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Carter and Holmes Orchids

629 Mendenhall Road

About Us:

Bill Carter and Owen Holmes began selling orchids as cut flowers in the years following World War II when corsage flowers were in great demand for Valentine's Day, Easter, and Mother's Day. As lifestyles became less formal in the 1960's and the demand for cut flowers decreased, we began producing orchids for home growing.

We started hybridizing orchids in the 1950's and developed our own modern laboratory for seed and tissue culture in the 1970's. Our hybridizing program has resulted in worldwide recognition for Carter & Holmes as a source for outstanding orchids - in particular, art-shade cattleyas. Today, we ship orchid plants of many genera to hobbyists and commercial growers throughout the United States and to many countries around the world.

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Bekah G

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Great selection and very knowledgeable staff. They have an office dog and parrot too 😁

Jenny Ross

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
Nice friendly place with a rich choice of curious cattleya seedlings as well as other genera, for a reasonable price.

Felicia Williams

Saturday, March 4, 2017
I spent my Saturday at Carter and Holmes orchids, i have never seen so many beautiful orchids. Staff was very helpful. Because of their 25% discount, I ended up with more orchids than i had plan to buy, and still way below my budget. I will be back in may.

Cindy Revisore

Friday, June 16, 2017
Very professional orchid nursery. Love the staff, love the plants! I am a repeat customer for 2 decades now!

Don Ciosek

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017
Largest variety of African violets and Orchids in South Carolina. Many varieties developed by Carter and Holmes.

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