was first stuck by the orchid bug in my early teens, when
I discovered a commercial Phalaenopsis grower near where I
grew up in Phoenix Arizona.
After moving to the San Francisco Bay area in 1976, I
quickly became acquainted with Rod McClellan's orchids in
South San Francisco and it wasn't long until my kitchen
window was brimming with orchids.
A move to Santa Rosa (Sonoma County) in 1989, afforded an
opportunity to house my rapidly growing orchid collection
in a backyard greenhouse. In 1999, my wife and I completed
construction of a new greenhouse (and home) in
Austin Creek Orchids was established in 2001. I
semi-retired from the high tech industry in 2014, leaving
more time for grandchildren… and orchids!
In the past few years, I have focused largely on
Paphiopedilums, although I grow many other genera
including Angraecum, Bulbophyllum, Cattleya, Dendrobium,
and various vandaceous species and hybrids.
My wife and I have done a fair amount of international
travel over the years, but with the exception of our 2015
trip to southwestern Australia, it was never about orchids."