January's Program Our speaker for January 2021: Orlando Graeff
We start the New Year with words and images from Brazil.
They come from Orlando Graeff. They should be a real treat for all of us. Orlando combines his wide knowledge of the world of bromeliads with the love and dedication of a real gardener. He has written several books about the habitats of the plants in Brazil, from the moist rainforests to the dry caatinga of that vast country.
He has also developed a garden in Petrópolis in which he grows the plants of those areas. Few people have the knowledge and ability plus the space to assemble a phytogeographic garden, the term used by botanists to describe a place in which plants are grouped to represent the flora of the areas in which they occur naturally.
In Brazil bromeliads occur in most of those areas. So do Orlando’s interests.
While extensive, Orlando’s interests extend far beyond these. Without even reading the Portuguese text just skim through the hundreds of images from the massive file below: