Gubler Orchids. It is located about 25 minutes northwest of our house. It is one of the nation's largest orchid growers. It is a little surprising to find an orchid grower in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Apparently, the desert is a great place to grow orchids, since there are four growing seasons, clean air and of course, plenty of sunshine. I love orchids. I love flowers of any kind, actually, but orchids have enchanted me ever since I first discovered they could be grown as a houseplant. Gubler's is a seemingly endless line up of greenhouses, stuffed full of orchids of nearly every variety and color. It is a lush, green haven for desert sore eyes.
The woman who lead us on our tour had an impressive wealth of orchid knowledge, but even more astounding was the way she walked backwards while talking to us about the orchids and the facility. I would have tripped. The visit was well worth the dusty 25 minute drive, and I hope to get back there before too long.
Now I am anxious to return to my much neglected studio. The paintings are piling up in my mind, and I must get started.