Hackneau (Pronounced hack-no) is the combination of our two last names that we use for our orchid collection. Courtney is a marine ecologist specializing in coastal wetlands. The former Director of Coastal Biology at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida, he is now Professor Emeritus, i.e. he retired. Rose is an artist with a biologist's eye and an avid gardener.
Courtney Hackney was raised with orchids growing wild in the Florida Keys. He met Rose Ganucheau* while teaching biology in Southern Louisiana. They started their orchid collection in North Carolina in the 80’s in a small lean-to greenhouse attached to the garage, convinced that a 6’ x 8’ greenhouse was plenty of space for an orchid collection. A few greenhouses, a few thousand plants, and decades of experience later, Courtney is still growing orchids, albeit in a much bigger space, and Rose is still admiring and painting them.
In our website you will find lots of information on orchids. Courtney’s interest in American orchid hybridizing resulted in a book, American Cattleyas, published in 2004, a few snipets of which are found on the site along with many old and restored photos. There is also an extensive collection of his monthly orchid growing columns; Growing Tips, that was carried by numerous Orchid Societies. While we don’t grow or sell commercially, we do offer occasional divisions of “classic” orchids, flasks and seedlings of some of our crosses. You can find these listed in The Hackneau Collection.
While you’re here, take a minute to stroll through the Art Gallery. It includes portraits of orchids as well as the plants growing in their natural habitat. There are galleries of other flowers and landscapes, and print galleries, too.*Rhymes with "can you show".
Pot Oconee Circle
The Orchid Photo Gallery is back, with many new additions.
and Other Orchids
Original watercolor painting of a fiery orange Kalanchoe by Rose Ganucheau.
My Kalanchoe made it through the winter this year and wowwed us with overfowing racemes of fiery orange flowers contrasted and complimented by lush succulent leaves.