Thursday, October 1, 2009 7PM

TMCC Nature Learning Center, Albany NH

Members: FREE, Nonmembers: Donations of $3/person, $5/family


World renowned orchid botanist Paul Martin Brown and illustrator Stan Folsom will present Wild Orchids of the White Mountains Thursday, October 1st at 7PM at Tin Mountain Conservation Center on Bald Hill Road in Albany, NH. Besides their unique biology and floral structure, orchids reveal much about soil and natural environment where they grow. This is an exceptional chance to learn from the fellows that actually wrote the books on orchids.


The biologically rich region of central and northern New England is home to 36 different species of wild orchids. Orchid explorers and authors Paul Martin Brown and Stan Folsom have spent the 2009 season documenting all of the wild orchids found in the White Mountains or New Hampshire and nearby Maine.


In addition to finding new locations for many of the rare and common orchids in the area, they also have found several new species for the region. This year has offered unprecedented quantities of the precious botanical gems. Join them in this evening presentation of photos and paintings of all of the wild orchids to be found here and learn what is right in your own back yard! They will have signed and inscribed copies of their books available for sale as well as a few prints of Stan’s art work.


Paul and Stan are summer residents of Acton, Maine and have spent more than 50 years exploring the wilds of New England and much of North America in search of wild orchids. Many if their exploits have resulted in the publication of new species of orchids to science. Paul is a research associate at the University of Florida Herbarium at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, Florida and is the founder of the North American Native Orchid Alliance and the editor of the North American Native Orchid Journal. Stan is a retired art teacher and botanical illustrator who received his Ph.D. at The Pennsylvania State University.  His primary medium is watercolor and his work is represented in several permanent collections including the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.


Together they have published Wild Orchids of the Northeastern United States from Cornell University Press in 1997, Wild Orchids of Florida in 2002, The Wild Orchids of North America North of Mexico in 2003, Wild Orchids of the Southeastern United States, North of Peninsula Florida in 2004, Wild Orchids of Florida, updated and expanded edition in 2005, Wild Orchids of the Canadian Maritimes and Northern Great Lakes Region, Wild Orchids of the Pacific Northwest and Canadian Rockies, and Wild Orchids of the Prairies and Great Plains Region of North America in 2006, and Wild Orchids of the Northeast: New England, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey in 2007 and A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Texas–all from the University Press of Florida. In addition Paul has authored and developed a series of laminated pocket guides to the wild orchid published by the University of Iowa Press.