Guest Author - Susan Taylor
The World Orchid Conference gave me the opportunity to meet vendors Iíve been working with for several years as well as establish new connections for innovative products. Here are gifts Iíve actually seen that are high quality and different from what Iíve recommended before. Remember that these are only the new vendors that I saw, you can check out vendors Iíve recommended before at
Floral Swirls produces wonderful jeweled stakes to hold inflorescences and plants. They come in gold or silver with a wide variety of crystal and metal ends which really dress up any orchid or other houseplant which needs support.
Natureís Glassworks has a wonderful collection of orchid-inspired glassworks that will take your breath away. From vases to sculptures, their handcrafted items will be a gift that will always be displayed with pride.
Nature on the Rocks has a great selection of wooden flowerpot holders which will organize and keep your plants off the ground. They can be used indoors or outdoors and are very good for consolidating all those individual plants into a decorative whole.
Silk Synergy is a completely new vendor for me and I was extremely impressed with their products. Made of silk, their products are hand painted and true works of art. They have products from scarves to banners to wonderful little evening purses. For those of you who are involved in orchid show setups, they have a series of silk banners which are absolutely to die for. The banners were featured at the WOC.
Hanami Real Flower Jewelry which has a variety of orchids Iíve never seen before. If youíre a Vanda or Cattleya lover, be sure to page forward to see the delightful earrings and necklaces made of real flowers he has.
Lavault, Paris has exquisite real gold jewelry for the orchid lover. Their products are crafted in silver or gold and some are studded with gems. Be sure to check out their site to see some exciting new items.
Klima-Gro Indoor Greenhouses offers the latest in Wardian Case technology and good looking decoration for an indoor greenhouse. All automatic, you can control humidity, lighting, and water without worrying about leaving your plants for a vacation or trip.
Creative Rayís provides a line of 3D and 4D orchid pictures as screen savers, cards, and mounted artwork. They are absolutely amazing to look at. Their exhibit at the WOC was one of the show favorites.
Phytotechnology Labs which is a supplier of laboratory supplies to the trade, now has a kit available for hobbyists w ho want to try to grow their own orchid seeds. It comes designed for either ephiphytic or terrestrial orchids and includes everything you would need except water and a microwave to grow seed. A complete how-to manual is also included with easy-to-follow instructions.
For more gifts here are the best of the orchid vendors on the web:
OrchidWiz is the best software available for serious orchid growers.
Celebrate Orchids where you can find high quality new and antique orchid items. Be sure to check out their tapestry bags!
Miloís Bali Orchids has the best collection of orchid-related clothing I've ever seen.
The American Orchid Society gets a donation from the sale of books through it's online store.