Gerry’s favorite species is Cattleya in red. He buys them from Fred Clarke at Sunset Valley Orchids, a special breeder in California.
“Clarke’s goal is to breed Cattleya that would sit on the coffee table and last as long as Phalaenopsis, which are the moth orchid you buy in the grocery store,” he says.
Gerry’s dream is to buy seedlings from Clarke and raise them into “something spectacular” that would win an American Orchid Society award. He’s also babying herbs and vegetable plants.
The outdoor space is a central part of the couple’s lifestyle.
“Every evening when the weather’s cool enough, we sit on two lounge chairs on our back porch that overlooks all of this backyard,” he says. “Big trees dominate the alley behind us. We’ve got the greenhouse, this beautiful landscape and an outside patio down by the greenhouse that has a fireplace, dining table, couches and chairs. It’s just like living in the country.”