

    Located in the heart of Sonoma County's beautiful wine country, we are orchid growers specializing in Paphiopedilums, Phragmipediums, and other selected and interesting orchid species and hybrids.

     

     

    In the interest of conservation and preservation of orchid species,
    all species listed here are grown from seed or

    are divisions of established plants.

     

    E-Mail: bob@vintageorchids.com

     

    EDITOR'S NOTE: - this web site was last updated April 22, 2007. No verification if the owner is still in business, but the descriptions of items he does (or did) sell might be valuable to individuals shopping for orchids.

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