Outeniqua Orchids

Angraecum longicalcar (Bosser) Senghas

Madagascar is recognized as one of the most ecologically rich countries in the world with 80% of its flora found nowhere else on earth. But its magnificent plant life is under threat. Habitat destruction and over-collection mean that some rare and beautiful species are on the verge of extinction and it is feared that without action, most of the island’s remaining original vegetation will disappear within the next 20 years.

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Growing Orchids in the Southern Cape

In June 2004 Robert and I sold our farm, Stellenkloof, which was situated 50 km from Cape Town, and relocated up the
south coast to The Ark outside George. We were able to start on the alterations to the farm in July of 2004 and, as there was no suitable structure for the greenhouse, I had to start the construction of the nursery from scratch and was lucky enough to be told ‘build what you want’. My idea was to choose
a size that I could manage if there was no staff to help me so I settled for a 6 m x 21 m internal dimension which gave me four rows of benching each 19.5 m

The farm is at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains about 7 km from the town of George and 20 km from the sea. Around 200 or so years ago the farm would have been part of the indigenous forest, but only a few of the old yellowwoods, Podocarpus falcatus and P.henkelii, still remain in the kloof behind us. We have a stream running through the farm and two large dams. For what more could one ask?

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