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Al's Orchid Greenhouse
204 Masons Lane S.E.
Leesburg Virginia 20175
Local to D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia
Beautiful Orchid plants in flower
Available all year around

About Us

From Al’s desk, Dec 31st 2008:

I thought of calling this essay, “Welcome to My Nightmare”  but that’s a cliche, and not really true.  I love my greenhouse.  If it belonged to somebody else and I could come visit whenever I wanted without any “parental” obligations, that would be perfect.  Greenhouse as grandchild.  But, alas, it is mine.  All mine.  And this year the greenhouse has been a particularly difficult…child…  I also considered “Be Careful What You Wish For” as a title.  And even though I DO say this to every visitor who tells me they want a greenhouse just like mine, it really wasn’t the best title either.

This “About Us” page has been evolving since the beginning of time and I update and rewrite it every few years as things change.  When I started my website in 1996 the Internet was a new place to do business.  In fact, at that point, it may really have been just a “series of tubes”.  A lot has changed.  I also considered the title “A Short Cautionary Tale” not ironically in reference to it’s 7 page length, but to allow me to point out that it is mostly photos of my orchid addiction’s growth over the intervening years.  So whatever I decide to call it, lets get started….

I have been an orchid addict all my life…, uum, I mean… I have been in business since 1996.

It all started innocently enough. When I was about 13 years old, way back in 1973 my aunt who was visiting from Hawaii brought me an orchid plant which I promptly killed. Had I had any sense the story would have ended there. But I didn’t and it doesn’t.

By the late 1980s I had amassed several thousand plants before I realized I was in deep trouble. There was no place to sit or sleep in my home.  To care for the collection was costing me a fortune in time and money. All of my friends had drifted away. I slept little. And worse, I always had these little orchid bark splinters in my hands from repotting. It had all become too much. I decided I needed to simplify my life and so I sold or gave away all but about 12 favorite plants which I pretended were regular house plants rather than orchids least I loose my self control. The “O” word was not allowed and people who had known me during the 80s knew not to mention it. Then around 1995 a new friend who recognized the orchids as such gave me a new one as a gift and all hope was lost. I started collecting them again at a furious rate.

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Retail Hours

Walk-in customers welcome
Wednesday through Sunday
10 AM to 4 PM

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

CLOSED Wednesday, May 31st through Sunday, June 4th.  It will resume regular open hours Wednesday, May 7th

I ship mail order to the 48 contiguous states only. I do NOT EXPORT plants outside the US and I do NOT ship to Hawaii, Alaska or Puerto Rico.