Passage of an icon grower

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Passage of an icon grower

Post by WaltonInlet » Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:20 am

This past week, we lost Lynn Spooner (known to many as owner of TooGooDoo Orchids).

Lynn could -- and did -- grow about any genus she wanted to, even flowering Cymbidiums in the Low Country of South Carolina. She was a pivotal influence in the growth and development of the South Carolina Orchid Society. Her charisma was boundless and she knew how to put it to use!

I remember visiting her home once when the greenhouse was so over-stuffed that the Phalaenopsis plants had taken over the entire South-facing part of her large living room.

Trained as a chemist, she was also constantly challenging herself and others to grow and sell as fine a quality of plant, and the service to back that up, as imaginable. One of the two finest purple cattleyas ever produced at Carter and Holmes is named after her (photo below is Blc. Lynn Spooner 'Mendenhall', Bridget Uzar photographer).

She was 89 years old when she passed away.
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Re: Passage of an icon grower

Post by raybark » Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:36 am

I'm sorry to hear that.

When I lived in Georgetown SC and visited the SCOS, Lynn was the person who inspired me to start my love of vandaceous plants.
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Re: Passage of an icon grower

Post by WaltonInlet » Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:51 am

raybark wrote:I'm sorry to hear that.

When I lived in Georgetown SC and visited the SCOS, Lynn was the person who inspired me to start my love of vandaceous plants.
Ray - I am glad that you got to know Lynn. She was something special. By the way, one of her vandas was used extensively at Carter and Holmes and is still probably there, or at least in the bloodlines of others.
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