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Orchid expert to address women / November 04, 2009
The Halifax Woman’s Club and the Banister River Garden Club will sponsor Arthur Chadwick, world renowned grower of orchids on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at Molasses Grill in Halifax.

The sold out program will begin at 11 a.m. Those attending are asked to arrive by 10:45. Parking in the Town parking lot and behind the restaurant will be available.

Chadwick holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from James Madison University. He founded the company in 1989 with his father who has been growing orchids since 1945.

He is the narrator of the popular video “Orchids are for Everyone” and his orchid advice column appears monthly in the Richmond Times Dispatch. he spoke at the 2005 World Orchid Conference in France.

His father is an authority on Cattleya species having written 28 articles for the American Orchid Society and a book entitled “Classic Cattleyas.”

Chadwick has named Cattleya hybrids after many high profile women including the wives of the last three U.S. Presidents, as well as a vice president, a prime minister (Margaret Thatcher) and the late Princess Diana. In most cases Chadwick has personally presented the flowers to the honored recipients.

Chadwick currently operates nine greenhouses of orchids selling retail, wholesale and boarding over 10,000 plants at their Powhatan nursery. Last year they opened a retail orchid store in the museum district of Richmond. The company was featured in the March 2005 issue of Southern Living magazine.

Admittance is by ticket only. Chadwick will bring orchids for sale. After the program, lunch will be served.

Call Dot Clements at 476-6801 or Betty Bane at 476-6270 or Pam Clark at 572-6764 for more information.

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