Article: Keith Tibbetts' Amazing Orchid Greenhouse: Wow

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Image Keith Tibbetts' Amazing Orchid Greenhouse
By Kathy Puckett on February 25, 2011

I recently met Keith Tibbetts when I joined the Amherst Orchid Society here in Western, MA. Keith had brought many wonderful orchids to the gathering that I was especially attracted to. So when he invited me to visit his greenhouse, I jumped at the chance to see it! He kindly consented to this interview.

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Imagevalleylynn
Feb 24, 2011 8:09 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
I can't even explain how this article and video affected me. I will have to watch the video again, may more than once again, so much to take in.

What is carlite? Do you have to water more often when using it instead of bark chunks?
Imageboojum
Feb 24, 2011 8:27 PM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
So glad the article moved you! Thumbs up

Carlite is something that has to do with ceramic kiln bricks. It is used for good drainage so I'd expect it would require more watering. Keith uses it because he is spraying the roots of his vandas daily above his potted orchids and this helps to keep them from rotting, which they could do if too wet with the bark mix.
Imagevalleylynn
Feb 24, 2011 8:30 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
I see. Since the bark has been working for me for 4 years I will stay with it then. Thank you so much Kathy.

With the strange (but wonderful) affect the article and video had on me I forgot to thank both of your for the pure joy it brought me. Thank you both so much.
Imageboojum
Feb 24, 2011 8:31 PM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
I tip my hat to you.
Imagectcarol
Feb 24, 2011 8:31 PM CST
Name: Carol Corry
Santa Ana,Ca.
zone 10- Sunset zone 22
Great article, Kathy! You do meet some interesting people in the orchid world! Hurray!
Imageboojum
Feb 24, 2011 8:50 PM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
Only the beginning I hope!
ImageUrsula
Feb 25, 2011 7:44 AM CST
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
I loved, loved this interview! What a wonderful place! I would have jumped at the chance too to visit this gentleman's greenhouse, so this is as close as it gets.
Thanks for sharing! Smiling
Imageboojum
Feb 25, 2011 7:48 AM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
I am not surprised that you loved it as much as I did, Ursula. You and I will have to visit this summer??
ImageUrsula
Feb 25, 2011 7:50 AM CST
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Ohh I would like that very much!!
Imagenap
Feb 25, 2011 11:06 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Great photos, etc, Kathy!

This weekend is the Orchid show at our Botanical Gardens. This article makes me anxious to go! But we'll have to wait and see. It's in South Buffalo, I'm in North Buffalo, and we're having a lot of snow coming down aout there all morning!
Imageboojum
Feb 25, 2011 11:51 AM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
Same here, awful out! Snow, now sleet and rain. I wimped out of being a judge clerk this AM. Sad But I'm hoping to go for a quick jaunt tomorrow. Nancy, if you go, take some of your great photos, okay? And start a thread here. http://cubits.org/orchids/forums/view/orchidshowsandgreenh/ (Gosh, I'm so BOSSY!!) Fingers xed that you will be able to go!!
I was there in April 2005.
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Imagenap
Feb 25, 2011 12:09 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Hey! That place looks familiar! Too bad it doesn't look like that right now!
I hope I'll go, and I will definitely have my camera!
Imagesugarcane
Feb 26, 2011 10:13 AM CST
Name: lindsey
greenville, nc
Kathy, a really cool interview and (as always) wonderful photos! Thanks to you and Keith for this
tour and story!
lindsey
Imageboojum
Feb 26, 2011 11:18 AM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
I tip my hat to you. unfortunately Keith has no high speed and hasn't even seen his interview!

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