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    © 2019 by Orchid Muse

    Contact: orchidmuse1@gmail.com

    ABOUT  ORCHID MUSE

    I've been growing orchids since 2005. It started like most orchiholic stories do: I was given a phalaenopsis, I stumbled into making it rebloom, and I was off to the races. I now own 80+ orchids and grow most of them indoors year-round. Because space is limited, I focus on smallish and fragrant orchids that need low to medium light and moderate temperatures. You might be surprised at how many orchids fit that category!

    Background and Education:

    I grew up in northern California, received my BA in Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego, and after living in a few other places, earned a PhD in American Studies at the University of Iowa. I am a professor of environmental history at Northland College in Wisconsin and have lived on the shores of Lake Superior since 2008. I wrote my first article for ORCHIDS magazine in 2018.

    I gardened with my grandmothers as a little girl. I've founded several community gardens across three states and am an avid organic kitchen gardener. I love visiting botanical gardens and orchid greenhouses all over the world. On the trip home, I pack the orchids I buy into every spare inch of my luggage. Clothes are often sacrificed for the cause.