In Vandorf, Ontario, the greenhouse full of thousands of orchids offers Doug Kennedy and his wife Terry a little bit of tropics in the midst of frigid Canadian winters.
Forty years ago Doug fell in love with Paph Winston Churchill ‘Indomitable’ FCC/AOS. For a while his collection did stay pure (as far as Paph growers are concerned). However, over the years Terry kept introducing new genera and Doug just couldn’t resist them. So the collection kept growing. .Most of these genera are still well represented in their greenhouse, and his present obsession is much more omnivorous. Oncidium intergenerics, Brassias, Miltonias, Lycastes as well as Mini Cats and Pleurothalids continue to delight him.
Terry and Doug have exhibited their plants in numerous shows from coast to coast including the 11th. World Orchid Conference in Miami in 1984 and the 16th World Orchid Conference in Vancouver. Numerous AOS show trophies, AOS quality and cultural awards and the countless other trophies document the success of their participation in these shows. Travel to exotic places like Hawaii, Thailand, Ecuador, Guatemala, Columbia, Brazil , Japan, Singapore and South Africa has further expanded their acquaintance with many species and hybrids as well as their intricate requirements.
Take a look at their website orchidsinourtropics.com to get a flavor of what is in their greenhouse.
Terry is an accredited judge with the American Orchid Society. Both Terry and Doug are past presidents of the Southern Ontario Orchid Society, and have been on the organizing committee for the society's annual show since its inception.
Having taken early retirement, Doug now devotes full time to family and his avocation - orchids.
Both Terry and Doug lecture on a variety of orchid topics including several genera, culture, and travel logs. The travelogues not only are exciting adventures to exotic places but also offer insights into native orchid habitats and thus explain what species really need.. With their enthusiastic presentations both have shared their passion with orchid growers all across North America.