About the Collection
The Brout Collection has since continued to grow with huge hybrid Cattleyas, the familiar prom corsage orchid, to the delicate Lepanthes calodictyon, where a magnifying glass is needed to more fully enjoy the tiny blooms, to spider-like Brassias, and the strange and unusual Dracula , there are orchid flowers in an almost unbelievable variety of shapes and structures. Many of the orchids have won prizes in local and regional competition and the collection is recognized by the American Orchid Society.
Alan is very involved with the collection, finding new and unusual orchids to bring to the collection, usually twice a year.
Alan and Joan's three daughters donated the materials and funds to build a moss orchid wall. The wall was built to honor Alan and Joan's 50th wedding anniversary.
There are two rooms of orchids. The warm orchid room contains orchids from the tropics. Some of these orchids are Paphiopedilums, Phragmipediums, and Phalaenopsis.
The cool orchid room holds orchids that grow in mountainous cloud forests of South America such as Masdevallias and Draculas. This room also houses many Bulbophyllums from Asia.
As with the other greenhouse collections, the Brout Orchid Collection is free and open to view by the public.
Photos copyrighted by Bernard Trumpower.