You may have seen films or read books about the hypnotic quality orchids can produce in flower-addicts...
My story with orchids started about 35 years ago, when I found myself fed up with where I was in my life. I changed and headed onto a totally different path: I apprenticed myself to a landscaping firm in Manhattan, trained and worked with them for three years. I loved it and I was good at it. Lots of tropical plants. And orchids.
I fell into the orchid hole.
In that time I worked with terrific clients, architects and designers, and some of them continued to work with me when I started my own company, so I was off to a great start. Lobbies, apartments, corporate headquarters, terraces, gardens, hotels and restaurants, yachts and magazine shoots—it was glamorous and fun and I thrived, as did the company.
Another change. I remarried and my focus shifted radically. My older son had joined the company and I turned the business over to him. I worked less, traveled, and my husband and I built a house on Martha’s Vineyard with lots of flower and vegetable gardens...and I dabbled in orchids there. The major problem with the Vineyard was the commute to Manhattan—so we moved to Stephentown, NY. There I dug in deeper, built a proper greenhouse, and commenced selling and decorating people's houses with orchids again.
Now, in Lakeville, Connecticut, I continue growing and selling orchids there [do contact me for an appointment]. I can also be found at Trade Secrets in May; the Lenox farmer’s market on Fridays, 9am–1pm; Great Barrington farmer’s market on Saturdays, 9am–1pm.
—Ann Roberts Levine
"Ann Roberts Levine of Berkshire Orchids always has the most amazing and varied stock of orchids."
on The Martha Blog about Trade Secrets