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Upstate: Wild Orchids of Newfoundland
February 18, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wild Orchids of Newfoundland, Canada
Where is an orchid lover’s paradise? Not a greenhouse! If you prefer seeing orchids in the wild over tending finicky exotics, then the best place to go is Newfoundland, Canada. In this easternmost province of Canada, over 40 species of orchids are found in the wild. And since they almost all bloom at the same time in July each year, this makes it the ultimate pilgrimage for orchid enthusiasts from around the world.
At the February meeting, Jim Fowler will share his personal journey to see the wild orchids of Newfoundland in July of last year. As an avid photographer and botanist, he was thrilled to catch 35 of the 42 native orchids in full bloom. After a life-long obsession with wild flowers, and hearing about Newfoundland from orchid enthusiasts for almost 15 years, this trip was a dream come true.
Among his stunning photographs, you might recognize some familiar faces. Some of the wild orchid species he photographed in Newfoundland are also found in the Carolinas. Although Jim says they look a little different due to different growing conditions, several familiar Carolina wild orchids also grow in Newfoundland.
But what makes Newfoundland such a fantastic place to see orchids? Abundant rainfall, along with the basic soil provided by the underlying limestone, provides an ideal habitat. Along with showing photographs of the orchids, Jim will also discuss the habitat of these wild orchids.
Jim Fowler is a well-known wildflower expert here in the Carolinas. He is author of Wild Orchids of South Carolina, a Popular Natural History. This book is full of spectacular photography and personal anecdotes along with an extensive description of each flower. So you can look forward to his sharing his stories, broad knowledge, and keen eye for aesthetics in his upcoming talk.
Author of Wild Orchids of South Carolina, A Popular Natural History
Tuesday, Feb 18, 7:00 pm
J Verne Smith Technical Resource Center Auditorium on Main Campus
of Greenville Tec, 620 South Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville