Fred Clarke has been growing orchids for 34 years and has been breeding them for 28 of those years. With 30 years experience as a professional grower and manager in the horticultural industry, Fred applies these skills at his orchid nursery; Sunset Valley Orchids, located in San Diego, California.
He is a passionate orchid grower and hybridizer whose curiosity in orchids is broad and varied. Although Cattleya hybridizing has been his sustaining interest, he is also actively creating new Catasetinae, Bulbophylum, Australian Dendrobium, and Paphiopedilum hybrids.
His pioneering work in Catasetum intergeneric hybrids led to the development of several notable hybrids, most recently the grex, Fredclarkeara After Dark, which has produced “the blackest flowers ever witnessed”. This grex has received many highly acclaimed awards from the American Orchids Society, including nine First Class Certificates, four Awards of Merit, three Cultural Certificates of Excellence and an Award of Distinction.
Fred is an Accredited Judge in the Pacific South Region. His plants have received hundreds of quality awards from the American Orchid Society.