Dennis D'Alessandro began growing orchids over 25 years ago and in 1977 moved to southern Ecuador where he was curator of the orchid collection at Orquideario Predesur, a botanical garden dedicated to the cultivation of the native orchid species of Ecuador.

Since then he has collected and cataloged over 1000 specimens, of which over 80 species were new to science.

Mr. D'Alessandro now divides his time between Ecuador where he maintains an orchid nursery in the town of Vilcabamba, and the United States where he is the owner of Gypsy Glen Orchids in Beaver, Pa.

During the last 5 years I've spent a total of about 6 months in Borneo studying orchid habitats and visiting orchid nurseries around the island. Many nights were spent in the bush eating wild food.The days were spent trekking through the rainforest where the temperature and humidity were unbearable, and leeches cover your body.

I have also spent a number of weeks at an orchid nursery, "Orchidwoods," in North Borneo, where the owner was a practicing sorcerer.

We have discovered a number of new Bulbophyllum species that are pending identification.

Dennis D'Alessandro is available for speaking engagements:

      Dennis D'Alessandro
1275 Gypsy Glen Road
Beaver, Pennsylvania 15009
      Phone No.: 724-775-7038


Titled talks which have been well-received...
     The Orchids of Ecuador and Bolivia.
     The Orchids of Borneo and Indonesia.
     The New Paphiopedilums of Vietnam

My current speaking schedule is:
Partially filled. Please email, write, or call for availability.

Past speaking engagements:
12th World Orchid Conference, Tokyo, Japan
Greater New York Orchid Society, New York
Greater Westchester Orchid Society, New York
Manhattan Orchid Society, New York
Matinicock Orchid Society, New York
Mid-Hudson Orchid Society, New York
Staten Island Orchid Society, New York
Cape Fear Orchid Society, North Carolina
Sandhills Orchid Society, North Carolina
Triad Orchid Society, North Carolina
Triangle Orchid Society, North Carolina
Greater Cleveland Orchid Society, Ohio
West Shore Orchid Society, Ohio
Deep Cut Orchid Society, New Jersey
North Jersey Orchid Society, New Jersey
The Ramapo Orchid Society, New Jersey
Greater Las Vegas Orchid Society, Nevada
Massachusetts Orchid Society, Massachusetts
Maryland Orchid Society, Maryland
Denver Orchid Society, Colorado
Delaware Orchid Society, Delaware
National Capital Orchid Society, Washington, D.C.
San Francisco Orchid Society, California
Malahini Orchid Society, California
Wisconsin Orchid Society, Inc., Wisconsin
Northwest Orchid Society, Washington
Virginia Orchid Society, Virginia
Vancouver Orchid Society, Canada
Edmonton Orchid Society, Canada
Calgary Orchid Society, Canada
Houston Orchid Society, Texas
Heart O' Texas Orchid Society, Texas
Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania
Susquehanna Orchid Society, Pennsylvania
Alaska Orchid Society, Anchorage

For references, please contact any of the Societies where I have spoken.

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