Houseplants: Orchids

with Terry Kennedy of Southern Ontario Orchid Society

Welcome to the jungle, everyone! It’s houseplant month on Down The Garden Path. In this week’s episode, Terry Kennedy of the Southern Ontario Orchid Society joins us to discuss how to successfully grow orchids in your home.

Terry lives in Vandorf, Ontario, with her husband Doug. During the cold and snowy winter months, they grow thousands of orchids in their greenhouse. Terry’s love of orchids began nearly 50 years ago when she and Doug stumbled across a meeting of the Southern Ontario Orchid Society while visiting a botanical garden. Over the years, they’ve grown nearly every genus of orchid and have exhibited their plants in numerous orchid shows from coast to coast.

Throughout their orchid journey, Terry has been an active member of the Southern Ontario Orchid Society.  She has served as their past-president and director for many years as well as serving on the organizing committee of the annual orchid show since its inception over 35 years ago. She is the immediate past chair of the Toronto Judging Center, the first American Orchid Society outside of the U.S.

Tune into this week’s podcast for Houseplants & Orchids 101 with our guest, Terry Kennedy.

Terry joins us to discuss a variety of noteworthy topics:

  • The Orchid Show & Sale — held February 8-9th at Toronto Botanical Gardens
  • Great orchid choices for beginners
  • Growing conditions homeowners need to be successful with orchids
  • Are you a waterer or neglectful house parent? How knowing your plant personality can help you grow the appropriate orchid in the appropriate growing medium!

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Houseplants & Orchids is just the beginning! Our houseplant theme continues for all of February. Join us later this month for more helpful houseplant podcasts on Succulents & Cacti, Air Plants, and Bonsai.

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