Thrifty Drug Store, Beverly Hills -1947
Robert Chrisman, an avid gardener throughout
his entire life, met his first orchid at the Thrifty Drug
Store in Beverly Hills, California. It was a small three
bulb piece of the hardy mexican laelia species, Laelia anceps.
His collection grew and upon his retirement in 1957 moved
to Santa Barbara to found his retirement nursery, Santa
Barbara Orchid Estate.
Here, growing on this piece of giant Sequoia, is the original
plant that Mr. Chrisman purchased in 1947!
laelia anceps is always on
display in the Chrisman Garden at the