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Jim Hamilton orchids at sonic.net
Fri Aug 1 12:49:43 EDT 2003


Thanks for your note.  I'm familiar with your name as I've read your 
postings on the OGD.

We are a commercial orchid nursery located in the rolling hills of west 
Sonoma county.  We are near Bodega.  Although we grow sundry genera in two 
large greenhouses, I have a special place in my heart for the 
pleurothallidinae.  Do you know there's a Pleurothallid Alliance in the Bay 
Area?  We meet every couple months, usually in a member's home and/or 
greenhouse.  Last week we met at the Conservatory in San Francisco's Golden 
Gate Park.  As you probably know, the Conservatory was heavily damaged by 
high winds several years ago.  A $25 million dollar restoration is almost 
complete and it opens to the public next month.  We were privileged to hold 
our meeting there and get a preview of the new facility.  It's 
fabulous!  They have a large pleurothallid collection, consisting mainly of 
masdevallias and draculas.  Our members often help with the care and 
grooming of the plants for display.  Every Saturday this month a work group 
will be mounting masdevallias and draculas on tree branches for the main 
exhibit area.  If you're interested in this group, let me know and I'll 
give you the contact.

As I mentioned we grow a number of genera in two greenhouses, each 30" x 
100'.  One is our intermediate to warm greenhouse and the other is our 
intermediate to cool area where we grow the high altitude plants.  We're 
about 95% species with a few hybrids (to avoid being called species 
snobs).   I have a special fondness for pleurothallis and lepanthes.

We are open to the public by appointment.  If you're in our area, give us a 
call and stop by.  We love visitors.  We ask that you call first because we 
do many shows and travel a great deal.  We want to be sure we're here.  Our 
particulars and web site are below.

Looking forward to this new list site,

At 08:39 AM 08/01/2003 -0700, you wrote:
>I'll introduce myself,
>I'm Katie Pleasance.
>I grow Masdevallias and a single Dracula in a walkway on
>the north side of a two-storey house in Hayward,
>California. That's across the Bay and just a few miles
>south of San Francisco. The walkway is protected by shade
>cloth and I put up freeze cloth on cold nights. We usually
>get only a couple mild frosts annually. The walkway
>receives an almost constant breeze from the west. During
>the height of summer the area gets some direct sun and the
>plants suffer dehydration. All of the masdevallias and
>draculas are either on mounts or in baskets and they dry
>quickly in the breeze. I recently put up a mister on a
>timer running the length of the wall where the mounts are
>hung. This has helped the dehydration problems.
>Happy plant-hunting and good growing.
>Katie Pleasance
>Hayward, CA
>katie at katiesorchids.com
>pleurothallid-l mailing list
>pleurothallid-l at lists.ibiblio.org

Petite Plaisance Orchids
P.O. Box 386
Valley Ford, CA  94972
Phone/Fax 707 876 3496
email: orchids at petite-plaisance.com
URL www.petite-plaisance.com

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