Grahame was raised surrounded by the world of agriculture and horticultural. His whole family, including him, were farmers and ran most of the agricultural ventures at the Morisset Hospital (South-West of Newcastle, NSW) such as the piggery and market garden. Grahame then moved too Newcastle, NSW to start is family with Lynette. Grahame's father and Grandfather had given him a few plants over the years and also taken him to a cymbidium grower in Lake Macquarie, NSW to spend a shilling or two on back bulbs. Lynette's cousin Brian and his father Stan were keen orchid enthusiasts, founding the Woolgoolga Orchid Society and it was Brian and Stan that really got him hooked on the good stuff! The first attempt to grow orchids properly didn’t go to plan. The first greenhouse was built over the top of a septic valve which meant there was a lot of growth and no flowers, so after three or so long years he shipped the plants back to Brian and Stan and threw in the towel to concentrate on Budgies and Goldfish, that didn’t last too long...

Obviously what happened next was, Grahame re-built the greenhouse and acquired a few more thousand and flowered them this time! In the early 2000's Grahame then joined a number of local societies, along with his grandson Callyn Farrell. In they 2012 founded Elermore Orchids together and then in 2015 took over Down Under Native Orchids. Grahame has found his calling in the laboratory and these days that’s where he catches a ‘break’ from the hard work.

Horticultural Manager


Callyn has been actively involved in the orchid community for the past decade, after inheriting the 'orchid bug' from Grahame Young, his grandfather at a very young age. Callyn continued to learn from orchid greats such as the late Brian Gerhard and Walter Upton along with Tony Blewit, Bernie Fletcher, Norm Mitchell, Kevin Hipkins, David Butler and Ted Walmsley investing a large amount of time into studying the breeding patterns and the subsequent outcomes. After working since the age of 14 at Wallsend Nurseries in Newcastle, NSW Callyn also developed a deep understanding of general horticulture which aided in producing a solid cultural plan for DUNO & EO, ensuring their customers receive nothing short of top quality. In 2010 Callyn commenced his ANOS judges course under the careful eye of John Creegan. In 2013 he was made an associate of the ANOS NSW panel and in 2014 he joined the newly formed ANOS Victoria panel working alongside Peter Adams and Sheryl Lawson before joining the ANOS Queensland panel as a full judge in 2016. Callyn is also an associate Australian orchid Council judge after passing the training course in early 2014. In September 2016 Callyn was elected an ANOS counsellor and made co-webmaster. Callyn aims to improve the breeding of orchids, both species, and hybrids for hobbyist growers, it is this knowledge and constant exposure that allows him to do so. He also hopes to become more active with the national orchid bodies to ensure that orchid clubs and enthusiasts’ are present for generations to come.


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