November Speaker: Jeff Tyler – “Orchid Foliage and More (Beautiful / Bizarre / Unique)”
My name is Jeff Tyler and I have enjoyed growing plants ever since I can remember.
As a young kid growing up in Corpus Christi (Texas), I would grow anything I could from cuttings, seeds, etc…When I was about 16, I lived in a rental home, and my dad and I built a greenhouse. It was at this time that I first tried growing orchids and I failed miserably! I was very good at growing hoyas, begonias and many other tropical plants. Unfortunately I did not live in that home long enough to master growing orchids. I also don’t think I had the patience at the time.
Our next home was a townhouse and due to the limited outdoor space, I decided to try growing African Violets inside under lights. I soon joined the African Violet society and later also joined a Bonsai Society. This was a very fun time for me and I did really well with the violets.
I moved to Sacramento (California) in 1988, and as a young adult I gave up growing plants for the most part, living in apartments is not very conducive to growing plants, plus I was too busy being young and hanging out with friends.
Then 16 years ago I purchased my first home with my spouse. In the spring of 2003 I built a 10′ x 12′ greenhouse and decided to try my hand at growing orchids again. In the summer of 2007 I built a second greenhouse (that is 14′ x 20′), and you can probably guess that I had been bitten very hard by the orchid bugand was much more patient and successful at growing them this time.In 2013 I built a third
greenhouse (that is 14′ x 20′) and I also now have three outdoor protected growing areas where I grow many types of orchids year round with no cooling (other than a few fans ) or heating. The temperatures range from 30 – 110 degrees F, with the extremes usually lasting only 10 – 12 days out of the year.
I belong to two orchid societies (Orchid Forum & Sacramento Orchid Society) and am very involved in
both. I’ve been a board member on both societies, V.P. for the Forum several times over the years and President once. I’ve installed several orchids gardens for both societies and won many show trophies for these garden displays.
I currently grow around 2000 different orchids, with my main focus and passion being bulbophyllum, Australian dendrobiums and miniature orchids. I also have a great interest in dendrochilum along with anything strange or unusual from the orchidworld. I have garnered 35 AOS awards, some of which are garden display trophies.
Just over three years ago I turned my hobby into a business. Most of my orchid sales are done on eBay: http://stores.ebay.com/insituorchids
Or you can email me: firstname.lastname@example.orgAlso see my Facebook page for Bulbophyllum Orchids: https://www.facebook.com/BulbophyllumOrchids/
and my Facebook page for In Situ Orchids: https://www.facebook.com/In-Situ-Orchids-1680703428849287/
I also maintain Howard Gunn’s orchid collection for his widow Joan. I travelled to the 2008 World Orchid Conference in Florida and it was amazing!
Simply put, I love orchids!