Art Chadwick

Phone: 804-598-7560 Email:

SpecialtiesCattleya, Orchid history
FormatIn-person only
Provides plants for sale?Yes


Art holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State and an MBA from James Madison University. He founded Chadwick & Son Orchids Inc. in 1989 with his father who had been growing orchids since 1943. The Chadwick’s first book, The Classic Cattleyas, from 2006 sold out and an updated second edition was released last year. Martha Stewart favorably reviewed the book and had both Chadwick’s on her TV Show. A second book, First Ladies and their Cattleyas: A Century of Namesake Orchids, is scheduled for 2023. The Chadwick’s have the distinction of naming Cattleya hybrids after the wives of the six most recent U.S. Presidents and personally presenting the flowers to most of the honored recipients. Art is a regular on orchid society speaker circuits and has spoken at two World Orchid Conferences - France 2005 and Ecuador 2017. For twenty years, he wrote a monthly orchid advice column that was carried by newspapers around the country. Chadwick’s operates 11 greenhouses in rural Powhatan County, two retail stores in Richmond, and boards over 13,000 orchids for local clients. The company was recently featured in Southern Living magazine, The New York Times, Bloomberg News, Smithsonian magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, The Washington Post, The CBS Evening News, and Oprah magazine.

Talks and Abstracts


First Ladies and Their Cattleyas

1929 to Today Given at the WOC – Ecuador

The Large Flowered Cattleya Species

Written with A. A. Chadwick

Cattleyas and the Golden Age of Orchid Fashion

About the corsage days.