Kevin Holcomb at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
Kevin Holcomb from Atlanta, Georgia will be speaking about his trials and errors of growing pleurothallids, and other high-elevation orchids, indoors in an enclosed environment.
Kevin has been fascinated with plants his entire life. He was first introduced to the world of pleurothallids when the Atlanta Botanical Garden opened the Fuqua Orchid Center Tropical High Elevation House as part of the garden’s expansion in 2002. Intrigued by this strange group of orchids, he began to read about them on the internet, and during his research, he came across a blog called “Orchids In Bloom” by Ron Hanko, which detailed Ron’s use of an orchidarium, or Wardian Case, to grow these unique, and usually miniature, plants indoors, under lights. Inspired by Ron’s blog, in 2010, Kevin converted a 45-gallon aquarium, previously used to grow aquarium plants, into a makeshift orchidarium, and began experimenting with growing different types of miniature orchids. After a great deal of success with this set-up, in 2014, Kevin sought the services of a local, custom aquarium manufacturer, and using Ron Hanko’s orchidarium as a template, built an orchidarium using exhibit-grade acrylic. Kevin now grows over 100 plants from 14 different genera.