Welcome to the Plantation Orchid Society
Announcing our November Speaker, Mike Owen!
Mike Owen, a Park Biologist at the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park since 1993, has been busy. He was the guide for Susan Orleans 1998 book, The Orchid Thief. In 2015, NPR featured an article Scientists Work With Cuba to Bring Lost Orchids Back to Florida State Park, by Author Greg Allen.
Mike Owens does not sell Orchids. He preserves them. The state park was under assault, not only from orchid poachers, but also from logging interests. In order to restore the park, orchid seeds were taken from as far as Cuba. In while working with the Atlanta Botanical Garden, hundreds of varieties of orchids have been returned to the wild.