Dr. Kristen Uthus is the owner of New World Orchids which specializes in orchids from Japan including Neofinetia falcata, Dendrobium moniliforme, Sederia japonica, and Asian Cymbidiums. In addition, she is a plant evolutionary ecologist who has taught ecology at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University.
Dr. Kristen Uthus studied both plant and animal ecology and evolution at Virginia Commonwealth University and The Ohio State University. She has taught biology and ecology at several colleges including the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. Kristen has been growing orchids for over 20 years, but recently fulfilled a lifelong dream to make orchids a full-time commitment by purchasing New World Orchids from Dr. Glenn Lehr. Although she enjoys growing many varieties of orchids and other plants, New World Orchids specializes in Japanese species including Neofinetia falcata, Dendrobium moniliforme, and Sederia japonica as well as Asian Cymbidium species. Kristen is supported in these pursuits by her husband, Dr. Kevin Wehrly, her two sons, Henry and Gus, and a veritable menagerie of loving animals.
Japanese Orchid History and Culture
Japanese orchids are not typical in the orchid world. Dr. Kristen Uthus will speak about what makes Japanese orchids stand out in a crowd and what may make Neofinetia falcata the perfect houseplant.
New World Orchids
New World Orchids was founded by Dr. Glenn Lehr and his wife, Maria, over 20 years ago. Located in Manchester, MI, NWO specializes in Japanese orchids, especially Neofinetia (Vanda) falcata, Dendrobium moniliforme, Sederia (Phalanopsis) japonica, and Asian Cymbidiums. Glenn was recently joined by Dr. Kristen Uthus who has purchased the business and is working to maintain NWO’s reputation for excellent plants as well as knowledgeable and personalized service. For more information, visit the website (www.newworldorchids.com) or the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/newworldorchids).