Question and Answer

 From: DONNA***
Date sent: Mon, 11 Sep 2000
Subject: need info

You know how in our life we promise ourselves that we are going to do this or that someday? One of my goals has been to write SOMETHING, even if it is never submitted for publication. Well, I have done that, I wrote an "ending " to "My Fair Lady." In my play, Pickering and Mrs. Higgins establish a greenhouse and grow orchids and, of course, fall in love. However, I need to know some facts that you might be able to tell me. Is an orchid greenhouse called a greenhouse? What would be the proper name?

Also, in early 20th century England, what type of orchids would Higgins and Pickering raise?

If you would be so kind to answer these questions, I woiuld be very grateful. Thank you.

 Hi Donna

An interesting project

The answers

An orchid greenhouse is ok, although conservatory is also applied, especially in the UK

At that time of the century, odontoglossums were very popular and widely grown. Also, paphiopedilums were widespread in cultivation, then called cypripediums. Cattleyas and laelias were grown in hot or 'stove' houses where hot steamy conditions were created, in the belief that this was the type of conditions those orchids required. There was a wide range of orchids cultivated, mostly species as hybridisation had not really started at that time

If you want to gain an idea of the orchid growing circumstances there a book called The Orchid King by Arthur Swinson published by Hodder and Stoughton isbn 340 10511 9 may be available in your local library.

Hope this helps


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