Welcome to the Austin Creek Orchids website!
We are located a short distance north of San Francisco
in the heart of Sonoma County - home of fine wines, dairy cows, redwoods
and scenic coastlines.
The orchid bug first stuck me in my early teens, when
I discovered a commercial Phaleonopsis grower in the Phoenix area where
I grew up. After moving to the San Francisco Bay area in 1976, I quickly
became acquainted with Rod McClellan's orchids in South San Francisco
and it wasn't long until my kitchen window was brimming with orchids.
A move to Santa Rosa (Sonoma County) in 1989, afforded
an opportunity to house my rapidly growing orchid collection in a backyard
greenhouse. After the first greenhouse and then the second greenhouse
became full, it was time to begin looking for new options. In 1999,
we completed construction of a new greenhouse (and home) in Petaluma
- the future site of Austin Creek Orchids.
Austin Creek Orchids is a manifestation of my long-term
passion for Orchidacea. I am always looking for new and interesting
varieties to add to the Austin Creek collection. I am pleased to share
them with you. The plants offered here reflect my varied and sometimes
eclectic tastes. Hopefully, you will find things that appeal to you
Dale Martin - owner