You might say growing is in my blood as I am a third generation grower. I remember as a young child “helping” my Grandfather grow succulents and I have been hooked on growing ever since. Both of my Grandfathers were growers. One of them introduced new innovative growing methods to successfully grow Odontoglossum orchids garnering him many awards and trophies. But, it was my father, Alex Stribling, who started his own orchid company, who taught me the most about growing. As a child in elementary school, I often helped out at my father’s company, Gallup & Stribling Orchids, Inc. filling water tubes and helping with packing. When I was eighteen I began working full time at Gallup & Stribling Orchids, Inc. and spent the next eighteen years growing foliage plants. Since then I have grown Phalaenopsis, Paphiopedelium and Cymbidium orchids. Today, with over forty years of growing experience, I am responsible for growing all forty-eight acres of Cymbidium orchids at Gallup & Stribling Orchids, Inc.
Growing orchids is both challenging and rewarding. Orchids truly are one of Nature’s masterpieces and it is heartwarming to bring such incredible beauty to people everyday. Two other things make my work gratifying. The first is our employees. Our employees are competent and experienced; many of our employees have been with us for thirty years or more. I think this is a testament to how well our company treats its employees. In return, their loyalty, dedication and passion are the backbone of our company.
Another thing that makes my work so satisfying is where we are located. If you explored the entire world to find the best spot to grow Cymbidium orchids you very well might find yourself in Carpinteria, California. Gallup & Stribling Orchids, Inc. is nestled between the Carpinteria foothills and the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Our greenhouses are only about one hundred yards from the ocean so our orchids grow in the cooling breezes of the Pacific. The climate here makes it the ideal place to grow Cymbidium orchids. I love the California climate and lifestyle and so do our Cymdidium orchids. You might just say it is a match made in heaven.