Eric Sauer

Phone: 937-212-0462 Email:

SpecialtiesMaxillaria--There Is More Than Just Tenuifolia, Phragmipedium Species, Expanding Your Orchid Collection, Brassia, No Archnophobia Here
FormatOnline and in-person
Provides plants for sale?Yes


Eric has been growing orchids for over 30 years under the greenhouse name of River Valley Orchids and specializes in South American Species with a focus on Brassia, Maxillaria and Phragmipedium. He has spoken internationally and across the United States. Eric has had culture chapters published by Guido Braem in his book on Paphiopedilum and in his book on Phragmipedium. He also has a feature article on Maxillaria in Orchid Digest and several of his Maxillaria photos published in Eric Christenson's book on Maxillaria. Eric has received over 100 awards from the American Orchid Society and has three orchids named after him including two species from Ecuador. He is the current president of the Miami Valley Orchid Society and the president of the Mid America Orchid Congress. Eric's real job is as a registered landscape architect serving as the planning manager for Five Rivers MetroParks in Dayton, Ohio.

Talks and Abstracts


Maxillaria--There Is More Than Just Tenuifolia

The talk includes a discussion of the interesting diversity and range of species and a few hybrids of one of the largest orchid genera along with information on culture and native habitats.

Phragmipedium Species and a Few of Their Hybrids

The talk includes a discussion on most of the species in the genus and their culture along with a historical look at the really interesting history of Phragmipedium. The talk then includes both historical and modern hybrids.

Expanding Your Orchid Collection – Yes You Can Know What You Are Gonna Get

This talk includes a range of topics all designed to help both new and experienced growers become better at understanding orchid names, the differences between species, varieties, hybrids and complex hybrids, where to find information on species and hybrids, what are clones versus seed grown orchids, what to look for in terms of awarded parents and what do awards mean along with personal tips I look for when shopping for new orchids.

Brassia, No Archnophobia Here

This talk looks at the various species and hybrids of Brassia and their culture along with some intergeneric hybrids that include Brassia