For many years, Carter and Holmes Orchids has been the premier source for orchids of every variety. We invite you to search our on line catalog for your orchid and supply needs and to visit our extensive orchid care section.
Thank you so much for all of your emails and cards since the death of my father Owen Holmes. Kathryn and I are trying to answer them all individually. In the meantime, I want you to know how much we appreciate your kindness.
I also want you to know that we consider Carter And Holmes Orchids to be the legacy of my parents and of Bill and Mary Carter. Bill and my father were first cousins who grew up together in the same house like brothers. Later, I would grow up with “Uncle Billy” and “Aunt Mae” and Carter And Holmes Orchids next door, and now Kathryn and I live in the house that Bill and my father grew up in that has been in my family for over 100 years. Carter And Holmes Orchids is truly a family business.
Owen and Raye Holmes and Bill and Mary Carter devoted much of their lives to operating and expanding Carter And Holmes Orchids. They loved the business that they created and their employees and customers.
Since I moved home to Newberry nearly twenty-four years ago, I have been blessed to work doing something I love and to be able to spend time that I will always cherish with my parents and with Bill and Mae.
My father, Bill and Mae are no longer with us, and my mother will be eighty-seven years old in March. I owe them all more than you know, and the best way that I know to repay them is to preserve the family business we all grew to love.
Thank you for supporting Carter And Holmes Orchids. I hope that you will allow us to continue providing you with quality orchids and houseplants in the years to come.
The Latest C&H News
Welcome to our New Christmas 2015 Catalog! -- Monday, November 16 2015 Most of the items in our digital only Christmas Catalog are still available, but some are sure to "sell out." It is full of new items, old favorites, and great gifts. Thank you for considering our orchids and houseplants. Your orders allow us to support our families while doing something we love.
We appreciate you and promise to work to provide you with the best variety of healthy, virus free orchids. As always, we’ll watch the weather and guarantee safe delivery of healthy, virus free plants to homes and businesses where someone is available to accept them.
Welcome to our New Fall 2015 Catalog! -- Thursday, October 1 2015 Inside you will find many new crosses and clones as well as customer favorites in a variety of genera, all healthy and virus free.
Our last printed catalog was our 2015 Spring Catalog. Digital copies of our 2015 Summer Catalog have been available through our twice weekly email updates and on our website.
So far, over 13,800 customers have signed up on our website for our twice weekly email updates which include advance copies of our catalogs, items too limited to be offered in catalogs, orchids in spike or in bud, discounted collections, divisions from our breeding stock, and invitations to open houses, workshops and other events at Carter & Holmes. Don’t miss out, sign up now!
Each year we give away $50 gift certificates to local orchid societies in exchange for updated copies of their membership rosters that include email addresses. We only add these to our email list. We do not and will not ever share them with other companies. The gift certificates can be distributed to individuals through auctions, raffles, or as door prizes and used for purchases of plants at our regular prices.
Thank you for your orders and for your visits. Your purchases allow us to make a living for our families doing something we love. As always, we guarantee your satisfaction, and, for shipped orders, we guarantee safe delivery to addresses where someone will be available to accept delivery.
Summer 2015 Catalog Ready to Download -- Tuesday, April 21 2015 Our Summer 2015 Catalog is the latest version from Carter and Holmes, and lists the currently available selections of orchids, houseplants, supplies and more.
Take advantage of this digital version and get your order in while supplies last!
Page through this digital version just like you would the traditional paper catalog.
Every page includes healthy virus free plants!
Most items are linked to our website shopping cart, so just click the description or associated photo to view it online and place your order.
You can order with confidence because we have been selling quality plants since 1947, and because we guarantee safe delivery and your satisfaction.
Spring 2015 Catalog is here! -- Tuesday, February 10 2015 Inside you will find new Cattleyas, new Paphiopedilums, new Phalaenopsis, and collections of rare and limited items. We are pleased to offer our newest exclusive cattleya mericlone, Blc Owen Holmes ‘Fire Cup’ (pg. 5), and we are especially pleased to again offer true mericlones of Blc Oconee ‘Mendenhall’, AM/AOS (pg. 5), tissued from the original awarded plant. We offer sixteen different ladyslippers (pg. 16) and as many different phalaenopsis (pg. 18), as well as a variety of unusual foliage plants ideal for terrariums (pg. 10). Our new Laelia purpurata collection (pg. 3) and our new Phalaenopsis violaecea collection will sell out for sure.
As always, we guarantee all of our orchids to be true to name, healthy and virus free, and we guarantee your satisfaction.
Thank you so much for your orders. We appreciate you, our valued customers.
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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.
We welcome visitors to our 18 greenhouses Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you cannot visit us in person, we hope you will telephone, write or e-mail your questions about our orchids, pricing or other matters.
Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed on Sunday
Carter & Holmes Orchids PO Box 668 629 Mendenhall Rd. Newberry, SC 29108 Visit C&H