Elaine Gates says she grows orchids “to have beautiful blooming plants in my house at all times!” Over decades she has learned how to be successful in growing, mounting, and showing all kinds of orchids; and she loves sharing her expertise with others. Her love of growing orchids and of orchid-themed display has led to several AOS exhibit and flower awards. She enjoys sharing how she grows in a small screened lanai area, and how she incorporates unusual containers and display items with beautiful bloomers and artistic style to create her award-winning displays. Having lived all over the world, Elaine has called Naples home for decades. She has been a Park Ranger with the National Park Service, a Peace Corps Volunteer, a small business owner, and a Librarian and Teacher. Currently, Elaine has a small business caring for orchids for clients and friends, importing orchids, creating displays for businesses and homeowners; and learning everything she can about orchids, from their rich history, complex environmental and botanical concerns, and their Incredible beauty.