In 1991 a large personal collection of Orchid Species was donated to the City of Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) by the Lorne Stewart family of Vancouver BC. This initial donation formed a base orchid collection which today has grown to over 3000 orchids representing over 1000 individual species. This wonderful orchid collection is housed at the Muttart Conservatory located in the city’s beautiful river valley.
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The Orchid Species Preservation Foundation of Alberta (OSPF) was formed in 1991 by a group of local orchid enthusiasts to work in partnership with the Muttart Conservatory to help develop a ‘world renowned’ orchid species collection for the citizens of Edmonton, orchid enthusiasts and conservationists around the globe.
As a volunteer, registered non-profit charitable foundation, OSPF is managed by a ten member Board of Directors which is elected by the members of the foundation each year.
We understand that the survival of species orchids in their native habitats ensures us that the multitude of plants, animals, insects and microbes are also surviving. The absence of orchids in a once habituated area is a red flag, indicating that the entire eco system is likely endangered.
Our protected (ex-situ) orchid collection serves as a vehicle to save rare and endangered species orchids from extinction due to many rapid environmental disruptions. The collection is a significant living resource and educational tool to educate people of important environmental issues.
We believe, that beautifully flowering species orchids found in the wild, are nature’s colorful reward for environments we have all well cared for.