July 24th, 2015 SPEAKER: Ivan Portillo, of ECUAGENERA
Ivan is the owner of Ecuagenera, grower and exporter of South American orchids.
Located in Cuenca, Ecuador at 8,200 feet above sea level, their growing operation includes one of the largest selections of orchids available - including many cool growing species.
Their reserves consist of two huge tracts of high mountain jungle, one somewhat lower in elevation than the other - offering two distinctly different growing habitats Their efforts with in situ orchid conservation has also blossomed into an eco-tourist business.
Ivan was born April 16, 1969, in a small town called Bomboiza at Amazon base in the southern part of Ecuador.
has been growing orchids for about 15 years and is in charge of doing the international orchid shows and propagation at the nursery.