Jeff Bradley, a native Texan, was born August 15, 1953. His interest in orchids began at an early age, as a consequence of his devotion to his god-parents, Alfred and Mary Proebstle, the celebrated orchid collectors of Brazoria, Texas. Jeff had his first greenhouse at the age of six and by the age of eight he began traveling across the country to various orchid events with the Proebstles, and in so doing, he had the unique opportunity of meeting many of the orchid legends of the 1950's and 1960's. These childhood experiences were the impetus for his current passion, orchid history and historical plants. Jeff is passionate about preserving the historical information about the American Orchid Society, its founding members, and the plants which are the basis for today's modern hybrids.
Jeff attended the University of Texas at Austin, followed by a brief study in France. He founded his own design firm in 1980 in Houston, Texas, and his clientele now extends to numerous states in the country. He is well-know for his collection of historic cattleyas, whose numbers are now close to 3000 plants. He is also an avid collector of rare orchid books and memorabilia as well as 18th and 19th century antiques. Many of the plants in his collection go back to the early part of the 20th century, and he has made an concerted effort to share divisions of this rare and historic plants with others to insure their survival for future generations. Jeff is also well known for his attempts to reacquaint the heirs of the founding families of the American Orchid Society, with the orchid world of today. Jeff lives in Houston, Texas, and he has contributed numerous articles to the AOS on Orchid Legends of the past.