The orchid group of Frankfurt, one of the biggest local
groups of the
German Orchid Society (D.O.G.), had its 50th anniversary in 1999.
group, named D.O.G.-group Hessen-Nassau, celebrated their jubilee
with an orchid exhibition in Niedernhausen (west of Frankfurt)
from 24. to 26., September 1999.
It is a tradition within the German Orchid Society to invite
a celebrity, usually a lady, to christen a new orchid hybrid.
The Frankfurt group had as a special guest the former first lady
of Germany, Christiane Herzog, wife of the former President of
the Federal Republic of Germany, at their show. The charming
Mrs. Herzog is successfully growing several orchids herself at
home and showed a vivid interest in the plants exhibited at the
These information were presented by Dr. Holger Perner,
a friend of mine in Germany. Thank you Dr. Perner.