The Next Chapter of Down Under Native Orchids: Callyn Farrell & Grahame Young
Grahame and I have been seriously growing orchids for over a decade now and in that time we have received eighteen national awards, the 2012 OSNSW orchid hybrid & species of the year, countless show champions and in 2014 we were privileged to win the G. Hermon Slade Hybrid trophy for our Dendrobium. Touch of Gold ‘Laura’ HCC/AOC. We have devoted our time to growing top quality orchids and in 2012 we founded Elermore Orchids. In the past three years we have developed a trust with the Australian orchid community that will continue with Down Under Native Orchids.
Down Under Native Orchids has been a solid pillar in the national and international orchid communities for sometime now. Under the ownership of Neil Finch the orchid community saw some of the largest advancements in the development of Australian Native orchid species and hybrids to this date. These hybrids are still relevant to the show bench and more importantly breeding lines in 2015. More recently Phena and the late Brian Gerhard provided equal advancements in hybridisation and the line breeding of species. Under the guidance of Phena and Brian we saw some of the most monumental developments, I think most would agree that the national awards, Ira Butler Trophy titles and countless club prizes prove this statement and this is not only visible in the Down Under collection but in countless recognised collections of Australian Native Orchids both here in Australia and the USA, where Phena and Brian campaigned endlessly to put their work and the work of others on the map. When Brian’s health began to deteriorate the operations slowed before coming to a Holt. While many thought breeding at Down Under had also ceased, this was not the case. Brian continued to flower spectacular Native orchids and this led to new breeding lines, most of which were grown in our laboratory at Elermore Orchids. The business was placed on the market in 2011-2012 and as we headed into December of 2014 Phena and Brian entrusted us to continue the legacy of Down Under Native Orchids.