March 2023 Meeting - Daryl Yerdon - Pests & Diseases
In 1996 Daryl Yerdon joined the New Hampshire Orchid Society and purchased his first orchid at the annual show in Nashua, NH. Daryl's orchid collection has grown from that first orchid to over 500 plants grown in a large greenhouse. In 2009 the New Hampshire Orchid Society awarded Daryl with the Sawyer Family Advanced Grower Trophy recognizing him as an expert grower for the NHOS. From 2010 until 2021 Daryl was the owner of Kelley’s Korner Orchid Supplies which was recently sold to a new owner and relocated to Pennsylvania. Daryl frequently displays his orchids at many local orchid society shows, where several of his plants have received a variety of awards from the American Orchid Society.
Daryl grows a wide range of orchids in an 18' x 28' Arcadia greenhouse. Based on trial and error his collection has changed throughout the years. Currently the majority of orchids are primarily species, but with a nice selection of favorite hybrids mixed in. The largest genus in his collection would be Dendrobium, but he grows a wide variety of orchids in pots as well as mounted on various materials. Daryl plans to continue growing orchids, displaying them at orchid shows and becoming more active at the Massachusetts and New Hampshire orchid society meetings where he can provide his knowledge and expertise to other growers.
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