About Bush Orchids
Hello my name is Kelvin
Bush, I live in Bristol, South Gloucestershire in the UK.
I have been successfully
growing plants from the Stanhopeinae Genus for the last eight years, I must
admit it has now become a passion of mine, growing, flowering &
photographing these extraordinary orchids.
In the Greenhouse December 2007
What first attracted me to
this hobby was a trip back in 2000, to Burnham Orchid Nurseries, Forches Cross,
Newton Abbot, Devon, UK. While there I had a look around their Show Greenhouse,
where I saw for the first time these highly scented orchids hanging in baskets
from wires. I was amazed to see and learn how the leaves grow upwards and the
flower spikes grow downwards through the compost and out through the basket and
mature to produce highly perfumed flowers. Needless to say I bought three plants
there and then from this Genus !!!
years on, I now have around 350 plants, in my Collection !!!
Back in June 2003, I
visited The Newbury International Orchid Show, Berkshire UK, and to my amazement
in the Orchid marquee I stumbled upon a large Stanhopea display, which had been
set up by another hobbiest grower called Dick Hartley, who owns the National
Collection of Stanhopea in the UK. I couldn’t believe that I had found someone
who shared my passion for this Genus, since then we have become firm friends,
over the past few years I have had many divisions from him.
Dick Hartley (left) and myself Kelvin Bush
The purpose of this Website
is to primarily share my growing knowledge and photographs to anyone who is
interested in the Genus Stanhopea, although occasionally I will have divisions
available for sale.