“A Tropical Trip to Hawaii – Part 3, with Fran Murphy”

Next Meeting: Monday, February 4, 2019

Here in Western New York, we get some really strange climate swings: one day, it’s below zero, and the next, it’s fifty degrees. Whatever this is, it’s definately NOT a tropical paradise. Except maybe for polar bears. Orchids don’t like it much, either, whether they’re on a bright windowsill, basking in an expensively warm greenhouse, or sitting under lights. But that tropical paradise is only a few steps away in February, as our own Fran Murphy takes us on the third edition of his Tropical Trip to Hawaii.

portrait of Fran Murphy

This time, Fran will focus on two family nurseries, Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, and Hawaiian Orchids LLC. These growers are are mainly hybridizers one with a large retail trade and other commercial trade only. Due to the large earthquakes, volcanic eruptions have created a major change on where orchids are being grown in Hawaii, so Fran will discuss the nurseries and their locations in proximity to the volcanos. We will visit a once 26-acre orchids farm that is now under 60 feet of lava, greenhouse melted and homes evacuated (Hawaiian Tropical Direct). We’ll also see their rebirth in a new area.

Fran Murphy has been growing and killing orchids for 50 years, beginning with working as a helper in a long-defunct orchid nursery in the Rochester suburbs. He is one of the earliest members of the GROS – since the 70’s. His current growing setup includes a 28’ x 48’ Gothic Arch greenhouse, and a 40’ × 50’ shade house for the summer months.

An experienced world traveler and mountain climber, Fran has traveled by foot, elephant, camels, mule, chopper, and jet always – looking for orchids. Professionally, he has travelled to California, Florida, Philadelphia, Rio de Janiero, from the jungles of South America to the Himalayan Mountains, the Adirondacks and Smokey Mountains.

Fran will be selling orchids at the meeting – so other members are NOT permitted to bring in their own plants for sale or trade.

The Beginner’s Meeting will start at 6:00 p.m., the main meeting begins at 7:15pm.

Orchids 101 – February 4th, 2019

Topic: “Leaf Fungus in Cattleyas” The Beginners’ Meeting will start at 6:00 p.m. in the Yiddish Center Room at the JCC.

Map to the JCC