Albert "Bert" Bennett
I have been growing orchids for about 20 years and have amassed a collection of about 250 orchids. I have been a member of the Tidewater Orchid Society since I started trying grow these beauties. I have had fun trying all different genera, and have killed many, I find that I can grow and bloom Cattleya and Phrags best. However I still enjoy trying to bloom my Paphs. I grow them inside and in my greenhouse during the winter and outside during summers. I think the greatest value of the society is the sharing of experiences and helping new growers become successful with whichever orchids they try. Please come and join the fun and comaraderie.
I have been growing orchids for a little over seven years now. I have about 250 orchids with large numbers of slipper orchids, especially phragmipediums. I also have a number of miniatures including mini catts, lepanthes, and leafless orchids. I grow primarily outdoors during the summer and indoors under lights during cooler seasons.
Still new to the hobby of growing orchids, I joined the Tidewater Orchid Society in 2014. Having grown up with a father with a green thumb for orchids,my thumb was pretty black. I began to seek help from all the experts at the meetings, and when the opportunity of a beginer's class was available I began my journey. The classes taught me the basics of growing orchids. Now I have roughly 30 orchids that are growing and blooming. I have a few species including oncidium, phalaenopsis, and dendrobium that do well as window sill plants.
I have been growing orchids since 2016 and have managed to accumulate almost 200 plants since I joined TOS. My window sills are all full of plants and I look forward to each Spring when I can move some of them out to the porch. Grocery store Phaleanopsis got me started and then I quickly moved on to Cattleyas, Vandas, Oncidiums, and Dendrobiums. My addiction did not stop there; I also have a few Catesetums, Bulbophylums, Miltoniopsis, and Angrecums. I am always thrilled when I get a plant to bloom and some of my favorites are Vandas, Miltoniopsis, and Cattleyas. The Society meetings, Beginner classes, and members have all provided a wealth of information and tips on growing.