Native North American Orchid Sources of Hardy Orchids

Orchids are not flowers to be dug up from the woods, fields, or wetlands and transported to your garden or woods. Many states have laws that protect all orchids, and quite a few are protected by federal laws as well. Enjoy them in the places of their choice, the places that will provide them with all of their needs for years to come. Bring back photos and memories, but leave the orchids where they will continue to live and can be enjoyed by others who may also know of "your" secret place.

If you must have orchids in your garden there are legal and ethical ways to obtain them.

Construction of roads, homes and shopping malls is sometimes a threat to orchid sites. Check with your local laws, but if the orchids will be destroyed if you do nothing, there is little to lose if you do something. There should be some documentation to assure that the orchids were obtained legally. If anyone knows of a specific state's/country's regulations, please let me know so that I can either post them here or link to sites where there is more complete information.

The safest, surest, and most ethical source is the commercial grower who propagates his/her own plants. Some may use tissue culture, others seed, and some vegetative methods, but if they grow their own, they will be able to provide documentation and culture hints as well as plants that are more likely to survive under your care.

Commercial Sources These sources may have orchids of other places as well as North America.
Sunshine Farm & Gardens
Barry Glick, aka the Cyber-Plantsman.
Rt. 5 V
Renick, WV 24966 USA
Phone: (304) 497-2208
Fax: (304) 497-2698
Bluestem Farm Native Plants
Scott Weber
S5920 Lehman Road
Baraboo, WI 53913
Cyp. Haven
Carson E. Whitlow
2291-280th Street
Adel, IA 50003
Raising Rarities
PO Box 405
Jacksonville, VT 05342
Spangle Creek Labs
Bill and Carol Steele
2295 County Road 445
Bovey, MN 55709
Vermont Ladyslipper Company
Elizabeth and Scott Durkee
56 Leduc Road
New Haven, VT 05472-1000
Millicent Orchids
Kevin Tipson
R.R. # 2 Cannington
Ontario, Canada L0E 1E0
Fax . (705) 437-2843
The Cypripedium Garden
141 de Montfort Street
Gatineau, Quebec
J8T 8A9
819-246-2655 between 6 pm and 8 pm weeknights or between 12 and 8 pm weekends EDT
Rock Creek Orchid Laboratory
Kim and Barry Lee-Brown
316 S. High St.
Lanark, IL 61046-1320
Phone: (815)493-2914
Arrowhead Alpines
PO Bx 857
Fowlerville, MI 48836
517 -223- 3581
Green Canyon Orchids
Peter Croezen
576 Green Brook Drive
Kitchener, Ontario Canada N2M 4K6
tel: (519) 578-1617
Rocky Mountain Orchids
P.O. Box 105
Bigfork, Montana 59911
Fax: (406) 837-6441

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