Dr Henry Oakeley

"Orchid Hunting in Peru"


Dr Henry Oakeley is in Australia for the 19th Australian Orchid Council (AOC) Conference and Show being held at the Burswood Entertainment Complex from the 11th to 16th September 2012.

He will be coming to Bunbury as the keynote speaker for a Combined Rotary Clubs of Bunbury Dinner event at the Koombana Bay Sailing Club on Monday 17th September 2012.

Henry Oakeley tells us of his travels in the search of orchids, following in the footsteps of the Spanish explorers, Hipolito Ruiz and Joseph Pavon, who travelled through Peru and Chile in 1777 to 1788, looking for the orchids they had found and which had been lost to civilization. 2,300 metres up in the Andes, a day's walk from the nearest road, Henry Oakeley will show you a profusion of orchids growing in their natural habitat.

Dr Henry Oakeley is a retired psychiatrist who has been growing orchids for nearly 60 years, but for the last six years has been the curator ('The Garden Fellow') of the Medicinal Garden of the Royal College of Physicians in London. His special interest in orchids is a group of Latin American orchids and he has visited Latin America 28 times, orchid hunting. He has written extensively on orchids and medicinal plants, and lectured world wide.

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