Welcome to Chadwick & Son Orchids Inc!

Founded in 1989, Chadwick’s is Richmond’s premier orchid supplier. There are two locations: the greenhouses are located on 18 acres in rural Powhatan County and the retail store is in the heart of Richmond’s museum district.

Kitchen Ready Vanilla

No serious discussion of orchids would be complete without a recipe on how to make vanilla extract.

The popular flavoring comes from the dried seed pods (commonly called beans) of a rather unusual genus of orchid called vanilla, that grows like a vine and whose flowers are both infrequent and short-lived.

In the Heat of the Night

Movie buffs and film critics alike are revisiting the 1967 Academy award-winning motion picture, In the Heat of the Night, which recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of its release.  The plot touches on a number of social issues that are still relevant today but plant enthusiasts have another reason to be interested.  The most important scene took place in an orchid greenhouse.

The Cymbidium Challenge

There’s nothing worse than being tempted by something you can’t have. Or shouldn’t have.

Welcome to the world of Cymbidiums.

Few orchids compare to this genus when it comes to wow factor. A single plant can have 3 - 4 flower spikes, each carrying up to 15 tennis ball-sized blossoms. Colorwise, expect even more drama as there isn’t a muted hue in the lot. 

Paphiopedilums, Seed Grown Delights

Nearly gone are the days when commercial growers transplanted thousands of young orchid seedlings, raised them to maturity, watched them bloom, and picked the best. Selective breeding, as it was called, was the standard practice for raising popular genera such as Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, Oncidiums, and Phalaenopsis as late as the 1990’s.

Winter Rules for Orchids

People aren’t the only ones who suffer during the winter. House plants do, too.

Tropical orchids are especially challenged when temperatures fall below freezing, heaters take all the moisture out of the air, and the sun barely clears the horizon. These conditions are never found in the rainforest.

Ecotourism and Orchid Hunting in Ecuador

For many years, developing countries have promoted ecotourism as a way for indigenous people to make a living without cutting down the forests. Ecuador is particularly rich in biodiversity and has set aside 23% of its land in national parks, reserves, refuges, and recreation. In addition, the government pays private land owners to keep their acreage wild. Over 5000 species of orchids have been identified throughout Ecuador with more being discovered each year.

The 22nd World Orchid Conference

Every three years, plant enthusiasts from around the globe come together for one grand event which showcases the very best that the orchid kingdom has to offer. The World Orchid Conference was first held in St. Louis, Missouri in 1954 and, since then, has taken place in such distance places as Bangkok, Rio de Janeiro, Vancouver, and Johannesburg. This year, from November 7 to 12, Guayaquil, Ecuador was the host city.


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