The New Hampshire
Orchid Society

Cypripedium reginae & Crossroads Academy

In 2011 conversations began between Jean Stefanik (NHOS) and Dr.Peter Faletra, instructor at Crossroads Academy in Lyme, NH. Some of you may remember Dr. Faletra as the driving force of the Lin-Wood project over a decade ago.  He has a small but dedicated group of middle school children learning about sterile seed propagation strategies. They have flasked, and have hundreds of Cypripedium reginae protocorms now developing.

NHOS invited Crossroads Academy to display at the NHOS Orchid Show, and their display garnered not only First Place ribon and trophy in the Conservation / Education class, but also a prestigious American Orchid Society Educational Display award as well.

Dr. Faletra and his students (and many of their parents as well) were the speakers at the March, 2012 NHOS meeting in Bedford. They described the scope of the conservation project, answered questions, and explained techniques. Planting dates have not yet been determined.

NHOS will actively partner with Crossroads in locating appropriate locations for restoration of this amazing native species. Requirements for potential locations include conservation-designated property, a commitment to stewardship and monitoring the orchids, and most importantly, suitable habitat, or a location which can be amended to accommodate the needs of the plants. Also, locations with good potential for education about conservation through signage and easy access to the public will be preferred. If you have suggestions, please contact Jean Stefanik send me emails to provide more specific information.

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