In November we returned from Brazil to the US, to hear from another plantsman with a wide range of interests. He is Norm Nakanishi.
Those of you who joined our picnic tour last year saw his garden and nursery in Orange County filled, not just with bromeliads but with orchids, clivias, ferns, chrysanthemums and begonias, many of them his own hybrids.
For his talk, Norm didn't just going to bring us on another walking tour, but he will told us about his lifelong activities with plants with his family in both Southern California and the Central Valley. He described to us the decisions he’s made about which plants to cultivate and which to hybridize. It was a talk about what happens in the competitive and sometimes irrational world of new plant introductions, about great plantsmen and, of course, great bromeliads.
BELOW >See some views of Norm’s nursery grounds last year showing some of his plants including bromeliad, orchid and clivia hybrids.