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An enduring fascination

A childhood lived among orchids develops into lifelong passion for flower

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Posted: March 23, 2007 5:12 p.m.
Updated: April 7, 2007 5:00 a.m.

    Longer days and warmer weather herald the arrival of green grass and the Easter bunny, bare feet and tadpoles. The brilliant pink and purple blooms of the azalea begin to dominate the local landscape as spring approaches.
    But azaleas don’t spur memories of childhood for Statesboro resident Robert Smith. Orchids do.
    “When I was a young child, my grandmother gave gifts of orchids to friends,” Robert, a lifelong orchid lover and cultivator, explained. “When she would get a plant, she would take it out and put it in the trees in the yard of her south Florida home and that’s where they would just grow. I can never remember a time when I wasn’t surrounded with them. To me, orchids are as common as azalea plants.”
    “I remember always being fascinated with them,” Robert said.
    His fascination with the flowers inspired his mother Rachael to build him a greenhouse and together they run a commercial orchid business — Smith Company Orchids — here in Statesboro.
    “Currently, we provide orchid plants and blossoms to local florists,” Rachael said, “and we sell plants to individuals that stop by.”
    Several different types of orchids color the interior of  their greenhouse.
    “We have cattleyas, the type you see in corsages, plus phalaenopsis and dendrobiums,” Rachael said. “We sell the orchid plants for $40 a plant.
    If you wish to purchase an orchid or have questions about Smith Company Orchids, call (912) 681-3923.

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