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Branching Out: Beyond the Ubiquitous Phalaenopsis

Do you have a few happy orchids and want to expand your collection? This workshop will help intermediate and advanced orchid growers identify new orchids to add to their collection.

Designed for those with a good understanding of basic orchid care, this workshop will profile a dozen or more orchids that go beyond the ever-present grocery store Phalaenopsis. Learn cultural techniques of some of the favorite genera in Hillwood’s collection including Neofinetia, Stanhopea, Epimedium, Brassia, and Cymbidium. We’ll also point you in the direction of sources where you can pick up your favorites.

Payment is required in advance due to materials fees, and is non-refundable. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing. You’ll be standing and working with plant material. This program is limited to twelve people, and must have a minimum of five participants to take place.  In the event that workshop is cancelled, participants may choose to participate in another session. 

About the Instructor

Drew Asbury is Hillwood’s horticulturist and volunteer manager. He joined Hillwood in 2012 and is responsible for the greenhouses, the cutting garden, and the horticulture volunteer program. Drew has worked professionally in the horticulture industry for nearly twenty years in a variety of positions including garden center sales, greenhouse growing, and landscape management and design. Drew graduated from the Longwood Gardens professional gardener training program in 2006 and is currently working on his Master’s degree in landscape design from The George Washington University.

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Tue, Mar 1 - Thu, Mar 31 2022, All day

Marjorie Merriweather Post had a lifelong love affair with orchids, her favorite flower, investing significant resources into fueling this passion. Today, Hillwood's collection contains over 2,000