Brandon Tam is The Huntington's orchid specialist.

ORCHID COLLECTION | Crisis Management

At the outbreak of World War II, curators of museums across Europe scrambled to pack up their priceless artworks, artifacts, and prized collections to protect them from potential harm. Meanwhile botanists in Europe were also pondering ways to preserve rare and precious plants as conservatories and greenhouses were being torn … Continue reading

ORCHID COLLECTION | Forever Immortalized

Aung San Suu Kyi, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Abraham Lincoln, and Nelson Mandela have all changed the world in one way or another. And from Cymbidium Margaret Thatcher to Phalaenopsis Aung San Suu Kyi, these leaders have been forever immortalized in the botanical world as well. Having an orchid named … Continue reading

ORCHID COLLECTION | The Star of Bethlehem Discovered!

Astronomers throughout history have searched the skies in hopes of locating the Star of Bethlehem, the famed star of scripture. Meanwhile botanists have found their very own “Star of Bethlehem” among the Orchid family. Angraecum sesquipedale, also known as the Star of Bethlehem to orchid collectors, was first discovered by … Continue reading

ORCHID COLLECTION | Gotta See ’Em Catasetum

It’s a bird…. It’s a plane…. It’s orchid pollen? Pollen has been flying at the information desk in The Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science this past month! Lucky visitors who were in the Conservatory at the right place and at the right time were able to witness the … Continue reading

ORCHID COLLECTION | Weltz Legacy Still Lives On!

Even though S. Robert Weltz is no longer with us today, he is still receiving awards on his prestigious orchid collection that his family donated after his passing in March 2010. The most recent awards came from the American Orchid Society (AOS) at the 10th Annual Orchid Digest Speaker’s Day … Continue reading

ORCHID COLLECTION | The Huntington visits the San Diego Zoo

ORCHID COLLECTION | The Huntington visits the San Diego Zoo

Forget the tigers; it is all about the tigrinums. During a visit of Huntington staff and volunteers to the San Diego Zoo in May, the zoo’s Janette Gerrity, senior orchid specialist, and Michael Bostwick, curator of horticulture, donated three Paphiopedilum tigrinum plants to The Huntington. These P. tigrinum plants are not … Continue reading