Based in Walla Walla, Washington, Orchidaceae is an award-winning Northwest grower exclusively dedicated to offering quality orchids. With over 30 years of experience, Mark and Joan grow and supply orchids for weddings, special events, interior plantscaping, floral arrangements and to collectors around the country in search of esoteric orchid varieties.
In 2002, the couple moved their nursery from Seattle to Walla Walla and embarked on a rural, flower farming lifestyle. They brought with them extensive experience in graphic design and marketing, and Mark’s enthusiasm for growing orchids, originally as a hobby that’s earned him numerous floral quality awards from the American Orchid Society.
Orchidaceae has a reputation “for having the most interesting new orchid hybrids,” Mark acknowledges. “We have a broad ranging breeding program that includes Paphiopedilums, Zygopetalums, Angraecums, Cattleyas and a variety of unique species. The Phalaenopsis are selected to give floral stylists a distinct design edge with stunning color, interesting patterns and unique styles.”
Why Walla Walla? “Even though our major markets are in Seattle and Portland, the growing conditions are very positive here, because of the light,” Joan says. “We’re excited to be a part of the market and have such a broad variety of our orchids available to Seattle buyers.”
Orchidaceae is certified Salmon-Safe. Orchids are grown in an inert medium of sphagnum moss and sterilized fir bark. “Instead of pesticides, we use Safer Soap or horticultural oil,” Mark says. “We have a greenhouse cat and people coming in and out, so we work very hard to make sure of a safe and clean environment.”