Martin Motes - Portrailts

Motes Orchids

25000 Farm Liferoad

Redland, FL 33031 


Martin Motes is a second-generation orchidist who has been growing orchids for 40 years. He is president of Motes Orchids, a major breeder of vandas. He has produced hundreds of new hybrids, for which he has received scores of American Orchid Society awards, and he is an accredited AOS judge. He has won gold, silver and bronze medals at the 18th World Orchid Conference in Dijon. He has observed tropical orchids growing in the wild and has spoken at orchid conferences around the world. 

His wife Mary, Dr. Motes has written several books on orchids and Vandas including “Florida Orchid Growing” which offers readers a month by month guide to successful orchid culture in the Sunshine State.

Martin was an assistant professor of English at Wright State University for several years. He was the director of horticulture therapy at Grant Center Hospital and was a consultant on horticulture therapy at the Hospital Corporation of America. He has lived most of his life in Miami, Florida, but also spent 6 years in Ohio and 2 years in Yugoslavia as a Fulbright lecturer. He has traveled extensively in the Mediterranean and has observed orchids in Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Florida, the Cayman Islands, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, Thailand, and Australia.

Martin has been interviewed by both print and TV journalists on topics ranging from community issues in southern Florida to horticultural therapy and orchids. He gives more than 20 lectures a year. To get away from the orchid greenhouse, Martin writes poetry, tends his vegetable garden, and fishes.