And the Award Goes To…
The American Orchid Society honored The Huntington with its highest annual award for this outstanding specimen of Paphiopedilum micranthum ‘Huntington’s Perfection’ FCC/AOS. Photo by Linden Burzell.
The Huntington’s orchid collection is a flower fancier’s dream, with approximately 900 orchid species and more than 2,000 unique hybrids flourishing in the greenhouses or on public display. One specimen in particular was recently singled out for special recognition by the American Orchid Society, whose judges honor the “best of the best” in their prestigious annual awards. At its Fall 2016 Members’ Meeting, the AOS gave The Huntington its highest commendation, the Merritt W. Huntington Award, for Paphiopedilum micranthum ‘Huntington’s Perfection’ FCC/AOS.
Receiving the award was particularly gratifying for Brandon Tam, the orchid collection specialist at The Huntington, who also chairs the International Orchid Show and Sale held each October in the gardens. “It was a great honor and a surprise,” he said. “And it’s a tribute to the volunteers who help me nurture the orchid collection week in and week out.”