AOS Award in July
AOS Award in July
When we first saw this plant blooming last year, we knew it was a winner! And we were honored to receive an 84-point Award of Merit (AM/AOS) on this incredible pink form of Rhynchostylis coelestis ‘Raspberry Tart’, at the July meeting of the West Palm Beach Judging Center. Neither we, nor the judges at the Center, had ever seen one with this depth of color. It’s truly stunning! The normal color form of this Southeast Asian species is white with blue or lavender-blue markings. And it’s one of our very favorite summer-flowering orchids, too. Thanks to Tom Kuligowski for the award image, which shows two of the four inflorescences on the plant at the time of the award!
Very tropical here recently, so all of our warm-growing orchids and exotic plants are very happy. One of the most interesting orchids in the garden is our Peristeria alata, sometimes called the “holy ghost” orchid, and it’s begun to bloom. The waxy white flowers have a center column and lip structure that look just like the head and wings of a dove. Most interesting! This terrestrial orchid is extremely rare in cultivation, it’s protected by the international treaty on endangered species (CITES), and we take special pride in growing it. Bob’s father, Fred Fuchs Jr., collected it in Panama decades ago (long before CITES).
We hope you can come see it on one of our free weekend garden tours. Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting, we escort walking tours of Bob’s and Mike’s private garden. The tours are at 11am and 3pm, please be on time and meet your guide at the bridge. Tour duration is 45-60 minutes.
We get a lot of inquiries about renting the front garden area for events. You can download our FAQ about the rentals here. The PDF includes basic facility information, and how to contact our Events Manager. (You’ll need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file)