Judging from the billion dollar industry involving orchids, and judging from the many orchid societies and orchid shows around the world, we thought it would be not too difficult to get a steady flow of support for our modest Orchid Ark. As it turns out, 99.99% want something personal in return for donating money. Not a single Thai-based orchid nursery has contributed and the Thai government only tax us. Therefore we decided not to waste time on raising funds, but simply pay for lab material and excursions from our own pockets, work for free and spend time making the scientific knowledge comprehensive, popularized and free (see our blog Dokmai Dogma, a free resource which would cost millions to set up with paid university professors). With such a philosophy it is always a pleasant surprise to receive unexpected support. Recently we received two generous donations which we wish to acknowledge: June Freeman & Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo.
June who visited Dokmai Garden last year left a generous monetary contribution for which we are most grateful. Margaret From who works at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo in USA, is also involved in Orchid propagation and restoration. She sent us a large box with most useful and brand-new laboratory material.
Thank you for a much needed encouragement and for making resources available to us!